Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 30th.

Monday. 2d.

December. 1833. Sunday. 1st. CFA December. 1833. Sunday. 1st. CFA
December. 1833. Sunday. 1st.

I read a little of Mr. Chalmers’ book before I attended Divine Service and heard Mr. Frothingham preach all day. John 19. 25. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother.” The duty of firmness in cases of trial, and of active interposition. Afternoon, John 5. 3. “In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.” Upon the morally sick and infirm, those who suspected not their own condition, those who could stand when there was no trial. The discourses were good but not very interesting.

Read Atterbury—A Funeral Sermon upon the death of the Lady Cutts. Eccles. 7. 2. “It is better to go to the house of mourning, than 222to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men and the living will lay it to heart.” Of course a panegyric. She was but eighteen and according to him a model of excellence. The style is simple and the praise moderate, perhaps it may have been just.

Received a letter from my father which I sat down directly to answer.1

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To CFA, 26 Nov., Adams Papers; to JQA, 1 Dec., LbC, Adams Papers.