1744 November 1 (Thursday). Mr. John Sparhawk, Schoolmaster at Shrewsbury, here to see me. Lieutenant Tainter at Evening.
(HC 1723). Sparhawk, who had been barred from the practice of law at Plymouth because of intemperance, kept school at Shrewsbury for a time. SHG 7:258-59.
1744 November 2 (Friday). Mrs. Martha Warrin here to be examin’d again in order to her joining with the Church. At Evening came Captain Trowbridge and Mr. Isaac Williams (Delegates from Newtown Church), came from Worcester Council, who have adjourn’d to last Tuesday of this Month. Captain Trowbridge lodged here, Mr. Williams at his Brothers.
William Trowbridge was a selectman, slave owner, and deacon. He died later this month, Nov. 19, 1744. Francis B. Trowbridge, The Trowbridge Genealogy (New Haven, 1908), 507-08.
Sometime selectman of Newton. Francis Jackson, History of the Early Settlement of Newton (Boston, 1854),441-442.
1744 November 3 (Saturday). Captain Trowbridge left us. Benjamin Forbush plough’d Stubble. Mr. Jonathan Forbush’s Daughter of about 3 Years old, bury’d a.m. I return’d in Haste to my House to meet with Mr. Peabody who was coming from Worcester. He was entering my House with his Delegates at the juncture that I return’d. They din’d with me. Mr. Peabody tells me he has receiv’d another Letter from the Brethren at Upton that beseeches him to put by the Council, and he has accordingly gratify’d them. I sent by Mr. Peabody a Line to Mr. Stone to change tomorrow, which he comply’d with and came up at Evening. I also rode to his House the Same Evening.
Son of Aaron Forbush of Westborough.
Joanna Forbush died Nov. 1, 1744.
1744 November 4 (Sunday). Preach’d at Southborough on Rom. 8.7, a. and p.m. N.B. No preacher at Framingham — many of them at Southborough. Captain Goddard and Wife etc. I return’d home at Eve, as did Mr. Stone.
1744 November 6 (Tuesday). Transcrib’d the Worcester Result and rode with Mr. Cotton to Mr. Ebenezer Chamberlains where we din’d. I spent the Afternoon in visiting that Corner of the Town.
1744 November 7 (Wednesday). We ty’d up our Cattle in the Barn. Grows Cold.
1744 November 8 (Thursday). Mr. Belknap who has been baptiz’d, here with me for 5 Hours.
1744 November 9 (Friday). N.B. My Young Cattle, viz. Three young Heiffers, which Lieutenant Tainter drove up to Cold Spring for summering, in the forepart of the Year, were all missing when the Drovers came in. But Lieutenant undertook a Journey after them on the sixth instant, and this Evening brought in Two of them, the Third as tis judg’d dy’d in the Woods Some time agoe; the Carcase was found but was greatly corrupted etc. Lieutenant has been out 27 Shilling, and there remained 10 shilling for the Herdsman; in all the Charge amounted to 37 shilling. N.B. Thomas Winchester and Ebenezer Maynard kill’d two Shotes for me — the Weight about 100 apiece — the Markit so low we salted them up.
1744 November 10 (Saturday). Cold.
1744 November 11 (Sunday). On Mat. 16.26. O that these Sermons might not be in Vain! My own Soul (I thank God) was somewhat warm’d thereby. I was earnestly desirous that there might be Some success. Mrs. Chamberlain, that lately liv’d near us, was here and din’d with us. P.M. We had a Contribution for Mr. Jedidiah Biglo of Grafton whose House was burnt down October 9. I read the proclamation for the Thanksgiving, and appointed an Assembly next Thursday for Young People.
1744 November 12 (Monday). Mr. Lull was here and inform’d me that Mr. Farrar of Concord would be here to Day. I rode to Mr. Beemans and hir’d £30 of him (old Tenor). Mr. Farrar accordingly came and I paid him the whole of my Bond to him and took it up. Captain Maynard train’d his Company. I pray’d with them both at the Beginning and Concluding their Exercises. Din’d at his House (Mr. Farrar with me). N.B. At Eve Mr. Wheeler very full of bitter Complaints that the Captain kept his Boys So late (and it was by this Time sundown), as also that they were abus’d etc. N.B. The Committee for the School, viz. Lieutenant Holloway, and Messrs. James Bowman and Seth Rice confer with me about Mr. Sharhawk for a Schoolmaster. N.B. Lieutenant Holloway and Mr. Livermore request me to preach to the North Side Next Thursday forenoon. My Mind was engag’d upon a Variety of Things, and suffer’d their Urgency to overcome Me, though I presently after regretted it.
