Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday. 29th.

Monday 31st.

Sunday. 30th. CFA


Sunday. 30th. CFA
Sunday. 30th.

Morning cloudy and it looked like rain but it cleared with only a trifling shower. I was engaged a part of my time in making a copy of my correspondence with Mr. Hallett. This I mean to keep in reserve to publish in case he is disposed to continue the game of delay he now appears to be playing.1

At Meeting all day where I heard in the morning a very fine discourse from Mr. Lunt from Corinthians 10. 12. “But they measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.” The object seemed to be to recommend the Christian Religion through the principal effect of its doctrines, humility, particularly in this age of self confidence and presumption. The close was very eloquent. Afternoon, Romans 10. 3. “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” I failed in attention.

On our return home we had much company. Mr. Wm. Lee and a Mr. Campbell of Alabama. Mr. Quincy and his daughter Abby, J. H. Foster and Elizabeth C. Adams. I managed however to read a Sermon 288of Sterne’s upon the prodigal son. Luke 15. 13. “And not many days after, the younger son gathered all he had together, and took his journey into a far country.” He begins with some comments upon the parable and finishes with the fashion of travelling then prevalent when he wrote, with much sound sense but occasionally a levity which reminds one of the author of Tristram Shandy.


Hallett had replied to CFA’s letter of the 15th on the 22d (Adams Papers), attempting to explain his position on Kendall’s policies to CFA’s satisfaction but avoiding any commitment to retreat publicly from his earlier endorsement or to publish CFA’s letter. CFA, in reply (to Hallett, 25 July, LbC, Adams Papers), reiterated his demands for a public disavowal or for publication of his letter of protest.