1728 March 10 (Sunday). Not very well in the morning and at noon but God strengthening I went through the Exercises. Preach’d a. and p.m. from Isa. 1.5. Church meeting appointed. Full of hearty Concern and I hope mainly for the Glory of God and the Interests of the Souls of Men, for I find no great value for whatever Temporal Interests I can find in this Town.
In the Church Records of this date it is indicated that a number of people were “Complaining of Josiah Newton’s deceiving them in his administration in the office of Military Clerk.”