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John Quincy Adams entered the world at the same time that his maternal great-grandfather, John Quincy, for many years a prominent member of the Massachusetts legislature , was leaving it—hence his name.

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He grew up as a child of the American Revolution. His patriot father, John Adams , at that time a delegate to the Continental Congress , and his patriot mother, Abigail Smith Adams , had a strong molding influence on his education after the war had deprived Braintree of its only schoolmaster.

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In and again in the boy accompanied his father to Europe. He studied at a private school in Paris in —79 and at the University of Leiden , Netherlands , in Thus, at an early age he acquired an excellent knowledge of the French language and a smattering of Dutch. In , also, he began to keep regularly the diary that forms so conspicuous a record of his doings and those of his contemporaries through the next 60 years of American history.

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Self-appreciative, like most of the Adams clan, he once declared that, if his diary had been even richer, it might have become "next to the Holy Scriptures, the most precious and valuable book ever written by human hands. In , at age 14, Adams accompanied Francis Dana, United States envoy to Russia , as his private secretary and interpreter of French.

Dana, after lingering for more than a year in St.

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Petersburg , was not received by the Russian government, so in Adams, returning by way of Scandinavia , Hanover , and the Netherlands, joined his father in Paris. There he acted, in an informal way, as an additional secretary to the American commissioners in the negotiation of the Peace of Paris that concluded the American Revolution. Instead of remaining in London with his father, who had been appointed United States minister to the Court of St.

He then read law at Newburyport under the tutelage of Theophilus Parsons, and in he was admitted to the bar association in Boston. Adams had first met her when he was 12 years old and his father was minister to France. Fragile in health, she suffered from migraine headaches and fainting spells.

Yet she proved to be a gracious hostess who played the harp and was learned in Greek, French, and English literature.

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Accompanying her husband on his various missions in Europe, she came to be regarded as one of the most-traveled women of her time. At age 22 he fell deeply in love with one Mary Frazier but was dissuaded from marrying her by his mother, who insisted that he was not able to support a wife. Ultimately, Adams could see that, in marrying a rich heiress like Louisa Johnson, he might be able to enjoy the leisure to pursue a career as a writer, but her family suffered business reverses and declared bankruptcy only a few weeks after the wedding.

The union had many stormy moments.

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Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law , the doctrine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus , the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind.

Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their characters, a war of twelve hundred years has already raged. That war is yet flagrant; nor can it cease but by the extinction of that imposture, which has been permitted by Providence to prolong the degeneracy of man. While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth, and good will towards men.

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