Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

July. 1837. Saturday. 1st.

Monday 3d.

Sunday. 2d. CFA


Sunday. 2d. CFA
Sunday. 2d.

A fine day but very much cooler than yesterday. I occupied myself in the morning with reading Humboldt, but felt slightly a kind of dull head ach increasing with the day. Attended divine service and heard Mr. Frothingham preach a Sermon which upon looking back I find I heard upon the 24 April 1836, as recorded in this volume. But upon this occasion, I was very much more struck with it from the superior manner in which it was delivered. The point of the discourse was the Scriptures as a phenomenon when considered without any reference to their presumed origin, deriving a strong argument in their favour as divine writings from their duration, their spread, and their power. Strongly reasoned and beautifully expressed.

Mr. F. dined with us in company with Mr. Lunt. I felt so decidedly unwell that I could hardly sit at table and was immediately afterwards driven to bed. An hour’s sleep quieted the pain though it did not perfectly restore me.

Read a Sermon of Sterne upon the character of Shimei 2. Samuel 19. 21. “But Abishai said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this?” Waiting upon fortune as exemplified in this story very neatly descanted upon as one of the great vices of the world which it no doubt is. Mr. Frothingham sat with us an hour after evening service and then returned to town. Evening, Mr. and Mrs. D. Greenleaf made a call, after which we were quiet at home.