Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 21st.

Monday. 23d.

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Sunday. 22d.

Heavy rain and the Streets in such a condition from its freezing on the bricks as to be dangerous. I went to Meeting nevertheless. Mr. Frothingham, 1 Mark. 1. 3. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” An eloquent Account of the origin and progress of Christianity with a happy allusion to it’s first starting on this shore and the anniversary of it today. Mr. Emerson1 from Colossians 1. 9–10. Too long to quote, but the substance in the closing words, “increasing in the knowledge of God.” The destruction of Idolatry, and sacrifice, and the cherishing of the immortal principle within us, he considers as the great results of Christianity. His Sermons are always interesting though often paradoxical. Atterbury. Matthew. 7. 12. “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets.” The explanation of this maxim on the Anniversary 233of the 5 November. On the whole the poorest Sermon of his I have read. Finished Mackintosh. Walpole in the evening to my wife.


Ralph Waldo Emerson during the year before had severed his connection with the Second Church in Boston. Now returned to Boston after an eventful period in Europe, he continued to preach in many pulpits but did not resume a formal connection with any congregation.