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Monthly Archives: December 1740
1740 December 1 (Monday). Exceeding Rainy; The Earth fill’d with water and the Floods rais’d. No Church meeting — no Burial of widow Tomlins Child as was appointed. Mary, daughter of the late Isaac Tomlin, Jr., and Gemima, died Nov. … Continue reading
1740 December 2 (Tuesday). A.M. I went over to the Funeral of the widow Tomlins Child, and p.m. to the Funeral of Deacon Newtons Child both of which dy’d of the Throat Distemper. A Third Grave was open’d this Day, … Continue reading
1740 December 3 (Wednesday). I rode over to the north side to visit Thomas Warrins Family who had been long sick of the Throat Distemper. Evening when I return’d.
1740 December 4 (Thursday). Mr. Tainter brought home Two of my Calves which he had kept a long time for me — and brought a Fat Cow from Neighbour Beriah Rice’s and with Mr. Harringtons help kill’d her. Weight 17 … Continue reading
1740 December 5 (Friday). Cloudy. Eve Mr. Tainter came and cutt and salted up my Beef.
1740 December 6 (Saturday). Rainy. P.M. Neighbour Benjamin Fay and his Wife came to discourse with me, but it was too late and I was too much engag’d in my Preparations to do them service. The son of Capt. John … Continue reading
1740 December 7 (Sunday). Very Stormy Day — Rain, at night Snow. High Winds. I preach’d a.m. on Mat. 10.26.27.28. P.M. on Jer. 2.19.
1740 December 8 (Monday). Very Stormy Day, and we were nigh without wood. P.M. Mr. Seth Rice here about his sister Thankful. Neighbour Aaron Forbush here and reckoned with me. They both of them fetch’d wood. At Eve Ensign Maynard … Continue reading
1740 December 9 (Tuesday). A bright fine pleasant Day. Mr. Hall went upon his Journey to Boston. Mr. Maynard here.
1740 December 10 (Wednesday). A very blustering Storm of Snow and Rain, and we out of wood. Ensign Maynard with his oxen came of his own accord and with young John Hicks got me two turns of wood.
1740 December 11 (Thursday). A pritty good day — but heavy, Dirty and Snowy under Foot. I rode to Marlborough and on my Way settl’d with and paid Mr. Beeman. Was at Mr. Feltons, Mr. Williams (the sadler). Din’d at … Continue reading
1740 December 12 (Friday). I was not well in the Forenoon having taken Cold last night.
1740 December 13 (Saturday). James Eager here to inform of the Death of Mr. Thomas Warrins eldest son.
1740 December 14 (Sunday). Cold Day, windy — but very little Wood. On Jer. 2.19. Mr. Bradish and Mr. Samuel Fay, junior din’d with us.
1740 December 15 (Monday). Mr. Bradish Sent his son Jonas to cutt Wood for me, and he got down one Turn with my Oxen, whilst I was gone to the Funeral of Mr. Thomas Warrins Son, the third of his … Continue reading
1740 December 16 (Tuesday). Bright but Cold Weather. Mr. Taylor of Sudbury and Lieutenant Brigham of Southborough here and din’d with me. Their Errand was to request me to visit Captain Nathan Brigham of Marlborough labouring under great Trouble of … Continue reading
1740 December 17 (Wednesday). A very Violent and tempestuous Storm of Snow, and we very Short of Wood. But through Gods great Mercy we are all in Health. John Hicks sent to help us in cutting up what wood we … Continue reading
1740 December 18 (Thursday). I was according to appointment to have visited Captain Brigham and to have preach’d the Lecture in Marlborough but the drifted Snow, and the high, cold winds blowing the Snow about renders it exceeding difficult travelling. … Continue reading
1740 December 19 (Friday). Cold, and difficult stirring in the Deep Snow — at the Funeral of Mrs. Townsends youngest Child. O that God would make it matter of quickening to Me, who am alas how far behind!
1740 December 20 (Saturday). Cold, cloudy, Snow’d a little. My mare very lame. Lieutenant Hezekiah Ward here. Of Westborough.
1740 December 21 (Sunday). Cold Day. Difficult getting to meeting. Jer. 2.19. O that it may Convince and humble me for my forsaking God!
1740 December 22 (Monday). At Mr. Hows in the Morning by whom I wrote to Mr. Cooper of Boston. Dr. Smith, Master Townsend and Mr. Hezekiah Pratt here. Dr. Smith din’d with us. Set up a Bedstead in the dining … Continue reading
1740 December 23 (Tuesday). Very Cold Season.
1740 December 24 (Wednesday). Very Cold. Dr. Smith here having again been to Mr. Townsends whose Wife and eldest son Sick. I visited Mr. Townsends Family and Neighbour Barns. N.B. Neighbour Barns renew’d the Leave to me to cut wood … Continue reading
1740 December 25 (Thursday). Cold. I rode to Deacon Newtons to see his Sick Children. Lieutenant Bakers, old Mr. Rice’s, Neighbour Daniel Forbush. Din’d at Mr. Harringtons. Visit Neighbour Grows, Thurstons, John Pratts, James Fayes, Grouts, Captain Fays. Cold Evening. … Continue reading
1740 December 26 (Friday). Exceeding Cold. Cloudy a.m. Snow p.m. I rode to Captain Eagers and to Ensign Bartletts in the Storm. At Eve the Storm prevail’d much. Difficult getting Home. After I got Home the Storm was exceeding Vehement. … Continue reading
1740 December 27 (Saturday). My Wife had been Somewhat ill all night but in the morning was so full of Pain that I rode away to fetch Granny Forbush to her. The Snow which fell last night added to the … Continue reading
1740 December 28 (Sunday). I repeated sermon on Job 14.5. The women still here a.m. At noon Mrs. Maynard and Mrs. How went Home. At Eve Mrs. Forbush (Ensigns wife) went home. My wife continuing yet about the Room. The … Continue reading
1740 December 29 (Monday). Eleazer Williams, Thomas Winchester, Nathan Maynard and Ezekiel Pratt after 11 a.m. Afterwards Lieutenant Tainter in the afternoon got wood. Captain Eager here. Son of Benjamin Winchester. Son of David Maynard.
1740 December 30 (Tuesday). Mr. James Fay with a Number of Hands came to get wood and brought one yoke of Oxen. The Hands with him were his Two Brethren, Robert Bradish, Jonas Child, Samuel Bumpso, Samuel Baker, Elijah Rice, … Continue reading