1756 December 17 (Friday). Cold Snow Storm. Mr. Hall of Sutton on his Journey home, turns in and tarrys with us. He purposes to me this Question, Whether a Child baptized by Ezekiel Cole, shall be baptized again? N.B. Cole has acknowledged his sin and folly in professing to be ordained and to act as a Minister: and the Father of the Child desires it might be baptized notwithstanding all that was done by Cole; yet it is allowed that Coles Ordination was as good as Wadsworth’s and the rest of the Separate Teachers, who have baptized many; So that the Conduct about this Instance of Cole’s, though but a single one (for the Other which he baptized was dead), would be of considerable Influence whether one way or t’other.
I told him I believ’d that if the Case was mine I Should baptize the Child, at least under those Circumstances.