Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 6

Saturday. 11th.

Monday. 13th.

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Sunday. 12th.

Morning warm. I was occupied in making out my coins on paper so as to form a tolerably accurate idea of the surface they will occupy.1 Then attended divine service and heard Mr. Ripley of Waltham2 from John 10. 10. “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” The object of Christianity as compared with the Mosaic dispensation. Corinthians 13. 10. “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Future life, immortality. Mr. Ripley presents few new ideas and does not give old ones new force. I returned home and read the remainder of Barrow’s long Sermon upon bounty to the poor, in which he considers who are the poor and how man may be said to be assisted by charity to them. Very good but requires division and perhaps a little lopping away. Quiet evening at home. I went on with No. 7 and accomplished the first half.


Nine diagrams in CFA’s hand of the projected drawers of the coin cabinet he was having made, with the various coins drawn in outline, are in the Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 601. One of the diagrams is reproduced in the present volume; see also p. xii–xiv, above.


Rev. Samuel Ripley, Harvard 1804, was Congregational minister in Waltham ( Mass. Register, 1835).