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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1862

Saturday 22d.

22 March 1862

Monday 24th

24 March 1862
23 March 1862
Sunday 23d.



Heavy rain all day. As the ladies did not go to Church, I though I would visit some new one. So having my son Brooks with me I stopped and worshipped at St Giles’s in the fields. It seems an edifice of the same age of with St Martin’s and St Andrew’s. IT is in the centre of one of the worst districts of the town. The attendance was good and there were large numbers of charity school children. I did not know the preacher but his sermon was of Christ, the head of the Church. He was rather more liberal than usual in his generalization of the sects as all equally parts of the body of which he was the head. This was appropriate to his object which was to solicit subscription or aid the Bible Society. The English society had since 1803 distributed without distinctive of faith or sect, forty millions of Bibles. In consequence of what he called the miserable war in America which checked the resources of the American Society, it had been decided to aid them to the extent of two thousand points. The remainder of the day I stayed at home. Read a Sermon of Dr Walker on mediation. It is full of that strong good sense and clear logic which is peculiar to that preacher. It’s doctrine tre is not quite so cold as common. Read also some of the Contemporaine whose style rises much in the narration of the closing era of Napoleon. A visit from Sir Charles Lyell who talked our American affairs, in which he takes a friendly interest.

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Charles Francis Adams, Sr., [date of entry], diary, in Charles Francis Adams, Sr.: The Civil War Diaries (Unverified Transcriptions). Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2015. http://www.masshist.org/publications/cfa-civil-war/view?id=DCA62d082