1746 November 1 (Saturday). As we were going to mount in order to return Home, my Kinsman Nathaniel Parkman came with Speed to acquaint me that Sister Betty dy’d this Morning. My Daughter and I Set out upon our Journey, fearing the weather might change and my Limbs be more affected. But upon second Thought we turn’d down the Road from Captain Wells’s. I return’d to Boston to my mourning distress’d Friends. May God Sanctify the Breach to us all, as to my dear Young Kinsfolk — Special may the Lord take them up! may they have wisdom to Conduct! may they live in Love and Peace! Captain White kindly ask’d me to put up my Chair into his House and my Mare into his Stable. Lodg’d with my Kinsman.
Parkman’s nephew, the son of William Parkman.
1746 November 2 (Sunday). Preach’d a.m. at New North on Luke 19.10. Mr. Webb p.m. on [blank]. Din’d at Mr. Eliots. At Eve I preach’d at my Brother Parkmans on Song 1.4.
Reverend John Webb.
The Reverend Andrew Eliot.
1746 November 3 (Monday). At Eve at Mr. John Brecks were came Mr. William Owen and my Brother William. Brother and I went to Elder Cheevers’s — where was Mr. Wigglesworth of Ipswich Hamlet.
The Reverend Samuel Wigglesworth of Hamilton.
1746 November 4 (Tuesday). P.M. rode over the Neck with Captain Whites Lady in my Chair: and at Eve at Dr. Colman’s Lecture. Mr. Wigglesworh preach’d on Eccl. ult. ult. Din’d at Brother Williams. Lodg’d at Brother Samuels.
1746 November 5 (Wednesday). Din’d at Brother Alexanders. Weather exceeding various. After Dinner especially the Sun shone, but yet clouded up and rain’d toward Eve. Sister Betty Bury’d.
1746 November 6 (Thursday). My Horse has been kept till now at Captain Whites. An Exceeding Cold wind in the Morning, yet Molly and I set out in the Chair and rode home, having stop’d and been kindly refresh’d at Mr. Thomas Dana’s, Mr. Patersons and at Mr. Darlings. Got home well and found my Family well. Blessed be God! But in my Absence It has pleas’d God to take away Ensign Thomas Newton and his wife, and one of their Son Abners little sons of the Fever and Flux.
Joseph Patterson of Watertown.
Thomas Darling of Framingham.
1746 November 7 (Friday). Snow, Cold, Blustering — and yet Sun shine. Sent Colonel Wards Chair Home by my son Ebenezer — who brought Monsieur Calmetts Dictionary volume I from Mr. Cushings. ‘Rody and Jonathan Devereux help’d my sons husk at Eve, but twas very Cold.
Augustin Calmet, An Historical, Critical, Geographical, Chronological, and Etymological Dictionary of the Holy Bible (London, 1732), 3 vols.
1746 November 8 (Saturday). Very Cold. Mr. Samuel Williams here — brought me the Return of the Deacons and Committee of the precinct concerning the Request of Captain Moses Rice of Deerfield.
1746 November 9 (Sunday). On Occasion of Ensign Newtons and my sisters Death I preach’d on Ps. 39.4 and p.m. on 10.3, but us’d the sermon on Ps. 119.59 from page 12.
1746 November 10 (Monday). Mr. Francis Whipples Daughter Lucy and son Nehemiah sick. I visited them. Lieutenant Tainter kill’d a Cow which Mr. Grout bought for me of Mr. Jonas Brigham for £16.10.0
1746 November 11 (Tuesday). I rode to Grafton — din’d at Mr. Prentice’s — where was Mr. Thomas Harringtons wife of Waltham. Mr. Prentice and I walk’d to Mr. Joseph Batchellors — at Mr. Brooks — at Mr. Winchesters. Visited old Mrs. Tabitha Fay who is taken very bad. At my own house and Barn Elizer Rice and 4 or 5 more are Husking, it being very moderate Weather.
Ebenezer Brooks of Grafton.
Mrs. Samuel Fay.
1746 November 12 (Wednesday). Wrote by Lieutenant Tainter to Mr. Edwards to Northampton. Nurse Sherman din’d here. Captain Maynard here at Eve. We reckon’d and settl’d. Gave him a note to his brother James the Collector.
1746 November 13 (Thursday). A.M. I rode to Deacon Newtons. Visited old Mrs. Tabitha Fay. P.M. proceeded to Mr. Francis Whipples whose Family (a Number of them) is sick. Thence I went to Mr. James Maynards and to Ensign Rice’s. N.B. Mrs. Rice’s inveighing against Mr. Martyn; against his prayers at Ensign Newtons Funeral. She is greatly displeas’d with me for assisting in his Ordination. I rode up to Colonel Ward, who was too generous to ask anything for his Chair to Boston. Was also at Dr. Smiths as I return’d.
