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Diary of Charles Francis Adams, 1864

Saturday 28th

28 May 1864

Monday 30th

30 May 1864
29 May 1864
Sunday 29th

There was a heavy shower in the morning but it cleared later in the day. Went to the City to Church; to St Olave’s in Hart Street, which escaped the great fire. It’s antiquity has however been much interfered with by the repairs, made so fully even so late as last year. The interior is plain. The roof supported by printed arches and clustered columns of Purbeck marble, in the31 Gothic style. The east window and altar apparently reversed. The monuments are the ancient and characteristic feature, more quaint than elegant. The wood work dark from age but very little adorned. Here is buried Pepys, Secretary to the navy who describes with characteristic simplicity what happened one Sunday almost two centuries since, on a fast day, when instead of the service, the news of a naval victory over the Dutch was filling the heads of worshippers. The people all stared to see him whisper it to Sir John Mennis, comptroller of the navy and Lady Pen. Presently Sir William Batten sent in a note to Lady Ford, which was passed pew to pew. The tablets record where these worthies are laid, but the glory of all this official and titled distinction has departed. The attendance was fair, but evidently not of that class. Two centuries have swept all this at least two or three miles westward. And nothing remains but the images of the departed, and Pepys’s quaint and amusing Diary. It is these little things however that give to the City its distinguishing interest. The service as usual. The Sermon on the question of miracles. A very feeble production calculated to make strong reasoners unbelievers. If the best argument in the support of them is to be drawn from the prophecy of Daniel of the four beasts as verified by the four monarchies of antiquity, it would not be difficult to make any writer of imagination capable of a miracle. Yet I presume the preacher will do no harm in that circle of auditors. Returned home. Found Mr Parkes, and afterwards Mr T. Hughes. A long walk, and a quiet evening. Mr Edge was the only visitor. It is plain that this form of society is not attractive to the Americans. In point of fact, there are not enough to establish any of any kind.

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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=DCA64d150