1748 August 1 (Monday). I got Neighbour Hezekiah How and Abraham Batchellor to help in with Hay at home a.m., Ebenezer being unable to do anything.
1748 August 2 (Tuesday). Thomas Rogers bury’d. Hot Day, the Corps very offensive — many attended, of old and young — after prayer as the Corp stood abroad I had a brief address to the Youth. Lucy rode with me to the Funeral — visited Mrs. Williams who is ailing, in our return. After 3 p.m. Noah How and Merodach Devereux mow’d the remainder of my meadow, viz. the North Side of the Brook. At 4 the Same afternoon Captain Maynard who sent Jonathan, a little Hay, about 10 Cocks which I had rak’d into winrow.
Mrs. Eleazer Williams.
1748 August 3 (Wednesday). Neighbour Baverick mow’d the last of my Grass at home, and gave me half the Day. I pay’d him 10 shillings old Tenor for the other half. A.M. I rode to most of the houses as far as Mr. Joseph Knowltons in order to get somebody to rake what was mow’d yesterday at the meadow and, to cart it home. Mr. Knowlton sent two sons to rake this afternoon.
1748 August 4 (Thursday). Mr. Gershom Brigham carted home one Load of the Meadow Hay with my Team. Phinehas Maynard helping him pole and Load — and Phinehas Maynard with Ebenezers Help got home the last. The Drought very great — notwithstanding some Sprinkling at Eve. N.B. The Neighbours very kind to Mr. Rogers Since the Loss of his son in mowing, Raking and Carting his Hay both at home and his meadow — hay in which I much rejoice.
1748 August 5 (Friday). Hezekiah Bellows, about 14 years old, came and gave me a Days work, raking and Carting at home. Ebenezer mowing the Flax ground over, the Flax coming to nothing nor any of it pulled. At Eve Lieutenant Ward and Mr. Chapin of Grafton here.
1748 August 6 (Saturday). Ebenezer to Marlborough for our Malt, at Mr. James Woods’s. The pastures exceedingly burnt up. Captain Maynard assisted Ebenezer in getting in the last Load of Hay.
1748 August 7 (Sunday). A.M. on Mat. 15.15 to 20th. I Spake to the Congregation to take some more special Care to prevent Disorders at Noon Time and in returning home at Evening that the Sabbath might not be profaned especially by young people; and that in particular Injury might not be done in thy Neighbourhood. If there was any Tithing Men present I recommended it to Such in a peculiar Manner, Their having been complain one Time after another. Mrs. Child (Jonas’s wife) din’d here. P.M. on Prov. 22.6. The former part of the Sermon without writing, the rest partly from sermon on Eph. 6.4, page 5 to 11, adding the Applicatory Heads in page 32.
1748 August 8 (Monday). One Mr. Skinner of Needham here. Tells me of the Alarm from Nichewoag on Saturday; and the mustering yesterday at Worcester to go out. P.M. I rode as far as Mr. Bezaleel Eagers, and understood the matter more Clearly. Signs of Rain go over — the Drought very Great.
1748 August 10 (Wednesday). [No entry.]
1748 August 11 (Thursday). Mr. Wainwright sent me word he could not preach my Lecture being pre-engaged to preach for Mr. Hall of Sutton. I preach’d myself Repeating sermon on 1 Cor. 11.16 to page 8. N.B. it was Mr. Cushings and Mr. Martyns Lecture and otherwhere also. N.B. Letters from Joseph Bowker from Fort Pelham.
John Wainwright (Harvard 1742).
1748 August 12 (Friday). [No entry.]
1748 August 13 (Saturday). [No entry.]
1748 August 14 (Sunday). Sacrament. I Spent the whole of my Preparations on Mat. 15.21 to 28, though I stood some time above an Hour. P.M. on Parents Duty repeating Sermon on Eph. 6.4, from Prov. 22.6. At night much tir’d.
