Book - An American President in Ealing: The John Quincy Adams Diaries 1815-1817

Book - An American President in Ealing: The John Quincy Adams Diaries 1815-1817

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Written and compiled by Duncan Cameron, Andrew Dick, Paul Fitzmaurice, Helen Johnson, Rosmarie Matter, Joyce Mistry, Rita Smith and Mary Woods.

Between 1815 and 1817 Ealing had a perhaps surprising resident. John Quincy Adams, later to become the 6th President of the United States, was appointed US representative in Great Britain and came to live with his family at Little Boston House in Windmill Road on the border of Ealing and Brentford in West London.

Throughout his time there Adams kept a detailed diary recording not only his daily life but his impressions of all aspects of Ealing life and society at the time. These range from the local aristocracy to penniless vagrants, from entertainments such as a grand cricket party at Gunnersbury Park and a ball at the New Inn in Ealing Village to rough and rowdy local fairs and pony races, from religious observance to education, and the many health issues that afflicted both the family and their neighbours. 

It provides a fascinating insight into the life of the area in the early nineteenth century.
Published by Little Ealing History Group, September 2014.

Paperback: 96 pages

Dimensions: Approx. 16.5 x 23.5cm