1776 January 28 (Sunday). Preached a. and p.m. on 1 Chron. 29.15. Mrs. Ayres (old Mrs. Dunlops Daughter) dined here. N.B. I could not finish the preparations which I designed; and therefore with new Introduction concerning the Occasion, namely my late Bereavement (the Death of my eldest Child) and several other Deaths of late (particularly what occurred last Night), I delivered the abovesaid sermons; which may the Lord sanctify to us all! Especially those of us more immediately concerned. Capt. Maynard (with previous leave) Speaks to the Assembly to meet tomorrow for Recruiting.
! Chron. 29.15: “For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”