1736 October 18 (Monday). Had not been for my son Ebenezer’s Sickness Mr. Cushing and I had visited Mr. Prentice of Grafton after his Sickness. But David Batherick came up this Morning to Shrewsbury to inform that Ebenezer was grown still worse. I hastened home and found he had a Strong Fever and a Sore Throat. I Desire to Humble my Self under the mighty Hand of God as for the Sins of the Land in General that have brought Divine Judgments upon us So for my own Family’s Sins, and my own personal Offences. And God be Mercifull to us for His Name’s Sake! David Watched the fore part of the Night and I the latter part. The Child in great Confusion in his understanding and Talk.