Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 8

Saturday 10th.

Monday 12th.

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Sunday. 11th.

Pleasant day. Usual Exercises. Evening at the Mansion.

I spent an hour in my usual way with my daughter, teaching her some little notion of religion. Read a little of Tucker’s Light of Nature which does not grow in my regard as I go on.

Attended divine service and heard Mr. Lunt preach from Jonah 4. 9. “And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry even unto death.” An interesting abstract of the book from which the text is taken with some moral applications of the story which never occurred to me before. Also from Matthew 15. 5.6. “But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” I recollect this discourse when it was preached before, a very good one.

Read also another discourse of Bishop Butler on the same subject and text of the one last Sunday, and marking the closeness of thought 278which distinguishes his writing. The ladies went down to Mrs. Quincy’s, but I spent the evening with my mother.