Day clear. I occupied myself this morning in writing a second number upon Texas in comment upon the resolutions of the Legislature of Mississippi. Attended divine service all day and heard Mr. Whitney preach from James I. 22. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves,” upon the spirit of attendance upon Christian worship. Mr. Whitney’s enunciation is now so imperfect that I could not catch the afternoon text and I lost my attention to the subject.
Afternoon a discourse of Sterne. Matthew 11. 29. “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Humility, a security against disappointments. Pride, the cause of half 309the sufferings of life. A conclusion “against spiritual pride, particularly that resting upon inspirations, or the doctrine of the methodists and quakers.”
Evening quiet at home. I remembered the day. It is now eight years since I was married, and I have never felt any cause of regret for that step or uneasiness excepting on account of the very indifferent health of my wife. This I hope will mend.