Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday. October 1st.

Monday 3d.

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Sunday 2d.

Morning warm with a Southerly wind. I was occupied in writing my Diary in the morning which from my engagements has not been quite regularly kept. Attended divine service all day and heard Mr. Lunt in the morning form Acts 2. 23. “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.” Upon the character and suffering of Christ an eloquent discourse preparatory to Communion. Afternoon 2 Corinthians 11 I think 23 or 24 but as I am not sure I will not quote the verse. It was a discourse upon the character of Paul in continuation of a former one and treating more especially of his labours at Corinth.

Upon our return in the afternoon, we found visitors, Messrs. Degrand and Clapp who took up the rest of the day so that I did not read Dr. Barrow regularly. I however made up the deficiency afterwards and think it as well to enter the record properly of Monday today. The subject was those words of the Apostle’s creed “Maker of heaven and earth” and the text from Acts 4. 24. “O Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is.” An examination of the creative Attribute of the divinity and of the antient doctrine which denied his formation of matter, a very sensible dis-106course. Evening, conversation with my father upon interesting questions of politics, the characters of the various actors in this pending election and the effect of their possible success.