[1746 March 1 (Saturday). No Entry.]
1746 March 2 (Sunday). Sacrament and were favour’d by Providence with Moderate Weather, Yet Very few of our North side Brethren or Sisters at Communion. I confess I did not Send them over Express, written Word last Sabbath, For as I went from Home last Saturday it was not in my Mind. But I rested in this, that they could not but all of them know that it was our stated Cause. I preach’d a.m. and p.m. on Eph. 2.8, first part. Deacon Fay and his wife and Deacon Newton din’d here.
1746 March 3 (Monday). Two Precinct Meetings on this one Day, one for Precinct Debts and to hear my answer — the other for Election of Officers. Mrs. Mary Brigham (Gershoms Wife) din’d here.
1746 March 4 (Tuesday). I went early to Mr. Beemans and paid him £30 old Tenor and took up my Bond. N.B. By his wife’s assistance he was induc’d to forego the Whole of the Interest. I in the Mean Time promising to do him the like Kindness if he should stand in Need, and I be able. Catechiz’d both a.m. and p.m. at the Meeting House.
1746 March 5 (Wednesday). Young Mr. Emerson from Worcester here, and presently Captain Flagg both from Worcester. P.M. I was designing to go to Marlborough but Mrs. Child (Jonas’s wife) here to be examin’d. Brother Hicks from Cambridge. N.B. Though he has been down so long yet little Effected towards settling Accounts, but he tells me they were oblig’d to put in a Petition to the Judge to bring forward the Settlement of them. At Eve he went to Sutton.
Captain Benjamin Flagg, Jr.
This concerned the settlement of the estate of Parkman’s first father-in-law, Samuel Champney of Cambridge.
1746 March 6 (Thursday). I preach’d at Deacon Jonathan Forbush’s on Judg. 11.35. My Daughter Molly went with me. Deacon Forbush acknowledg’d the Goodness of God to him in the Benefit he receiv’d by the Exercises Last Lords Day, and the special Communion (he judges) he had with God that Day in his Ordinances. Blessed be God for such a Favour! O that when I have preach’d and Minister’d to others, I may not my Self be a Cast away! We were accompany’d back by Mr. Williams as far his House.
1746 March 7 (Friday). One Alpheus Spencer (alias Prinmus) of Concord here, as he is going to Cape Breton. My sons Thrashing Barley. Thomas Winchester here at Evening.
1746 March 8 (Saturday). They sow’d some Peas in the Garden, and thrash’d Barley again.
1746 March 9 (Sunday). A.M. on Tit. 2.11. P.M. on Rom. 13.1, with some Additions. Proclamation for Fast.
1746 March 10 (Monday). Robert Bradish here — proud and obstinate, and would have me produce my Witnesses — Pertly Controverts and debates the Point. Maintains that Good Works do go into the Conditions of Justification. A Storm of Snow, and Cold Rain. At Eve divers persons here who acquaint’d me with the remarkable peace and Dispatch with which the affairs of Meeting to Day were carry’d on. I am not without hope that my sermon yesterday p.m. might be of Some service (by the Blessing of God) to them.
1746 March 11 (Tuesday). A Meeting of the Commission officers at Captain Maynards for dignifying the Regiment. Mr. Cushing came with Colonel Ward, and Mr. Smith with Colonel Wiliams; The Colonels gave me also their Invitation to dine with them which I was oblig’d to Comply with, though it was a very uncomfortable Interruption to me, and much prevented my Preparations for the Evening Fast.
The Reverend Aaron Smith of Marlborough.
Abraham Williams of Marlborough.
1746 March 12 (Wednesday). Robert Bradish here but I did not Speak with him.
1746 March 13 (Thursday). Public Fast on Occasion of the horrid Rebellion in Scotland and of the Seasons of the Year before us. I preach’d on Jer. 6, latter part of 1 and 8. My wife ill again though she tarried at Meeting, yet was ill there; and increas’d at Evening.
March 13, I745, was proclaimed a day of fasting and prayer throughout the province.
1746 March 14 (Friday). My wife (through Divine Favor) grows Better. Ebenezer Sleds the Stones of the old Garden to the Well.
