Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Saturday. 23d.

Monday. 25th.

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Sunday. 24th.

Mild agreeable day. I passed my morning in committing Pope. I find what I did not expect that my retention of what is once gained is far better than the power of acquisition.

Attended divine Service all day. Mr. Frothingham from 1. John 38. “Where dwellest thou” and 2. Philippians 12. “Work out your own salvation.” In the latter, which I think I have heard before, he expresses some sentiments respecting salvation and it’s consequent opposite condemnation which I do not readily assent to. The nature of future punishment is unknown to us excepting through the Bible which defines pretty distinctly. If we do not believe that, we surely are not called upon to suggest a substitute.

My usual walk which proved longer and more fatiguing than I could have wished. I must give it up for the Summer. Read a discourse of Dr. Barrow 22 Matthew 39. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” A very good discourse full of judicious reasoning. This is the second law and contains charity and benevolence. Perhaps the most difficult to execute of all particularly in the extent explained by the Preacher and the one it undoubtedly embraces.

My spirits were a little shaken all day. My anxiety on my Wife’s account is very great. The crisis hangs off. Evening. Conversation. Read a Psalm and felt brighter.