Monthly Archives: August 1781

August 1, 1781

1781 August 1 (Wednesday).  Mr. Brigham returned from Dudley.  Hear that 2 more Children are born.

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August 2, 1781

1781 August 2 (Thursday).  Mr. Brigham goes to Boston.  As I was writing to Mr. Quincy, Mr. Joseph Freeland came with urgency to have me visit his Sister, the Widow Hall at Hopkinton.  I had Mr. Nurse’s Horse to go … Continue reading

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August 3, 1781

1781 August 3 (Friday).  The Weather is Somewhat uncommon: generally the Mornings are dark, cloudy or Foggy, and Some Sprinkling of Rain, but the Sun breaks out after a while, and proves hot and burning the rest of the Day.  … Continue reading

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August 4, 1781

1781 August 4 (Saturday).  I have heard Nothing from my Son Elias, nor any thing about my Horse; and therefore think it best to try another Letter which must be committed to the Care of Cousin Maynard for Conveyance.  Mr. … Continue reading

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August 5, 1781

1781 August 5 (Sunday).  I Read a.m. Ps. 104 because of Harvest time.  In preaching I went on upon Ezek. Chap. 36 from v. 25 and onward.  P.M. did not read but Sung Ps. 148.  Preached on Joh. 14.6, latter … Continue reading

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August 6, 1781

1781 August 6 (Monday).  Mr. Hezekiah Maynard of Marlborough here — complains very much of Mr. Grosvenor, of Sermons but 16 minutes.  Mrs. Baker and Miss Eunice Fish make a Visit here.  John Whitney came and told me that both … Continue reading

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August 7, 1781

1781 August 7 (Tuesday).  Read Biogr.  P.M. attended the Sad Solemnity aforesaid.  I Prayed, and Spoke to the Young people who were there, giving them Solemn Warning to avoid Fornication and all uncleanness.  N.B. Wrote the Rest of a Letter … Continue reading

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August 8, 1781

1781 August 8 (Wednesday).  Rode over to Mr. Asahel Biglow’s Wife, to See his Letter from the Army to her, of his being wounded at Kingsbridge.  Went to the other Houses near.  N.B. John Biglow who was to have marched … Continue reading

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August 9, 1781

1781 August 9 (Thursday).  Committ my Letter to Lt. Hannaniah Parker, who marches this Morn: and who can See him personally himself.  Am in no little perplexity still respecting my son Elias having never heard whether he ever arrived at … Continue reading

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August 10, 1781

1781 August 10 (Friday).  This morning Billy Spring brings from Capt. Maynards my Horse, who has come from Northampton; and from Belcher Town drawed in a Waggon: Was in a miserable Condition, as to Flesh and Shooes, and without my … Continue reading

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August 11, 1781

1781 August 11 (Saturday).  Mr. Thaddeus Warren came and killed a Calf for me, which weighed 19 lb. per [gr.?] and as he has been so generous as to butcher for me gratis So many times, I have given him … Continue reading

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August 13, 1781

1781 August 12 (Sunday).  A.M. Read John 1 to v. 28.  Preached again on Joh. 14.6, latter part.  P.M. omitted Reading.  I felt too weak, and somewhat dizzy, but by divine Help preached on Prov. 28.13 [“He that covereth his … Continue reading

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August 13, 1781

1781 August 13 (Monday).  Mr. Ebenezer Grosvenor in returning from Marlborough to Pomfret calls and drinks Tea here.  Tells us the frightful Story of Dr. Samuel Curtis’s Adultery with one Johnsons Wife, and his Absconding.

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August 14, 1781

1781 August 14 (Tuesday).  Mr. Brigham goes to Boston.  Sent a Letter to Mr. Quincy.  Went over to Mr. Beetons etc.  P.M. I went to see poor John Biglow and prayed with him.  Called to see old Mr. Daniel Hardy, … Continue reading

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August 15, 1781

1781 August 15 (Wednesday).  My Son went on his Journey to Cape Ann.  Mr. Whitney is here and desires we may change next Sabbath.  I went up to the Treasurer Newton’s, but he was not at home.  Yet I spoke … Continue reading

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August 16, 1781

1781 August 16 (Thursday).  Mr. Brigham came home in the last night.  A Sad Story of one David [Cordun?] of Upton, his dropping down suddenly, and was found dead.

