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Roll of Arms
Registration number 20061018H
This certifies that the heraldic arms of John Adams are registered and described by the blazon below
Arms: Gules six crosses-crosslet fitchy Argent, on a chief Or three pellets, the center one charged with a fleur-de-lys and the other two with lions passant guardant Argent.
Crest: A lion passant holding in his dexter paw a cross-crosslet fitchy Argent.
Motto: Libertatem amicitiam retinebis et fidem.
Blazon by Joe McMillan
These are the arms of Boylston; John Adams' mother was Susanna Boylston. John Adams used them on a bookplate, and to seal the Treaty of Paris in 1783 (which ended the War of American Independence; note that Seward sealed the Alaska Purchase with a personal seal as well); later, after his embassies to Holland, France and Great Britain, he added a lion, a fleur-de-lys and a lion passant to the arms. His grandson Charles Francis Adams (1807-86), son of John Quincy Adams, also used them on a bookplate.
Michael C. Swanson
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