February 8, 1774

1774 February 8 (Tuesday).  This Day I remember the Wormwood and the Gall, when it pleased God to take away the Desire of my Eyes, by the Stroke of Death.  Thirty Eight years have rolled off Since; my soul is still humbled within me. And have need to be much humbled this Day when I reflect upon the little improvement of the divine Patience and Longsuffering whilst I have abundant Cause to bless His glorious Name that He has spared me through so long a Course, with so many Advantages and Benefits.  May a gracious God pity, pardon and be gracious to me and quicken me to a due improvement of the Short, uncertain Remainder of my Pilgrimage, and that I may be ready when He shall see meet to Summon me also!