1746 June 1 (Sunday). On Mat. 10.39. He that Saveth is Life etc. and Ch. 12.41. The Man of Nin — O might there be a suitable Effect, by the Gracious Concurrence of God.
1746 June 3 (Tuesday). Mr. Devotion for Suffield. The Catechetical Exercise: but I could not begin my preparations till noon, when I sat down and wrote the minutes of what I deliver’d.
1746 June 4 (Wednesday). Rode to Mr. Ebenezer Rice’s Shop. His Father Charles changes my Firelock. N.B. This Day about 7 or 8 o’Clock in the morning Mr. Samuel Harrington (and divers others) Saw in the South West a blazing Meteor, which Soon was Extinct.
1746 June 6 (Friday). Mr. Appleton and with him Mr. John Wendall of College here. The north Company train’d. I pray’d with them. At Eve Mr. Appleton, etc. went down with me to Captain Maynards. The Expedition to Canada Engrosses all Conversation.
The Reverend Nathaniel Appleton of Cambridge.
1746 June 7 (Saturday). Mr. Appleton and Mr. Wendall to Worcester. P.M. refreshing Rain and Moderate Thunder.
1746 June 8 (Sunday). On Tit. 2.12, and p.m. repeated on Acts 13.36. Mr. Miller din’d with us.
1746 June 9 (Monday). Noah Forbush here who gives me a distinct account of the Skirmish with the Indians at No. 4 last Saturday was fortnight when 5 Englishmen were kill’d, one wounded, and one carry’d away Captive. N.B. Noah was in the hottest Engagement, and broke through the Indians though in a Lane, and 70 Rod from the Fort. So memorable the Goodness of God towards him that he got in Safe. N.B. Though the Thunder last Saturday was So Moderate here, yet at Mr. Joseph Wheelers an Horse was kill’d. Training of the South Company and I din’d with the Officers at Captain Fays.
Son of Aaron Forbush of Westborough.
“We hear from No. 4. of the Narragansett-Townships, that on the 24th of May past, four Men were killed by the Indians; another was dangerously wounded, and two more are missing. . . .” The Boston Weekly News-Letter, June 5, 1746.
John Fay, a deacon of the Westborough church.
1746 June 10 (Tuesday). Rainy. My Cattle grow very troublesome by breaking in upon my Corn, whilst Ebenezer and Thomme were gone a fishing. Mr. Eliezer Rice hobbled my Ox which was the Ringleader in the Mischief. At Eve Mr. Ebenezer Rice here and whilst he wants Privileges in the Church discovers to me the great Disadvantage his Character had been brought under by Lydia Pratt of Grafton.
1746 June 11 (Wednesday). Brother Hicks from Cambridge tells me they are in a way of settling the Affairs at Mother Champney’s.
1746 June 12 (Thursday). Preach’d to Young Men from Jer. 46.10 former part, but herein us’d Sermon 3 and 4 on Isa. 61.2. Though the Subject was very moving yet there were but few to hear. O that God would quicken and awaken up all of us!
1746 June 13 (Friday). James White and Robert Cook here; they with Some others going out to the Frontiers. May the Lord Sanctifie them and protect them. Thomas Winchester here at Evening to desire he may not begin with me at the Time agreed for, but may take Care of Mr. Abraham Temple’s Work and Affairs for a while, he being come out in the Troop, to the Frontiers. Out of compassion therefore I yielded to a Weeks Delay.
Son of Cornelius Cook of Westborough.
1746 June 14 (Saturday). The Sow missing yesterday and this morning — at length found by the Side of a great Pine Logg in the Hill, with Ten Piggs. P.M. a Storm of Thunder and rain: but bore away to the South, and south East. Reverend Mr. Smith here requesting me to go to Worcester in his Stead, but I could not well go. He proceeded to Shrewsbury.
1746 June 15 (Sunday). Rest of Sermon on Acts 13.36, and p.m. on 2 Tim. 2.3
1746 June 17 (Tuesday). My Wife and I were purposing to Visit Mr. Martyn and his, but Mr. Buckminster with his spouse came a.m. and din’d with us, but we prosecuted our Design. At Mr. Martyns were Mr. Goss and his Wife, and Mr. Martyns Landlord and Landlady Sawyer. I beg of God that the Correspondence which I now settle may be for his Glory and our mutual good, and that of the Societys respectively under our Care! At Eve when we return’d home my wife was ill, and full of Pain.
Reverend Joseph Buckminister [that is, Buckminster], minister of the First Congregational Church in Rutland.
The Reverend Thomas Goss of Bolton.
1746 June 18 (Wednesday). Hard Thunder in the Morning but it did not seem very nigh, and accompanying it was a great Storm of Rain. Mr. Cushing here and is desirous that instead of preaching a Lecture to his young people I would preach the Lecture Preparatory to the Sacrament among them.
