Extract from the Diary of John Quincy Adams

I mentioned to Mr Jefferson that the publishing Committee had a letter from him to the Earl of Buchan, sent by him to the Massachusetts Historical Society with a view to its publication–But the Committee thought it most consistent at least with delicacy to ascertain whether the publication would be not disagreeable to him–He asked whether it did not contain some free sentiments respecting the British Government; I told him it did–He then desired it might not be published, at least while he remained in public office; and said he could not conceive why Lord Buchan could have sent if for publication unless it were because it contained some compliments to himself.

MS (MHi: Adams Family Papers).
John Quincy Adams
Date Range
January 1, 1807 to December 31, 1807
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson