1751 October 1 (Tuesday). Fine Weather Still. Let Mr. Jonathan Forbush junior have 212 feet of White Oake Boards, to go to Boston, to Mr. James Allen Merchant, Taylor.
1751 October 2 (Wednesday). I rode to Grafton and preach’d the Lecture on Eph. 1.3 and return’d home at Eve.
1751 October 4, 5 (Friday, Saturday). [No entries.]
1751 October 6 (Sunday). Read Numb. 16 from number 35 to the End. Preach’d on Jam. 4.8. Us’d Sermon on 2 Cor. 11.26, page 19 to 23. Administer’d the Lord’s Supper. P.M. read Rom. 8 and preach’d on Isa. 7.14.
1751 October 7 (Monday). Rode over to Mr. Gashitts for Lath — was at Mr. Chaddocks also. Rain at Deacon Forbush and at Neighbour Bonds.
1751 October 8 (Tuesday). Mr. Hutchinson came and rode with me to Ministers Meeting at Mr. Martyns. N.B. Sir Forbush examin’d (as well as Mr. Jacob Cushing) and approbated. Several Brothers of Mr. Lorings Church. Mr. Loring inexorable.
Jacob (Harvard 1748), the son of the Reverend Job Cushing of Shrewsbury, became the minister of the First Congregational Church of Waltham, 1752-1809. Sibley, XII, 252-257.
The Reverend Israel Loring of Sudbury.
1751 October 10 (Thursday). Mrs. Esther Edwards at the other House and lodg’d there, but I saw her not. Heavy Rains. The Day appointed to gather my Island Corn but disappointed by the Weather.
Esther, the daughter of the Reverend Jonathan Edwards, later married the Reverend Aaron Burr, the president of the young College of New Jersey.
1751 October 11 (Friday). Mr. Martyn and his Wife (though a wet Day) with their Sister Monis din’d here. Mr. Gay and his wife lodg’d last night at t’other House, the last night and to Day they Set out in the Rain.
Abigail Marrett of Cambridge, who married Judah Monis, was the sister of Mrs. John Martyn of Northborough. Kent, Northborough, p. 287.
The Reverend Ebenezer Gay of Hingham.
1751 October 13 (Sunday). Mr. Martyn here and preach’d on Mat. 11.16 and onward and read Numb. 17. P.M. Luke 12.1, and read Rom. 9. I rode over to the Northside and read both a. and p.m. Preach’d a. and p.m. on Eph. 1.3, concluding the subject. Return’d at Eve — but miss’d of Mr. Martyn. At Mr. Joslins etc at Eve.
1751 October 14 (Monday). I rode to Lieutenant Tainters to see what was like to come of my Island-Corn. N.B. Mr. Charles Rice makes a Corn-Binn with poles brought by my son Ebenezer.
1751 October 15 (Tuesday). Lieutenant Tainter with his Team (a Load of Wood, Quarter of Lamb and a present of Salt Pork) to cut up and Cart home my Island Corn. Joseph Grout junior with his Team, my William also came with our own — 8 Load of Cutt up Corn were brought home. Old Mr. Rice and his sons (3 of them) and his son-in-law with a small number more, came in the afternoon and Evening and husk’d — till about Nine o’Clock at Night — a very Cold Evening. Mr. Breck of Springfield here and lodg’d here.
The Reverend Robert Breck, Jr.
1751 October 16 (Wednesday). My Corn was laid expos’d where there was no fence, so that I rose Early to look after it. Mr. Breck went to Marlborough to carry up Cousen Betty Gott to live with him. Mr. Jonathan Bellows came and work’d for me to Day, in taking Care of the Husks, building up the Corn Bin etc. N.B. Ephraim Bruce, Barnabas Newton and Jonathan Bellows. P.M. Sent Billy into the Whipple Corner for help in Husking. Nobody came till about 4 p.m. when Mr. Samuel Fay junior, Mr. Joseph Green junior, and four Ladds — Viz. Abner and Francis Whipple and two sons of Mr. Fay aforesaid came and husk’d. N.B. Mr. Amsden came to see us.
Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Dr. Benjamin Gott of Marlborough.
1751 October 17 (Thursday). My little Daughter Susan very much indispos’d — but we ventur’d to go to Mr. Martyn with the Child, having appointed and engag’d it. The last night so cold that the Horse was not able well to break the Ice through the Brook at Widow Tomlins. Din’d at Mr. Martyns. Mrs. Eager and her sister, Mrs. Patty Ward there. We return’d at Eve. Susen so ill we sent for Dr. Chase — who came. My God prepare us for his holy will!
1751 October 18 (Friday). Warmer Weather. Mr. Ithamar Bellows at work here in making my garden-yard — Carting and stacking stalks etc. P.M. Lieutenant Tainter brought another Load of Wood and helps clear the Island Field, of Pumpkins, Beans, Turnips. Mr. Charles Rice cover’d and Secur’d my Corn Binn. Suse took a Vomit.
