By Louisa Catherine Adams
Congress adjourned on 18 might 1852 for Louisa Catherine Adams's funeral, in accordance her an honor by no means earlier than provided a primary woman. yet her existence and impression merited this notable tribute. She were 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 demanding determine in Washington for 3 a long time. And but, a century and a part later, she is just remembered. A Traveled First woman: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams seeks to right that oversight by means of sharing Adams's impressive stories 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 helping John Quincy's political profession in Washington. Emotional, serious, witty, and, within the Adams culture, continually frank, her writings draw sharp graphics of individuals from each station, either servants and participants of the imperial court docket, and carry transparent, well-informed evaluations 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 continued Adams family members drama, Louisa Catherine Adams demonstrates why she was one in all the preeminent girls of the 19th century.
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Extra resources for A Traveled First Lady: Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams
I cannot pretend to mention all the Gentlemen with whom we were acquainted. I can only say that in consequence of my Uncle’s [Gov. Thomas Johnson] silly Letter although we lived in the midst of the city of London we were kept almost entirely out of English society and visitted only one family in the street in which we lived— My Sister Caroline was just entering into society. Her form was light her complexion dazzling her manners arch and playfull and her disposition sweet— Timid to a fault it was only among our most intimate friends that she displayed her real character and all those became extravagantly fond of her— She was the most admirable mimic and : 16 : You th afforded us constant amusement by this talent but my father tried his utmost to check it although he seldom could restrain his mirth at her performance— Col Smith almost lived with us and was the mediator with our parents in all our little troubles— At this time Mr [Henry] Gibbs of Carolina proposed to my father for my Sister Caroline— he was very wealthy a great dasher and a great Beau.
On entering the Rotunda our party naturally separated and Mr A offered me his arm and while we were strolling round the room I complimented him upon his appearance at which he immediately took fire, and assured me that his wife must never take the liberty of interfering in those particulars, and assumed a tone so high and lofty and made so serious a grievance of the affair, that I felt offended and told him that I resign’d all pretensions to his hand, and left him as free as air to choose a Lady who would be more discreet.
Can we must we believe that mind grows with our growth and decays with our wasted forms— Is not mind or what we call spirit an etherial spark an emanation of the Deity and can any thing so pure an essence so divine suffer decay or be liable to desease— How profound the mystery how wise the Creator— Are we not called upon, forced to have faith in this mighty wonder and dare we say vile worms as we are that ought with the Omnipotent is impossible? From whence is the word impossible with whom does it originate?
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