Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

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Sunday 6th.

Very clear but cool. Usual exercises. Evening at the Mansion.

After the usual time passed with my daughter, I attended divine worship and heard Mr. Lunt preach from 2 Samuel 24. 24. “And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.” A discourse upon the connexion between religious feeling and self sacrifice. A principle which has it’s origin in the action of the mind to explain which would require a philosophical treatise. The discourse was however very good. Afternoon Proverbs 17. 17 “A friend loveth at all times.” Upon friendship, it’s value and utility.

Read a discourse of the English Preacher by the Revd. Jeremiah Seed decidedly more to my taste than any I have yet seen in the collection. Text Proverbs 15. 17. “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.” It is preceptive but full of good sense and sound judgment, upon the modes of cherishing the domestic affections.

I forgot last Sunday to notice the discourse of Dr. Rogers Psalm 119. 63, upon virtuous connections which I read without recording. Visits from Mr. and Mrs. Harrod, and evening at the Mansion.

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Monday 7th.

Fine day. Work as usual. Afternoon ride. Evening visit to Mr. Harrod.

I passed the greater part of my morning in copying some of the letters out of my father’s correspondence. These are striking and characteristic. Also Menzel, but my attention taken off by a desire to get through with collating the letters to Mrs. Cranch.

Afternoon, went to ride through Milton taking Miss Cutts with me. Evening, called at Mrs. T. B. Adams to see Mr. Harrod. Found him there with his whole family. Quite a spectacle. He seems an amiable, pleasant man. Return by way of the Mansion home. Nothing particularly new.

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Tuesday 8th.

Fine day. To town. Afternoon and evening at home, family and visiters.


The weather has been uncommonly fine thus far in the Autumn and the frosts set in quite late. This is much pleasanter for us who found last season very uncomfortable owing to the quantity of rainy weather we experienced during this month.

I went to town and was incessantly occupied with the accounts of the quarter and various duties. I am pressing the settlement of T. B. A’s affairs which have already been hanging too long. Home.

Afternoon, Tacitus, Dialogue of Orators. I begin to incline against his being the Author. We had in the evening, the family and Mr. and Mrs. Lunt with her sister Mrs. Robbins. The news is only of some very remarkable and extensive fires in New York. Otherwise, the public is in a state of calm.