1755 May 4 (Sunday). My People destitute (for I could not get up to Brookfield soon enough for Mr. Forbush to go to Westborough). I preach’d at Brookfield a.m. on Rev. 22.16 and p.m. on Ps. 110.3. Many of the other part of Town at Mr. Forbush’s meeting, Mr. Harding being absent, and his people in great Disquietment.
The Reverend Elisha Harding of Brookfield, who was dismissed by his congregation a few days later, May 8, 1755. Salary difficulties were behind this controversy. Sibley, XI, 561-562.