1782 July 1 (Monday). Mr. Daniel Grosvenor has preached at Southborough and in his returning home, comes in and dines here. He gives me an Account of his not preaching my Lecture — etc., etc. Breck begins to frame an House.
1782 July 2 (Tuesday). I visited Deacon Woods Wife — also Sarah Newton. Am reading the History of the War, No. VII. Dr. Stimpson has visited Sarah Newton, but despairs of her Recovery.
1782 July 3 (Wednesday). My Son Ebenezer having tarried thus long with us, he took his Journey to Providence. I rode with him beyond this Town. I committed to his Care 3 Pamphlets which I borrowed of Rev. Mr. Willard of Mendon. In returning home, called at several Houses. I dined at Mr. Elisha Forbes, visited at Capt. Morse’s. Old Mrs. Dolly Rice made us a kind Visit, beyond my Expectation.
1782 July 4 (Thursday). Visit Sarah Newton, who is Weaker and weaker. P.M. Visit old Mr. James Maynard and prayed with him. N.B. I went to Mr. Thomas Lamsons. N.B. I find at Mr. Joseph Rice’s House that his Brother Elisha is come to live there.
1782 July 5 (Friday). [No entry.]
1782 July 6 (Saturday). I visit Sarah Newton and prayed with her. Carryed her Calamy on Vows. Went to Mr. Ruggles’s etc. Deacon Wood here, tells me his Wife is grown Worse. I rode to Shrewsbury and lodged at Mr. Sumners.
1782 July 7 (Sunday). Mr. Sumner to Westborough. I preached at Shrewsbury a. [and p.m.?] on Luk. 16.31. N.B. We sung four times, and without [blot] Reading by Deacons. May God graciously accept and bless [?]. I went at Eve to Sister Cushings and lodged there. N.B. Mr. Sumners Texts Mat. 6.1, 1 John. 1.5.
1782 July 8 (Monday). I returned home safely, and found all in Usual Comfort. D.G. N.B. Mr. Brigham returned from Boston on the 6th at night. And my Son Ebenezer returned from Providence the Same Evening. I read Mr. Gay of Hinghams Sermon at the Instalment of Mr. Ezra Carpenter at Keen and Swanzy, from Zech. 2.1, “I lift up mine Eyes again and looked, and behold, a man with his Measuring Line in His Hand.” P.M. Mr. P. Whitney and Mrs. Briggs.
1782 July 9 (Tuesday). I went up to Sarah Newton, who is but just living; I asked a few Necessary Questions — to which She gave intelligible Answers. I left her designing to return again. But when I came back She had expired — not half after 8 o’Clock a.m. It was to visit Mrs. Joanna Fay, who has been long confined by Illness.
1782 July 10 (Wednesday). Breck Raises his House. 28 feet Front; 30 feet back. Mr. Jonathan Batheric and Capt. Fisher were the principal Workmen. Through the Goodness of God there was no Evil Occurrence. An hundred and fifteen persons were entertained. Cousen Maynard was very kind and helpfull. She came early and stayed here over night.
1782 July 11 (Thursday). Mr. Thomas Lamsons Wife came to work here for Mr. Brigham. Miss Sarah Newton was buryed. I attended and prayed. Had She been permitted to live till Aug. 18, She would have been 17 Years old. A variety of Company here. John Cushing of Ashburnham came. Came to his Grandmother Cushings last night, and here today.
1782 July 12 (Friday). John goes to Southborough, to See his Aunt Brigham and agrees with Squire Smith to live with him. We have the Joy of Harvest. Mr. Thomas Kenny and Downs reap.
1782 July 13 (Saturday). My Son Ebenezer very helpful in taking up and carting in Rye. Mrs. Lambson at Eve goes home.
1782 July 14 (Sunday). Because of the Harvest I preached on Joh. 6.35 a.m. and on Occasion of Sarah Newtons Death, p.m. on Ps. 110.3. And may the Blessing of God accompany and render Effectual! At Eve Mr. Brigham read the Close of Mr. Flavel’s Fountain of Life, and he prayed. Have been informed that the Widow Cook has been taken with Bleeding, and last night the Doctor was with her all night. It is now stanch’d.
1782 July 15 (Monday). I visited Mrs. Cook, at Mr. Thaddeus Warrins: Thence to Mr. Barn. Newtons — and to Deacon Woods to see his Wife, who is now under a Salivation. Deplorable Case! A Letter from Elias.
