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Monthly Archives: January 1754
1754 January 1 (Tuesday). Through the Tender Mercy and Longsuffering of God I see the Morning of another New Year, and am at Brookfield. Esquire Howard had Sent a Message to me Yesterday, and this Morning came himself to invite … Continue reading
1754 January 2 (Wednesday). Am upon the Business of Mr. Smiths place. Mr. Forbush and Lieutenant Gilbert accompany us, as Mr. Smith shews us his Bounds. But the Snow being on the Ground we can’t See the Soil. At Eve … Continue reading
1754 January 3 (Thursday). It was an exceeding fine Day Yesterday, but to Day a Storm. Ebenezer and I rode to Lieutenant Abraham Hows; din’d at Mr. Smiths; at Eve was at Captain Witts.
1754 January 4 (Friday). Rain. Agree with Mr. Smith. Take a Deed of him and give him a Bond, to give him a Deed of my House, and nine acres and 1/2 of Land in Westborough. Late in the Day … Continue reading
1754 January 5 (Saturday). Wet, uncomfortable riding from Leicester home. Call’d at Mr. Maccartys. Din’d at Mr. Cushings. Arriv’d in Safety, and found our Dwellings in Peace. D.G. The Reverend Thaddeus Maccarty of Worcester. Job Cushing of Shrewsbury.
1754 January 6 (Sunday). Rain. People came late to Meeting. Omitted reading a.m. Preach’d a. and p.m. on Rom. 6.21. P.M. read Heb. 6. Deferr’d the Contribution because of the Rain.
1754 January 7 (Monday). I made a Visit to my old Neighbour and Friend Captain Maynard to acquaint him with what I had done with Mr. Abraham Smith and take his Advice. Seeing likewise when I parted with Mr. Smith … Continue reading
1754 January 8 (Tuesday). A.M. visit Mrs. Fay once more, but now take Solemn Leave of her. P.M. marry’d Phinehas Maynard to Dorothy Rice. Exceeding fine Weather. These were both Westborough people: Phinehas was the son of James Maynard, and … Continue reading
1754 January 9 (Wednesday). It rain’d hard; but I rode to Hopkinton found Messrs. Stone and Smith with Mr. Barret. Mr. Fish came also. Mr. Barret pray’d a.m. and Mr. Stone preach’d on Rev. 6.8. N.B. about 20 pray’d for. … Continue reading
1754 January 10 (Thursday). Bright morning — visit Captain Wood and his Brother Lieutenant John Wood who has the fever. I pray’d with him. Mr. Fish went to a Fast to Day at Mill-river in Mendon. In my return home … Continue reading
1754 January 11 (Friday). At Eve Deacon Forbush here. He observably breaks and wears away. Lieutenant Holloway here also.
1754 January 12 (Saturday). Mr. Samuel Fays (junior) wife dy’d, and I hope in Christ. Mr. Griffin of Oxford here.
1754 January 13 (Sunday). I read part of Judg. 6. I spent so much time in my Preparations for the Afternoon that I could not prepare for the forenoon only a brief Introduction of the Repitition [sic] of Sermon on … Continue reading
1754 January 14 (Monday). Rain a.m. Clear’d up p.m. went to the Funeral of Mrs. Deliverance Fay, wife of Mr. Samuel Fay junior. Rode Alpheus Newtons Horse. After burying at Deacon Newtons and Mr. Francis Whipple with us, counting the … Continue reading
1754 January 15 (Tuesday). Exceeding pleasant, warm and bright till Eve; but then Rain. I was at Eve reckoning with Mr. Ebenezer Rice at his House while Daniel Williams and his Squaw, who are come from Dudley to wigwam among … Continue reading
1754 January 16 (Wednesday). Rain. Ebenezer comes over, in trouble for his little son, who is sick: and they fear’d of the Throat Distemper; but tis hop’d otherwise. Two of Mr. Baldwin’s prentices (Jones and Wyman) here. They go to … Continue reading
1754 January 17 (Thursday). I receiv’d a Letter from Mr. John Parkman of Cowes in the Isle of Wight.
1754 January 18 (Friday). Much Company interrupting especially at Eve. Mr. Timothy Warrin in Defence of Samuel Bumpso, so far as to prevent his going to Jayl, if getting posts and Rails next March might Satisfie on an Execution and … Continue reading
1754 January 19 (Saturday). [No entry].
1754 January 20 (Sunday). Read Judg. 6, from number 25. Preach’d all Day on I Cor. 15.25. Read p.m. Heb. 8. N.B. had the Sorrowfull news of the Death of Reverend Mr. David Goddard of Leicester. He expir’d yesterday at … Continue reading
1754 January 21 (Monday). Mr. Ephraim Woods of Southborough here. Mr. James Ball — I paid him what I ow’d him. 12£ old Tenor. Mr. John Fay brought a Letter from Mr. Stone to desire my assistance at the Fast … Continue reading
1754 January 22 (Tuesday). After a considerable Space of fine Moderate weather comes an Exceeding Cold Day — bright but high Winds and Sharp Air that can Scarcely be sustain’d. Mr. Benjamin Goddard came to desire me to go to … Continue reading
1754 January 23 (Wednesday). Mr. Joseph Bruce here on occasion of his son in Law Child his Thigh broke. I sent a Line by him to Mr. Francis Whipple containing my Desire to have a Clause inserted in the Warrant … Continue reading
1754 January 24 (Thursday). It snow’d in the Night and Morning, but I walk’d up to Dr. Hemingways who lent me his Horse to Southborough — found mine at Mr. Andrew Newtons, and proceeded to the Fast in Southborough, on … Continue reading
1754 January 25 (Friday). At Evening which I much depended upon for Studying, came Mr. Benjamin Tainter and his Wife to make us a Visit, therein waiting upon her Father, Mr. Josiah Woods from Summers; and soon after came his … Continue reading
1754 January 26 (Saturday). Lieutenant Ward din’d here. A fine Day. Hands at work helping Alpheus Newton frame. Billy thrashing with Ebenezer.
1754 January 27 (Sunday). Read Judg. 7. A.M. on 1 Cor. 15.25. P.M. read Heb. 9, and preach’d on 1 Cor. 15.26. Appointed Wednesday next to be a Day of Solemn Fasting and Prayer on Consideration of the Malignant Sickness … Continue reading
1754 January 28 (Monday). Dr. Perkins of Framingham informs me that Mr. Benjamin Goddard, who was with me last Tuesday, dy’d last Night. Alpheus Newton’s House rais’d. Captain Eager ask’d me to go up, and I did so. Some refreshment … Continue reading
1754 January 29 (Tuesday). I visited Mrs. Dodge, wife of Mr. Jabez Dodge. Also a Lad ([blank] Childs) at Mr. Hezekiah Pratts, he having broke his Thigh Bone. I went to the Funeral of Mr. Benjamin Goddard. Mr. Cushing not … Continue reading
1754 January 30 (Wednesday). This Day was observ’d as a Day of Humiliation and Prayer by this Parish. I began with Prayer. No minister comes though I had sent to most of those round about, it being a dark, stormy … Continue reading