Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

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Monday. 6th.

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Sunday. 5th.

The weather changed to cold with a high North westerly wind. I passed the morning in reading German and laughing over the story, then attended Divine Service and heard Dr. Follen preach morning and afternoon form the same text. 4 Ephesians 28 “Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good that he may have to give to him that needeth.” The virtues described in the text are honesty, industry and charity, the force of each he discussed in one, and their union and harmony in the other Sermon. There is a curious mixture of good sense and practical wisdom with flighty, unreal visions in this man. It is in character with his Nation whose Literature has reacted upon them to heighten these ill assorted mixtures.

Read a Sermon of Warburton’s or rather two thirds of what made in preaching several Sermons but were afterwards condensed into one. John 14. 16. “And I will pray the father, and he shall give you another comforter that he may abide with you for ever; even the spirit of truth. He dwelleth with you and shall be in you which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my name. He shall teach you all things.” The subject, the process of sanctification by the mission of the Saviour, in whom the Holy Ghost acted as an instrument to extend the sprit of truth. He incidentally discusses the objections made by the Sceptics, to one great sign of this operation, the gift of tongues to the Apostles, and to the incorrect style of the Scriptures. These Discourses are strongly imbued with reasoning and are worth reading even by me who am no doubter. Evening, Mr. Jon. Brooks, his two daughters and Mr. L. Angier.