February 17, 1754

1754 February 17 (Sunday).  I thought it very Seasonable to preach on Mat. 24.44, a. and p.m. considering the Sickness had entered into the Town of Shrewsbury and Mr. Benjamin Goddard had dy’d there and others had been taken ill of it.  But it happened likewise to be the Next Lords Day after the Funeral of the Honourable Edward Goddard[1] Esquire (and but a little while since the Death of his aged Wife) at Framingham:  but his son Edward and Family now desir’d Public Prayers.  O that I myself might be ready for my own Decease!  At Eve I return’d home.

[1]Goddard, a prominent citizen, held numerous town offices, was a justice of the peace, and a member of the Council of the province.  Temple, Framingham, p. 566.