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Monthly Archives: January 1779
1779 January 1 (Friday). I bless God for the Light of another morning, which begins A NEW YEAR of the divine patience and Long suffering towards me, which (I confess) am most unworthy. With Thanksgiving for the Mercies received and … Continue reading
1779 January 2 (Saturday). My daughter leaves us to return with Mr. Neh. Maynard. I lent her Pool’s Annotations, Vol. 1, Fuller’s Pisgah Light, and the Life of Dr. Inc. Mather. Elias returns from Cambridge. He says that Dr. Appleton … Continue reading
1779 January 3 (Sunday). I have prepared one sermon on Ps. 90.2, and delivered it. A.M. Master Elisha Fisk, which keeps the South School, dined here. I thought it best to deliver p.m. part of my discourse on Matt. 22.37-38 … Continue reading
1779 January 4 (Monday). Walked a.m. to Dr. Hawes. Wrote Letter to Mr. Forbes. Col. Cushing dined here. At eve came from Brookfield my kinsman Mr. Alexander Oliver, and lodged here.
1779 January 5 (Tuesday). Oliver goes on his journey to Boston. I preached at Deacon Wood’s on 2 Tim. 1.13, omitting in many parts, and adding such passages as were necessary to accommodate it to the Present times. N.B. Breck … Continue reading
1779 January 6 (Wednesday). Capt. Jonas Brigham and his wife were so benevolent as to present me a Cheese. I take the more notice of this because he has been so long aloof, but I rejoice in his friendly Disposition. … Continue reading
1779 January 7 (Thursday). I rode in the Sleigh to see the Widow Rice (widow of the late Mr. Edmund Rice). As I went I called to see old Mr. James Maynard and his Wife. I visited and dined at … Continue reading
1779 January 8 (Friday). I reckoned with Breck, and paid the full of his Account. The Ballance from Sept. 1777 to Dec. 31, 1778 (likewise Mr. Stockwell’s account of 5 1/8 and some change borrowed 7/6) was £57.19.2 lawful money.
1779 January 9 (Saturday). Mr. Badcock (the singer) brought me from Mr. R. Cranch’s of (Old) Braintree, Vol. 1 of the Universal and historical Biographical Dictionary in large 8vo. This volume goes no further than A. There are 11 vol. … Continue reading
1779 January 10 (Sunday). I preached what I had composed on Mark 9.24. P.M. I went on and finished Repeating on Matt. 22.37-38. May God graciously concur!
1779 January 11 (Monday). I diligently read Biography. Dr. Hawes in the Evening. He offers to pay me money for Timothy’s work for him last year (15 days in the whole, Stephen Maynard worked 2 1/2 for me, Timmy’s at … Continue reading
1779 January 12 (Tuesday). Biography. Have the Surprising News of the awful Death of Benj. Andrews of Boston Esq. who last [blank] shot himself through the Head by a Pistol, which he was handling, and not aware that it was … Continue reading
1779 January 13 (Wednesday). Suse rode to Capt. Maynard’s in the Sleigh and safely, but in returning the Mare took a start, and tore away with Speed from Suse, who had got out of the Sleigh, and came home o’foot: … Continue reading
1779 January 14 (Thursday). Yesterday and today much engaged in Biography. Sent to Mr. Cushing, President Edwards on Free Will, and wrote to him, by the Widow of the late Major Brigham. Young Mr. Frost here and lodges.
1779 January 15 (Friday). Mr. Frost leaves me, but goes to Breck, and I perceive he is about to set up a Store at Mill River.
1779 January 16 (Saturday). Closely applied as I have been for some days before on my preparations. Yet all I can by my slow writing is one sermon.
1779 January 17 (Sunday). Preached a.m. on Mark 14.24, and finish my present Design upon this Text. May God graciously succeed it! Mrs. Maynard dines with us, as well as Master Fisk. P.M. Repeated on Joh. 15.5.
1779 January 18 (Monday). Dr. Hall of Sutton in his Journey to Concord calls here. At eve came Mr. Daniel Forbes junior from Brookfield. Says Mr. Bradshaw grows very weak. Presently came his Brother Nathan from Walpole, going to see … Continue reading
1779 January 19 (Tuesday). A.M. Mr. Badcock here. An uncommonly rigorous Season. By reason of Breck’s agreeing with a post to ride this Road, I have the Benefit to read two of the Boston Newspapers; Saturdays and Mondays, which arrive … Continue reading
1779 January 20 (Wednesday). Mr. John Forbes of Rutland on Otter Creek which (through mistake) we heard was taken by the enemy, came to see us, being well and safe. In reading the Biographical Dictionary — Life of Dr. Atterbury.
1779 January 21 (Thursday). Though very Cold yet Breck goes in the sleigh to Boston.
1779 January 22 (Friday). At eve came my Kinsman, Nathaniel Bradshaw from Brookfield — tells me his Brother Benj. is so low that he himself gives up and thinks he shall soon depart. Nathaniel lodges here.
1779 January 23 (Saturday). Cousin Bradshaw leaves us to return to Stoughtonham. At eve Breck returns from Boston. Inform. that his sister Sally is become more sociable and chearful.
1779 January 24 (Sunday). Delivered a.m. to a small congregation, an exercise that is part of Expos. of Mat. 17.17 to 21, but it being a continuation of the Discourse on Mark 9.24, I read on in Mark 9 to … Continue reading
1779 January 25 (Monday). Being at the Shop, Capt. Fisher and Mr. Badcock were there and acquainted me with the Desire of the Singing School to have a Lecture preached to them, and though (as they say) they would be … Continue reading
1779 January 26 (Tuesday). Mr. Elisha Parker here a.m. on the Same Business, of the Singing Lecture — to write to Mr. Sumner etc. but I answered him as I did Capt. Fisher yesterday. P.M. Deacon Wood. here — brought … Continue reading
1779 January 27 (Wednesday). Mr. Newton, at eve, after his sledding wood today, thinks he has brought the Quantity agreed for: but it was not so in my Memorandum Book.
1779 January 28 (Thursday). Mr. Newton brings more wood, and brings his own Account which I copy and cast up, but we find that now he has brought enough to make up 35 cord. Mr. N. Maynard junior came with … Continue reading
1779 January 29 (Friday). This Day is memorable for the Sorrows I was plunged into in the year 36 (43 years since) when the first Partner of my Joys and Divider and Sharer of my Griefs was taken away: I … Continue reading
1779 January 30 (Saturday). Mr. Jonathan Maynard brought a load of Wood to me for Breck, in Return for a load which he borrowed of me, and Mr. Maynard brought gratis a load of that wood which Mr. Ch. Newton … Continue reading