December 23, 1778

1778 December 23 (Wednesday).  Mr. Joseph Harrington goes with his Team for Marblehead, and takes my Pork, Geese and Fowls, to the care of Mr. Elisha Forbes for Marketing.  Am engaged in Sermonizing somewhat, but oh! my leanness.  Breck trades with two swine drovers, and buys two shoats for me, at between 17 and 18 pence the pound.


Hear the sorrowful news of aged, pious Master Minot’s death.  The Righteous are taken away from the Evil to come,[1] but we that remain lose much in losing their Prayers.  The Lord sanctifie this Death to the surviving widow and Son; and to me under the Loss of such a worthy Friend!

[1]Isaiah 57.1:  “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”