Parsons, practised at Boston, and soon became distinguished as a political writer.
In 1791 he published a series of articles in favor of neutrality with France over the signature of Publius.
He was engaged in the diplomatic service of his country as minister, successively, to Holland, England, and Prussia from 1794 to 1801.
He received a commission, in 1798, to negotiate a treaty with Sweden.
At Berlin he wrote a series of Letters from Silesia. Mr. Adams married Louisa, daughter of Joshua Johnson, American consul at London, in 1797.
He took a seat in the Senate of Massachusetts in 1802, and he occupied one in that of the United States from 1803 until 1808.
when disagreeing with the legislature of Massachusetts on the embargo question, he resigned.
From 1806 to 1809 he was Professor of Rhetoric in Harvard College.
In the latter year he was appointed by President Madison minister to Russia; and in 1814, while serving in that office, he was chosen one of the United States commis