Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 21st.

Monday. 23d.

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Sunday. 22d.

Pleasant day. I read more of Schiller which was interesting and gave me some encouragement for my German. This with a walk in the garden with the children took up my time.

Attended divine service. Heard Mr. Stetson preach all day. 1. Peter 3.8. “Be courteous.” The necessity of mild and pleasing manners to Christians not as a motive to selfish success so much as to keep up the respect of the Christian character. Very good. Psalms. 77. 6. “I 332call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart, and my spirit made diligent search.” The morning Sermon being upon courtesy to others, the afternoon’s was upon self reflection, private thought to mould the heart and purify the affections. This was also very good.

Sermon by Atterbury—Matthew 14. 1, 2, 3, tool long but relating to Herod’s emotion at hearing of Jesus, from his impression it was the return of John. Subject. Conscience, its terrors, why not sometimes effective and a short admonition to his hearers. A very slight discourse. Such a one as would do injury to the reputation of many of our Clergy. Evening, a stroll along the bank of the Canal with my Wife and her father.