Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday 20th.

Monday. 22d.

Sunday. 21st. CFA


Sunday. 21st. CFA
Sunday. 21st.

Morning clear but with a thick hazy appearance about the sky that gave us a chill, and portended rainy weather. Read Tocqueville’s book upon democracy in the United States1 before attending divine service. Heard Mr. Lamson of Dedham from 1. Corinthians 4. 5. “Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.” and James. 5. 11. “Behold, we count them happy, which endure.”

Mr. Lamson dined here and is a sensible man, but I found myself as much tormented with the inability to attend as usual upon coming out here. The harmony of the services was considerably aided by the new Organ which I saw for the first time.

Read Tocqueville the rest of the day and did not read Sterne, for the good reason that I had forgotten to bring my own copy with me, and that it was as utterly impossible for me to find that copy belonging to my father in the mass of his books as if there had been none. Evening at home with my Wife.


Henry Reeve’s translation of Alexis de Tocqueville had been published as Democracy in America, 2 vols., London, 1835.