March 2, 1757

1757 March 2 (Wednesday).  My son William leaves me to go to ‘Prentice to Capt. Jeduthan Baldwin at Brookfield.  My son Ebenezer goes up with him.  Mr. Martyn and his Wife dine with me, and tarry till Evening when I went to justice Bakers, where I marryed Mr. Jn. Martyn junior and Mrs. Nabby.  When we had supped Mr. Martyn and his Wife returned here and lodged.

March 3, 1757

1757 March 3 (Thursday).  Mr. M. and wife went home.  Their son carryed home his Wife to his own House.  Thomas and Lucy wait upon ‘em (as they did the last night).  Mr. Barrachias Morse dined here.  P.M. preached at the Widow Newtons on Joh. 4.24, latter part.  Dr. Crosby here and brought me a Cap he had bought for me at Boston.  N.B. Ephraim How of Brookfield here at night, and lodges here, but his Horse is kept at Mr. Nurse’s.

March 6, 1757

1757 March 6 (Sunday).  Read 2 K. 6 and Mat. 28.  Preached a. and p.m. on Luk. 9.62.  O that it might please God to bless the word to our Saving Good!  I have put my Hand to the Gospel-Plough in a double respect, and desire to be humbled that in so many regards have Seemed to look back.  The Lord humble and quicken me!  N.B. My wife goes with Mr. Edwards Whipple to his Wife’s Groaning.  Troublesome getting to Meeting and but few there.

March 8, 1757

1757 March 8 (Tuesday).  Sent a Letter to Mr. Benjamin Lull by his son in Law Rogers.  N.B. had a troublesome Walk in the Evening from the widow Rogers’s whither I went to carry my Letter — it being Dark, muddy and lowery.  Near home struck my Leg against a stump and wounded my right Legg very sorrowfully which gave me great Uneasiness most of the Night.

March 9, 1757

1757 March 9 (Wednesday).  Mr. Martyn preached an Excellent Sermon at my Lecture from Ezek. 3.7, which may God bless to the moving and melting our Hard Hearts!  I was glad to see so many at Lecture and wish with all my Heart it may prove a Time of divine Grace with us.  N.B. Prudence Hardy having put out her Angle [sic], came to our House with Mrs. Parker, the Bone setter, and had it Sett.

March 13, 1757

1757 March 13 (Sunday).  Omitted reading publickly.  Preached a.m. on Joh. 14.6.  Lucy was admitted into the Church.  I administered the Sacrament of the Supper.  Deacon Tainter waited (with Deacon Bond).  Deacon Tainter and Mrs. How dined here.  P.M. omitted reading publickly.  Preached on Luk. 9.62.  May God Succeed it!  At the Concluding of the Exercises it rained hard.  My sons wife with her Child, and Mrs. Mercy Chamberlin tarryed and lodged here.

March 14, 1757

1757 March 14 (Monday).  Neighbour Alpheus Newton brings the 2 Swine I bought of him of the 12th.  One a Barrow, the other a sow.  Weighed, the former 96, the other 84, so that they come to nine Pound old Tenor. Mr. Batheric came and agreed to take my old Place to the halves.  He desires me to write the Terms on which he is to take it.  My Daughter in Law, and Lucy go to Watertown in my Chair.  A very fine, Spring like Day.  P.M. visit and pray with old Mr. Maynard.

March 18, 1757

1757 March 18 (Friday).  Mr. Snow and Gale lodged here last night, and work here to Day.  They are about the Stairs aforesaid.  P.M. Mr. Francis Whipple came for me to visit his Father who grows worse.  I went, examined and prayed with him.  He entertains much Hope in his Death.  The Carpenters work this Eve, though not last: and lodge here.

March 20, 1757

1757 March  20 (Sunday).  Read 2 K. 7.  Preached on Joh. 14.6.  Mrs. Kelly wife of Mr. Richard or Long Kelly, dined with us.  P.M. read Mark 1.  Repeated sermon on 1 Sam. 25.32.33 to page [blank].  Was much tired at night, but may God refresh my inner man!  We have heard that Lucy was ill at Brother Harringtons at Watertown, and therefore could not go to Boston as She purposed.

March 24, 1757

1757 March 24 (Thursday).  A fine Day, but a very winterish prospect.  Mr. Gale alone to Day also.  P.M. My little John, who has been several Times before delivered from Death, was remarkably Saved, though he fell from the Chamber down upon one of the Great Stones of the Kitchin Hearth.  All hearty Praise be given to the glorious God his preserver.  Walked up to Mr. Alphy Newton’s to buy Boards of his Brother Abner; and there were Capt. B. Wood and his Wife from Hopkinton, who I hear are about to take that old Place.

March 25, 1757

1757 March 25 (Friday).  Mr. Snow came to work again; with Mr. Gale who lodges (as well as works) here.  A.M. I borrowed Mr. Nurses Mare and rode to Mr. Eliezer Rice’s — break fast there on fresh Fish.  Visit Old Mr. Whipple who grows much weaker, and I fear draws near his great Change.  Nor is he in Terror at it, but thinks, God having wrought a good work in him, his Hope is well grounded.  I prayed with him.  He gave his dying Testimony to the Christian Religion and the Expediency of our waiting upon God in the Ordinances of His Appointment.  He was greatly rejoiced at my Coming.  When I took leave, his reply was, “Farewell, my Father!”  But with what Shame and Grief does it fill me that I So little deserve this!  P.M. Abner Newton brought me the Boards I lately went for — viz. 206 feet — for which I gave him 50/ old Tenor, they being though white pine very much Culled.  Snowed again.  A sorrowful Time with those who want Hay; as I hear many do.  The Carpenters lodge here.  Lucy returned home.

March 31, 1757

1757 March 31 (Thursday).  Mr. Gale — Mr. Snow p.m.  I rode to old Mrs. Maynards and to Mr. Hows — dined at Mr. Hows — visit at Several Houses at the plain.  P.M. ride south upon divers occasions — was at LeBlanc’s.  Examine my son Ebenezer in the Evening.  Mr. Gale rides home on my Mare and lodges at home: Mr. Snow lodges here.  Bright day.