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Monthly Archives: April 1752
1752 April 1 (Wednesday). Rode to Mr. Gashetts about a breaking up Plough, but he was not at home. In my way I call’d at Mr. Bonds — Mr. Martyn Pratts, Chaddocks, Dunlops, Charles Bruce, Bowmans, Harringtons etc. N.B. Ebenezer … Continue reading
1752 April 2 (Thursday). Ebenezer here again to bring his Mare, and take Care of the Hay brought last Evening — Rain. I rode to Mr. Grouts — See Mr. Phinehas Hardy, Endeavour’d to obtain his son Constantine. Was at … Continue reading
1752 April 3 (Friday). Mr. Claffland came to digg Stones, but being alone I ran to 3 or 4 near Neighbours for an Hand but in Vain. He was forc’d to return home again. N.B. he was to have brought … Continue reading
1752 April 4 (Saturday). The Weather has been very Cold; and the Nights frosty for Some time. This Morning very Cold. Mr. Winchester returns from Boston — as does Mr. Kelly who was at my Brother Samuels and deliver’d my … Continue reading
1752 April 5 (Sunday). Read Deut. 4. Preach’d a.m. on Mal. 4.1. P.M. read 1 Cor. 14. Preach’d on Mark 9.44 repeating sermon on Heb. 9.27 from page 28 to 36.
1752 April 6 (Monday). Mr. Claffland and Mr. Pierce came and dugg Stones out of the Ground I design to break up for an Orchard. Mr. William Rogers junior work’d with Ebenezer at holing posts. Constantine Hardy came to live … Continue reading
1752 April 7 (Tuesday). Mr. Pierce and Elijah Rice work for me partly in digging and drawing Stones, and partly in building Stone Wall at the Front Corner next to the Road. Mr. Harrington came with 4 Oxen, Mr. Simon … Continue reading
1752 April 8 (Wednesday). The Breaking up Team came again this Morning and finish’d their Work. Mr. Ebenezer Nurse’s came with his son Moses, viz. 4 Oxen, instead of Mr. Grouts. N.B. Mr. Pratt gives his man Cornelius’s Work t’other … Continue reading
1752 April 9 (Thursday). Billy is forc’d to go to plough at t’other House. Neither Ebenezer nor Constantine Hardy came to Lecture. Mr. Hutchinson preach’d it, from Luke 22.15.16. I wrote to Sir Forbush at Brookfield concerning the Contents of … Continue reading
1752 April 10 (Friday). Receiv’d Two Letters per Mr. Winchester from Brother Samuel Parkman, dated the third Instant — one of them writ by Billy Bows, who with his sister Nabby and Cousen Sarah Tyley were inoculated on the second. … Continue reading
1752 April 11 (Saturday). Mr. Richard Kelly brings Word from my Brothers that yesterday the Pox was come out favourably upon Billy etc.
1752 April 12 (Sunday). Read Deut. 5. Preach’d on John 1.41. P.M. administer’d the Lords Supper. Read 1 Cor. 15 and with alterations etc. deliver’d the first of the sermon on number 22. My Mind wrought tumultuously through the last … Continue reading
1752 April 13 (Monday). Old Mr. Dunlop came to work in my New Garden, to dig out the Roots which the plough has left, and prepare it for the Rake. His son John also wrought for me. They both came … Continue reading
1752 April 14 (Tuesday). Thomas and Molly ride to Cambridge to see their Aunt Lydia. Thomas rode on Mr. Samuel Fay’s Beast: Molly on her Brother Ebenezers. I had word from Deacon Newtons that he was worse. Mr. Maccarty, and … Continue reading
1752 April 15 (Wednesday). The Morning unseasonably Cold. The Ground Froze at an unusual rate. N.B. Mr. Maccarty lodg’d at Commisary Price’s. He preach’d the public Lecture from Jos. 24.24. After Exercise Mr. Bridge of Framingham discover’d to me what … Continue reading
1752 April 16 (Thursday). Was oblig’d to do something in the Garden myself. Sow’d a few seeds etc. Am Preparing on the Eighth Commandment. At the Funeral of Mr. Bezaleel Smiths Child.
1752 April 17 (Friday). Thomas and Molly return’d from Cambridge. Thomas had drop’d his great Coat from his Horse in Roxbury — and did not find it. Mr. Winchester from Boston informs that many die of the Small Pox there, … Continue reading
1752 April 18 (Saturday). Mr. Bezaleel Smith and Mr. Eleazer Pratt brought Girts for my Barn from Mr. Reuben Maynards, that Neighbourhood having join’d together and got ‘em.
1752 April 19 (Sunday). A.M. read Deut. 6. Preach’d on Exod. 20.15. P.M. read 1 Cor. 16. Deliver’d again the second Sermon on 1 Cor. 15.22. Stop’d the Brethren and read another Letter from Sudbury agriev’d Sign’d by Josiah Haynes … Continue reading
1752 April 20 (Monday). In the Garden again. Am reading Dr. Youngs Sermons volume 2 borrow’d of Mrs. Barrett of Hopkinton. Edward Young (1643-1705) was a Fellow of Winchester College, Rector of Upham and Dean of Salisbury. The work mentioned … Continue reading
1752 April 21 (Tuesday). Early in the Morning to Mr. Clafflands, Warrins, and to Mr. Bonds, to get Teams to fetch Rails from Rody Smiths and Elijah Rice’s. Visit old Mrs. Dorcas Forbush. P.M. Catechiz’d at the School House. 37 … Continue reading
1752 April 22 (Wednesday). It has been very Cold, especially the Mornings very frosty — but today the Sun is very Warm, and is the most Spring-like Day we have had this Spring. Mr. Bond brought 35 Rails from Rody … Continue reading
1752 April 23 (Thursday). Mr. Edward Wilson came, and at last finished the Topping out of my Chimney — had Cornelius Cook for a Tender. Another very warm Day. I was oblig’d to go to Mr. Jonathan Forbush’s for another … Continue reading
1752 April 24 (Friday). Ebenezer brought over a Load of Clay from Mr. Hows hither; Mr. Willson came again, to plaister the Chimney; and Cornelius Cook tended. They work’d from a little before noon till Evening — paid Mr. Willson … Continue reading
1752 April 25 (Saturday). Mr. Phinehas Rice of Grafton returns from Boston. Informs that it is a most sorrowful Time. Mr. John Gardner, Brazier, Son of the Reverend Mr. Gardner of Stowe is dead, but tis doubtful whether Mrs. Breck … Continue reading
1752 April 26 (Sunday). Read Deut. 7. Preach’d on Exod. 20.15. P.M. read 2 Cor. 1. Deliver’d the third Sermon on 1 Cor. 15.22, but from Rom. 5.12 with some alterations. After Exercises we attended the Funeral of old William … Continue reading
1752 April 27 (Monday). Mr. Joseph Gambel work’d for me, and p.m. he employ’d John Frost to help him — but would have it all to be set down, but a days Work. Near Night I marry’d Joseph Far and … Continue reading
1752 April 28 (Tuesday). Ebenezer plough’d there again, and harrow’d it p.m. with Mrs. Newtons Harrow. He had done before Night. Exceeding difficulty [sic] to get any Body to Cart Rails which I have bought of Rody Smith and Elijah … Continue reading
1752 April 29 (Wednesday). My Business abroad all lys Still, except, what I can do in Gardening. Chief of my Reading is the Free-Thinker. The Free-thinker, or Essays on Ignorance was first published serially in London, March 24, 1718, to … Continue reading