1736 October 10 (Sunday). Too much of Diverting amusements about Temporal Matters. Am exceedingly put to’t to keep my Self to my Spiritual and Ministerial Duty. O that God would pity, forgive and Assist me! I preached on Phil. 4.19 a. and p.m. I admitted Mary (wife of Beriah) Rice, and Patience Daughter of Jonathan Forbush and Administered the Sacrament. I bless God that I have been in any Measure assisted and restrained in my Thoughts, being encompassed as I am with So many Temptations and Vain Amusements. O that God would Still be Gracious to Me, and pardon the Extream brokenness and imperfectness of my Devotions before Him!
Patience, dau. of Jonathan and Hanah Forbush, b. Feb. 26, 1720 (MVR, 74).