Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 8th.

Monday. 10th.

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Sunday. 9th.

Clear and pleasant day. Began Benjamin Constant’s book upon Religion which I bought the other day. I am charmed with it’s beginning.

Attended divine Service and heard Mr. Frothingham from Job 28. 12 and 28. “But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.” A sermon maintaining that knowledge though it may be power is not in itself either a true guide of morals nor a rule of faith; and directed at the present outcry for education, without regard to religion. Matthew 6. 14. Mr. Pierpont1 “If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you.” Repentance and amendment. Mutual forgiveness. Mr. Pierpont defined what resentment might be indulged, and what was his view of Christ’s doctrine of forbearance. He seemed to have forgot the injunction to present the other cheek when the one had been slapped.

Atterbury. Volume 2.—A supplement. Acts 26. 26. “This thing was not done in a Corner.” The evidence of the truth of Christianity from the publicity of its miracles. Short. Evening quiet at home.

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Rev. John Pierpont; see vol. 3:129.