Nahum Ward of Shrewsbury.
Joshua Smith, the physician of Shrewsbury.
1746 November 14 (Friday). At Eve Mr. Noah Brooks of Grafton here — being in much perplexity and Difficulty not knowing what was his Duty respecting their approaching Sacrament. Since he and others had complain’d of Ezekiel Cole for his preaching and the Church had condemm’d him as disorderly, yet had lately voted him forgiveness if he would reform, notwithstanding they have had no Signs of his Repentence — nay have reason to fear he has had not Conviction of his offence.
Son of Ebenezer Brooks.
An uneducated preacher who was later ordained. He became the minister of the Separatist Church in Sutton, 1751-1799.
1746 November 15 (Saturday). Great Storm of Rain. Strong Winds, and great Flood.
1746 November 16 (Sunday). On Ps. 39.4, and 84.1. Captain Warrins wife din’d here.
1746 November 17 (Monday). Monsieur Calmet engages me not a little.
1746 November 18 (Tuesday). At Mr. Whipples — his son Nehemiah of about a Twelve month old dy’d. Pleasant moderate weather. Some of our Cattle have been hous’d but we are not yet ready for the Rest.
1746 November 19 (Wednesday). A great storm of Snow. Mr. Whipple’s Son was to be bury’d to Day but I could not attend upon it in Such Weather.
1746 November 20 (Thursday). Ebenezer and Thomme build a new Hoval at the East End of the Barn. The Cattle were all hous’d. Thomas Winchester is come from his station at Fort Pelham to visit his Friends.
1746 November 21 (Friday). Mr. Samuel Harrington here. I traded with him for one of his Hoggs, and am to give him 15 d. per pound (old Tenor).
1746 November 22 (Saturday). Captain Maynard here after a Tedious Journey with his Team to Boston. Deacon Forbush here about his son Eli. Abraham Batchellor my Team p.m.
1746 November 23 (Sunday). On Tit. 2.12, all Day. Mrs. Mary Steward and Mrs. Sarah Forbush (Phinehas’s wife) din’d here. Might it please God of his infinite Mercy to bring me off from a Life after the Flesh! that I might live according to the Rules of Christian Temperance in all Things!
1746 November 24 (Monday). The Boys thrash Wheat, which they find much Eaten by Vermin, besides that it was much Blasted. Sarah Henry here turning an old Black Coat of mine to make a Coat for Ebenezer. Mr. Jones of Western lodg’d here.
1746 November 25 (Tuesday). Mr. Jones to Western. My wife gone to Mr. Edwards Whipples wifes Labour. At Eve they had a son born. Eli Forbush wants to lodge here when the School comes into the Middle of the Town. Sarah Henry here.
1746 November 26 (Wednesday). Captain Daniel Ward of Worcester for Mr. Maccarty but he did not come. Rainy. Sarah Henry.
The Reverend Thaddeus Maccarty of Worcester.
1746 November 27 (Thursday). Public Thanksgiving. I preach’d on Ps. 188.8.131.52.9.11. Disappointed of those whom we had design’d to dine with us — and had no Body but our own Folks. I would fain remember those who are in Affliction or are slenderly provided. For what we have receiv’d the Lord make us truely Thankfull, and of the Number of those Children of Judah who Spiritually rejoice in Gods Judgments! At Eve came Sir Williams from Marlborough and lodg’d here. N.B. He brought up Dr. Watts Sermon for me.
1746 November 28 (Friday). Sir Williams bought my Volume of the works of the author of the whole Duty of Man for 8£, and he had my Dr. Clark’s Letters to Mr. Dodwell for Dr. Watts Sermon. He return’d to Sudbury. Mr. Jenison came over from the Northside to keep School in the middle of the Town.
Samuel Clarke, D.D., A Defense of an Argument made use of in a Letter [by Dr. Clarke] to Mr. Dodwel, to Prove the Immateriality and Natural Immortality of the Soul (London, 1707). There followed an exchange of views in a series of pamphlets by Clarke and Henry Dodwell (1641-1711).
1746 November 29 (Saturday). Sarah Henry here again.
1746 November 30 (Sunday). Sacrament. Preach’d on 1 Pet. 1.18.19. N.B. Mr. Jension at Sermon but not at Communion. Deacon Fay and Mr. Kendall of Suffield din’d here. P.M. repeat’d Sermon on Ps. 119.106. O may the Blood of the Son of God be precious to me and Since we have again Sworn it, may God afford us Grace to Perform etc!
Joshua Kendall, an early settler.