1728 July 18 (Thursday). Mr. Sewall preach’d Excellently from Ps. 119.115. Occasion, Phillips and Woodbridge Duel. At Mr. Wilsteeds in the Eve. Here was Mr. Joseph Green of Barnstable. The Governours coming in Everyones motions. His Excellency’s Family came to Dr. Cooks this Eve.
Henry Phillips (Harvard 1724) killed Benjamin Woodbridge in a duel on Boston Common, July 3, 1728 and escaped to France. The affair caused much excitement and produced several sermons in Boston and elsewhere. Sibley, VII, 424-429. See Samuel G. Drake, The History and Antiquities of Boston (Boston, 1854), pp. 579-580
Reverend Joseph Green, minister of Barnstable, 1725-1770.
Governor William Burnett.