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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1863

Saturday 29th

29 August 1863

Monday 31st

31 August 1863
30 August 1863
Sunday 30th
Inverary Castle

A very lovely day, which was highly fortunate for us in the enjoyment of our stay at this place. The castle is a bad modern imitation of the old feudal style, built in the middle of the last century, but its interior arrangements is elegant and seems comfortable. The scenery of Loch Fyne is attractive from this point at least during the best season. The drawbacks to a residence are a great preponderance of wet and gloomy weather. We attended Divine service in a church at the small village of Inverary near by. A very plain building after the Scotch Presbyterian manner which nearly approaches our won at home. The usual service, with a sermon of some length by a young man, much above the average style. His text was upon the joy over one sinner that repententh. He at once threw together the three figures in the Scriptures of the Prodigal son, the single piece of money and the lost sheep, all meaning the same thing and drew from them his conclusions in regard to the nature and value of a victory over the worse passions of our nature as enhancing the moral value of a religious life. This doctrine may be true, but it must be subjected to many limitations to deprive it of its danger to the young mind. The attendance was good for the size of the place, and the people looked substantial and respectable. The Duke told me that precisely behind this room was another of the same kind in which the service were in Gaelic. In the afternoon we went out to look at the gardens and then to the fall we visited yesterday to see if we could be more fortunate in regard to the Salmon. After some delay, one tried to get up the fall and was thrown back. Presently another attempted it and succeeded. It is a curious spectacle. The remarkable thing was that both made the effort at a place where the Duke had said more could succeed, and were attempted it where he said the ascent was most commonly made. The probability is that the heavy rains of late had given too much body to the current. Ordinarily this process is frequently visible. The salmon rushes tho the highest attainable point in order to spawn; and then makes its way back again to the sea. Leaving the Duke and Mrs Adams at this point to return I went on a451 walk which I found carved the precise extent of the drive of yesterday. As the dinner hour was approaching, I feared to trust myself to any roads which might lead me astray at least for some time. The whole region is wild and here and there we find deer and rabbits crossing the path. On my return dinner followed and the usual evening.

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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=DCA63d242