1782 July 16 (Tuesday). My Daughter Baldwin came: brought by Miss Nabby Baldwin of Shrewsbury. Colonel is gone to Cambridge to see his son Isaac who Remains Sick there. P.M. Mr. Isaac Johnson of Southborough came and requested me to ‘change with Mr. Lyon next Sabbath, and administer the Lords Supper. Mr. Brigham, p.m. went to Cambridge. By him I wrote to Mr. Moore; and to Elias.
1782 July 17 (Wednesday). A Message that Old Mrs. Gale dyed last Evening. Dr. Hawes comes to see my Daughter Baldwin, who is much indisposed and discouraged. Col. Ezra Wood of Upton made me a Visit.
1782 July 18 (Thursday). A.M. Visit at Mr. Simon Bellows, Nathaniel Chamberlains, Seth Woods, Dined at Mr. Belknaps. P.M. was at Mr. Ebenezer and Daniel Chamberlains. Attended the Funeral of Old Mrs. Esther Gale, and prayed there. My Daughter Baldwin is ill from Day to Day. Takes physic.
1782 July 19 (Friday). Col. Baldwin, and (beyond Expectation) his son Isaac are come from Watertown to day. He looks ghastly, but is grown better.
1782 July 20 (Saturday). They go on their Journey to Brookfield. P.M. I rode to Southborough. Mr. Lion came here. Mr. Brigham returned home. He has been at Commencement but has not taken a Degree, as he intended.
1782 July 21 (Sunday). I preached at Southborough a. and p.m. on Mat. 17.4 and administered the Lords Supper: I also baptized four Children. See our Church-Records. May God most gracious pardon our Sins, and accept our Sacrifices.
1782 July 22 (Monday). I returned home in safety. D.G. P.M. Mrs. Peakman and Mrs. Blackden, of Marlborough, made us a Visit and [Mrs. Maynard?] waited upon them. They drank Tea etc. At Eve they returned. Miss Sarah Fay came to request me to visit a young Child that was very bad at their House, her Brother Thomas’s Infant. I went — Saw — prayed — but the Ensign was at some Distance off, at his Hay.
1782 July 23 (Tuesday). A Sad Disaster befell one of my Neighbour Harringtons Piggs; which ran under the Cart Wheel as Thatcher was driving in a Load of Hay at the End of the House. The Pig got up, ran down to the first Elm by the Road, there fell down and dyed. Mr. Brigham stuck her (it was sow) and she bled. Mr. Harrington was informed immediately by Mr. Brigham, but he would pay little Regard.
1782 July 24 (Wednesday). I was called to go to Mr. Abraham Beemans to See his son Abraham who lay in a deep Stupor; thought to be a Coma. I Spoke to him, but there was not any Reply: his Exterior Limbs, Hands and Legs, were Cold. I prayed, but he was insensible. I left him, but he dyed soon after I left him. I went into Lt. Thomas Forbush’s, and to his Grandsons — prayed among them. N.B. Mrs. Forb. has lost her Sister Larkin by Death.
1782 July 25 (Thursday). Jej. priv.
1782 July 26 (Friday). I attended the Funeral of Mr. Abraham Beeman junior.
1782 July 27 (Saturday). [No entry.]
1782 July 28 (Sunday). A.M. on Mark 14.14.15. P.M. Joh. 6.35, and administered the Lord’s Supper. Mrs. Maynard dined with us. At Eve Breck read Mr. Henry on due Return etc. N.B. Mr. Brigham and his were by them selves. May God graciously accept us!
1782 July 29 (Monday). Mr. Thomas Fay’s Child visited — prayed with a.m. P.M. attend the Burial of Mr. Edward Cobb’s newborn Child.
1782 July 30 (Tuesday). Wrote to Mr. Forbes, and to Elias at Cape Ann, by Mr. Brigham who goes to Boston a.m. Breck p.m. moves the small Building which has been his Bedroom.
1782 July 31 (Wednesday). A Number of People to level and Settle the little Bed-room, for although there was a considerable multitude yesterday together to move the Building, and they were till 9 o’Clock at night, yet it was necessary to adjust and join it to the main Frame and secure its Foundation. I am reading the History of the War Vol. 2, No. 1.