December 15, 1748

1748 December 15 (Thursday).  After a Night of Disorder, and tempestuous Storm of Wind and Rain, wak’d early.  Shav’d at Mr. Mallow’s.  Had Some Contest with Major Henchman for his not sending any Return to my repeated Letters.  He resented my last.  I took it again.  Public Lecture by Mr. Wellsteed[1] on Ps. 51.11 or 12 of our Need of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  Din’d at Brother Samuels.  Visited Mrs. Mary Bennett (who was so good as to make me a present of Tea) — visited my poor Mourning Niece — but the prizers were there.  After visits to my other Relations — Supp’d at Olivers, my Two Brethren also there.  N.B. Talk in private with my Brother Parkman; concerning the Grounds of the Reproachful Storm in most people’s mouths of his Conduct towards his sons widow, and especially the very night of the Funeral.  I rejoice to hear him declare his Innocence.  Lodg’d at Olivers; my Horse kept here Still.  N.B. Old Mr. S. Clark the Builder bury’d and Mr. Joseph White’s widow (sister Hannahs sister) dy’d.

[1]William Wellsteed of the New Brick Church.