Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Saturday. 19th.

Monday 21st.

Sunday. 20th. CFA


Sunday. 20th. CFA
Sunday. 20th.

An exceedingly heavy rain all day and more particularly towards night. I laboured all my spare time upon the Catalogue, but attended Divine Service as usual. Mr. Frothingham preached in the morning from Matthew 11. 19. “Wisdom is justified of her children.” I lost the thread so cannot retrace it. The afternoon was from 10 Job. 4–5 “Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth? Are thy days as the days of man.” The subject was the justification of the dispensations 301of divine providence from the complaints of man by explaining the difference with which things are viewed. 1. Man is hasty. Providence is slow. 2. Man is confined to particulars. Providence sees the whole. 3. Man must form his opinions from superficial examination. Providence from things invisible. 4. Man’s is limited in time, the Deity is eternal. It was a very good Sermon.

I read one of Massillon’s Sermons afterwards. Upon the evidence of Christianity. John 8. 46. “If I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?” He takes up two objections to the practice of the Christian precepts, commonly urged. 1. That where conscience is at ease, there is no need of them. 2. Where these precepts are so differently construed and hard to be understood, they do not call for attention. He urges in opposition to this, the force of conscience and the simplicity of the spirit of Christianity. On this last point he is good.

The Baby is still sick and fractious which very much wearies us as well as affects our spirits. Finished reading Paley’s book this evening with which I have been very much pleased.