Joseph A. Benton Journal

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Joseph A. Benton came to California in 1849, during the gold rush. He first settled in Sacramento, where he founded the First Congregation Church in 1851. He was a pastor for many years as well as a professor of Biblical literature at Pacific Theological Seminary. This collection consists of a journal containing outlines of sermons preached on board of the Edward Everett and also in California. **Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values that are not consistent with the values of the California State Library or the State of California and may be considered offensive. Materials must be viewed in the context of the relevant time period but views are in no way endorsed by the State Library. The California State Library’s mission is to provide credible information services to all Californians and, as such, the content of historical materials should be transcribed as it appears in the original document.

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But they did not feel as Ham did about it. They were very much shocked, & grieved; & it pained them to think it could be so. Instead of doing as Ham directed them - they contrived how they should manage the matter so as not to see him. And they did it; & threw a covering over him without looking at him.

Now that Ham peeped in, or went in, without any need of it, & then made sport of the matter; and that his seeing Noah in that bad plight was not by accident; we know from this; that, when afterward, Noah learned about these doings, he was displeased with the conduct of Ham. For he said; Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren." Had it been an accident, he could not have been blamed. But Noah did blame him; & so we are sure that he said & did wrong things in regard to what he saw, & was not grieved about.

I said it was hoped that venerable Noah never drank too much wine in later years. One of the proofs that he did not is that he lived 350 years after that; & we hear no more of his doing so; & if he had done it very largely he could not have lived so many long years - unless the effects of intoxication were slighter than now.

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1. Here is a lesson for you all to beware how you regard, & treat drunken persons. Some men & boys are wont to maltreat them and to abuse them, and make sport of them - which is all wrong. Drinking is a misfortune, as well as Crime; & we must pity misfortune.

2. Sometimes it is the case now that children & youth have unsteady parents - who sometimes are intoxicated - hope there are none here - & sometimes have to meet them when in that sad & wretched plight. Well - let them treat him - not like Ham - but, Shan & Japheth.

3. We learn how children should bear themselves toward their parents if they do any kind of folly, or fall into any kind of passion or show bad dispositions & tempers. Children often see great faults in parents & friends - but they should not tell, & complain, & spread the matter; but keep it to themselves, and throw a mantle over faults; as Noah's sons.

4. We see what wine did with an old man, & we know it does no better for a young one; & that children had best let it quite alone, & never learn to drink it at all. It is one of the best things in the world to be let alone.

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