John Adams - Minister to Great Britain

John Adams - Minister to Great Britain American History American Presidents Government Law and Politics

John Adams was America's first Minister to Great Britain, the colonies' former "mother country."  Adams was in England when his fellow politicians were debating the merits of a new Constitution to govern the United States.

On the 2nd of June, 1785, Adams met with King George III.  After presenting his credentials, and expressing his delight at being the first American to deal with the King on a diplomatic basis, Adams did his best to remember exactly how the King responded.  Thereafter, he sent a letter about the meeting to John Jay (then America's Secretary of State).  

These were some of the King's words to Adams:

I wish you Sir, to believe, and that it may be understood in America, that I have done nothing in the late Contest, but what I thought myself indispensably bound to do, by the Duty which I owed to my People.  I will be very frank with you.  I was the last to consent to the Separation, but the Separation having been made and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the Friendship of the United States as an independent Power ... let the Circumstances of Language; Religion and Blood have their natural and full Effect.

This image depicts how Adams appeared at about the time of his status as Minister to Great Britain.

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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.  PD


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