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Monthly Archives: October 1782
1782 October 1 (Tuesday). God is pleas’d to grant me the Favour to begin Another Month. To His Name be praise and Glory! Mr. Cushing reads to me Dr. Huntington’s Letters, Observations etc. in Defence of Mrs. Fish [blot] against … Continue reading
1782 October 2 (Wednesday). Mr. Cushing and his Children, George and Sally, leave us to go to Shrewsbury, where he is to preach tomorrow.
1782 October 3 (Thursday). Had a Catechising a. and p.m. Had about fifty Children. May the divine Blessing accompany my weak Endeavours. At Eve Mr. Forbes and Wife from Brookfield and lodged here. Pasturing Horses is the Most difficult of … Continue reading
1782 October 4 (Friday). Mr. Forbes preached an excellent Sermon at his Cousen Elisha’s on Luk. 10.20, latter part — “but rather rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven.” It was very Seasonable and well accepted by a considerable … Continue reading
1782 October 5 (Saturday). Mr. Forbes and his Consort having lodged here, Sat out for Cambridge. N.B. Mr. Brigham returned home last night, informs me of the Death of the Aged and venerable Mr. Daniel Perkins of Bridgewater. “Help Lord! … Continue reading
1782 October 6 (Sunday). I did not begin with Singing — I broke off with Design; but neither was there so much as one Singer in the Place when I went. I preached a. and p.m. on Ps. 42. Am … Continue reading
1782 October 7 (Monday). The Church’s Committee met. Adjourned to next Thursday. N.B. Old Mr. Daniel Hardy who now lives in Hopkinton came to see me.
1782 October 8 (Tuesday). The great Blessing of Rain through the Day; To God be Glory! Deacon Hawes having brought me Mr. Zabdiel Adams’s Election Sermon, I read part of it, and my Son Ebenezer read the rest of it … Continue reading
1782 October 9 (Wednesday). Ebenezer puts a Guard about the Top of the back Stairs. Elias to Upton with Miss Mindwell Brigham and her Sister Anne.
1782 October 10 (Thursday). Mr. Abraham Holland came to See Elias who does not come home till nigh Evening but then returns with his Company from Col. Jones of Hopkinton. Mr. Peter Whitney here — hear that Mr. Treasurer Henry … Continue reading
[1782 October 11 (Friday).] The Committee on Adams’s Affair came here at Evening. Dr. John Gott on his Journey back from Connecticut was here: relates the Strange Conduct of the Shakers at Windham. Mr. Hazzletine and Young Wilder of Cohoss … Continue reading
1782 October 12 (Saturday). My Son Breck having taken down the Chimney of his common Room, his Family moves into our House. At Eve came Mr. William Plum from Southborough and offers his Assistance. Mr. [illegible] of Yarmouth is willing … Continue reading
[1782 October 13 (Sunday).] Mr. Plum a.m. on Isa. 49.6, p.m. on Zech. 13.1. May God bless his Labors, and reward him for his Kindness! He returned to Southborough at Eve. N.B. I appointed the Communion and Lecture.
[1782 October 14 (Monday).] Mr. P________ is very unwell — is Sick at her stomach, is faint, no appetite. Dr. Hawes visits and administers.
[1782 October 15 (Tuesday).] Mr. Samuel Brigham from Wilton here — his mother p.m.
[1782 October 16 (Wednesday).] Training — The adjournment of Committee on Adams’s Affair, was to this day. They Meet, and adjourn again. Breck builds a Chimney in his Shop. They diet here.
[1782 October 17 (Thursday).] I attended the burying of Mr. Jonathan Batherick’s Infant: still-born. [Mr.] Grosvenor sends yesterday to me a Letter by Mr. Langton that he can’t preach my Lecture. I wrote to Mr. Fitch, and no Opportunity offering … Continue reading
[1782 October 18 (Friday).] Various Company to day. Squire Whipple of New Braintree came. Mrs. P________ no better. Reports of Several Sad Occurrences. Mrs. White returned to us and lodges. Mrs. P________ is much laid by. May God prepare us … Continue reading
[1782 October 19 (Saturday).] Elias goes to Ashburnham. Mrs. White goes from us at Eve to Mr. Graves. Mr. Hastings plasters and finishes the Oven, etc.
[1782 October 20 (Sunday).] I endeavored to Preach a.m. on Gal. 6.4, but I could not read the old Notes which I made many years agoe. Mrs. Maynard dined with us. P.M. preached on Exod. 14.13. May God graciously accept! … Continue reading
1782 October 21 (Monday). Visit John Mears, a Lad at Deacon Woods, under broken bones, a Cart wheel having gone over his Leggs and broke one of them. Young Mr. Fish here and dines with us. Mr. Brigham to Boston.
1782 October 22 (Tuesday). Mrs. P________ very bad with her Cough. Dr. Hawes here frequently. A Court held at Deacon Woods on James McCulloch for his bad Conduct towards Capt. Fisher on Training Day.
1782 October 23 (Wednesday). Mrs. P________ takes a Puke. Rev. Mr. Joseph Thatcher of Gorham at Eve. He goes on to Mr. Isaac Johnsons in Southborough. Mrs. P________ lies below. Capt. William Brigham comes from Marlborough with the Sorrowlful Tidings … Continue reading
1782 October 24 (Thursday). Cousen Maynard came to See her aunt and asks us (who can) to ride with her in her Carriage to the Funeral tomorrow.
1782 October 25 (Friday). Mrs. P________ is under grievous Exercise by her Cough Still, though Dr. Haws is using his best Endeavors to help her. A.M. Cousen Maynard with their Carriage, driven by Mr. Stephen, her Son, took up Several … Continue reading
1782 October 26 (Saturday). Mrs. P________ no better. She inclines to having Dr. Stimson of Hopkinton. Elias goes — he comes with him — they are both very wet with the plentiful Rain. The Doctor tarries over Night. Rev. Fitch … Continue reading
1782 October 27 (Sunday). Doctor attends our Meeting a.m.: but then rid to Hopkinton p.m. to Sutt[on]. I preached a.m. on Ps. 42.10.11. P.M. on Heb. 4.9. At Eve My Son Ebenezer read a Sermon of Mr. Groves. N.B. It … Continue reading
1782 October 28 (Monday). Mrs. P________ has lain some time in the lower Room. Sits up a While in the Day, but She is Still exercised with Such Fitts of Coughing as waste her exceedingly. P.M. came Mr. Fitch. He … Continue reading
1782 October 30 (Wednesday). Mrs. P________ no better. Dr. Stimpson and Mrs. Cotton with him. They dine here. He brings the works of Dr. David McBride.
1782 October 31 (Thursday). These were Days of much Sickness and Trouble. And yet I have more grievous to add — viz. that [blank]