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Monthly Archives: April 1736
1736 April 1 (Thursday). General Fast, on Account of the Sickness as well as the Season. On Jonah 3.5 to 9.
1736 April 2 (Friday). I felt my Yesterday Service so much as that I could do but little in my study to Day.
1736 April 3 (Saturday). I did not pretend to forward my preparations because of an Appointment I had made with Mr. Cushing to Change with him. P.M. I rode to Shrewsbury, and Mr. Cushing rode to Westborough. N.B. I had … Continue reading
1736 April 4 (Sunday). I preached at Shrewsbury on Mat. 24.44. Rainy till into Eve.
1736 April 5 (Monday). I returned to Westborough as early as I could — my Journey being before me, and the weather very agreeable. Lieut. Baker had been at my House before I got home, but hastily went back home, … Continue reading
1736 April 6 (Tuesday). Lieutenant and I went to Boston. Many <word crossed out> in the Town have the Sickness, but through the Mercy of God it is not So Mortal there as it was and Still is at the … Continue reading
1736 April 7 (Wednesday). Saw Mr. McGregore of Nutfield, by my Mothers Gate — appointed to Meet with him at Mr. Fennels Shop at 11 o’Clock; but he came not. I dined at Brother Samuels. Very rainy afternoon: confined at … Continue reading
1736 April 8 (Thursday). Mr. Prince on Ezek. 36.26. I expected a Funeral Sermon, but we had no word of it. I dined at Mr. Foxcrofts, as did Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Mather. P.M. at Mr. James Pierpont’s [marginal notation: … Continue reading
1736 April 9 (Friday). At College. Met my neighbour Whipple who was coming to me at Cambridge. Mr. Caleb Rice Some way before us upon the Road. Neighbour Whipples Horse failed at Harringtons. I pursued Mr. Rice to Mr. Baldwins. … Continue reading
1736 April 10 (Saturday). I rode down to Mr. Smith’s (the Ax-Smiths) and thence home. David had cleared somewhat, drawed stones etc. Nothing done about Hardy.
1736 April 11 (Sunday). On Job. 19.25. 2 Thess. 126.96.36.199. N.B. Read all we sung, and gave Observations. Job 19.25, “For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand by the latter day upon the earth.”
1736 April 12 (Monday). [No entry.]
1736 April 13 (Tuesday). Mr. Prentice of Grafton and then Mr. Cushing, came; and we all proceeded to Southborough to Ministers Meeting. Left David Ploughing in order to sowing Some Rie. Mr. Josiah Swan Examined, and gave an Exercise on … Continue reading
1736 April 14 (Wednesday). Mr. Prentice of Grafton at the public Lecture on Hos. 4.7. N.B. After Dinner our Discourse with Coll. William Ward about Ruling Elders — he approves of Such as may be like the Select Men of … Continue reading
1736 April 15 (Thursday). Rainy. Mr. Solomon Prentice at our Public Lecture, on [blank]. The Church stopped after Lecture — see Church Records. Though Rainy yet Mr. Prentice would go home. “The Church Stopped on Account of First the Proposal, … Continue reading
1736 April 16 (Friday). Mr. Tainter and Mr. Daniel Forbush gave me a Days work in Digging stones down in the New Ground on the south side, and I Set David to Digging with them. I was obliged to send … Continue reading
1736 April 17 (Saturday). David and the oxen at work for Neighbour Rogers.
1736 April 18 (Sunday). Sacrament. A.M. on Cant. 2.16. P.M. 1 Thess. 5.4. Neighbour Thurston and Deacon Fay and his wife dined with me. John Fay, who was among the first inhabitants of Westborough and a founding member of the … Continue reading
1736 April 19 (Monday). David with Neighbour Rogers’s Cattle joined to mine and Jonathan for Driver ploughed up part of the stubble Ground. Gardening.
1736 April 20 (Tuesday). David with my own Cattle and Horse and Noah How for Driver, ploughed up the remainder of the Stubble Ground. Fine Weather — which has been Somewhat rare this Spring — a Backward Spring, and hay … Continue reading
1736 April 21 (Wednesday). David fetched home our Malt (7 Bushels and half a peck) from Mr. Daniel Matthews. P.M. he mended Fence. I rode into the South part of the Town.
1736 April 22 (Thursday). Sent for to Mr. Ithamar Bellows’s wife. She was very Low; had lately lain in, and had a great Degree of Fever: very self Judging; but not without Earnest Longing after the Divine Favour. I was … Continue reading
1736 April 23 (Friday). David Sowed and ploughed in some more Rie; we could get no Barley.
1736 April 24 (Saturday). Mr. Tucker (Pump-maker) came up from Marlborough to see whether I was now got ready for him to come to work. Deborah went to Dr. Gott’s.
1736 April 25 (Sunday). On 1 Thess. 5.4 a. and p.m. Rainy — Storm greatly increased — the wind very high in the Eve and in the Night — A very Tempestuous Night.
1736 April 26 (Monday). In Expectation of Mr. Tucker (See the 24th Day) but he came not. Deborah took Physick. David ploughed the lower part of the south Side, a.m., sledding stones, burning Brush etc. p.m.
1736 April 27 (Tuesday). David about various Chores — picking up stones, sledding stones etc. I was at Capt. Eagers a.m. Garden p.m. Deborah rode to her Fathers, and returned at Night. A Cold season.
1736 April 28 (Wednesday). [No entry.]
1736 April 29 (Thursday). Received from Brother Samuel Parkman a Mournfull Letter of the Death of his Dear Daughter Dorcas taken with Sore Throat the 18th. Expired the 24. Buryed 28. Dorcas, daughter of Samuel Parkman. Death not in Robert … Continue reading