Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday February 6, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, February 6, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Feb 6, 1887 Never having heard Henry Ward Beecher preach I went over to Plymouth Church this morning and heard a remarkable sermon from him. His theme was the love and goodness of God. Moses was the greatest of men except Christ. He knew the Invisible God and when he besought him to show him his glory, he revealed his goodness as his highest and most distinguished attribute. He declared that the element of barbasidm [sic] and cruelty in the creeds was going, was practically gone and scouted the idea of the conservative Andover theologists that because the more liberal of them had contended that those who never knew Christ were not to be lost but would have their opportunity to know him, was to destroy religion. Indeed his argument was so directly in the line of my own convictions and came so fully up to all that I could desire that it was to me a spiritual feast where I had expected rather an intellectual treat. He looked much older than I expected to find him. In the afternoon I called at Julian Weirs on him and his wife and on John and his wife who are staying there a few days. I met Mr. & Mrs. Henry there and Eastman Johnson and Pinchot came in later. This evening I went with Mary and Calvert down to the Newsboys lodging Home in Duane St. to a Sunday Evening meeting. The room was full of boys from tiny things of five and six years up to sixteen. Poor homeless children, very touching to see. Mr. Auchmuty talked to them about his school for Mechanics very interestingly and another gentleman rather poorly and uselessly I thought tried to explain the idea of Christ as a Redeemer. I am sure they didnt comprehend it any better than I did. They sang (most vigorously) and some letters were read from boys who had been sent West. After the meeting we inspected the building, dormitories, kitchen etc. All scrupulously neat and orderly. We got back a little after 9 and Calvert and I went around to the club. The streets are sloppy and dirty and the weather foggy and warm.

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