July 14, 1736

1736 July 14 (Wednesday).  Various Hearings of Mr. Frinks Grievances and Peoples Answers.  But most of all the Affair of Capt. Wright[1] etc. took up our Time to Day, in public and private.  We were So happy as to See the Great Bone of this Snarling Contention removed Scil: The Quarrel between Capt. Wright and his wife and Capt. Stevens and his Wife.[2]  The Two former gave Confessions, and the last, but Capt. Stevens was cleared by a vote of the Church.  But the great Trouble of Mr. F’s remove remained.

[1]Rev. Thomas Frink mar. Isabell, daughter of Capt. Samuel and Mary Wright.  Capt. Wright was a leading figure in the founding of Rutland and its church, having served as the town’s first moderator, town clerk, clerk of the market, and one of its first selectmen, as well as the first signatory on the church’s covenant; Jonas Reed, A History of Rutland, Worcester County, Massachusetts, from Is Earliest Settlement, with a Biography of its First Settlers (Worcester, MA: Mirick & Bartlett, 1836), History of Rutland, 27, 78.

[2]Probably Joseph and Prudence Stevens.  Like Samuel Wright, Stevens was a leading figure in Rutland as well as a deacon in the church.  See Reed, History of Rutland, 101-102.