Fine day but cool. I attended Divine Service all day and heard Mr. Frothingham and Mr. Ripley. The first from 6. John 57. “As the living Father hath sent me and I live by the father: so he that eateth me even he shall live by me.” A Sermon upon the Communion, explaining the common understanding of the words with us and the effect of them in their operation upon that ceremony. The other from 4. Amos 12. “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel,” upon death and deathbed repentances. Mr. Ripley is no doubt a good thinker and a fluent writer, but I can never feel much pleased with his discourses, nor do I admire in any degree the sort of character which my College associations invest him with.
Read a Sermon of Atterburys. Text. Matthew 27. 25. “Then answered all the people and said, His blood be on us and our children,” the curse of the Jews, its fulfilment and the justice of God seemed to be the leading topics of it. I think Atterbury’s second set of Sermons not so good as the first. Indeed with the exception of a few of the first, they are all indifferent. Evening quietly at home. Read Miss Edgeworth.