Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 15th.

Monday. 17th.

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Sunday. 16th.

Fine day after a brisk shower in the morning. I attended Divine Service all day. Heard Mr. Jos. Angier preach.1 Texts from Philippians 2. 12–13. and Psalms. 2. II. The subject, man’s free Agency under the impulse and guidance of the divine being, and the reasons why we are directed to serve the Lord with fear. He accounts for it from the very fact of free agency which leaves man the choice and the risk between good and evil. Mr. Angier writes with some beauty and he has a considerable fund of thought to begin upon. His manner was very considerably embarrassed and he did not give to his delivery all the impulse of enthusiasm which might have fully developed the powers of his style.

Mr. Degrand was here all day but without bringing from Boston any thing particularly new. The fact is that we are now in a state of profound quiet in this Country. Whether this is the fore runner of a storm of no trifling fury remains to be seen.

I read a Sermon of Massillon’s in honour of St. Francis, 2. Corinthians 12. 10. “When I am weak, then I am strong.” He draws from this matter the following moral. 1. The apparent weakness of the instrument by worldly aid. 2. The great strength of the same through faith in God, all to exemplify the supernatural aid which God has 108always given to the spread of the Christian faith. The Sermon is feeble. Mr. Jo. Angier and Mrs. John A. called.

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Rev. Joseph Angier (Harvard 1829) had graduated from the Divinity School in 1832.