April 16, 1744

1744 April 16 (Monday).  A.M. Mr. Weld preach’d to great good Acceptance of those of our people who went to hear him, and especially commended each his last Prayers, but Mr. James Fay and his Brother Stephen hearing he was to preach went to Grafton.  I ask’d Mr. Weld whether he would drop his Action against Mr. Ebenezer Wheeler and his Wife if they made an humble Submission?  Or, why he would go on to prosecute them if they would?  He reply’d he did not know what he might do in that matter if they Should, but no one person had been to him in such a way as yet.  Neither had he any Reason to expect they would, for they had rather done all within their power to Stand by what had been done.  Ex. gr. her taking her oath before Justice Taft, etc.  He set out for Worcester.  P.M. at Mr. E. Nurse’s.  At Eve Captain Mainard and Mr. Abner Newton here.  Rainy Evening.