Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

Saturday. 11th.

Monday. 13th.

Sunday. 12th. CFA Sunday. 12th. CFA
Sunday. 12th.

Mild autumn day. I passed my morning reading German. Attended divine service and heard Mr. Stetson preach. Genesis 18. 26. “And the Lord said, if I find in Sodom fifty righteous men within the City then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Matthew 22. 37 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind.” I am ashamed to say that I could not fix my attention 402sufficiently upon these Sermons to be able to give any definite account of them. My mind would wander into those rambling paths of thought in which I felt myself running on a string of words in a supposable case. It is of no use.

Read in the afternoon and evening the remainder of Warburton’s Sermon commenced last Sunday. He considers the mission of the Holy Ghost in the Saviour here as a comforter, and also the point of the duration of the gifts of grace. I did not admire this portion of the discourse. Read another short Sermon upon the character of the Apostles as Messengers of the truth. Matthew 10. 16 “Behold I send you forth as Sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Evening Mr. Chardon Hall came in and spent considerable time.