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A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams by Louisa Catherine Adams

By Louisa Catherine Adams

Congress adjourned on 18 could 1852 for Louisa Catherine Adams's funeral, in accordance her an honor by no means earlier than provided a primary woman. yet her lifestyles and impact merited this striking 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 most important capitals of Europe. She had served as a number one hostess and critical 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 through sharing Adams's amazing reports in her personal words.

These excerpts from diaries and memoirs recount her early years in London and Paris (to at the present time 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, regularly frank, her writings draw sharp graphics of individuals from each station, either servants and contributors of the imperial courtroom, and carry transparent, well-informed reviews in regards to 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 ongoing Adams family members drama, Louisa Catherine Adams demonstrates why she used to be one in every of the preeminent ladies of the 19th century.

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I cannot express the extasy with which I saw my dear Mother return to me; and from that hour I got well— As soon as I could bear the fatigue my good Dr Letsome who took a great fancy to me, invited me to go and see him at Camberwell where he had a very beautiful place to which I afterwards went with my Mother— Again was I sent to Mrs. Hewlett for two Months Country air, and gentle exercise being recommended: and I shall never forget the kindness with which they treated me particularly Mr Hewlett who from that time I looked upon in the light of a father— The weakness and delicacy which ensued in consequence of this second illness; left me for several years very weakly, and I became a pet as is usual in such cases.

Mr. Hewlett during my frequent visits had done much to expand my understanding and by his serious conversation had led me early to think— There was an old Gentleman by the name of Edmund Jennings who was likewise constantly at our House who was a man of fine sense whose conversation I was very fond of— Mr Granville Sharp David Hartly Tom Payne and many others whom I have forgotten— Society at home was ever delightful to me upon the footing on which it was received in my fathers : 13 : “A ll Was Joy a nd Pe ace a nd Lov e ” family and our little unceremonious suppers were the very essence of social festivity— My Mothers conversation was brilliant.

Whenever the Col dined from home Mrs. S. would bring her Children early in the morning and pass the day with us and as this happened very frequently it brought us together continually— It was my delight to dress her and I was often employed in making up Articles of Millinery which I used to insist upon her wearing and in which she looked beautiful— She was one of the most placid quiet beings I ever saw; very cold in her general manners; but when she laughed or entered into the spirit of our gaiety which was very often, she seemed to be the life of the party— She would romp or dance and partake of all the jokes like one of us and she was perfectly adored by the family— The Col’s manners you perfectly remember were irrisistable and we seldom sat down to our favorite Suppers without him— : 19 : “A ll Was Joy a nd Pe ace a nd Lov e ” Thus years rolled on and we were too happy to think of the lapse of time— In the Summer the Col and my father took a house between them at Brighton where we lived together six weeks but the air disagreed so much with my Mother we were obliged to leave it and we all returned to Town together— Mrs.

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