A clear fine day in which the beauty of the landscape again shone out with the greater effect from the previous days of mist. I read a little of the Horae Paulinae in the morning and found the MS Paper book which had been omitted during my revisal of the copy, so I corrected it in part.
Attended divine service and heard Mr. N. Hall of Dorchester preach from James. 4. 14. “What is your life?” Afternoon Psalms.
After service I read a discourse by Dr. Clark from the English Preacher. Proverbs 14. 9. “Fools make a mock at sin.” The definition of courage as distinct from audacity or insolence which disregards religion, and hence the unreasonable nature of their behaviour. A sensible sermon but not great—the characteristic by the way of most of those from the British Church. Read a little of Lockhart’s last volume, which has a very interesting piece of Diary, and Bayle. Evening at the Mansion. Spirits a little affected.