Adams argued their case so well that they escaped criminal penalty. He was a member of the team that worked on the Declaration of Independence and one of only two people who signed the Declaration to later become president the other was Thomas Jefferson.
By age 14, John Quincy was receiving "on-the-job" training in the diplomatic corps and going to school. He wrote to Lovell that he "should have wanted no motives or arguments" for his acceptance if he "could be sure that the public would be benefited by it.
Although it hurt his popularity at the time, Adams opted for peace and kept the country out of the war. The well-respected Dickinson refused to greet Adams and he was for a time largely ostracized.
John Adams was an advocate of American independence from Britain, a major figure in the Continental Congress —77the author of the Massachusetts constitutiona signer of the Treaty of Parisambassador to the Court of St. The instructions were a succinct and forthright defense of colonial rights and liberties, and served as a model for other towns' instructions.
There were provisions for what constituted French territory. However, the crisis caused by the defeat of the American soldiers kept him at his post.
He remained interested in national affairs, and offered advice to his son, John Quincy Adams, but played no direct role in politics. He graduated from Harvard College inand taught for a year before studying the law.
InAdams moved his family to Braintree but kept his office in Boston. He felt that the colonies were not being treated fairly and should become independent from Britain.