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The Story of John and Abigail Adams in Europe
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T H E M A I S K Y D I A R I E S i ii THE MAISKY DIARIES RED AMBASSADOR TO THE COURT OF ST JAMES’S 1932–1943 EDITED BY GABRIEL GORODETSKY Translated by Tatiana Sorokina and Oliver Ready YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS NEW HAVEN AND LONDON iii Copyright © 2015 Gabriel Gorodetsky All rights reserved. This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part, in any form (beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press) without written permission from the publishers. For information about this and

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, KS, 1995 ABBREVIATIONS xiii Gorodetsky Gabriel Gorodetsky (ed.), The Maisky Diaries: Red ambas- sador to the Court of St James’s, 1932–1943, New Haven & London, 2015 Harriman W. Averell Harriman and Elie Abel, Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941–1946, New York, 1975 Harvey John Harvey (ed.), The War Diaries of Oliver Harvey, 1941–1945, London, 1978 Herring George C. Herring, Jr, Aid to Russia, 1941–1946: Strategy, diplomacy, and the origins of the Cold War, New York, 1973 Hinsley F.H. Hinsley et al. (eds), British Intelligence in the Second World War

and 1851 about Prussia and the German Question attest to a surprisingly detailed knowledge of current political discussions and writings in Germany.18 One of his most noteworthy sources of information in this regard was Georg Bunsen, son of the Prussian envoy to the Court of St. James’s Christian Carl Josias Bunsen. The content of Bunsen’s letters to Milnes suggests that Georg Bunsen did not act on behalf of his father, although it is possible that Christian Carl Josias knew and approved of his son’s activities. Milnes and Bunsen first || 17 T. Wemyss Reid

credit was never given to Thurlow Weed for his successful efforts in England to pre- vent recognition of the Confederacy. Mr. Lincoln described Weed as ‘‘a master of masters in poli- tics,’’ and sent him on that difficult mission late in 1861 when the situation looked very dark. Our able minister at the court of St. James’s, Charles Francis Adams, possessed Mr. Lincoln’s entire con- fidence, but the President deemed it advisable to have a special commissioner to present his protest against the apprehended British recognition of the Southern Confederacy. The day before

volumes he tinkered significantly with the formula of the first three Clockmakers. Stanley E. McMullin contends that ‘with the passage of time, the vitality of Sam declined,’ but this remark does not capture a gradual but decisive shift in emphasis.21 In The Attaché, Haliburton split himself three ways instead of two. The travelling party is introduced as Sam Slick (now American attaché to the Court of St James’s), the Squire (who, ‘though not a subject of the Repub- lic ... am still an American in its larger sense, having been born in a British province in this

Labour Party…’ MacDonald frowned and his face clouded. Then he rose from his armchair, letting me understand that the audience was over. With a dissatisfied grunt, he added: ‘Everyone learns in his own way.’ I bowed and left.] 19. Presentation of credentials at the Court of St James’s in London.

after the “min- strels” line up in their positions, we are fully alerted as to what to expect: King: You are not making fun of us? This is in accordance with the practice at the Court of St. James’s? Lord Dramaleigh: Well, it is in accordance with the practice at the Court of St. James’s Hall [one of the principal ven- ues for the Christy Minstrels]. Moreover, the song culminates in a fast “banjo-chorus” setting, in close harmony, of a typical Gilbertian patter: It really is surprising What a thorough Anglicizing We have brought about—Utopia’s quite another land; In

.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James’s.8 It was clear from the start of his presidency that Brewster recog- nized the imperative to bring undergraduate women to New Haven, but he felt that a stronger imperative needed to be attended to first. Yale’s student body had been exceptionally homogeneous: white, Anglo- Saxon, Protestant, often the sons of alumni, predominantly from private preparatory schools, especially the boarding schools of New England and the Middle Atlantic states. Brewster under- stood that to continue to fulfill its mission as one of the world

minister to the Court of St. James’s in London. Over the next decade, Adams continued to live abroad and was often separated from his family for long stretches of time. When the newly con- stituted government of the fledgling United States was being put into operation, however, Adams returned home with a keen interest in serv- ing in that government. Fully aware that George Washington would be the overwhelming favorite to become president, Adams sought the vice presidency. In 1789, as Washington won the unanimous vote of the Elec- toral College, Adams received the