Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 4

Wednesday. 8th.

Friday. 10th.

Thursday. 9th. CFA


Thursday. 9th. CFA
Thursday. 9th.

Heavy showers all day. This was the day appointed by Governor Lincoln as a day of fasting, humiliation and Prayer, on account of the disease which is spreading so generally through the Country.1 For myself I felt disposed to observe the day according to the spirit of the declaration, abstaining from luxuries in eating and drinking as well as from any thoughts of an unworthy character. By an accident I was prevented from attending Church although I almost got there. Instead of it, I attempted as an exercise, an analysis of the three Chapters of Matthew which contain the Sermon on the Mount. I accomplished only the first.2 Mr. Degrand came out from Boston and dined, and passed the Afternoon. He brought no news of particular consequence excepting as to the increase of the Cholera in Philadelphia. Quiet evening at home.


Governor Lincoln by a proclamation of 27 July had named 9 Aug. as “a day of public fasting, humiliation and prayer.” Businesses were closed and religious services were held generally (Boston Daily Advertiser & Patriot, 30 July, p. 1, col. 6; 11 Aug. p. 2, col. 4).


See entry for 2 Sept., below.