February 1, 1727

1727 February 1 (Wednesday).  Mr. Willard and his Kinsman, the Chearful Captain[1] came while we were at an Excellent Dinner on Roast Turkey, etc., at Mr. Brecks.  Near Sundown I was very Eager and Earnest to come home.  Mr. Breck urged Exceedingly to stay but I resisted his most pressing Importunity and took my leave.  I mounted and my Business leading Me down to Mr. Woods’s,[2] Messrs. Willards would walk thither.  Mr. Wood treated us handsomely and we all Sang the more chearfully.  Here I rose up not a few times to return home but Captain Willard hung upon Me and would by no means let me have my way.  Mr. Jonathan How[3] (the Tavern keeper) came up from Boston while we were at Mr. Woods’s and having several Haddock I bought one for my Wife; and we returned to Mr. Brecks, where We had Sad and Melancholly News of a Young Man Mr. Simon Bradstreet that last friday fell down very suddenly on Mr. Greenwoods wharf at Boston and next morning dyed.  The News Letter had given an account of the very Surprizing and most Sudden Death of Mr. Samuell Hirst[4] A.M. of Harvard College, who not long Since fell down Dead on the long wharf at Boston, being in perfect Health (to appearance) the moment before.  And one Lewis[5] Sometime publisher of the Boston Gazette, the same afternoon was taken with an Apoplectick fit and dy’d in Two Hours.  O that I may also be ready, and that all Young Persons might fear and prepare, Since So many die in full strength, etc., to Demonstrate to us that in an hour that we think not our Lord cometh!  I lodged at Mr. Brecks tonight also.

[1]Captain Benjamin Willard of Grafton.

[2]Benjamin Woods of Marlborough.

[3]Of Marlborough.

[4](Harvard 1723).  Sibley, VII, 190-192.

[5]Thomas Lewis.

February 2, 1727

1727 February 2 (Thursday).  In the morning Jonathan How came and invited us to a fish dinner.  Accordingly we all went up to his house and Din’d with him on Haddock.  Here his Brother Hezekiah[1] of Westborough happen’d very Lukily, whom I implor’d to carry home my Fish and some necessarys.  When we came from Mr. Hows, we parted with Mr. Breck and rode to Mr. William Jonson’s[2] and thence up to my house, Messrs. Willards being with me.  They lodg’d with us.

[1]Hezekiah Howe was an original settler of Westborough.

[2]William Johnson of Marlborough.

February 9, 1727

1727 February 9 (Thursday).  Mr. Willard preach’d my Lecture from Prov. 27.1.  I beseach God to grant this Young Gentlemans Endeavours may [be] [illegible] and accepted.  He has undertaken for nine Sabbaths at Stoney Brook and I pray his Labours there and Everywhere besides may be Succeeded for the great good of many!  After Lecture they went away.  Mr. Jonathan How of Marlborough and Jedidiah How of This Town came to Sing.  Mr. Bradish[1] came to Request my Prayers and Assistance in a Matter grievous and Burthensome to him respecting his Oath of Administrator to an Estate of a Kinswoman of his (when living) of Boston.

[1]James Bradish or Braddish, an original settler of Westborough.

February 12, 1727

1727 February 12 (Sunday).  I was much afraid the Sacrament must have been put by, and Captain Fay[1] mention’d its being So; but provision being made and a Very Considerable number of Communicants present I proceeded though truly it was a Very Severe Season.  I preach’d on 2 John 8, a.m. and on Heb. 3.12, I trust in the Meritts and advocation of Christ, but I’m sure my performances, some of them can recomend Me to God.

[1]John Fay of Westborough.

February 26, 1727

1727 February 26 (Sunday).  In the morning I rode to Shrewsbury and a.m. preach’d on Ps. 95.7; p.m. on Phil. 1.27.  In the Even, Captain Keyes[1] visited me.  I read Mr. Hancocks[2] Ordination Sermon[3] by his Father,[4] and Mr. Ward Clarks[5] by his Father in Law.[6]

[1]Captain John Keyes of Shrewsbury.

[2]Reverend John Hancock (Harvard 1719), minister of First Church of Bramtree (now Quincy), 1726-1744.  He was the father of the patriot John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Sibley, VI, 316-319.

[3][Additional footnote: John Hancock (1671-1752), A sermon preached at the ordination of Mr. John Hancock [1702-1744]. A.M.: in the North Precinct of Brantree [sic]; Novem. 2. 1726 (Boston: Printed for Thomas Hancock in Ann-Street near the drawbridge, 1726).  Evans 2748.]

[4]Reverend John Hancock (Harvard 1689), minister of Lexington, 1698-1752.  Sibley, III, 429-439.

[5]Reverend Ward Clark (Harvard 1723), minister of First Congregational Church of Kingston, N.H., 1725-1737.  Sibley, VII, 156-158.

[6]Clark’s ordination sermon was by John Odlin (Harvard 1702;, minister of Exeter, N.H.  Odlin was not Clark’s father-in-law, for Clark married Mary Frost, the daughter of Charles Frost of Kittery, Maine.  Sibley, V, 168-172 and VII, 156-158.  [Addition to footnote: John Odlin (1681-1754), Christian courage necessary for a Gospel minister. An ordination sermon preached at Kingston, Sept. 29. 1725. When Mr. Ward Clark was ordained Pastor of the church there (Boston: Printed by B. Green, 1727).  Evans 2939.]