October 31, 1745

1745 October 31 (Thursday).  I was in Strong Expectation of Mr. Seccomb to preach a Lecture which I appointed for my Young Men, but he came not.  Mr. Cushing came and I prevail’d upon him to preach to them which he did from Rom. 7.9.  At Eve Deacon Andrew Rice of Marlborough and his wife here.  N.B. Mr. Aaron Hardy was here in the Morning for advice relating to his being dismiss’d from Grafton Church, they being ready to give him both Dismission and Recommendation notwithstanding his not being in good Terms with themselves.  I advis’d in the Negative.