1743 January 1 (Saturday). I bent my mind (as far as my present engagement in my Preparations for the Sabbath would allow) to consider the Lord’s gracious dealings with me in granting me the Beginnings of another year, and begging that all my old sins might be done away; and that I might Spend all the residue of my Time to the will of God and would Committ all the Events of this Year to Him. For I entreat I may both putt on the New.
1743 January 2 (Sunday). I preach’d on Ps. 116.9 at the Meeting House, Sermons of Gratitude for the Favours conferr’d in my Recovery from sickness, and granting us the New year. I endeavour’d in some poor Manner to Engage after the Manner of David that I would walk, etc. See a loose Paper. Receiv’d from New Haven of November 29. N.B. Wilson Rawson here at Evening with a Message from Mr. Door.
Samuel Rawson of Milford, Mass. Adin Ballou, History of the Town of Milford (Boston, 1882), 983.
Rev. Joseph Dorr of Mendon.
1743 January 3 (Monday). Molly in an afflicted State by the Pains of her Stomach. I would have gone to Mrs. Stone that has been long sick, but there rose a very raw Wind which prevented Me.
1743 January 4 (Tuesday). The people of Grafton (where have been peculiar awakenings of late especially among the Children) have agreed to Spend most of the Days of this Week in Exercises of Religion and have Sent to some Number of Ministers, Mr. Hall, Goddard, Webb of Uxbridge, Bliss, Haven to preach to them. To Day Mr. Hall p.m. and Mr. Goddard in the Eve. May God grant them the Assistance and Measures of Wisdom which they need at this Time, and succeed them to his Glory! Neighbour Rogers and Chamberlain kill’d a Hogg for me (which when lean I bought of Brother Hicks) weigh’d 188. Wet Day.
Rev. David Goddard of Leicester.
Rev. Nathan Webb (HC 1725), first minister at Uxbridge, 1731-1772. SHG 7:617-619.
Rev. Daniel Bliss of Concord.
Rev. Elias Haven of Franklin.
1743 January 5 (Wednesday). Jejun. Priv. The New Year. The Late Frown of Heaven in my sickness through which I am much Weaken’d and sett back in my Business. The present Times among us — call’d for no less. We Sent Ebenezer to Grafton but though I design’d he should wait upon what Exerciser [sic]he could yet he return’d without going to Meeting at all. Mr. Hall a.m. and Mr. Bliss p.m. Mr. Goddard at Eve. My own Mind wrought very much on my inward State and upon what God is doing among his people. Mr. Wilson here to acquaint me with the Death of Mr. John Snells child. Very fine pleasant Weather, especially a.m. Mr. Prentice sent me a Letter of the third which I receiv’d this Evening to acquaint me with and desire my assistance in their Solemnitys.
No Snells in Westborough or Shrewsbury vital records.
Rev. Solomon Prentice of Grafton.
1743 January 7 (Friday). Cold, yet my Wife and I ventur’d out to Mr. Daniel Stones to see his Wife in her low Condition. This was my first going out among my Nei[gh]bours. N.B. Mrs. Stone very low, weak and under grievous Sores which endanger’d her Life. N.B. Mr. Tyler from Mendon, there, with a Letter to me from the Society call’d Mill River in order for a Council. Mr. Haven preach’d a.m. at Grafton (which finish’d the public Exercises). Mr. Prentice himself preach’d at Eve at a private Meeting. Much has been said of these Exercises — some Number being very dissatisfy’d with them. Others much applauding and praising God for the great Grace appearing in them.
Probably Capt. Nathan Tyler.
1743 January 8 (Saturday). Mr. Jension here.
1743 January 9 (Sunday). On Matt. 11.25.26. Isa. 33.14. Mrs. Thurston din’d with us. O that God would deeply impress us with the solemn Things of his Word! And that this might not go over without an abiding Effect.
1743 January 10 (Monday). Bright Day. Mr. Bradish here and din’d with me. At Eve Mr. Williams, Beriah Rice and James Fay — much pro and con respecting the Times.
1743 January 11 (Tuesday). My Wife and I rode up to Mr. Snells and to Shrewsbury to a Lecture by Mr. Hall. He preach’d on Rom. 2.4. Many present. N.B. Mr. Harwood in his Fitts, panting, heaving, etc. We return’d at Evening but there was also an Evening Exercise By the Same Gentleman, Reverend Mr. Cushing being passive therein.
1743 January 12 (Wednesday). A Letter from Messrs. Stone and Smith concerning a Monthly Lecture in their respective Towns. A great variety of Company. Deacon [Jonathan] Forbush in great Soul Distresses, yet disapproving of several Things in the private meetings of the enlightened. Young Fitch of Norwich here by whom I wrote to my Cousin Daniel Needham and to Mr. Wight. Deacon Whipple of Grafton came with his Brother of this Town and spent the Evening with me. N.B. his account of his Conversion last February. Yet neither can he allow of divers Things at the Private Meetings of these Times. N.B. a Private Meeting this very Eve at Mr. James Fays. I allow’d Ebenezer and Rebecca Hicks (under Special Charge) to go. N.B. settled and Ballanced with Daniel Forbush.
One of the sons of the late James Fitch. John G. Fitch, Genealogy of the Fitch Family (Olmsted, Ohio), 21-22.
Parkman’s oldest sister, Mary, had married Daniel Needham in 1702.
Rev. Jabez Wight (HC 1721), minister of Preston, Conn., 1726-1782. SHG 6:582-584.
James Whipple. Pierce, Grafton, 596-598.
Daughter of John Hicks.
1743 January 13 (Thursday). A number of Children were suppos’d to be much fill’d with the Spirit and carry’d out in Spiritual Joy last Night at Mr. Fays. An indian Girl in great Distress for her Brother — and Betty Fay in Terrors. Of which and other Things occurring at the Meeting, there are various Sentiments. Mrs. Woods of Marlborough here. Dr. Gott and Lieutenant Woods with him here and din’d with us. A very open, moderate season for many Days past. Rain at Eve.
Elizabeth, daughter of John Fay, Jr.
Widow of Benjamin Woods.
1743 January 14 (Friday). John Hicks here and lodg’d. At Eve Deacon Fay, greatly mov’d with the present Times, made me a visit.
1743 January 15 (Saturday). Ebenezer rode to Mr. Allens to secure some Pork I had bespoke, and he went to Marlborough upon divers Messages. N.B. his return without an answer from Mr.
[The diary ends at this point. The rest of 1743 is lost.]