Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday 24th. CFA Saturday 24th. CFA
Saturday 24th.

My wife went into town this morning in the Carriage which was going for the purpose of bringing back Mrs. John Adams who has been spending some days at Medford with Mrs. Angier. I had wished to go in myself but concluded otherwise as the time is growing shorter and 100my father being unwell places all the burden of getting ready a copy of the Eulogy upon me. I therefore worked pretty steadily all the morning not even reading as is my custom Livy or stopping to see some visitors who came from town to see the ladies of the family.

In the afternoon I went up the hill as usual. The men are still busy at their work but struck off an hour before sundown in order to return to Boston for Sunday. I went over to the Quarries where I saw Dutton had begun a road in earnest. Hardwick appears to have abandoned his attempt. Returned home and wrote steadily the greater part of the afternoon and evening.

Sunday 25th. CFA Sunday 25th. CFA
Sunday 25th.

Morning clear and windy. I was occupied in writing most of my time not devoted to the usual duties of the day. Attended divine service and heard Mr. Brooks of Hingham preach from Matthew 9.29. “According to your faith, be it unto you.” Upon faith, the necessity and virtue of it.

At dinner, at which Mr. Brooks was by invitation, my father happened to make an allusion to Mr. Lunt’s preaching upon the same subject last Sunday which was taken in a clean contrary sense from that intended. Mr. Brooks appeared to regret or to dread the coincidence and after telling us the Sermon was in two parts and he meant to have given the second in the afternoon but should not, we found he resorted to his memory for a Lecture he must have lately given upon Education. Isaiah 54. 13. “And all thy children, shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.” An abstract from Mr. Victor Cousin’s report upon the state of education in Prussia1 and an exhortation to teach more through the heart and less through the head and to teach religion more than reasoning.

Read a discourse of Dr. Barrow upon Revelations 11. 17. “O Lord God Almighty,” on the attribute of omnipotence, and the duties incumbent therefrom upon us. A good discourse but one which I was hardly able to read very thoroughly, having to devote much of my time to working on the copy.

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A translation of Victor Cousin’s treatise in French had been published in London in 1834 as Report on the State of Public Instruction in Prussia.

Monday. 26th. CFA Monday. 26th. CFA
Monday. 26th.

Clear and windy day. I remained at home most of the morning busily engaged in copying the remainder of the Eulogy which I finished a 101few minutes before dinner. I do not know that upon any thing of late I have worked more steadily. The practice of writing is one to which I have familiarized myself and yet to go on so steadily for so many days makes my wrist ache. I again omitted reading Livy in consequence. But having got through, in the afternoon I walked up the hill to see the well diggers who are still busy upon their water search without yet finding enough. They are becoming restless and complain of the long search. From thence I went to see if Hardwick was doing any thing and to get him to sign an agreement if he was but not finding him on the spot I went to Colburn’s ledge to get an answer respecting the Stone. They wanted more precise information respecting the dimensions. I agreed to furnish them as soon as I could. From thence I went to the Canal and lumber yard and made a final agreement with them about the timber for the frame but did not conclude upon the boards. They spoke to me also of some brick which they would be able to supply. Home. Evening my father read aloud to the family most of his Eulogy.