Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday. 28th.

Monday. 30th.

Sunday. 29th. CFA


Sunday. 29th. CFA
Sunday. 29th.

It was cloudy yesterday but cleared away before morning without raining. I read in the morning a part of Lady Blessington’s conversations with Lord Byron, a very amusing work.1 Attended divine service and heard Mr. Frothingham upon portions of the Lords Prayer. In the morning Matthew 6. II. “Give us this day our daily bread” and in the afternoon the next verse “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Both good sermons but more particularly the first which was not without some spice. A prayer for support has been construed very frequently as meaning a strict Pythagorean diet.2 And the world is full of men who are obliged to live by their wits.

Mr. Walsh dined and the day was so very pleasant we took a long walk. Read Dr. Barrow. Acts. 1. 3. “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” Upon the resurrection, of the credibility of which he treated from the act itself as worthy of the Deity and then he went into the usual argument to sustain the evidence. Paley has done so much more fully this whole subject that it did not very much interest me.

Evening at home. My Wife read to me part of Lady Blessington most of which I had however been over in the morning. Afterwards, wrote to Mr. Johnson3 and the Currency.


Marguerite, Countess of Blessington, Journal of Conversations with Lord Byron, London, 1834.


A diet characterized by spareness, more specifically by abstinence from animal flesh, as appropriate to the cultivation of an otherworldliness ( OED ).


The RC in the Adams Papers was addressed c/o Barings in London, since the letters and remittances c/o S. Welles in Paris had apparently not reached Johnson. In London the letter was read-dressed and forwarded c/o Hottinguer & Co., Paris.