Monthly Archives: April 1778

April 1, 1778

1778 April 1 (Wednesday).  Breck goes to Court at Worcester, as Jury man.  The singing Scholars (though the roads are bad) Meet at Deacon Woods, as they have been wont, this Second Turn, for a fortnight, which finishes this Evening; … Continue reading

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April 2, 1778

1778 April 2 (Thursday).  With Difficulty I obtain an Horse (my son gone with his to Worcester) and on Mr. Levi [Warrins?] Horse, go to Southborough (bad Riding) to preach his both sacramental and Singing Lecture.  N.B. Capt. Thomas Whipple … Continue reading

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April 3, 1778

1778 April 3 (Friday).  Letter from Mr. Moore of March 21 to Me, and to Sophy.  He writes that he, himself and Jonathan have been inoculated for the Small Pox at Dartmouth, and, through Great Goodness, are recovered.

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April 4, 1778

1778 April 4 (Saturday).  Mrs. Adams being (as I hear) yet alive, I went, a.m. to see her.  She seemed [illegible] favoured with her Reason; but is very weak and whispers only [a?] few words.  Prayed with her.  Numbers of … Continue reading

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April 5, 1778

1778 April 5 (Sunday).  The Morning the Earth was covered with a deep Snow.  Few at meeting: especially in the forenoon.  I had prepared on Ps. 7.11 but I went on in my preaching a. and p.m. from Heb. 12.15 … Continue reading

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April 6, 1778

1778 April 6 (Monday).  Rode to Capt. Jonas Brighams to visit Miss Hephzibah Ward, who is sick there.  Discoursed and prayed with her.  I dined at Mr. Hannaniah Parkers.  Visit old Mrs. Kelley.  N.B. received of Thomas Beeton a M.S. … Continue reading

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April 7, 1778

1778 April 7 (Tuesday).  [illegible] abal Miller[1] came to live here.  I rode to Mr. B. Balls solemnizing the Burying of his New born, but Dead Child; and prayed there.  In returning dined at Lieut. Bowmans.  Mrs. Bowman has lately … Continue reading

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April 8, 1778

1778 April 8 (Wednesday).  Mr. Thomas Adams of Medfield came.  Wants to exchange Sundry Books with me.  He lodges here.

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April 9, 1778

1778 April 9 (Thursday).  Mr. Adams carrys away Voetius 3 very thick 4to Vols. and leaves Monsieur Claudus Defence of the Reform. 4to.  President Chauncys Doctrine of Justification 4to.  Mr. Reb. Nasmiths Entail of the Covenant of Grace: and Human … Continue reading

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April 10, 1778

1778 April 10 (Friday).  Was obliged to go to the Doctor [illegible] him about taking Some part of the place to the Halves.  Very much [taken?] up my forenoon [illegible].  P.M. Mr. James Miller junior here desirous to join with … Continue reading

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April 11, 1778

1778 April 11 (Saturday).  Mrs. Lambson is in a sick and drooping State: I was there to See her.

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April 12, 1778

1778 April 12 (Sunday).  Preached a. and p.m. on Ps. 7.11 and finished the Subject.  Mr. Isaac Millers Wife dined with us.  At Eve visited Mr. John Forbes’s Wife who is come from Suffield, and lies sick of a Fever … Continue reading

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April 13, 1778

1778 April 13 (Monday).  A Training for Reviewing Arms etc.  Deacon Wood made me a Visit.  A Letter from Elias by [blank] Brigham.

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April 14, 1778

1778 April 14 (Tuesday).  Agreed with Dr. Hawes to take Several Parts of my place to the Halves.  As, all that lies down below the [illegible] at the Cook Island, and on the Brook, Maynard and Newton Meadow the Corn … Continue reading

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April 15, 1778

1778 April 15 (Wednesday).  Went to Squire Bakers again, but in Vain.  He was not at home, but his Wife is confined by illness.  I visited Mr. John Forbes’s Wife again, who grows worse.  Prayed there.  Mr. Hezekiah Maynard from … Continue reading

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April 16, 1778

1778 April 16 (Thursday).  Catechized at the Meeting House.  A.M. 18 Boys — p.m. 21 Girls.  Mrs. Hawes here, and was Examined.  Sister Champney in much Pain in her Hand[s?].  Wrote to Elias by Elisha Forbes.  Sophy goes to watch … Continue reading

