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Monthly Archives: December 1745
1745 December 1 (Sunday). Mr. Vinal was engag’d to preach to Day for Mr. Gee, So that though I had been oblig’d to preach for him the first Time I should be in Town, yet now I was at Liberty … Continue reading
1745 December 2 (Monday). A.M. Visited Mr. Gee — din’d at Mr. Webbs. N.B. he made a present on one of Mr. Dickinsons Familiar Letters. P.M. at Mr. John Brecks. At Eve at Mr. Foxcrofts — first saw one of … Continue reading
1745 December 3 (Tuesday). Neighbour David Maynard junior brought my mare to me at Brother Samuels with an Affectionate Letter from my Wife. Din’d at Brother Alexanders. P.M. I rode to Cambridge, was at Mr. Rands — lodg’d at Mother … Continue reading
1745 December 4 (Wednesday). Rode Home. Mr. McAllister and Mr. Priest my Company some part of the way. Would Bless God that I find my Tabernacle in Peace, Especially in such a Time of Calamity as this, especially among some … Continue reading
1745 December 5 (Thursday). Public Thanksgiving. On Rom. 12.1. O may we be truly sensible of the Divine Benefits and of our Obligations to Him therefore! that we might present ourselves a living Sacrifice etc. which is our Reasonable Service!
1745 December 6 (Friday). Visited at both Winchesters and Grouts. Having receiv’d a Petition from Mr. David Crosby in Worcester Gaol that there might be a Contribution here for him, I Yesterday desir’d the Deacons of the Church and the … Continue reading
1745 December 7 (Saturday). Sarah Henry came last night, and works here this Day, making a pair of Leather Breeches for William.
1745 December 8 (Sunday). Repeated the Remainder of Sermon on Rom. 12.1. Mrs. Kelly and her sister Dunlop and Mr. Jonathan Bellows wife din’d here. At Eve visited Mr. Seth Rice’s little Daughter lying at the Point of Death.
1745 December 9 (Monday). Great Concern upon my Heart respecting our Northern Brethren who this Day meet to Elect a Minister. The Lord grant them Grace and direction and overrule their spirits to do what may be for the Divine … Continue reading
1745 December 10 (Tuesday). At the Funeral of Mr. Seth Rice’s Daughter. At Eve visited Abraham Batchellor who is on the Recovery. At Eve also Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Jedidiah How were at my Home. Mr. Wheeler very full in … Continue reading
1745 December 11 (Wednesday). I Visited at Moses Winchesters where Betty Chamberlin was ill of Sore Throat — at James Fays, where Silas Pratt was ill of a Fever; and Mr. Grouts whose Children were much better: at Mr. Williams’s … Continue reading
1745 December 12 (Thursday). North side Committee for waiting on Mr. Martyn with their Call, not going over to Bolton yesterday when the appointment was (for they refus’d to go over because Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Ball and other opposers would … Continue reading
1745 December 13 (Friday). Molly rode to Grafton, to see whether her Gown was done at Mr. Batchellors.
1745 December 14 (Saturday). Lieutenant Aaron Forbush kill’d a Pigg which weigh’d 114 for me. At Eve Jacob Rice.
1745 December 15 (Sunday). I had chose to repeat Old Sermons last Sabbath that I might be both in Season with my Preparations and might Deliver the whole of what I Should have to say upon the Subject in one … Continue reading
1745 December 16 (Monday). Mr. Wheeler here all the afternoon. Selectmen met and having receiv’d Order from the Council Board that the Town Should be assess’d, issued Orders accordingly to the Assessors for that Purpose. Cold Weather.
1745 December 17 (Tuesday). Mr. Cushing din’d with Me and spent the afternoon with me. Ebenezer today (Ah! Quantum mutatus ab Expectione nostra) work’d with Daniel How in the Cedar Swamp in making Shingles.
1745 December 18 (Wednesday). As we have had a fine Moderate Season except the last Three Days, So of no Snow since that which fell November 12. But now comes a fierce storm, Cold, Windy, Snow.
1745 December 19 (Thursday). P.M. I rode over to talk with Deacon Newton about his Success at the General Court in the Affair of my last Years Sallery. At Eve came my Kinsman Hearsey from Boston and lodged here.
1745 December 20 (Friday). Mr. Hearsey goes to Oxford to wait on his wifes Aunt Griffin. Old Mr. Maynard Signs and Declares another Last Will and Testament. Lieutenant Aaron Forbush and Edwards Whipple the Witnesses. Snow. Ebenezer sledds Wood. N.B. … Continue reading
1745 December 21 (Saturday). Lieutenant Tainter here. He bemoans the Condition of his Brother Thomas Harrington at Waltham.
1745 December 22 (Sunday). Cold, cloudy Day. I preach’d a.m. on Heb. 9.27. P.M. I repeat’d from Col. 3.4, the Introduction but fill’d up the Exercise with the first part of sermon on Phil. 1.21, the first 12 pages. O … Continue reading
1745 December 23 (Monday). Captain Maynard here and informs me that the soldiers are not likely to return from the Frontiers, according to their Expectations. That therefore he does not expect to see his son much before spring. Would be … Continue reading
1745 December 24 (Tuesday). Daniel How thrashing Rye with Ebenezer. Thomas Winchester came and Thrash’d a.m. and p.m. kill’d Two Piggs which weigh’d about 100 apiece. Deacon Forbush to Worcester with his Daughter Hannah to keep Mr. Jenisons House.
1745 December 25 (Wednesday). Thomas Winchester Went to Boston with the Two Piggs on my Mare. I borrow’d Mr. Williams’s Mare and rode (though not sent for, yet a bright Comfortable Day inviting and hearing that a number of Ministers … Continue reading
1745 December 26 (Thursday). Though it was last night a most Clear and bright Night yet this Morn was thick Cloudy, and anon it snow’d; and it prov’d a Stormy Day. Wrote Mr. Bliss a Letter and sent it to … Continue reading
1745 December 27 (Friday). When the Storm Clear’d away last night the Wind rose very high. It was a Night of Strong Gusts that rock’d and Shook the House very much, but God Mercifully preserv’d us and upheld our Dwelling. … Continue reading
1745 December 28 (Saturday). Thomas broke out Flax a.m. P.M. he went home. Moderate, pleasant Day. Ebenezer winnow’d some Rye. Thomme I sent to Mr. James Maynards, he being Collector for the Parish.
1745 December 29 (Sunday). A.M. on Heb. 9.27, and p.m. Repeat’d on Mat. 13.39. It being the Last Sabbath of the Year I was Desirous to Meditate on the Last Day [of] Each Mans Life, and the Last Day of … Continue reading
1745 December 30 (Monday). A tedious Snow Storm. Adhere to a Custom I am in of Reading Lowth in the Morning. Have not yet finish’d Fullers Church History, but keep on in it. P.M. Old Mr. Maynard, Old Mr. Whipple … Continue reading