Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday. 5th.

Monday 7th.

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Sunday. 6th.

Morning very clear and bright with a cool wind to reduce the heat. I finished the first volume of Corisande de Mauléon which is a tolerable sign that it increased in interest. And yet I can hardly tell how it produced it’s effect.

Attended divine service and heard Mr. Whitney from 1. Corinthians 1. 23.24. “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling 292block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” I have become accustomed to hearing so much better preaching of late that I can not listen to Mr. Whitney. Afternoon, Mr. Lunt from James 4. 14. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.” A discourse upon the value and utility of faith enlivened by an allegory which reminded one of that curious and interesting book of John Bunyan.

Mr. Degrand was here and dined. Much conversation respecting a letter written to Mr. Foster by my father in which he puts forgers and makers of Bank promissory Notes on a level.1 As was natural this has been resented. I think the truth has been sacrificed to a strong rhetorical effect. The parallel is an extravagance equal to the lawgiving principle of Draco.

Read a sermon of Sterne’s on the Inauguration of the King of England. Deuteronomy 6. 20.21. “And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you? Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondsmen in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” A review of the events in English history which brought about the frame of Government the Nation was enjoying at the accession of the new sovereign. Evening at home. Nothing further material.


JQA to William Foster, 1 July 1837 (LbC, Adams Papers), printed in Quincy Patriot, 5 Aug. 1837, p. 2, cols. 1–2.