Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Saturday. 26th.

Monday. 28th.

Sunday. 27th. CFA


Sunday. 27th. CFA
Sunday. 27th.

Morning cold, with an Easterly Wind and Rain. I attended divine Service all day and heard Mr. Frothingham in the Morning and Mr. Emerson in the afternoon. The latter delivered rather a remarkable Sermon about the spirit and its nature. It seemed to me from what I heard that he had not very permanently fixed what his idea was of the thing and therefore he talked about what he did not himself perfectly comprehend.

I looked through the life of Josiah Quincy Junr. by his Son,1 in the course of the day. And in the Evening after reading Captain Parry to my Wife, I amused myself with Boswell’s Tour to the Hebrides,2 which was a kind of feeler put out previous to publishing the Life. After this, read the Spectator as usual.


Josiah Quincy (1772–1864), Memoir of the Life of Josiah Quincy, Jun. [1744–1775], Boston, 1825. The copy at MQA was presented to JA by the author, 28 May 1825.


Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Dr. Johnson, like the other books of voyages and travels which CFA was reading at this time, was borrowed from the Boston Athenaeum. The edition was that published at N.Y. in 1810.