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 sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy”], the first Sermon to page 9, occasioned by so many Fornications among us.  May God grant it may be for Conviction of those who were there!  Am sorry a Number of the Guilty were absent.  N.B. I told the Congregation at noon that there was a Book on the Table for those who tarried at noon, in and about the Meeting House, to improve the time in Reading as they should please.  Mrs. Maynard dined with us.  A Letter to Elias, writ yesterday, has been committed to the Maynard Care, to be delivered to the Northampton Teamers when they return from Boston.  At Eve Mr. Brigham read and prayed.  At night God was pleased to send a plentiful Rain.  To His Name be Glory!