1746 March 15 (Saturday). Stormy Day. A Season of Close application to study.
1746 March 16 (Sunday). On Tit. 2.11.12. My Kinswoman Mrs. Winchester Sick of a Fever.
1746 March 17 (Monday). The Town was in Some perplexity by Means that the Summons to the Officers who were lately chosen for the Year, to be Sworn before Justice Baker, was not Dated, and the Days being run out which are sett by the Law, and they not Sworn, they chose them over again and So it happen’d that the Same Persons were Chose. I visited My Kinswoman Winchester, (dining at Mr. Grouts). Was at Mr. Benjamin Fays and Phinehas Hardy’s. At Evening Edwards Whipple here learning to sing.
1746 March 19 (Wednesday). Early sent Ebenezer with a Letter to Mr. Frink. Thomas Winchester here to Work.
1746 March 20 (Thursday). Wrote to Mr. Breck of Springfield, in Reply to his of February 28, which was in return to Mine of August 23 last. Inclos’d it to Dr. Breck of Worcester for Conveyance. Thomas Winchester at work. My son Thomas carry’d our Barley to Mr. Mathis.
The Reverend Robert Breck, Jr.
1746 March 21 (Friday). Mr. Joseph Batchellor brought a piece of Strip’d Camblot Stuff which he had wove for my Daughter Molly. Having taken notice that Robert Bradish insists upon my Making out the Grounds of Letter of Admonition to him, I sent for Mr. Beriah Rice to come to me, who came accordingly at Evening. And this Very Evening I receiv’d a Tart Note from Robert who thinks of Putting me to greater Trouble if I don’t produce my Informers. Such his Insolence towards me, in addition to his Reproaches.
The weaver of Grafton.
Camlet or camblet, a fine, closely woven fabric of camel’s hair or perhaps mixed wool and silk. This was once commonly used for cloaks.
1746 March 22 (Saturday). [No entry].
1746 March 23 (Sunday). On Tit. 2.11.12, and Gal. 6.14. Appoint’d a Lecture to Young Men next Thursday.
1746 March 24 (Monday). When Thomas Winchester was lately with me we agreed upon Thursday next to break up the Ground, round about the Settle, and have bespoke plough and Cattle, 4 Yoke accordingly but forgetting this appointment yesterday, I appointed the Same Day to be Lecture to Young Men. So perplexing is it to have the Affairs of the Ministry and of a Farm to manage together. I was oblig’d to be up early this morning and go to Mr. Winchesters to Speak with Thomas who was going over to Upton for Several Days and thought my Appointment might be altered. And I had propos’d to visit his Mother this Morning, She still lying Sick. Thence I went to Mr. Harrington about Rails: and I receiv’d their Testimony about what Robert Bradish said at their House February 11. Visited Mr. Miller who is sick. Dr. Gott return’d part of the way with me.
1746 March 26 (Wednesday). Robert Bradish by appointment here and his uncle Beriah and his wife, and Mr. Samuel Harrington and his Wife here and gave their Testimony against him. The Evidences were plain and direct; yet he did not yield. A number of people in the kitchen. After they went off I went to Captain Maynards. Reverend Bacon of Ashuelot came from Wrentham, here and lodg’d.
Jacob Bacon of Keene, N.H.
1746 March 27 (Thursday). Preach’d a Lecture to Young Men on Ps. 119.59.
1746 March 28 (Friday). We broke up the Ground about the settle. Thomas Winchester and Nathan Maynard help’d us. We had 5 Yoke of oxen besides my own. A precinct Meeting to See whether the Precinct would pay the Charges layd on them by the last Quarter Sessions, arising from the Petition of the North side to be freed from paying that part of my sallery from June 5, 1744 to October 20, of the Same Year. The Precinct chose a Committee to seek Council.
1746 March 29 (Saturday). Broke up Ground again at the Same Place with the Same Number of Cattle, by the Same Hands as yesterday — till noon. West yard broke up. N.B. Poor Jos. Clagg here, yesterday and to Day.
1746 March 30 (Sunday). On Tit. 2.11.12. P.M. Gal. 6.14. At Evening Mr. Martyn who lodg’d here.