August 14, 1728

1728 August 14 (Wednesday).  About 2 in the morning the Thunder and Lightning were very Sharp and terrifying.  Neither was it a Crack or Flash or Two, but it continued for (I Suppose) an hour and half exceeding dreadfull.  Once it was So hard Thunder that the house Jarr’d in some sort as in an Earthquake.


Mr. Rice was here, and Goddard[1] from College.  The latter Said the people of Framingham entertain’d disaffections to Mr. Swift.  My heart is mov’d greatly; and I think merely for the Cause of God in these melancholly and divided Times.

[1]David Goddard (Harvard 1731) of Watertown and later the second minister of Leicester.  Sibley, IX, 40-43.