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John Quincy Adams, died 2/23/1848.  He was born 7/11/1767 in MA, oldest son of John Adams, 2nd U.S. president.  In 1777 (age 10) JQA traveled to France with his father, in 1781 (age 14) he accompanied the US diplomat to Russia.  He attended schools in Europe & became fluent in French, Dutch & German.  After graduating from Harvard & becoming a lawyer Pres. Washington appointed him U.S. minister to Holland.  When John Adams was elected, he appointed his son U.S. minister to Prussia. Recalled from Prussia, John Quincy became a Senator from MA & supported the Louisiana Purchase.  President James Madison appointed him minister to Russia, later he went to England as minister there.  After that he was secretary of state under Pres. James Monroe’s until – – –

In 1824, John Quincy Adams became 6th US Pres. & the 1st son of a president to be president.

 John Quincy married Louisa C Johnson (daughter of 1st U.S. consul to Great Britain); they were blessed with 4 children.  To one he wrote (from St. Petersburg, Sept., 1811):


In your letter of the 18th January to your mother, you mentioned that you read to your aunt a chapter in the Bible… This information gave me real pleasure; for so great is my veneration for the Bible, and so strong my belief, that when duly read and meditated on, it is of all books in the world, that which contributes most to make men good, wise, and happy…The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God. It contains the history of the creation of the world, and of mankind; and afterward the history of one peculiar nation, certainly the most extraordinary nation that has ever appeared upon the earth…”

For many years JQA was a member of the American Bible Society and served as one of the Vice Presidents.

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John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States wrote a metrical version of the Psalms, as well as several hymns.

His diary entry for June 29, 1845, reads: Mr. Lunt preached this morning from Ecclesiastes 3.1, “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”  He had given out as the first hymn to be sung the 138th of the Christian Psalter—his compilation, and the hymn-book now used in our church. It was my version of the 65th Psalm; and no words can express the sensations with which I heard it sung. Were it possible to compress into one pulsation of the heart the pleasure which, in the whole period of my life, I have enjoyed in praise from the lips of mortal man, it would not weigh a straw to balance the ecstasy of delight which streamed from my eyes as the organ pealed and the choir of voices sung the praise of Almighty God from the soul of David, adapted to my native tongue by me.      


John Quincy Adams was born 7/11/1767, Braintree, Massachusetts.

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“Lord of All Worlds”


Lord of all worlds, let thanks and praise
To Thee forever fill my soul;
With blessings Thou hast crowned my days,
My heart, my head, my hand control.
O, let no vain presumptions rise,
No impious murmur in my heart,
To crave the boon Thy will denies,
Or shrink from ill Thy hands impart.


Thy child am I, and not an hour,
Revolving in the orbs above,
But brings some token of Thy power,
But brings some token of Thy love;
And shall this bosom dare repine,
In darkness dare deny the dawn,
Or spurn the treasures of the mine,
Because one diamond is withdrawn?


The fool denies, the fool alone,
Thy being, Lord, and boundless might;
Denies the firmament, Thy throne,
Denies the sun’s meridian light;
Denies the fashion of his frame,
The voice he hears, the breath he draws;
O idiot atheist! to proclaim
Effects unnumbered without cause!


Matter and mind, mysterious one,
Are man’s for threescore years and ten;
Where, ere the thread of life was spun?
Where, when reduced to dust again?
All seeing God, the doubt suppress;
The doubt Thou only canst relieve;
My soul Thy Savior Son shall bless,
Fly to Thy Gospel, and believe.


John Quincy Adams died this date (2/23/1848) WDC.  He was the 6th President of the United States of America.  This is just one of his several hymns.  Thank God for such a man at the helm of our once great nation – great when such men honored the Lord!

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