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Monthly Archives: December 1758
1758 December 1 (Friday). Deacon Tainter having had my Mare to Boston and carryed a Calf for us (for which he got 6£ without the Skin) returns, and brings a Letter and Mourning Gloves for us — and a Pair … Continue reading
1758 December 2 (Saturday). He goes again, and meets it on the way.
1758 December 3 (Sunday). Read 2 Chron. 32. Preached on Joh. 19.34. Administered the Lords Supper. N.B. Mr. Jonathan Burnap with us — and he dines here. As does Deacon Tainter and his Wife. P.M. omitted public Reading. Repeated (with … Continue reading
1758 December 4 (Monday). Tis grown very Cold again. Alexander and Breck thrash Rye. We fear our Children have the Chicken pox but they dont lye by.
1758 December 5 (Tuesday). Write and Send an Answer to my Brother Samuels mournful Letter. Preached at the private Meeting at Mr. Bradish’s on Luk. 9.62. N.B. The Articles of the Family meeting which were signed Feb. [blank] 1756/7 were … Continue reading
1758 December 6 (Wednesday). I visited old Mr. Fay and his wife. Jeduthun not at home. His wife is composed. His Son Hezekiah, whose Leggs a loaded Cart run over, is recovered. Dined at Mr. Joseph Grouts where I visited … Continue reading
1758 December 7 (Thursday). Dr. Hamilton here — dined with us. I can’t recommend this place for him to settle in. He goes to Mr. Daniel Forb. I invited him to return and lodge here: which he did. P.M. to … Continue reading
1758 December 8 (Friday). Miss Betty. Dr. Hamilton returned to Brookfield. Received a Letter from Mr. Maccarty manifesting some Disquiet at my Asking him at Southborough Council when the result had been read, and he wanted to go away, whether … Continue reading
1758 December 9 (Saturday). Coffin left us to go to Cambridge. Miss Betty Johnson here still making a Coat for Thomas. P.M. I rode to Southborough. Mr. Stone here. N.B. Deacon Bond and Mr. Warrin are frequently coming with Wood.
1758 December 10 (Sunday). I preached at Southborough on Job 33.27 a.m., former part: p.m. latter part of the v. At Eve I returned home. Mr. Stone tarried and lodged here. He preached on Deut. 7.10.
1758 December 11 (Monday). Miss Betty Johnson goes from us to the Widow Joanna Forb. Mr. Stone goes back to Southborough. My son William setts out for Boston. P.M. I rode over to see Mr. Martyn. N.B. I carryed my … Continue reading
1758 December 12 (Tuesday). Mr. Jonah Warrin and Deacon Bond are daily carting Wood. Mrs. Cushing and Mrs. Allen from Shrewsbury make us a Visit. They dine and drink Tea — and take a Letter from me to Mr. Maccarty … Continue reading
1758 December 13 (Wednesday). Mr. Warrin has (with his Load of to Day) brought (as he says) 23 Load, Deacon Bond 20. And they now determine to desist a while. N.B. Ensign Harrington has heretofore brought Two and Mr. Timothy … Continue reading
1758 December 14 (Thursday). A storm of Snow last night and troublesome Travelling this morning, but (with Lt. Rolf’s Horse) I rode over (and alone though I took no Small Pains for Company) to Upton, it being Fast there on … Continue reading
1758 December 15 (Friday). My Boys are cutting Wood and piling it up. At Eve Daniel Forb. junior here. He was confined by Fever and ague a great while; and since that has been out hunting and therefore has not … Continue reading
1758 December 16 (Saturday). [No entry.]
1758 December 17 (Sunday). Read a.m. 2 Chron. 33. Preached on 2 Cor. 4.16. Mrs. Tainter and Mrs. Foster dined here. I earnestly wish a Blessing on the Word of Gods Grace! N.B. p.m. by reason of the Shortness of … Continue reading
1758 December 18 (Monday). Billy is cyphering, but has but little Instruction from me. At Eve I was at Capt. Woods. N.B. a Vendue of Silas Rice’s Tools etc. Am Reading London Magazines for year 56.
1758 December 19 (Tuesday). Am variously employed in reading and writing. At Eve Mr. Martyn Pratt here, with a bad Deed of his place. I write him one that I hope is better.
1758 December 20 (Wednesday). Deacon Tainter goes to Boston and carrys divers sorts of Edibles for my Wife to Markett. Butter, Fowls — Mr. Whitney receives one of Mr. Edwards on Original Sin. P.M. I visit Mr. Samuel Fay to … Continue reading
1758 December 21 (Thursday). Mr. Francis Whipple here most of forenoon. P.M. rode into the Southerly part of the Town. Visit at Mr. Daniel Hardys, the two Bigolows, especially Father Graves: Barachias Morse, Arte Bruce, and the two Widows Woods. … Continue reading
1758 December 22 (Friday). Capt. Wood killed a sow pig for me, weighed 143 lb. Lieut. Stone of Brookfield here and dined with us. Mr. Barachias Morse brought 91 Rails at twice from his place. At Night Capt. Wood, who … Continue reading
1758 December 23 (Saturday). Very tedious Weather. Billy writing and Cyphering. Mr. Brag and his wife going home to Shrewsbury from the Buryal of their mother Burnap. Deacon Tainter brings Sundrys from Boston. Brick [sic] has Such Desire to learn … Continue reading
1758 December 24 (Sunday). So cold I omitted the Public Reading both a. and p.m. I was afraid while I was in the pulpit, one of my Feet have been touched by the Frost: but through divine Favour I escaped. … Continue reading
1758 December 25 (Monday). Bright and Cold but not So cold as it was. Mr. Morse comes with two Teams with Rails from his place. One of the Teams but 3 Cattle. Miss Betty makes Breck a Jacket. She lodges … Continue reading
1758 December 26 (Tuesday). Miss Betty works here a.m. Dines here; as does Miss Patty Dunlop. Afternoon the former goes to Merchant Rice’s. The other is upon the Affair of her Fathers Rates. Billy uneasy to be gone to Brookfield. … Continue reading
1758 December 27 (Wednesday). Tedious winter like Season. Rains and freezes So that it is very difficult stirring. Mr. Joseph Gamel dined here: he is come to live in this Town, at the Widow Rogers’s. At Eve Mr. Daniel Forb. … Continue reading
1758 December 28 (Thursday). Mr. [sic] Betty Johnson at 10 a.m. making Jacket for Alexander. The Thaw and Flood very remarkable. Bridges flooded etc. Memorable deliverance of my little Hannah. The Cellar Door was left open, and She in her … Continue reading
1758 December 29 (Friday). Billy returned to Brookfield. Alexander went with him part of the way to bring back my mare. Mr. John Burnap carryed away Miss Betty Johnson in the morning. Alexander does not return as we expected he … Continue reading
1758 December 30 (Saturday). Alexander returns in safety, having lodged at t’other House. He went to Leicester with Billy. N.B. My wife has been for some time exercised with rheumatic pains, and of late her right Knee is greatly Swelled. … Continue reading