1737 October 23 (Sunday). Early in the morning began to write my address to the Prisoner. A.M. on Eccl. 11.9, a crowded assembly, poor Hugh Henderson present. P.M. on Job 3.36. A very great congregation, it being in their apprehension the last Sabbath Sermon the poor Criminal is to hear. At evening called at Mr. Eaton’s and at the Sheriff’s, who went with me to the Prison. I interrogated the Prisoner what was the occasion of his coming to this country — whether he had discovered and acknowledged all that was fit and proper for him to reveal? Whether he had any confederates? A great number flocked in the Goal when at his Request I prayed with him. I left him between 8 and 9. By that I went to Mr. Cushing’s where I intended to lodge. They were all in Bed wherefore, though cold, I proceeded home to my own House.
N.B. Mr. Jarvis came up last night in a chair.
Walett: Joshua Eaton (Harvard 1735), the first lawyer to settle in Worcester and later the first minister of Spencer. Sibley, IX, 533-538.
Forbes: The first sheriff of Worcester County was Daniel Gookin, who held the office until 1743.
He was a son of Gen’l Daniel Gookin. (Worc. Hist.)