November 3, 1742

1742 November 3 (Wednesday).  Fine pleasant Day — yet the Snow goes off but very little.  Mr. Grow worked for me in closing up the back part of the House where a passage was made to Carry stones and Mortar in building the Chimney — and other Small Jobbs in fitting the House for winter.  At Eve Brother Hicks here.  N.B. a very considerable Company attended John Oake at his Marriage this Evening.

November 10, 1742

1742 November 10 (Wednesday).  Mr. Mead a.m. boarding the Curb.  P.M. Mr. Samuel Harrington[1] of Grafton and his Wife here, She being in Spiritual Troubles.

[1]Samuel Harrington d. Aug. 8, 1743 (Grafton VR, 342); his widow Mary mar. Thomas Drury, Sept. 26, 1745.  For Harrington’s deathbed conversion, see “Solomon Prentice’s Narrative of the Great Awakening,” ed. Ross W. Beales, Jr., Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society 83 (1971): 143.

November 16, 1742

1742 November 16 (Tuesday).  Snow that fell last Night and this Morning — light yet of some Depth.  Mr. Jonathan Burnap here.  N.B. Mr. Pratt and Ebenezer Mainard cut out and Salted up my Beef for me.  N.B. Mr. Stephen Fay here and tarryed, and dined with me; was with me all the Afternoon and Some part of the Evening.  He revealed Several wonderfull Experiences which he had had both last Spring and lately.  He told me he had a weighty, pressing Concern for Two Souls.  I found he meant his own and mine.  I asked him what he had discovered in me that gave him reason to Suspect me.  He told me my preaching and Conversation.  For that if I had a true sight of Eternal Things he thought I Should be more Zealous and fervent for, for his part, he felt as if he could cry out etc.  I confessed my Dulness, yet made some appeal to my Sermons, especially of late deliver’d.  I Spake of the different Tempers of Men; the Diversitys of Gifts but the Same Spirit.  The different Frames which both Speakers and Hearers are in at different Times — professed however, my great Need of Divine Grace and the Supplys of the Spirit to revive and quicken and furnish and assist me; and of his prayers (and asked them) that I might obtain the presence and Spirit of God with me; and whatever God should afford, Should give in to me, I would endeavour to give out to them.  We parted in great peace and Love.  May the Lord sanctifie this admonition to me, and hereby Stir up in me a Spirit of Care,  and Jealousy over my own soul; and enliven me with respect to the Souls committed to my Care!  O might it please God to impress me deeply with the worth of Immortal souls, and my tremendous Account in the Day of Christ of those of this Flock, and all of my Charge!

November 22, 1742

1742 November 22 (Monday).  In the Morning rode to Ensign Daniel Bartletts, and Mr. Allens.  In my ride was greatly oppressed in sorrowful Thoughts of my Spiritual State, and of my Ministerial work.  When I returned found some Comfort in Mr. Shepherds Saints Jewel on 2 Cor. 7.1.  And p.m. came Mr. Samuel Streeter of Hopkinton and gave me some account of himself and his Spiritual State for Some years past, but especially of his darkness and trouble till the Fast at Hopkinton last December 29, and (to God the Sole Glory) the Help he received by my sermon on Ps. 63.8.  Mr. Wheeler here — nothing disquieting.  Brother Hicks here and lodged.

November 26, 1742

1742 November 26 (Friday).  Mr. Prentice of Grafton came to see me.  I enquired whether he had sought Reconcilement with Mr. Loring of Sudbury, as he had engaged at Rutland?  He could not say he had.  He brought me his Church’s Desire and his own, to assist them in a Fast next Thursday come sennight.  But I insisted upon his reconcilement with Mr. Loring.  N.B. Mr. Hall had told him and his wife that at his late visit to me, I received him but Coldly.  At Eve Brother Hicks returned from Cambridge but brought not Molly.  She was still confined with illness at Sister Bettys at Boston.  Brother Hicks lodged here.

November 30, 1742

1742 November 30 (Tuesday).  Rose early and visited Thomas Goodeno’s Daughter[1] which had the Iliac Passion, but through God’s Mercy grew better.  I proceeded on my journey to Boston.  Mr. Smith of Marlborough, justice Allen and his Daughter Lucy gone along.  I overtook ‘em at Baldwins and there we all dined.  Mother Champney (when I came to Cambridge) I found had been very ill — and was still confined.  Was at College.  Proceeded to Boston.  My Mother wondrous well and Comfortable.  D.G.  Was at Mr. Owen, the Taylors.  Lodged at Sister Bettys.  Molly had been long laid up with a Severe ague and Still kept House.

[1]Thomas and Persis Goodenow (also spelled Goodanow) had three daughters at this time, Persis, b. Jan. 11, 1735; Lucy, b. May 16, 1736; and Elizabeth, b. Sept, 10, 1740 (WVR, 54).