Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Wednesday. 27th.

Friday. 29th.

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Thursday. 28th.

This was the day set apart as usual for Thanksgiving. It was quite pleasant, and I read in the course of the morning a considerable quantity of Chalmers’ Treatise. He introduces a long argument against the Tythe system and the poor laws not very judiciously I should think in a general dissertation. These matters would put people to sleep in the next Century.

Attended divine service and heard Mr. Frothingham from Isaiah 9. 3. “Thou hast multiplied the nation and not increased the joy; they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest.” An historical Account of Thanksgiving day from the earliest days of the Colony—A festival after harvest. The discourse was excellent and some passages extracted from the early records of the General Court very interesting.

I took a walk and then went to dine with my Wife at Mr. Brooks’—Mrs. Everett who is Mistress of the House, Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham, Edward Brooks, and several of their respective children. Pleasant enough. My Wife returned before tea and we passed a quiet evening at home.