1736 January 25 (Sunday). In the Morning Dr. Gott came up to see my Wife. She was considerably easier, cooler and better. I could not go to Meeting, a.m. I sent Dr. Colmans Parable of the Ten Virgins, and directed to the Sermon on v. 6, which was read. P.M. I was more composed and I went to worship. Repeated a Sermon on Job 22.21. My wife in a more hopefull way. Mr. Jonathan Forbush’s wife staid with us. The Doctor does not know but that the Fever is at the height. We undertake to wean the Child.
Benjamin Colman, Practical Discourses upon the Parable of the Ten Virgins (London, 1707). Colman (1673-1747), Harvard 1691, was minister of Boston’s Brattle Square Church, 1699-1747. SHG 4:120-37.
Job 22.21, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.”
Jonathan Firbush m. Hannah Holloway, ____, ___ [1705 or 1706]; she d. Nov. 17, 1756 (MVR, 252; Parkman diary, Nov. 18, 1756). She served as a midwife (with Parkman first referring to her as “Granny,” Dec. 17, 1738).
See Ross W. Beales, Jr., “Nursing and Weaning in an Eighteenth-Century New England Household,” in Peter Benes, ed., Families and Children (The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Annual Proceedings, 1985; Boston: Boston University, 1987), 48-63.