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Monthly Archives: December 1775
1775 December 1 (Friday). Breck buys for himself and me, a Quantity of rough Tallow of Lt. (or Capt.) Joseph Baker; and with my Team carts it home, and my people in the Kitchin go to trying it up. I … Continue reading
1775 December 2 (Saturday). Mr. Hicks goes on his Journey. In the Kitchin Trying Tallow. P.M. in going to Southborough visit George Andrews. Mr. Stone came here. At Mr. Stones was Mr. Moses Gill. Quilla, the Negro Woman, very bad … Continue reading
1775 December 3 (Sunday). Preached at Southborough on Isa. 63.8 a. and P.M. May God be graciously pleased to forgive the Iniquitys of my holy Services and add His Special Blessing! Mr. Gill, Mr. Bowen and wife dined there. I … Continue reading
1775 December 4 (Monday). Breck goes, and [three?] Teams are to go also to Providence. Seventeen men enlist to go to the Army. Capt. Maynard here about a place to erect a new stable behind the Meeting House, on my … Continue reading
1775 December 5 (Tuesday). Capt. Maynard raises a Stable at the Corner in my Land on the back side of the Meeting House. At Eve my Son Samuel and his Wife, with little son and Daughter came in their Chaise. … Continue reading
1775 December 6 (Wednesday). Besides reading the excellent L[torn]gned [Omiiron?] I am taking a Taste of the Cyclop [torn]. It is a Library. Mr. John Fessenden came at last and brought me part of my last years Sallery — viz. … Continue reading
1775 December 7 (Thursday). Breck returned from Providence, and his Teams [torn].
1775 December 8 (Friday). Jejun.
1775 December 9 (Saturday). In the Kitchin they are still [torn] rough Tallow. The Recruits from this T[torn]. They go off to day.
1775 December 10 (Sunday). Mr. Cornelius Waters p[torn] for me on Joh. 8.36 and P.M. on Luk. 13.3. I [baptized?] my Son Samuels Daughter Sarah. Mr. Waters lodged here. N.B. shews me his Call which the People of Ashby have … Continue reading
1775 December 11 (Monday). Mr. Waters leaves us. Mr. Bowen comes from Northborough, and brings a Letter from Mr. Moore, dated the 9th from Roxbury. He dines with us. Dr. William Jones from Grafton here.
1775 December 12 (Tuesday). A very cold Season. Nat. Chamberlain goes to the Ministerial Lot with Mr. Joseph Bonds Oxen added to mine and brings one Load of Wood, but it is so rough going that he goes not in … Continue reading
1775 December 13 (Wednesday). Went to Widow Williams’s. John Warrin, her Grandson, is Sick. P.M. Ripley from the College at Concord. He went to Mr. Haskill (one of the school-Committee) to enquire concerning the School keeping. He returned here and … Continue reading
1775 December 14 (Thursday). I wrote by Ripley to my son William. Samuel first takes to days Paper. I read Dr. Increase Mathers History of Indian Wars, published 1676.
1775 December 15 (Friday). Great Numbers of Oxen and Hogs are killed from time to time at Capt. Bakers — many also at Deacon <Capt.> Woods. Breck at night returns from Waltham, with slender, next to no Load of Earthen … Continue reading
1775 December 16 (Saturday). Many [torn] Successes of the provincial Forces by Sea in taking [torn] to Boston with stores and Provisions for the Kings Troops — and of taking Montreal etc.
1775 December 17 (Sunday). Preached a. and P.M. on Rom. 3.24. May God prosper the word delivered! Mr. May dines here: he is here after meeting at Eve. Tarrys over night. N.B. Capt. Baker had been here in the Morning … Continue reading
1775 December 18 (Monday). A Cold season for [torn] poor Soldiers. Breck weighs the Tallow which we had of [Capt. Joseph?] Baker; the rough was 3100 lb. Now the tryed Tall[torn]mounts to [blank].
1775 December 19 (Tuesday). Mr. Thomas K[torn] al, who has preached of late at [Jersey?], was here and dined with us. He designs to go to the Camp: I therefore P.M. rode with him as far as to Mr. Dan. … Continue reading
1775 December 20 (Wednesday). Dr. Crosby here and dines with us. He bears a message from Mr. Sumner and his Wife, requesting me to make them a visit, She being in a wasting and dangerous Condition. He informs me also … Continue reading
1775 December 21 (Thursday). A very extreme Cold season. P.M. my Son Samuel returns from Woodstock but to day from Oxford, with some Goods, which he has bought of Mr. Dexter at Woodstock, but not such [assortment?] or Such a … Continue reading
1775 December 22 (Friday). [No entry.]
1775 December 23 (Saturday). [No entry.]
1775 December 24 (Sunday). A very Cold tedious Snow storm. Few at Meeting. Our Exercises were short. Preached a.m. on Rom. 3.24. P.M. on Eccl. 3.14. Occasioned by the Death of Several persons in an awful and sudden manner. Three … Continue reading
1775 December 25 (Monday). Read Eleazer Mathers (of Northampton) Word to the Present and Succeeding Generations in New England from 1 King 8.57. Read also old Mr. Richard Mathers Life and the accounts of Several others of the Antient Ministers … Continue reading
1775 December 26 (Tuesday). Exceeding Cold, So that I can’t go out to visit as I designed. Miss Nanny Beeton was here to take Advice under her Spiritual Distresses. Read further Accounts [published?] formerly of the Indian Wars, especially with … Continue reading
1775 December 27 (Wednesday). Mr. May having lodged here, was willing to wait upon me to Shrewsbury, that I may see Mrs. Sumner as I have been requested, She being in a low, wasting Condition. We dined there. Discoursed with … Continue reading
1775 December 28 (Thursday). Mr. May goes to his School. Stephen Maynard comes to acquaint me that his Brother Davis’s new-born son was dead, and that I was desired to attend the burying of it to day. Mrs. P________ and … Continue reading
1775 December 29 (Friday). One of Mr. Adonijah Rice’s Twin Daughters of 4 years old, her Name Submitt, was buryed in the South burying place, though it dyed in Northborough, and I suppose Mr. Whitney attended and prayed at the … Continue reading
1775 December 30 (Saturday). My Son Samuel returns at Eve from Newbury and Cambridge. N.B. Ben. Warrin here and Examined.