January 5, 1744

1744 January 5 (Thursday).  Preach’d at the private Meeting at Deacon Forbush’s on Matt. 11.26.  N.B. Lieutenant Tainter sick.  N.B. after Meeting relating the Story of Mercy Wheeler[1] of Plainfield her wonderful Recovery, Mrs. Whitney Scarcely Contains.  [?]  N.B. My wife went with me and we were at old Mr. Rice’s in the Evening.

[1]See Benjamin Lord, God Glorified in His Works, of Providence and Grace.  A Remarkable Instance of it, in the Various and Signal Deliverances, that Evidently Appears to be Wrought for Mrs. Mercy Wheeler, in Plainfield (Boston, 1743).  See also Thomas S. Kidd, “The Healing of Mercy Wheeler: Illness and Miracles among Early American Evangelicals,” William and Mary Quarterly 3d ser. 63:1 (Jan. 2006), 149-70.  Kidd quotes Parkman, p. 149.