March 7, 1744

1744 March 7 (Wednesday).  Surpriz’d with an unaccountable Letter from Mr. Prentice of Grafton, who tells me that he read my Letter complaining that they did not call Wheeler to account in presence of People of their Church and that they were all of the Mind to prosecute the Affair and he was so desir’d to write to me to Come up to their Church meeting tomorrow and produce my Witnesses, etc.  To which I return’d an Answer manifesting my Astonishment that he had Expos’d my Private Letter and friendly Communication with him as my Brother and that I Should not attend Said meeting.  The Bearer of Each Letter was Thomas Winchester.  P.M. Deacon Newton here, reckon’d with him and paid all except for his line.  Mr. Richard Salter[1] from Mansfield here and lodg’d with us.

[1]Richard Salter (HC 1739) was ordained minister at Mansfield, Conn., June 27, 1744.  SHG 10:404-09.