1746 June 19 (Thursday). Preach’d at Shrewsbury Lecture on Rom. 6.13. Yield yourself to God. N.B. Not many at meeting. There was a Training yesterday and another to be tomorrow — besides that it was good weather for Business after much hindrance by the late Rains. N.B. Captain Caleb Johnsons House was greatly wreck’d by the Thunder Yesterday Morning and the Lives of the Family marvellously Spar’d. N.B. Lieutenant Stone came to Speak with me about my Letter, lately Sent to Mr. Cushing in which it was Suppos’d I severely check’d the Young Society there for their undutifulness to their pastor. I had prepar’d an Answer and deliver’d it by Lieutenant’s Hands. At Eve when I return’d to my own House I found there Mr. Elisha Whittlesey of Wallingford and Mrs. Sara Noyes of New Haven who lodg’d here.
Of Shrewsbury. Ward, Shrewsbury, p. 336.
Isaac Stone was at one time selectman of Shrewsbury.
Wife of the Reverend Joseph Noyes of New Haven.
1746 June 20 (Friday). Rain a.m. held up p.m. After Dinner our Company went off. Sorrowfull News that Benjamin Tainter is either kill’d or Carry’d away Captive, by the Indians who have besett Massachusetts Fort at Hoosuck.
1746 June 21 (Saturday). About 10 o’Clock at night comes Mr. Thomas Marsh from College to request me to go to Worcester to preach in Mr. Stevens’s Stead. The Circumstances of the Case being Singular (as he related the matter with regard to both Mr. Steven and himself) — though he had undertaken to come, yet it was only to Exchange with Some Neighbouring Ministers, and if I could not he must go to Mr. Cushing or somebody for he could not preach there himself. I told him Mr. Cushing preach’d there but last Sabbath and Especially I know Mr. Cushing could not go because it was his (appointed) Sacrament. As to his being so late in his Journey, the President and Fellows sat upon an affair of some Difficulty till one o’Clock, and after that he had to dine. I at length consented to go, and
(Harvard 1731). Tutor of Harvard College. Sibley, IX, 67-70.
Benjamin Stevens (Harvard 1740) was later minister of Kittery, Me., 1751-1791. Sibley, X, 535-539.
1746 June 22 (Sunday). In the morning I rose so Early as to ride a mile from home before sunrise. Got to Worcester about 7 o’Clock. Preach’d all Day on Gal. 2.20. N.B. Colonel Chandler, who came up last night, confirms the News which Mr. Marsh brought that the Duke of Cumberland is Slain in Battle against the Rebells at Inverness. Din’d at the Colonel’s. Supp’d at Dr. Brecks. Rode back to Mr. Cushings at Eve and lodg’d there.
1746 June 23 (Monday). Home Early. Mr. Marsh not gone. Thomas Winchester was to have come but did not till nigh noon, and I had sent the Oxen home which I had order’d to be got together to cross our Ground by the Settle. It prov’d Rainy also, So that Thomas could do but little today. Pamela which Colonel Chandler lent to Molly.
1746 June 24 (Tuesday). We cross’d the foresaid Ground with Neighbour Tomlins, Neighbour Hows and my own Oxen and Mare. Yet ‘twas somewhat Rainy. Mr. Samuel Forbush of Upton here to be Examin’d. Mrs. McAllister and Mrs. Dowsing here, would have Dismissions from our Church.
1746 June 25 (Wednesday). Thomas and Ebenezer Hoaing and Mowing. They finish’d the Second. The first good Day for Hay that has come. I visited Lieutenant Tainter and his Family in their Distress for Benjamin, who, as they conclude, is carry’d away Captive by the Indians. Captain Maynard brought old Christian (Squab Widow of George Misco) from Grafton to dwell at his House. Frequently bad news respecting our poor Englishmens Sufferings in the Indian Wars. We hear of another Skirmish at No. 4, and that a Trooper Shot himself with his own Pistol. Lieutenant Hezekiah Ward here at Evening.
Deacon Simon Tainter. [Correction: Tainter was not elected deacon until 1757.]
1746 June 26 (Thursday). Thomas and Ebenezer Mowing: a good Hay Day. P.M. Mr. Martyn here. After School Mr. Jenison. At Eve I walk’d to Captain Maynards to See Old Christian.
1746 June 27 (Friday). Rain a.m. Considerable Hay lyes expos’d. P.M. held up.
1746 June 28 (Saturday). No School yesterday or to Day.
1746 June 29 (Sunday). On 2 Tim. 2.3, a. and p.m. N.B. Lieutenant Tainter receiv’d a Letter from Aaron Warrin at Fort Pelham informing and Certifying of the onsett of the Indians on Hoosuck or Massachusetts Fort, and killing or carrying away Benjamin Tainter. N.B. Captain Thomas Steel, one that has Beating Orders for Canada, at meeting here.
1746 June 30 (Monday). Journeyed to Boston. Din’d at Mr. Patersons in Sudbury with Sir Williams. Sir Bass my Company from thence to Roxbury. Lodg’d at Brother Alexanders who marry’d Mrs. Rebecca Jarvis on the 5th Day of this Month.