1744 November 13 (Tuesday). Rose before Day a great while and Sent Thomme by break of Day with a [blotted] to Lieutenant Holloway and Mr. Livermore to prevent their Notifying the People and to Certifie them that I cannot preach, as propos’d last Night. N.B. Mrs. Chamberlin and her Twin Boys lodg’d here last Night.
1744 November 14 (Wednesday). Mr. Richard Barns and Mr. Jonathan Rogers kill’d my old Red Cow which I formerly bought of old Mr. Holloway. P.M. Captain Tyler of Mendon and his wife here.
One of Parkman’s neighbors.
Nathan Tyler, a prominent citizen.
1744 November 15 (Thursday). I had a Lecture to Young People at the Request of the Society in the Middle of the Town. I preach’d on Prov. 14.14, Repeating chiefly my Sermon of Heb. 10.38. At Evening Deacon Forbush and his wife here, and some others, Miller, Beriah Rice, Harrington, who had been over to the first Precinct Meeting on the north side here.
1744 November 16 (Friday). Mrs. Thankfull Rice here. P.M. Mrs. Townsend (Joshua’s wife) here, much concern’d about her Spiritual State etc. Towards Eve came Deacon Burnap and one of his Sons — of whom I enquir’d concerning their great Divisions and Contentions in Hopkinton.
Mrs. Josiah Rice.
Benjamin Burnap, Sr., Manual of the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton(Boston, 1881), 42.
1744 November 18 (Sunday). On Matt. 12.40. Isa. 26.20.21, Repeat’d. Mrs. Grow and Thomas Winchester din’d here.
Mrs. Samuel Grow of Westborough.
1744 November 19 (Monday). Visited Mr. Benjamin Fays wife who is very ill in her lying in. N.B. Mr. Joseph Woods here with a message from Gideon Rice who lyes in Boston Jayl.
1744 November 20 (Tuesday). [No entry.]
1744 November 21 (Wednesday). [No entry.]
1744 November 22 (Thursday). Thanksgiving. The first Very Cold Day. Preach’d on 1 Sam. 7.12. Old Mr. Green with me.
John Green, a neighbor.
1744 November 23 (Friday). Mrs. Abigail Maynard here.
Daughter of James Maynard of Westborough.
1744 November 24 (Saturday). A.M. Cloudy. P.M. Rain and Something of Snow but not to lie. At Eve came Mr. Cotton of Newton and Mr. Isaac Williams. They acquaint’d me that Captain Trowbridge who was with them in their other Journey to Worcester and lodg’d here, was lately bury’d. O that God would Shew us our End and make us know the Measure of our Days — how frail!
1744 November 25 (Sunday). Mr. Cotton preach’d Two very awakening Sermons. A.M. from Luke 19.14. P.M. on Ps. 119.155. Mrs. Whitney in great agitations and Sometimes was heard crying out Oh! Oh! At Evening in my Family service Mr. Cotton on Rom. 8.9. May God give a Special Blessing!
Mrs. Nathaniel Whitney.
1744 November 26 (Monday). Mr. Cotton to Worcester. P.M. Mr. Peabody and Deacon Felch — but left me, to prosecute their Journey to Worcester.
1744 November 27 (Tuesday). Rain. I had appointed the Young Womens Catechizing but the Weather prevented their coming. Thomas Winchester here and lodg’d here.
1744 November 28 (Wednesday). Thomas consenting to carry a Calf for us to Boston, Neighbour Hezekiah How came and kill’d it, but by Reason of the bad weather Thomas deferr’d his going.
1744 November 29 (Thursday). Preach’d my Lecture myself, on Rom. 16.20 first part. Repeated from Heb. 13.20. Little Sarah greatly Exercis’d with Vomiting and purging. My wife detain’d from Lecture. Thomas to Boston with the Calf.
1744 November 30 (Friday). Brother Samuel Parkman having been at Hopkinton and rais’d his House there, at Eve came here, and lodg’d with us. A Cold Season.