§ To Alexander I
25 February 1811, Washington. “John Quincy Adams who has for some time resided near your Majesty in quality of Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States, having been selected to fill a distinguished and important office at Home,1 we have desired him to take leave of your Majesty, and to embrace that occasion to assure you of our continued friendship and sincere desire to preserve and strengthen the harmony and good understanding so happily subsisting between the two nations, and which will be further manifested by his Successor.”
RC (MHi: Adams Family Papers). 1 p. In a clerk’s hand, signed by JM and Robert Smith. Enclosed in Smith to Adams, 26 Feb. 1811 (Ford, Writings of J. Q. Adams description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford, ed., The Writings of John Quincy Adams (7 vols.; New York, 1913–17). description ends , 4:18–19).
1. On 21 Feb. 1811 JM had nominated John Quincy Adams to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed the nomination the next day (Senate Exec. Proceedings description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America (3 vols.; Washington, 1828). description ends , 2:168).