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Monthly Archives: December 1752
1752 December 1 (Friday). The Rain continues Still. Billy goes to School to Day to Mr. Jonathan Ward at Mr. Eliezer Rice’s. Samuel Bumpso Bushel Turnips. P.M. Sun breaks out. I improv’d the Day in Study, prayer and Self Reflection. … Continue reading
1752 December 2 (Saturday). Ebenezer and his wife watch’d at Mr. Pierce’s last night. It remains an House of great Distress. Ebenezer Pierce is now taken ill. Mr. Hezekiah Pratt a Load of Wood, when we were much Straitned. Mr. … Continue reading
1752 December 3 (Sunday). Having finish’d both my Sermons last Night, my Mind is happily freer to Day. Thanks be to God who has enabled me thus far. I preach’d a.m. on Isa. 9.6, first Clauses. Administer’d the Lord’s Supper. … Continue reading
1752 December 4 (Monday). Mr. John Martyn bore me a Message from his Father desiring me to preach his Lecture next Wednesday. The Town Met to Day at the North Meeting House, to consider and provide Money to pay Town-Debts. … Continue reading
1752 December 5 (Tuesday). A very Winterlike Morning. The Day bright by 10 a.m. but Cold. I examin’d Some Number of Authorities yesterday and to Day on the ninth Commandment and am writing Something of an Exposition of it. Read … Continue reading
1752 December 6 (Wednesday). Messrs. Martyn Pratt and Elijah Rice, get out Flax. Neighbour Eliphalet Adams also. N.B. Mr. Jonathan Forbush brought me about 254 feet of Plank which he had sav’d for my stable and Cow House. N.B. It … Continue reading
1752 December 7 (Thursday). Rainy, and raw Cold. Lieutenant Tainter and his son Simon, and Neighbour Eleazer Williams kill’d an Hog for me of 253. I catechiz’d at the Meeting-House, but had only Two Children besides 4 of my own. … Continue reading
1752 December 8 (Friday). Lieutenant Tainter assisted my son Ebenezer in killing and dressing a Cow, at t’other House. I visited Mr. Pierce’s Family. Ebenezer Pierce extreme bad. N.B. Mr. Whipple’s Mill-stone from Hopkinton.
1752 December 9 (Saturday). Cold Searching Winds, and very uncomfortable Weather to poor Rheumaticks. Lieutenant Hunt of Concord, Brother in Law to Deacon Merriam of Grafton, here; chiefly on the Affairs of Acton, from whence he wants to be dismiss’d. … Continue reading
1752 December 10 (Sunday). Extreme high Winds last night. A Cold, uncomfortable Air, though bright. I preach’d a.m. on Exod. 20.16. I had prepar’d what I conceiv’d to be Sufficient for both Exercises, but that I might not be So … Continue reading
1752 December 11 (Monday). The Parish met and made the like Grant of 60£ Lawfull Money, as last Year; and voted to finish the pulpit, ministerial Pew, Stairs, Gallery Floors, and Breast work. Ebenezer brought over 3 Quarters of the … Continue reading
1752 December 12 (Tuesday). My sons wife goes over to her Brother Bonds to stay a few Days. I walk’d up to Mr. Charles Rice’s. Reckon’d with Merchant Rice and I am this Day indebted to him about 12£ old … Continue reading
1752 December 13 (Wednesday). Visited at Mr. Pierce’s. Ebenezer somewhat reviv’d had desir’d me to come. I was at Dinner with them. Was p.m. at Mr. Bonds and at Mr. Warrins.
1752 December 14 (Thursday). Heard of the Sudden Death of Venerable and aged Mr. Hancock of Lexington. May God be pleas’d to show me convincingly and Effectually that I must also put off this my Tabernacle! At Evening marry’d Joseph … Continue reading
1752 December 15 (Friday). A very Cold Morning after a Cold Night. Mrs. Molly Martyn din’d with us. She came over on foot, and p.m. goes up to Justice Bakers. Ebenezer Pierce dy’d about noon in his twenty second Year, … Continue reading
1752 December 16 (Saturday). The Season becomes very Cold, and we are so unhappy as to have but a Small Woodpile: but I desire the Grace suitably to depend upon the kind Providence of God, who has always taken Care … Continue reading
1752 December 17 (Sunday). I provided very sufficiently for each part of the Day, especially for such a Short, Cold Day — but I was afraid my Expositions of this Commandment would take up too many Exercises, and therefore Strove … Continue reading
1752 December 18 (Monday). At the Funeral of Ebenezer Pierce. A Sorrowful Time! This Death Seems to be much lamented. Many more attended it than I expected because of the fears of the people are under of being Seiz’d with … Continue reading
1752 December 19 (Tuesday). My Wife and I rode over to Mr. Martyns — din’d there, and tarry’d till almost Evening. Mr. Martyn has lately bought a Variety of New Books. I borrow’d of him Martins Phylosophical Grammar. At Evening … Continue reading
1752 December 20 (Wednesday). Mr. Hezekiah Pratt and Mr. Aaron Nurse assisted in Killing my other Hog. Weigh’d 9 Score and Six Pounds. At Eve Mr. David Maynard assisted in Cutting it out. Mr. Samuel Harrington a Load of Wood.
1752 December 21 (Thursday). I went over to t’other House. My 3 sons are trimming over the New swamp the Ground being open and froze. I din’d there. I gave Ebenezer my Yoke of Oxen, and Two Young Heifers coming … Continue reading
1752 December 22 (Friday). A Cold Day. Old Mr. Dunlop din’d here. Billy at t’other House. They kill’d one of the Ridgling Shoats which have been some Trouble to us. Ensign Rice sent another Turkey Cock to t’other House — … Continue reading
1752 December 23 (Saturday). Raw Cold. Ebenezer brought over in the Team 4 Sticks for Sleepers to lay my Barn Floor, and he hung my Small Door on the South Side of the Barn. Mr. David Goodenow here. He brings … Continue reading
1752 December 24 (Sunday). Preach’d on Exod. 20.16 a. and p.m. Mrs. Grow din’d here. N.B. I had Some Discourse with Mr. Richard before I consented to baptize his infant Child. He assures me his wife and he are well … Continue reading
1752 December 25 (Monday). I rode to Mr. Amsdens to Mr. Thaddeus Gale’s son Jacob who lies Sick. N.B. Dr. Robinson of Marlborough there. Din’d with him at Mr. Amsdens Table. N.B. Instead of Resentments with Mr. Gale, who has … Continue reading
1752 December 26 (Tuesday). Deacon Newton returns to me this Morning further to strengthen what was Said last Night. P.M. Deacon Newton carry’d a Letter from me to Mr. Goodenow — he went also to Mr. Martyns. My wife to … Continue reading
1752 December 27 (Wednesday). Deacon Newton here to give me account of his Journey to the North Side; and Says he saw but little alteration, by his Discourse, with Mr. Goodenow. I read Martyns Phylosophical Grammar. Ebenezer brought 4 more … Continue reading
1752 December 28 (Thursday). Mr. Joseph Harrington (my Brother in law) here — Supps with me but goes to Mr. Bonds to lodge.
1752 December 29 (Friday). A Severe Storm of Snow. At Eve Sundry Men here; particularly Three of the Committee laying out the Pew Ground in the Meeting House who have been upon that Business to Day. They were Mr. Grow, … Continue reading
1752 December 30 (Saturday). Billy face remains So broke out that it is very Sore, but goes up to Mr. Winchesters in Grafton. John Maynard tertius brings a piece of Beef. It may be noted and remember’d that I have … Continue reading