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Text for Page 093 [05-02-1851]

              room-mate came, a boy of 14, he having been locked out all night.
  3  Saturday.  Descent to breakfast, after the Holtein plan, but improved.
Bare room, with stools, two long tables and mechanics.       Out to Duane Street
and Mr Harts.   There awhile, then to Canal Street, meeting Picton on the
way, and with him taking a cigar at Rileys Museum-liquor-store.) With
Mr Hall and Homer till 1/2 past 11, then returned to Robinson and dinner.
Afternoon reading English newspapers, Dispatch and Examiner.   Evening to Canal
Street, and out with Homer.  To Frenchs, saw Cross, and back with him
to Canal.   Called at Andrews, learnt he had gone to live in Brooklyn, so I suppose
there�s an end of the boarding house scheme.  Back at about 11 to Robinson
and bed.   Talk with young Vandenhoft, boy-room companion and bed.
  4. Sunday.   Called at Duane Street, but found Mr Hart & Dillon
had gone out, so turned my steps to the little Universalist Church.  Chapin
preached, and to say that the sermon was of the highest order were but
faint praise.   As his text he took the words �He who has seen me has
seen the father also�.   Poorly indeed can I fasten down his sermon, or
analyse the infinite beauties of the composition, yet so full is my heart of it and
of its influence on me, [words crossed out]  that I must
essay to do it.   Commencing with the declaration that these words of Jesus
contained one of those grand truths, so strikingly marking the difference of
the revered Christian religion from that of others; he proceeded to point out the
distinct difference.   Namely the belief in One God.   However it may be seen
and said that in the gorgeous faiths of the olden world, there was, pervading
throughout and over all the multiplicity of deific-attributes: the idea of
Unity, yet how dim was it.   Egypt with its mystic colossal gods, which
lean out from the descent of time, classic, beautiful, poetical corrupt Greece;
powerful and world-swaying Rome; � what are their creeds contrasted with
that of Jesus of Nazareth?   How liable and how prone were they to be per-               
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