January 4, 1745

1745 January 4 (Friday).  Bad Weather, yet Mr. William Caruth coming to call me to Visit Mr. Simon Howards young Child, I went over — and having admonish’d them for their Neglect in not bringing it to Baptism, now the third Month — I sent to all those Neighbours round about who could be thought to attend, who accordingly came; Several of the Church, viz. Mr. Nathan Ball, Mr. Livermore, Mr. Townsend,[1] and others — who all judging and Concluding that the Child[2] would not live but was near its End, I baptiz’d it by the name of Solomon.  After which we Commended it to God.  Sang a Psalm and dismiss’d them with the Blessing.  Not well when I got home went early to bed.  Mr. Garfield came to look at my Ox which grows rather better.  He rak’d him.

[1]Joshua Townsend.

[2]Neither the birth nor the death is recorded in the Westborough Vital Records.