Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 4

By John Quincy Adams; Worthington Chauncey Ford | Go to book overview

TO JOHN SPEYER

ST. PETERSBURG, 20 April, 1813.

SIR:
I have received your favor of 30th March, and the slips from the Times inclosed in it containing the news from America. I lament sincerely the differences which you mention to have arisen between Mr. T. Barlow and Mr. Warden,1 nor can I easily imagine what occasion there could be for them. Still less am I qualified, without more information of the facts to express, or even to form, a decisive opinion upon the merits of the respective claims and allegations of the two gentlemen. I suppose the seal, cypher, and archives of the legation properly to remain in the custody of Mr. Barlow; but as he has no authority even from his uncle to act as chargé d'affaires, I do not see that the French government could recognize him in that capacity. It appears equally clear that Mr. Warden can have no authority to exercise any other functions than those of the consular office. The acknowledgment of the French government can only be coextensive with the powers given him by his own. It can confer no new authority upon him. It can neither make him a minister nor a chargé d'affaires. I believe Mr. Forbes to be right in sending to Mr. Barlow the letters that he may receive for the legation. Whether Mr. Barlow will be authorized to open them I know not, and it must be for his own consideration. Mr. Warden without some further authority I presume would not. My own impression is that neither of them has any regular power to transact any business properly belonging to the legation. Either of

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1
David Bailie Warden ( 1778-1845), appointed United States consul at Paris March 3, 1811, a position he held for many years.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • To the Secretary of State 1
  • To the Secretary of State 12
  • To the Secretary of State 17
  • To Joseph Pitcairn 20
  • To Abigail Adamso 22
  • To the Secretary of State 27
  • To the Secretary of State 34
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 39
  • To the Secretary of State 43
  • To the Secretary of State 59
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 63
  • To the Secretary of State 72
  • To the Secretary of State 81
  • To the Secretary of State 89
  • To John Adams 93
  • To the Secretary of State 98
  • To the Secretary of State 102
  • To George William Erving 111
  • To John Adams 117
  • To Abigail Adams 122
  • To William Jones 129
  • To the Secretary of State 153
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 160
  • To George William Erving 170
  • To the Secretary of State 177
  • To John Adams 181
  • To William Eustis 187
  • To George William Erving 192
  • To the Secretary of State 195
  • To John Adams 204
  • To George Washington Adams 210
  • To John Adams 218
  • To Abigail Adams 224
  • To the Secretary of State 226
  • To John Adams 236
  • To the Secretary of State 245
  • To the Secretary of State 249
  • To the Secretary of State 275
  • To the Secretary of State 277
  • To the Secretary of State 287
  • To the Secretary of State 292
  • To Abigail Adams 302
  • To Alexander Hill Everett 310
  • To the Secretary of State 314
  • To William Plumer 323
  • To William Gray 330
  • To the Secretary of State 334
  • To Abigail Adams 340
  • To the Crew of the "Monticello" at Cronstadt 343
  • To Levett Harris 344
  • To John Adams 352
  • To the Secretary of State 355
  • To John Adams 358
  • To Abigail Adams 362
  • To John Adams 366
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 373
  • To Benjamin Waterhouse 379
  • To the Secretary of State 382
  • To Abigail Adams 388
  • To the Secretary of State 392
  • To John Adams 393
  • To the Secretary of State 396
  • To the Comte De Romanzoff 401
  • To Robert Fulton 402
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 405
  • To Robert Fulton 406
  • To Abigail Adams 411
  • To the Secretary of State 418
  • To John Adams 419
  • To Thomas Boylston Adams 427
  • To the Secretary of State 437
  • To Abigail Adams 445
  • To John Adams 450
  • To Abigail Adams 460
  • James Monroe to John Adams 468
  • To John Adams 468
  • To John Speyer 474
  • James Monroe to John Quincy Adams 475
  • To R. G. Beasley 476
  • To Abigail Adams 478
  • To Abigail Adams 483
  • To John Speyer 487
  • To the Secretary of State 490
  • To the Secretary of State 492
  • To the Secretary of State 498
  • To Benjamin Waterhouse 502
  • To the Comte De Romanzoff 508
  • To the Secretary of State 510
  • To the Secretary of State 512
  • To R. G. Beasley 518
  • To Abigail Adams 520
  • To Benjamin Waterhouse 525
  • To Abigail Adams 528
  • To Abigail Adams 532
  • To the Secretary of State 533
  • To Robert Fulton 540
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