Morning clear but windy and cool. I passed some time in looking over parts of Thucydides in order to see how much I should remember of it for tomorrow. I found that passages were familiar to me—others, I did not remember.
Attended divine service and heard Mr. Lunt preach, in the morning from Matthew 17. 1.2. “And after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James 276and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them:” and afternoon, John 7. 46. “The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.” Two very good discourses upon the nature and acts of the Saviour but which I did not listen to as attentively as I ought.
Afternoon, read a discourse of Sterne which I think about the best that I have yet read. 2 Kings 20. 15. “And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, all the things that are in my house have they seen; there is nothing amongst all my treasures that I have not shown them.” The case of Hezekiah and the Messengers. He seems to think his punishment followed upon a manifestation of his pride and vanity through a veil of courtesy, and proceeds to analyze the frequent causes of motives of the fairest actions. A familiar topic as are most of his but very neatly illustrated. Evening at home. Retired early.