Journaling/Tweeting – 18th century style

The Massachusetts Historical Society has since 2009 been tweeting a line a day from the journals of the 6th President of the United States, John Quincy Adams.

President Adams fils (son) has kept a journal since boyhood, having been encouraged to do so by his father, President John Adams, who also kept a journal and authored many essays and letters.  In fact, this Adams family has been a goldmine for scholars of the early history of the United States of America since members in this family (including the women) documented many aspects of their lives – domestic and political, which at times were one and the same.

It turns out even further that President Adams fils also mantained a journal where he recorded what happened in his life, but only using about one line a day – clearly the ancestor of tweeting.  It is from this journal that a project was set up to actually tweet these lines on the date that they were written (some 200 years to the date later) daily.

The Twitter handle is:

 The link to the Massachusetts Historical Society project:


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