Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 5

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Monday. 24th.

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Sunday. 23d.

Cool. Continued and finished d’Haussez whose book has diverted me much. He is satirical enough. He strips the glitter off English Society and exposes the nakedness as well as the pretensions which belong to it. His opinion of English women however is very flattering and perhaps not undeserved. The domestic character of the British female is unexceptionable. We are beneath them however only in one point, extent of cultivation.

Attended divine Service all day. Dr. Lowell in the morning. Psalms 55. 19. “Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.” A very sensible practical discourse upon the vicissitudes of life, the dangers of prosperity and the probability of changes to try the Christian. Dr. Lowell has much in his favour in manner. He looks the Clergyman, which is much, and he never acts in a way unbecoming to him. Afternoon. Mr. Frothingham. Matthew 14. 25. “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.” A Sermon of beautiful phrases and generally of ideas highly refined which seldom actively interest. Mr. Frothingham used to indulge much in this style, but of late he has entered occasionally upon a bolder and a better one.

Read a Sermon of Atterbury’s. Matthew 11. 6 “Blesses is he whosoever shall not be offended in me.” On the incarnation of the Saviour, refuting the silly objections of the impossibility and unreasonableness of the account. Such a man of straw is hardly worthy of a blow. Even-283ing. Read Hamilton’s book on Men and Manners in America. Thomas B. Frothingham Passed the evening.