Monthly Archives: December 1736

December 1, 1736

1736 December 1 (Wednesday).  [No entry.]

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December 2, 1736

1736 December 2 (Thursday).  [No entry.]

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December 3, 1736

1736 December 3 (Friday).  David Lame yet, but goes about better than he did.

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December 4, 1736

1736 December 4 (Saturday).  Ensign Maynard returned from Boston and brought a Fall from Brother Elias to hoist up my Pump — despairing of Mr. Tucker.

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December 5, 1736

1736 December 5 (Sunday).  Cold Day.  Phil. 1.21.  Mr. Garfield Dined with me.

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December 6, 1736

1736 December 6 (Monday).  Pleasant morning.  I undertook a Journey to Cambridge.  On the way I called at Mr. Joslins — and at Mr. Belknaps, whose wife had long laboured under great Disorders, by Fits, etc.: There I marryed Eleazer … Continue reading

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December 7, 1736

1736 December 7 (Tuesday).  A very rainy and Stormy Day — confined me at F. C.’s all Day.  N.B. had Opportunity of Conversation with Mrs. Suse — but guarded and without making any proposals to her.

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December 8, 1736

1736 December 8 (Wednesday).  Rose early and Set out with Design to go to Salem to the Ordination of Mr. John Sparhawk,[1] but I found it so exceeding Cold, and so rough, hard riding that I diverted to Charleston Ferry.  … Continue reading

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December 9, 1736

1736 December 9 (Thursday).  Last night Exceeding Cold — and to Day.  Mr. Byles[1] Lecture on Ps. 42.2.  I dined at Mr. Chauncy’s,[2] as did Mr. Benjamin Gerrish.[3]  Visited Brother Alexander.  At Eve to Cambridge.  N.B. Mrs. Suse and Sister … Continue reading

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December 10, 1736

1736 December 10 (Friday).  Rode home.  Called at Mr. Cuttings — Mr. Swift’s — Mr. Stone’s.  A fine Moderate Day.  Found my Family well.  Thanks to God.  N.B. Fast of the General Court in the Council Chamber.

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December 11, 1736

1736 December 11 (Saturday).  David (who had been at that Bus[i]ness all the Week) finished Thrashing Rie.

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December 12, 1736

1736 December 12 (Sunday).  On Act. 26.28 and Phil. 1.21.  Fowl w. Snow etc.  Mr. Joseph Thurston dined with me.  At Eve Dr. Joshua Wheat[1] here. [1]This is Parkman’s only reference to Joshua Wheat.  Wheat was warned out of Needham, … Continue reading

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December 13, 1736

1736 December 13 (Monday).  Mr. Joslin with a Team, Neighbour Chamberlain, Neighbour Jonathan Bellows, Jonas Warrin,[1] Silas Brigham[2] with a Team, and Levi Brigham[3] came and got to the Door 23 or 24 Turns of Wood. [1]Jonas, son of Daniel … Continue reading

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December 14, 1736

1736 December 14 (Tuesday).  Rainy.

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December 15, 1736

1736 December 15 (Wednesday).  Very rainy Day.  The Ground exceeding full of Water.  Mr. S. Harrington[1] brought the Blocks of the Takle from John Ferguson which he had brought from my Brother Elias of Boston, in order to hoise my … Continue reading

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December 16, 1736

1736 December 16 (Thursday).  Good Weather.  It has been So great a Thaw that the Earth is very open again.  David finished a new Box for my Books.  P.M. he wrought for Neighbour William Rogers junior.[1]  At Evening Jotham Maynard, … Continue reading

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December 17, 1736

1736 December 17 (Friday).  Very Cold, windy Day.  Mr. Joseph Crosby of Worcester and Mr. Bullard of Needham here.  David works for him Self.

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December 18, 1736

1736 December 18 (Saturday).  Exceeding Cold.  Turned my Thoughts upon the Season.  Read (or rather run through) Dr. C. Mathers Winter Meditations.[1]  Windy and Sharp Cold still.  David himself. [1]Cotton Mather, Winter Meditations: Directions How to Employ the Leisure of … Continue reading

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December 19, 1736

1736 December 19 (Sunday).  Pleasant Day, and although Cold yet, through the Goodness of God more Moderate.  On Ps. 74.17.  Phil. 1.21.  Mr. Asher Rice’s wife[1] dined with me. [1]Tabitha Rice.

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December 20, 1736

1736 December 20 (Monday).  Stormy — Rain, which froze and made it very slippery.  Capt. Fay[1] here.  No expectation of Lydia Cutting to Day.  David himself. [1]John Fay was among the first inhabitants of Westborough (WCR, flyleaf) and was a … Continue reading

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December 21, 1736

1736 December 21 (Tuesday).  Fine Day, though somewhat windy.  Hoised the upper part of the Pump out of the Well.  The Hands were old Mr. Maynard, Mr. Joseph Green, Mr. Whipple, Brother Hicks, Ebenezer Maynard,[1] Benjamin How, with David.  The … Continue reading

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December 22, 1736

1736 December 22 (Wednesday).  Lydia Cutting began the Care and Work of my Family.  Fine Morning, but afterwards inclement, Squawlly, Snow, [rainy?] etc.  Visited Mr. Thomlins Sick Child, and another at Mr. Jedidiah How’s.  Benjamin How, in trying to draw … Continue reading

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December 23, 1736

1736 December 23 (Thursday).  Pleasant Morning — but Cold and Somewhat windy p.m.  David made Rack for the Stable.

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December 24, 1736

1736 December 24 (Friday).  Cold clear Day.  Old Mr. Maynard and David Baverick winnowed out my Rie.

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December 25, 1736

1736 December 25 (Saturday).  M [blank] Potter of Leicester (a Quaker) here.  I delivered him the works of Mr. William Dell[1] which I had borrowed some time since of Lieutenant Baker.  And I lent him five Discourses by the Author … Continue reading

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December 26, 1736

1736 December 26 (Sunday).  Continues very Cold.  I preached on Phil. 1.21 and God be Pleased to add His special Blessing thereto, both with Preacher and hearers also.  N.B. Mrs. Harrington of Framingham dined with me.

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December 27, 1736

1736 December 27 (Monday).  Benjamin How having been to Mr. Cook’s and got the Pump Boxes refitted a Number of Hands came together to help me raise the Pump again and let it down anew into the Well.  Mr. Green … Continue reading

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December 28, 1736

1736 December 28 (Tuesday).  I rode over to Mr. Russells a.m. about some Pork.  Fine morn.  Cold p.m.  P.M. the Neighbours came together again to hoise out my Pump.  We hoised it out and found that the hoop at the … Continue reading

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December 29, 1736

1736 December 29 (Wednesday).  Has not been any Snow for a great while, yet very Cold, Windy.  Hands together again p.m.: and now through Divine Favour, succeeded and to my great Joy Set the Pump agoing, and went much better … Continue reading

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December 30, 1736

1736 December 30 (Thursday).  The Morning very Exceeding cold.  The Pump froze up so that we had no good of it.  This morning dyed old Mrs. Hannah Holloway, aged about 93 or 4 Years.

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December 31, 1736

1736 December 31 (Friday).  A light Snow, but soon went away, turning to Rain.  All our Endeavours in vain, to Thaw the Pump.  Through the Great Goodness and Longsuffering of God we are brought to the Conclusion of this Remarkable … Continue reading

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