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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) to James Bridge

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00958.04 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 September 1789 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Adams writes in detail about his journey from Boston to Newport via Providence. He describes his stage coach companions on the way to Providence, expressing a liking for an amiable eighteen year-old named Landman. He comments on Brown University. Adams then derides the music of some of the less genteel people he rode with by boat. Landman introduced Adams to a Mrs. Marchant and her daughters, of whom he was very fond, and spent the evening with, enjoying musical performances. Adams reports that he saw Bridge's friend, W. Amory. Adams will soon sail to New York.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Bridge, James, 1765-1834.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President, Travel, Transportation, Education Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Women's History

Sub Era: The Early Republic