July 27, 1777

1777 July 27 (Sunday).  Suse was so afflicted and impressed that She had an ill Night, and this morning fell into Travail.  Dr. Hawes deliver’d her at about 20 minutes after 8 o’clock in the Morning, of a Male Child, premature.  The Companys of Militia are called to gather and appear, before Meeting — [torn] dispatch’d their Business as to attend public worship.  Preached on Heb. 13.13.  Administered the Lords Supper.  Sister Brigham, and widow (Elijah’s) Warrin, from Upton, dined with us.  P.M. I preached on Eph. 5.15.  At the Close addressed those that had been at the Communion and the Soldiers who were Soon to march.  May it please [God] to pity us, and pardon, and appear for us in the middst of So many Distresses!  It is a Time for us seriously to consider how we have been indulged with the Seasons of Grace, and free Liberty to assemble without Disturbance: but for our shameful abuse of our Privileges, the holy God now frowns upon us, and threatens to deprive us.  May we be quickened by these Warnings, and may we the more highly prize and more carefully improve our Sabbath Advantages!


N.B. Hannah was remarkably exercised last night by uncommon and most tedious Smart in her Feet, which was caused by a plaister of Turpentine applyed to them: Her Pain was so great as to need, and had, the Doctor in the Night, and both her Mother and sister (Sophy) were obliged to attend her till break of Day.  So that with what occurred with Suse, we had double Distress!  But God has graciously carryed us through.  To His Name be praise!  And may we have Grace to improve these so peculiar Dispensations!