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August 17, 1781

1781 August 17 (Friday).  Miss Hephzibah Parker finishes her Nursing Sophy; and Miss Mindwell Brigham came in her stead.  At Eve came Mr. Jonathan Batherick and Capt. Fisher came to talk with me about having another Quorister chosen instead of … Continue reading

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August 18, 1781

1781 August 18 (Saturday).  Col. Brigham brings home a Case of Drawers for Sophy which he received from Mr. Holyoke joiner at Marlborough.  Dr. Hall in his way to Marlborough dined here.

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August 19, 1781

1781 August 19 (Sunday).  I preached at Northborough on Jer. 8.20 “The Harvest is past etc.”  and p.m. on Ps. 73.26.  Flesh and Heart fail — but God etc.  Baptized one of Mr. Gillam Bass’s Children, the Name was Nancy.  … Continue reading

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August 20, 1781

1781 August 20 (Monday).  Mr. Ebenezer Grosvenor dined here in his way to Boston and carrys the Letter to Mr. Quincy which Mr. Brigham last week did not deliver.  Town Meeting about paying soldiers hard Money.  At Eve Messrs. Eli … Continue reading

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August 21, 1781

1781 August 21 (Tuesday).  My son is going to Point Judith for Wool.  I rode to Ministers Meeting at West-Sudbury.  Found there Messrs. Bridge and Newell: also a Number of other Gentlemen who were not of us, viz. Messrs. Brown … Continue reading

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August 22, 1781

1781 August 22 (Wednesday).  Lt. Elijah Day of Springfield west, under a bad sore, boards at my Son’s.  Offers to wait on me to the Town.  We visit Dr. Minot and Mr. Ripley.  I went also to see good old … Continue reading

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August 23, 1781

1781 August 23 (Thursday).  I perceive that Capt. Fisher has mowed my new Swamp and carryed it home.  N.B. having borrowed of Mr. Day Vol. 1 of the History of Joe Thompson, to day I read part of it.

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August 24, 1781

1781 August 24 (Friday).  In my preparations on Prov. 28.19.  May God grant me Direction and Assistance!

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August 25, 1781

1781 August 25 (Saturday).  My Son Alexander returned from Point Judith, with Wool.

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August 26, 1781

1781 August 26 (Sunday).  I felt feeble and faint, but went to Meeting and through the Exercises.  To God be praise.  I omitted Reading a.m.  Preached on Prov. 28.13.  P.M. Read 2 Cor. 11, former part, and preached on v. … Continue reading

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August 27, 1781

1781 August 27 (Monday).  Alexander left us to go upon his Journey home.  I visited Mr. Simon Forbes’s Wife and a Number of Familys that way, viz. Lieut. Harrington (where I dined), Ensign Millers, his Brother Ebenezers, Mr. Robbins, and … Continue reading

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August 28, 1781

1781 August 28 (Tuesday).  I visited Mr. Daniel Warren, who lately fell from a Load of Hay, and thereby his Collar-Bone was broke.  N.B. had some Conversation with Mr. Timothy Warren.  Visited Mr. Samuel Hardy and Family.  P.M. Was at … Continue reading

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August 29, 1781

1781 August 29 (Wednesday).  Mr. Peter Whitney here: also Mr. David Taylor of Bolton, brought me a Letter from the South Church there, to be Communicated requesting out Assistance in the Ordination of Mr. Reuben Puffer.

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August 30, 1781

1781 August 30 (Thursday).  Mr. Benjamin Stone preacher at Southborough dined with us.  He endeavours to prepare the way for my going to Southborough to administer the Lords Supper there.  He agrees to go to Mr. Sumners for the next … Continue reading

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August 31, 1781

1781 August 31 (Friday).  Mr. Brigham goes to Concord: carrys to Lieut. Day the Life of Joe Thompson.  May God grant that those who read Such Books may be Cautious least they be ensnared in Vice, but See the Odiousness … Continue reading

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