Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 12th.

Monday. 14th.

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Sunday. 13th.

A cool, cloudy day. I read German in the morning and attended divine service where I heard Mr. Furness of Philadelphia.1 1 Corinthians 15. 32. “What advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.” The old subject of immortality as connected with the doctrines of the Epicureans. Acts 16. 31. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house.” Faith necessary to salvation. Mr. Furness is a good reader and a sensible writer, but he wants the higher attributes of Oratory.

Sermon by Atterbury. Psalms 95. 6. “O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker.” External worship considered as a duty to God, to ourselves, and to others. By external worship is meant principally kneeling. I think it scarcely a duty for mechanically done it loses its value. Nevertheless it is sometimes very advantageous to the cultivation of feeling. Evening quietly at home. It rained heavily all night.

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On Rev. William Henry Furness, see vol. 2:2.