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Monthly Archives: May 1742
1742 May 1 (Saturday). Stephen Fay here upon Soul accounts. Fowl weather. Thomas gott out Corn.
1742 May 2 (Sunday). On Eph. 5.14. P.M. repeated on Heb. 13.17 to page 19, occasioned by the late Separation of Mr. Frink from his pastoral office. Mrs. Bathsheba Pratt here, being greatly distressed for the Hardness of her Heart … Continue reading
1742 May 3 (Monday). Rainy still. Thomas about various Things, chiefly the Fences. Had a sow Pigg of Neighbour Chamberlain. One Mr. Green of Leicester here.
1742 May 4 (Tuesday). Catechized at the Meeting House a. and p.m. but had but a slender Number of either Boys or Girls. Little William carryed to Nurse at Ensign Mainards.
1742 May 5 (Wednesday). My Wife rode to Cambridge. I rode with her as far as Marlborough, but both of us soaked through with an heavy Shower in the woods between Westborough and Southborough back of Lieutenant Brighams Pond. I … Continue reading
1742 May 6 (Thursday). Thomas planted part of the upper Field. Mr. Paterson an Irishman from Stoddard Town here. N.B. He had been one of those that had fallen into a Strange Fit by the pressure of his Distress at … Continue reading
1742 May 7 (Friday). Thomas planting. Mary Bradish with me on account of her Spiritual Troubles. Cousen Winchester also. Fair pleasant a.m., lowery p.m. Ensign Maynard here — informed that little William was not well.
1742 May 8 (Saturday). Finished planting our Fields. Mr. Deming came; at the my Request he stayed with us. Mr. Jenison came in the Eve designing to preach for me if I wanted Help. Providence cast in a fine parsel … Continue reading
1742 May 9 (Sunday). Mr. Deming a. and p.m. on 2 Cor. 5.17. Both Mr. Deming and Mr. Jenison tarryed with me over the Sabbath. A Remarkable Forwardness of the Spring. Frequent Rains etc.
1742 May 10 (Monday). Mr. Deming went to Mr. Beemans. Mr. Jenison to keeping School on the North side of the Town. Mr. Williams with me, and Mr. Beriah Rice also.
1742 May 11 (Tuesday). Mr. Bliss here, in his Journey to Grafton and Sutton. I rode Mr. Benjamin Hows Horse to Shrewsbury and preached to the Society of Lads there, on 2 Cor. 6.2. At Eve rode home with Mr. … Continue reading
1742 May 12 (Wednesday). Mr. Smith of Marlborough preached to the Young Men of the first Society on 1 Chr. 28.9, a good usefull sermon. Mr. Cushing and Mr. Jenison were also here. Mr. Smith rode away immediately after Exercise … Continue reading
1742 May 13 (Thursday). I rode Neighbour Barns’s Horse to Marlborough and preached the Lecture on Eph. 5.14. Rain yet returned at Eve hoping to See my Wife but neither did she return this Night. The Night very rainy — … Continue reading
1742 May 14 (Friday). Rainy Morning. Clear p.m. Mrs. Williams here again — Sarah Bellows — Daniel Stone and his wife — all of them Candidates for the Communion. At Eve my Wife returned, and in safety. Blessed be God! … Continue reading
1742 May 15 (Saturday). Rainy Day. Little work done this week — so much letting weather etc. Coll. William Ward dined with us. William Ward (1680-1767) of Southborough.
1742 May 16 (Sunday). A.M. on Eph. 5.14. P.M. on Ps. 16.2. Mr. Thomas Warrin and his wife dined with us.
1742 May 17 (Monday). I rode to Mr. Jesse Brighams. Phinehas Forbush with me upon his Souls Distresses. N.B. News from Grafton that Mr. Philemon Robbins preached there yesterday and Twenty or More persons fell down with Distress and Anguish. … Continue reading
1742 May 18 (Tuesday). Exercise to young women on Ps. 73.24. Mrs. Brown of Leicester (Mother of Mrs. Chamberlain) here. Mrs. Edwards from Northampton and Searl a Freshman of N.H. College, here; and lodged here. Marcy Brown mar. John Chamberlain, … Continue reading
1742 May 19 (Wednesday). Very rainy Morning. Sweet Converse with Mrs. Edwards, a very eminent Christian. ½ after eleven I left home and rode to Sutton Fast. Preached there on Eph. 5.14. After Meeting an elderly Woman, one Mrs. White … Continue reading
1742 May 20 (Thursday). I had determined to go to Worcester to see the Prisoner, Green, whom I had lately writ to on occasion of his turning Quaker. But I could not go from Mr. Halls seasonably enough — Mr. … Continue reading
1742 May 21 (Friday). My wife rode with me to Stephen Fays where I preached on Mat. 3.10. The Assembly Somewhat Considerable being there was a Town Meeting at the Same Time to choose a Representative — Ensign Maynard chose … Continue reading
1742 May 22 (Saturday). Mr. Smith the Taylor has been here all this week to make me a Jackett and Thomme a Bannian.
1742 May 23 (Sunday). Mr. Jenison preached here on Joh. 13.13, Dan. 5.12. I preached on the North side on 2 Cor. 6.2 and baptized Josiah Bowkers Daughter Damaris. N.B. Dined at Capt. Eagers. At Eve Called at Ensign Maynards … Continue reading
1742 May 24 (Monday). Did not go down to Cambridge being under several Disappointments. Mrs. Wheeler of Concord here again. Exceeding Fine Weather. Thomas Clearing.
1742 May 25 (Tuesday). Rode away somewhat Early. Dined at Waltham. Rode to Cambridge and Charleston before night. At Boston My Brother Alexander sick of a Fever. As is Cousen John Parkman — and his sister Elizabeth also languishes in … Continue reading
1742 May 26 (Wednesday). At the sale of Capt. Samuel Greenwoods Books and bought several. Mr. Appleton preached Excellently to the Court from Ps. 72.1.2. I dined at Brother Alexander’s where was my Aged, venerable Mother. P.M. when I went … Continue reading
1742 May 27 (Thursday). Mr. Loring preached to the Ministers from 2 Cor. 2.16, last Clause. The Contribution (I understood) amounted to 230£. Dined at Mr. Hubbards, where were Coll. Lincoln and several other Gentlemen but no Ministers. P.M. I … Continue reading
1742 May 28 (Friday). I rode from Boston to Cambridge and thence home. N.B. Mr. James Thornton (uncle to Mr. Caldwell) in Company — Mr. Caleb Rice — and part of the way Mr. Cushing. N.B. Mr. Morehead and Mr. … Continue reading
1742 May 29 (Saturday). Thomas had done something of the Weeding. Mrs. Edwards and young Searl with her in her Journey to Northampton. N.B. Coll. Ward laid out 2 1/4 Acres on the East of my Land.
1742 May 30 (Sunday). On Song 2.16. N.B. Mrs. Edwards’s Conversation very wonderfull — her sense of Divine Things.