Warm, cloudy day. I passed my morning very quietly, occupied as usual in papers. I take great interest in this new business of the journals because I feel as if it may lead me to something useful. And they are in themselves so interesting that they ought to be published, for safety’s sake if for nothing else.
Attended divine Service and heard Mr. Young preach from Proverbs 20. 27. “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.” An ingenious view of the operation of the principle of religious faith in the human mind developing itself in moral results beneficial to the world. Afternoon Luke 10. 27. “And he answering said, Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself.” An essay upon the spirit of the Christian Religion influencing man’s relations to his fellows. The term neighbour implying all men with whom we may through the force of circumstances be drawn into intercourse.
Afterwards Mr. Buckminster upon Religious education. Ephesians 6. 4. “Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Very excellent instruction respecting the moral education of children which I feel much and hope to profit by. I will resume my lessons with my daughter which circumstances had broken off. Wrote a letter to my Mother1 and in the evening after a conversation with my Wife read Graham, &c.