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April 17, 1778

1778 April 17 (Friday).  My Cow lately calved is much disordered and Mr. David Maynard (by Request) came, and helped her.  This was a singularly kind and Neighbourly, as circumstances were.  [I visited?] a Number of sick — viz. Mr. … Continue reading

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April 18, 1778

1778 April 18 (Saturday).  Mr. Simon How of Marlborough here with a Letter from Mr. Smith and the Church there respecting his Dismission.  Mr. John Forbes here with a Petition for a Contribution.  N.B. his Wife lies in a very … Continue reading

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April 19, 1778

1778 April 19 (Sunday).  Considering the shameful Delinquency of many persons in attending upon the public worship I preached on Ps. 27.[4?], which may God graciously accept and bless!  Miss Mindwell Brigham dined here.  I propounded Dr. Hawes and his … Continue reading

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April 20, 1778

1778 April 20 (Monday).  [illegible] Goddard preaching at Marlborough, came here to desire me to change with him on the ensuing Fast.  But I was obliged to deny him, by reason of Mr. John Forbes’ Case.  Mr. Joseph Grout and … Continue reading

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April 21, 1778

1778 April 21 (Tuesday).  Mrs. Forbes has lived through the Night, but about 8 this Morning expires.  A.M. I was obliged to ride over to Mr. Fessendens about keeping my sheep.  I went to the Ministerial Lot: for Breck is … Continue reading

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April 22, 1778

1778 April 22 (Wednesday).  The General Continental Fast.  Preached a.m. on Ezek. 18.30.  P.M. on Hos. 2.8.9.  This referred to the season of the year.  May God grant a Blessing!  Contribution for Mr. John Forbes amounted to £22.18.0.   After … Continue reading

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April 23, 1778

1778 April 23 (Thursday).  I rode up to Worcester [torn] to [torn] the Tryal of the Murderers of the late Mr. [torn]hua [torn]pooner.  Was very kindly received by Mr. Richard Pratt and his Wife.  The criminals (Viz. William Brooks, James … Continue reading

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April 24, 1778

1778 April 24 (Friday).  Attended the Tryal.  It was at the Meeting House between 8 and 9 a.m.  A great Throng!  A most sad Sight!  Many Evidences were Sworn.  Three were brought from Jayl, who were made use of as … Continue reading

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April 25, 1778

1778 April 25 (Saturday).  I was kindly found and spoke to, in the Dark, at the Meeting-House Door, by the friendly Mr. Richard Pratt; and when altogether at a Loss what Course to take, or what to do with myself; … Continue reading

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April 26, 1778

1778 April 26 (Sunday).  I preached again a. and p.m. my Sermon on Luk. 19.10 to p. [blank].  Admitted Mr. Miller and his Wife, and Dr. Hawes and his.  Baptized Mr. Millers Child, Josiah.  N.B. I was So far Spent … Continue reading

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April 27, 1778

1778 April 27 (Monday).  Having received a Letter from Lt. Bryant about his son, I wrote an Answer and committed it to Deacon Dolliver.  Noah Hardy pays me 81 Dollars on Billys Note and gave it [up?].  The Town Met … Continue reading

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April 28, 1778

1778 April 28 (Tuesday).  Rode to Bolton, Mr. Whitney with me, to Ministers Meeting at Mr. Goss’s.  Was their Moderator.  Sundry others were at this Meeting; viz. Mr. Morse, Mr. Harrington and Mr. Mellen.  Mr. Mellen asked our Advice on … Continue reading

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April 29, 1778

1778 April 29 (Wednesday).  A Council of Four Churches Sat [at?] Marlborough on [illegible] of Mr. Smiths Dismission [illegible] where we [illegible] was Joseph Hawes.  My Delegate did not come.  Mr. Stone was not well enough to come, but his … Continue reading

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April 30, 1778

1778 April 30 (Thursday).  Riding home, called at Mr. Isaac Johnsons — asks me a Dollar and half (which I am obliged to give) for half a Bushel of [Samp?].  Arrived safe.  To God be Glory and Praise!  Breck raised … Continue reading

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