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The Diary and Autobiographical Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams 1778-1849 by Louisa Catherine Adams

The Diary and Autobiographical Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams 1778-1849

Part of the Adams Papers Series


The Diary and Autobiographical Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams 1778-1849 by Louisa Catherine Adams

The Adams saga takes a stride through the first half of the nineteenth century, as Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams chronicles her life with John Quincy Adams. Born in London in 1775 to a Maryland merchant and his English wife, Louisa recalls her childhood and education in England and France and her courtship with John Quincy, then U.S. minister to the Netherlands. Married in 1797, Louisa accompanied her husband on his postings to Berlin, St. Petersburg, and London. Her memoirs of Prussia and Russia vividly portray the republican couple in the courts of Europe. Louisa came to America in 1801 and would share John Quincy's career as U.S. senator, secretary of state, president, and congressman. Except for his presidency, her diaries for these years have been preserved, and they reveal a reluctant but increasingly canny political wife. Lamentations about loss, including the deaths of three of four children, abound. But here, too, are views of Napoleonic Europe and American sectional disputes, with witty sketches of heroes and scoundrels. John Quincy emerges in a fullness seldom seen - ambitious and exacting, yet passionate, generous, and gallant. Louisa's diaries conclude with her reckoning of an eventful life, which came to a close in 1852.

About the Author

Margaret A. Hogan is Editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. C. James Taylor is Editor in Chief of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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Publication date

11th January 2013


Louisa Catherine Adams

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The Belknap Press an imprint of Harvard University Press


960 pages


Autobiography: historical, political & military
Diaries, letters & journals



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