1742 July 1 (Thursday). A pleasant Day and no Rain. Thomas has ploughed among the Corn for Hilling — the Corn having grown wonderfully, and some Time agoe it was beginning to Spindle out. A most remarkably forward Season. I rode over to Hopkinton and Isaac How being yet alive and an assembly gathered (at the House of Mr. Josiah Rice), I preached there, on 1 Tim.1.15, followed with a moving and awakening address to the poor dying man; who seemed to take it in Some Suitable Manner to outward appearance but I fear he has not really an apprehension of his astonishing Danger but is in a false Peace. The assembly were very attentive and Some Number affected. N.B. one Nutt a young woman with me after Exercise — Mr. Gibbs — and Several others of whom Mr. Benjamin Burnap was one and he rode with me some way back. My Folks have now had some success in getting in Hay that had been long out.
Josiah Rice (1700-1792) of Westborough.
Benjamin Burnap Sr. of Hopkinton was elected deacon of the Hopkinton church, 1725; Harold Field Worthley, Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620-1805 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1970), 298.