Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 3d.

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Sunday. 4th.

A fine day. I went to walk with my Wife and child before Meeting. Attended divine service and heard Mr. Frothingham from Job 29. 2. “Oh! that I were as in months past as in the days when God preserved us.” The wish to go back as contrasted with that of future improvement. Psalms 92. 14. “They shall still bring forth fruit as in old age.” My mind is not so settled as it was. I feel the difference more especially in the difficulty of catching the substance of these sermons. Mr. Frothingham is always refined in his speculations. He rarely writes the strait forward every day common sense which is more easily remembered from the fact of its being commonplace.

Sermon of Atterbury in vindication of the difficult passages of Scriptures. 2 Peter 3. 16. “In which some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable, wrest as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.” He first explains the text, next accounts for the obscurity of the passages and finally justifies the course of the Deity in allowing them. This is one of three Sermons from which I hope to get something valuable upon this interesting point. Evening quietly at home.