August 15, 1726

1726 August 15 (Monday).  I was sent for to Mr. Rices.  They apprehended him (according to his own phrase) near winding up.  When I came to him the Springs of Life were very weak and Low.  He could speak Yea or No but I had no answer from him to many Questions I asked him.  I pray’d Earnestly for him; I discoursed to his Wife and Children and Friends about the Bed and then Solemnly bid him Farewell.  He gave me fervent tokens and I Left him.  He dy’d about an hour after.  Captain Fay[1] and Two Sons came to take care of Some Hay which Phinehas Hardy and Thomas Forbush, Junior[2] mow’d to Day for me.

[1]Of Westborough.

[2]Son of the Westborough selectman.