Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Saturday. 2d.

Monday. 4th.

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Sunday. 3d.

Morning clear, but a cold Easterly Wind rather produced chill in the Air and hurt its pleasantness. My Wife and I attended Divine Service at Mr. Frothingham’s, where we heard him deliver a Sermon upon the Communion, it being the regular day for that service. After which I took a long walk.

Finished Weddell’s Voyage. It is the Account of a Man not much versed in Science who made a daring Voyage in pursuit of Commercial Speculation. He gives An Account of the South Seas somewhat varying from that of his predecessor Cook. And he says he penetrated to 74 degrees South with a clear Sea. I see no reason to disbelieve him. If so however, the question of land might easily be settled.

Attended Service in the Afternoon alone and heard a Sermon upon the invisible nature of God as a reason for scepticism. It appeared well handled as far as I listened, but I felt tired with my Walk. Commenced reading Hearne’s Journey to the Mouth of the Copper Mine River and accomplished a large portion of it.1 Evening, Parry, and the Spectator upon Wit.

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Probably CFA is referring to Samuel Hearne, A Journey from Prince of Wales’s Fort in Hudson’s Bay to the Northern Ocean, Undertaken ... for the Discovery of Copper Mines, a North West Passage ... 1769–1772, London, 1795.