November 2, 1744

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[1] and Mr. Isaac Williams[2] (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.

[1]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.

[2]Sometime selectman of Newton.  Francis Jackson, History of the Early Settlement of Newton (Boston, 1854),441-442.

November 3, 1744

1744 November 3 (Saturday).  Captain Trowbridge left us.  Benjamin Forbush[1] plough’d Stubble.  Mr. Jonathan Forbush’s Daughter[2] 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.

[1]Son of Aaron Forbush of Westborough.

[2]Joanna Forbush died Nov. 1, 1744.

November 9, 1744

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.

November 11, 1744

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.

November 12, 1744

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[1] 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.

[1]Jonathan Livermore.

November 15, 1744

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[1] 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.

[1]Jonathan Forbush.

November 16, 1744

1744 November 16 (Friday).  Mrs. Thankfull Rice[1] here.  P.M. Mrs. Townsend (Joshua’s wife) here, much concern’d about her Spiritual State etc.  Towards Eve came Deacon Burnap[2] and one of his Sons — of whom I enquir’d concerning their great Divisions and Contentions in Hopkinton.

[1]Mrs. Josiah Rice.

[2]Benjamin Burnap, Sr., Manual of the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton(Boston, 1881), 42.

November 24, 1744

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!