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By Louisa Catherine Adams

Congress adjourned on 18 might 1852 for Louisa Catherine Adams's funeral, in accordance her an honor by no means ahead of provided a primary girl. yet her existence and effect merited this amazing tribute. She have been first the daughter-in-law after which the spouse of a president. She had assisted her husband as a diplomat at 3 of the key capitals of Europe. She had served as a number one hostess and important determine in Washington for 3 many years. And but, a century and a part later, she is only remembered. A Traveled First woman: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams seeks to right that oversight via sharing Adams's extraordinary reports in her personal words.

These excerpts from diaries and memoirs recount her early years in London and Paris (to today she is the single foreign-born first lady), her courtship and marriage to John Quincy Adams, her time within the lavish courts of Berlin and St. Petersburg as a diplomat's spouse, and her years supporting John Quincy's political occupation in Washington. Emotional, severe, witty, and, within the Adams culture, constantly frank, her writings draw sharp graphics of individuals from each station, either servants and participants of the imperial courtroom, and convey transparent, well-informed reviews concerning the significant problems with her day.

Telling the tale of her personal lifestyles, juxtaposed with wealthy descriptions of eu courts, Washington political maneuvers, and the continued Adams family members drama, Louisa Catherine Adams demonstrates why she was one in every of the preeminent girls of the 19th century.

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We were too entirely happy to make marriage a want and we only looked forward to it as an evidence that we were not devoid of those attractive qualities which generally are the operating causes of affection in such connections; more especially as my father had always told us that the fortunes he would be enabled to give would not be large enough to prove a motive for an offer— We were constantly taught to believe that we should have five thousand pound Sterling a piece; and so thoroughly was my father convinced of possessing this Sum, that even when all his calamities came so suddenly upon him; he still believed could he have found one single friend in his distress that his children would be amply provided for— It was about this time that a Gentleman called on my father a small neat looking man in a very handsome chariot with livery Servants &ce.

She was fond of reading and her manners were polished and the tone she gave to his company was easy and what the french call spirituél— My father seemed to hang on every word she uttered and gazed on her with looks of love and admiration “as if encrease of appetite had grown by what it fed on” never did man love woman with a devotion so perfect— His sparkling eye beamed on her with an excess of tenderness and his smile seemed to blend all those good and amiable feelings which spring spontaneous from a faithful and benevolent heart— She was his pride his joy his love and in her and his Children was concentratd all that made life desirable— In disposition I was not half so amiable as either of my Sisters but it was my fathers idea that I was more steady and this induced him to treat me as if I was the eldest and to put much trust in my discretion.

He was to be Tutor to my Brother She Governess to us Females for although the three eldest were introduced into company we were still obliged to attend to all our school duties— The French Revolution was then blazing in all its fury and the Emigrants became objects of general pity in England— My father had lived so much in France and so happily that he felt a sympathy for these poor people and was liberal in the ser vices he rendered them— He had known the King [Louis XVI]; he had been graciously received by the beautiful Queen [Marie Antoinette]; had rejoiced with the Nation in the birth of the Dauphin; and he could not however he admired the cause of freedom witness or hear of the enormous cruelties of the period, without execrating its authors— Until this time Lafayette had been an object of idolatry like Genl Washington; but now we knew not what to think— Was it weakness?

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