August 30, 1744

1744 August 30 (Thursday).  A.M. Major Hicks[1] of Salem, Deacon Whittemore[2] and Mr. Joseph Bradford, with Brother Hicks who met them on his Journey down, and return’d to Sutton with them, but was now proceeding on his Journey again.  They din’d here and took Leave.  P.M. I preach’d on John 1.11, and after Exercise read the Letter from New Haven receiv’d last Sabbath.  At Eve I visited Captain Forbush who is not much better.  Major Jones Measuring again to Day.  Heard that the Council at Grafton had perswaded the Church and agrieved Brethren to unite in Calling a Council consisting of the following Churches, Mr. Prescotts[3] of Salem, Mr. Wigglesworths[4] of Ipswich, Mr. Emersons[5] of Malden, Mr. Turells[6] of Medford, and Mr. Hobbys[7] of Reading.

[1]Joshua Hicks.

[2]Samuel Whittemore was a deacon of the Cambridge church for over forty years.  Paige, Cambridge, 688.

[3]Rev. Benjamin Prescott (HC 1709), first minister of Peabody, Mass., 1713-1756.  SHG 5:485-91.

[4]Rev. Samuel Wigglesworth (HC 1707), first minister of Hamilton, Mass., 1714-1768.  SHG 5:406-12.

[5]Rev. Joseph Emerson.

[6]Rev. Ebenezer Turell.

[7]Rev. William Hobby.