1775 August 31 (Thursday). John can get no Rest — wants to be moved often, but is less able to move himself — worries through the Night. I wrote to Mr. Quincy and Sent him one of F. Brecks Shrewsbury Sermons; by Mr. Loyd, who, and my son Ebenezer leave us to go to their respective Homes or Abodes. John’s Visage alters — is apprehensive that Death is not far off. Says that in his sleep he saw an Angel of Light coming to him. I told him that no stress could be laid on these Things: but that he must rely only on Such Evidences as the [illegible] infallible word of God setts before us. P.M. Mr. Daniel Chamberlain and his Wife were here to be examined. I asked him whether he was satisfyed with the Discipline and Customs of this Church, that is, as I had administered, and had continued all along for these 50 years past, and till the [torn] Church Meetings about Bolton Quarrells, and about the Elders [torn]gative; which I did not [illegible] he Should concern himself [torn] But if he did I must make a Business of Shewing him [illegible] which must convince any rational unpre[torn]ic’d [illegible] ungrounded and causeless the late Disgusts among us [torn] been. He replyed that it was none of his Mind nor [torn] to meddle with those Disputes, and that he was satisfyed [torn]th the Administration — was willing [illegible] with this Church as Congregational. Upon which I opened to him how we were So: founded on [torn] of God under which we used [the Church Covenant?] the Platform, for the sub[torn] of it, (I mentioned the Exceptions to be made) the Results [torn] the general Custom of the Churches, agreeable to the writings [torn] [venerable?] Fathers of the Congregational Scheme. Such [torn] Cotton, Higginson, Hubbard, Mathers, etc. I shewed him that they [torn] for the Power the Elders have, of Negative etc. I let him [torn] that these were our Congregational Discipline and what [torn] [alwayes?] practise[d?] upon. He said [torn] [not minded?][torn]; and desired to [torn] which therefore [torn] with.
Robert Breck (1682-1731), The Surest Way to a People’s Happiness and Prosperity. A Sermon at Shrewsbury…June 15. 1720 (Boston, 1721; Evans 2207).