Morning at home. The weather exceedingly warm. I spent much time in reading the Ghost Seer, quite an interesting pursuit. I think in this way I shall make up my knowledge of the Language in a much more rapid manner than by a variety of short extracts in which I take no interest.
Attended divine Service and heard Mr. Stetson all day. John 11. 35. “Jesus wept.” A Communion sermon upon the causes of the act described in the Text. Acts 20. 35. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Upon the present tendencies to excessive charitable foundations where more beggars are made than are found. The discrimination of useful charities with a direct aim at the peculiar value of a Minister’s fund, and the contribution to be levied for it after the Service. This was done, and with the liberality turned out tolerably.
Sermon of Atterbury. Galatians 6. 14. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world.” Glory in the cross of Christ not in external advantages nor without purpose, but to sustain it against enemies. This is the whole substance of the Sermon.
There was company during the whole afternoon and evening. Mr. 339Jon. Brooks, Dr. Swan, Mr. D. Hall, Mr. Bartlett, Col. Brooks,1 Mr. L. Angier. Quite a number of Medford persons. The evening was warm.
Perhaps Major Alexander Scammell Brooks, who did not actually become a lieutenant colonel until 1835.