1751 October 19 (Saturday). Suse very bad (of a Fever) Dr. Chase tends upon her diligently. God prepare us for His holy will! hear that several Children and Youth are ill of Fever also. The air much Warmer. Suse (D.G.) better.
Thomas Chase, born in Sutton, April 3, 1732, studied medicine with Dr. Benjamin Morse of Sutton. He lived and practiced in Westborough in the 1750’s. Some time after 1760 he moved to New York.
1751 October 20 (Sunday). Read Numb. 18. Preach’d on Exod. 20.14. Many Grafton people with us. P.M. Sir Forbush, Mr. Joseph Miles, and his son Abner, and Mrs. Twitchell din’d here.
1751 October 21 (Monday). Ebenezer with the Team brought Boards from Maynards Mill — and Two Turns from Forbush’s Mill — Viz. 700 of Mr. Joseph Woods’s Boards. P.M. Mr. Jeduthan Baldwin and his apprentice John Woods came to work, to finish my East Room. Sir Forbush to Boston on the Affair of Stockbridge. Grows colder.
1751 October 22 (Tuesday). At the Widow Beeman’s (who was very bountiful, Sending Pork, Beef, and Cheese to my Wife). N.B. The remarkable Number of Teams and market Horses going to Boston, yesterday and to Day — no less than 19 Teams only from Sutton yesterday. P.M. visited Samuel Hardy junior who is very ill of a Fever. Was at Mr. Moses Warrins, Mr. Grouts, Phinehas Hardys, etc.
Mrs. Eleazer Beeman.
1751 October 23 (Wednesday). Susen So well that the Doctor ceases his visits, and generously gives his Medicines and visits also. Sorrowful News of Two Young Women, Daughters of Mr. William Brewer of Shrewsbury, who were drown’d yesterday at Lancaster as they were going to visit a Relation. Ebenezer design’d to have an Husking this afternoon but being belated in his Invitations was oblig’d to defer it.
Abigail and Elizabeth Brewer were drowned “in a saw mill pond” in Lancaster. Ward, Shrewsbury, p.245.
1751 October 24 (Thursday). The Wind high and Southerly, the House, especially my Chamber, So fill’d with smoke that I was oblig’d to put out my Fire; this is to my great Disappointment after so much trouble and Charge to obtain Good Chimneys. Sam. Bumpso Clearing by the Stack Yard. N.B. Mr. Phinehas Hardy goes to Bolton for Lime, for Deacon Newton and me, and return’d at Night empty, bringing only a Bag of Hair from Mr. Samuel Bakers. P.M. 25 Hands help’d Ebenezer husk. N.B. Baldwin, John Woods and Sam. Bumpso went.
1751 October 25 (Friday). [No entry.]
1751 October 27 (Sunday). Rainy. Read Numb. 29 and Rom. 10. Preach’d all Day on Exod. 20.14. Mr. Mead and Daniel How din’d here.
1751 October 28 (Monday). Visited Sir Forbush. Training. I din’d with the officers after Prayer with the Company. P.M. visited Mr. Jacob Amsden sick of a Fever.
1751 October 29 (Tuesday). Rode Mr. Williams’s Horse to visit Mr. Amsden again; Mr. Rogers etc. Din’d at my other House with Mr. Martyn whom I accompany’d hither also. Lieutenant Hezekiah Ward here. N.B. Jonathan Bond junior (a Lad) who with my Billy and my Team plough’d in Rye at my Island. N.B. Mr. Grout, Lieutenant Tainter, Mr. Phinehas Hardy, Samuel Harrington, and Mr. Beriah Rice here. Consult about a Shed over my Kitchen Chimney and North Door.
1751 October 30 (Wednesday). Jonathan Bond and Billy plough’d in Rye again. Mr. John Beaton din’d here. Mr. Bliss and Deacon Miles of Concord here, going to a Council at Sutton. N.B. Mr. Hezekiah How help’d Ebenezer kill the Cow which I bought some Years ago of Ebenezer Maynard. Baldwin yesterday and to Day about the Garrett Stairs. It grows very Cold and we are Scanted for Wood; nor can I as yet tell what way I am like to have supply.
The Reverend Daniel Bliss.
1751 October 31 (Thursday). Mr. Harrington brought a Load of Wood. So faithful and bountiful is Divine Providence and so kind and unwearied this good Neighbour (under God) to assist me! Billy brought over a side of Beef. Samuel and Hannah Hicks in their Return here. P.M. walk’d to Deacon Newton; and thence to Justice Bakers. Had his mare to visit Samuel Hardy junior, and old Mr. Fay. Mr. Bliss return’d from Council at Sutton and call’d but I was not at home. Mr. Baldwin for 2 or Three Days about the Garrett stairs