1755 May 29 (Thursday). Convention Lecture by Mr. Joseph Parsons of Bradford, on Mat. 188.8.131.52. Din’d at Mr. Mathers, where also din’d a great number more, viz. Messrs. Job Cushing, John Gardner, Parsons, Abbot, William Balch, Bradstreet, etc. P.M. Visit my Kinswoman Langdon lately widow’d, and the Deacon her Father in Law attended the Conversation a little while [but Mr. Lowel desiring me to go to smoak a Pipe with Dr. Chauncy, I comply’d. N.B. The Conversation chiefly of Mr. Biles and his wife in their violent squabbles. No word of our own Disgusts. I think this visit was on the 28th.] At Eve Brother Samuel and I visited Deacon Grant. Both return’d to his House, and there arose an unexpected Contest between him and me about Clark the Separate who had exhorted in Boston a few Years Since and was lately in Falmouth. Mr. Charles Frost present and join’d with him, very sanguinely. I Soon held my Tongue: and let it go off.
The Reverend Hull Abbot of Charlestown.
The minister of Groveland.
Simon Bradstreet, the minister of Marblehead.
Parkman’s niece Mary was the widow of Edward Langdon.
Charles Chauncy of the First Church in Boston.
The Reverend Mather Byles of the Hollis Street Church. A modern authority says “that Byles’s humor was enough to make a wreck of any woman.” Sibley, VII, 479.