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Monthly Archives: January 1761
1761 January 1 (Thursday). I find my Self too unfit for the important Affair of entertaining the New Year. God be merciful and gracious to me a poor miserable Sinner! Instead of the usual morning Reading in Mr. Henry I … Continue reading
1761 January 2 (Friday). I teach my Sons Alexander, Breck and Samuel at home and little John begins to learn to write.
1761 January 3 (Saturday). Have so missed of my News Papers that I am left to common Rumours about the Death of the King etc., but I prepare upon the Presumption that it is true.
1761 January 4 (Sunday). My wife from Day to Day exercised with grievous Pains; chiefly in her side. Yet the Cramps were less than Sometimes. Omitted public Reading, it being a Very tedious Day for the Wind driving the Snow … Continue reading
1761 January 5 (Monday). My Wife bears through the Great Storm of Saturday and the Cold winds which blew about the Snow yesterday, the Extreme Cold also of last night and this morning and is more comfortable as to Spasms … Continue reading
1761 January 6 (Tuesday). About 2 in the morning widow Newton rouses me with the News of a Safe Deliverance and the Birth of a son, of extraordinary Size and Fatness. To God be all Honour, Praise and Thanksgiving! Capt. … Continue reading
1761 January 7 (Wednesday). [No entry.]
1761 January 8 (Thursday). I visited Mr. Joseph Knowlton and dined and prayed there. Alexander to Mr. Abbots with Barley. I Called at Mr. Samuel Fay juniors and had a great deal of discourse with him. He remains very resolute … Continue reading
1761 January 9 (Friday). Suse rode with Mr. Baldwin in my sleigh for Brookfield; and Samme with them to go to Ebenezers. This for the chief of the forenoon. Mr. Daniel Forbush junior’s Wife was here p.m. and prevented my … Continue reading
1761 January 10 (Saturday). Pleasant Day. Mrs. P________ got up to day; and both She herself and the Child well. To God the Glory!
1761 January 11 (Sunday). Omitted public Reading both a. and p.m. Preached a.m. on Ps. 18.46. P.M. by reason of the Singular Circumstances and avocations of last week, repeated a sermon on Phil. 3.10. Granny Maynard and Cousen Nanny Maynard … Continue reading
1761 January 12 (Monday). One of the very Coldest Days: yet a Number of kind Neighbours brought me 6 Load of Wood. Mr. Phinehas Hardy, Moses Brigham who gave the wood, Moses Warrin, Jonathan Grout, Eli Whitney, had three Teams. … Continue reading
1761 January 13 (Tuesday). Mr. Fessenden goes to Rutland. Mr. Monis, Mr. Martyn and his wife dine here. Their sons John and Michael here, Mr. Johns wife and Child. These last go to Squire Bakers. Mr. Fay is gone to … Continue reading
1761 January 14 (Wednesday). Lieut. Harrington, Mr. Tainter and Isaac Miller bring six Load of wood from Mr. Bowmans, who gives it.
1761 January 15 (Thursday). I Visited Abner Warrin. Mr. Smith visits us: dines here. P.M. Dr. Crosby visits my wife, troubled with Hemorroids and but faint. Dr. Wilson comes (from his visit to Abner Warrin) to See us. N.B. My … Continue reading
1761 January 16 (Friday). Try Mr. Nathaniel Balls young mare, which I sent for at his Desire yesterday. Write to Mr. Smith and Send it by Mr. Timothy Warrin Whom I have desired to go to Mr. Smiths to look … Continue reading
1761 January 17 (Saturday). Some Serious Employments relative to tomorrows Solemnity.
1761 January 18 (Sunday). Snow Storm, yet not very tedious. I had prepared a sermon on the Occasion of the Baptism of my Son, which could not be well divided, and would make the Exercises too long if I read. … Continue reading
1761 January 19 (Monday). Town meeting upon the Affair of the School, and granted money to Support it. Dr. Benjamin Whipple here. N.B. Capt. Maynard brought his wife here: he having been a great Stranger.
1761 January 20 (Tuesday). Deacon Tainter here and lends me his sons Mare to go to Marlborough. Dined at Squire Brighams. Went to Mr. Smiths to See the Horse etc. but to little Purpose — the Horse having So evill … Continue reading
1761 January 21 (Wednesday). Visit Mrs. Hills who has lately lain in. P.M. Mr. Fessenden from Brookfield, he having preached for Mr. Forb. last Lords Day. Adam Rice carrys money to Boston to Pay Edes and Gill for the News. … Continue reading
1761 January 22 (Thursday). My Wife much indisposed — feverish and Headach. Sits up but little. Alex to Mr. Nurse’s again to day.
1761 January 23 (Friday). Roger Bruce came to desire me to go See Amariah Thurston. I was engaged in my preparations. It was very Cold and tedious for me to go out so far, but he got me an Horse … Continue reading
1761 January 24 (Saturday). Engaged in my preparation but could not accomplish for both parts of the Day.
1761 January 25 (Sunday). It was So cold I Still omitted the public Reading. Preached a.m. on Ps. 1.5. P.M. repeated, with alterations, Sermon on Act. 1. O that I might have Some Suitable Effect on my own Heart! I … Continue reading
1761 January 26 (Monday). Dr. Crosby and I rode down to Mr. Bradish’s, and we dined there. P.M. we rode to visit Amariah Thurston, who I find is Still very delirious; and the Doctor thinks is near his End. Prayed … Continue reading
1761 January 27 (Tuesday). Our Nurse, Miss Hannah Maynard, goes to her sister Newtons, as finishing her Nursing; but Mrs. P________ is not yet strong enough to take Care of either herself or the Child. At Eve Mr. Moses Nurse … Continue reading
1761 January 28 (Wednesday). Mr. Forb. etc. Set out for Boston. Jabez Ward Esquire dines with us.
1761 January 29 (Thursday). Mr. Nurse’s Horse I rode to the South East End of the Town. To Mr. Timothy Warrins — Snows — and as far as Duntons. Received 75£ Old Tenor of Mr. Ithamar Bellows. Was at Mr. … Continue reading
1761 January 30 (Friday). Messrs. Timothy Warrin and Moses Nurse with their Teams, brought each a Load of wood. Mr. Daniel Warrin sent an Hand to Chop. Noah Hardy and John Pratt also went for the Same purpose. The Place … Continue reading