1772 December 31 (Thursday). I took Some serious Notice of this Last Day of the Year. O how great has been the Goodness of God in carrying me through the Changes of it! Will the Lord Sanctifie to me the Deaths of persons So dear to me, as have Occurred in it! — of my Father Loring; my Brother Barrett; and my Daughter Moore. O how stupid am I that I am no more prepared for my own! The Lord of his infinite Mercy, Pardon all my Sins, and of this Year especially, that I may carry no old Sins into the New Year!
In Concluding the Year, I am thoughtful how my Life will conclude. What Frame am I now in? That I may be ready, if my Life Should now close! Glory to God!