1748 August 15 (Monday). I rode to the South Road; to Deacon Newtons in particular and borrow’d 20£ old Tenor of him, to accommodate my wife in her going down to Boston. Din’d at Captain Warrin’s, where Jonathan Rogers’s Child lay sick. Call’d at Mr. Amsdens. Proceeded to Marlborough to Mr. Williams and got my Saddle pad new stuff’d in and in other respects Mended — which he did gratis. He told me of Thomme’s being out too late some nights, complain’d of his being too much acquainted at Uriah Amsdens. He said something of throwing up the Indentures — but that went over. Call’d at Dr. Gotts. Mr. Smith gone to Cape Ann. Call’d at Lieutenant Beemans who is sick. My Neighbour Jacob Amsden with me there — but he left me and went back to the Doctors having forgot something. This disappointed me of an opportunity I intended to make of free Discourse with him.
Abraham Williams, Parkman’s brother-in-law.
The son of Abraham Amsden of Marlborough.
Benjamin Gott, the physician of Marlborough.
The Reverend Mr. Aaron Smith of Marlborough.
Abraham Beaman of Marlborough.
1748 August 16 (Tuesday). Early I visited old Mr. Rogers. Then proceeded to Ministers meeting at Holden. N.B. overtook Mr. Reed of Framingham and Mr. Ebenezer Goddard with him. At Mr. Davis’s there was Mr. Frink, who wanted we should read his papers — but our Affair of the Report of the Committee to the Quarter: about Degeneracy took up our Time after we had heard Mr. Mellen’s Concio from Rom. 9.15 (which Exercise of his disgusted the most if not every one that heard it) and the Collections. The Several Articles of said Report were come into beyond Expectation — and all but Mr. Mellen consented to ‘em as they now stand.
The Reverend Mr. Solomon Reed of Framingham.
The son of Edward Goddard, a prominent citizen of Framingham.
The Reverend Mr. Thomas Frink had been the minister of Rutland and Plymouth (Third Church). At this time he was living in Marlborough. In 1753 he was made the minister of Rutland District which later became the town of Barre.
The Reverend Mr. John Mellen of Sterling.
1748 August 17 (Wednesday). Mr. Harrington (who has received a Call from Lancaster) preach’d the public Lecture on Mat. 12.26. Every idle word etc. Mr. Maccarty came when meeting was ended. Mr. Frinks papers were read according to his request last night before he went away. At Mr. Davis’s before Dinner came upon the Table, Opportunity was taken to talk with Mr. Mellen; during which Time Mr. Maccarty and Mr. Harrington were desired to be in the other Room — but Mr. Maccarty was highly affronted. Pursuant to our above Report the Association agreed to set about the Reading the Scriptures in Public — and to begin a Course of Fasts next April. I return’d home. Abraham Batchellor sick. Mrs. Patty Ward and Mrs. Molly Martyn here.
The Reverend Mr. Timothy Harrington (Harvard 1737) had been the minister of Lower Ashuelot (Swansey, N. H.), 1741-1748. He served Lancaster, 1748-1795. Sibley, X, 188-195.
The daughter of the Reverend John Martyn of the north precinct.
1748 August 18 (Thursday). I went to see Mrs. Wheeler. In my way I visited Mr. Martyn (whose Daughter with Mrs. Patty Ward lodg’d here last night). N.B. The Talk of Joshua Townsend who was desirous to be baptiz’d, but full of Murmurs against Mr. Martyn — that they are oppress’d etc.
1748 August 19 (Friday). [No entry.]
1748 August 21 (Sunday). I preach’d at Sutton on 2 Cor. 11.3, a. and p.m. Din’d at Captain Carters, but after Meetings I repaired to my Kinsmans Mr. Jonathan Fuller, and Supp’d at my Cousen Samuel Trasks. N.B. Mr. Fullers Daughter Moreton and her Daughter Moreton, also there — and was exceeding glad to see a woman of whom I had heard so much: Mrs. Moreton being the person Mr. Clark of Salem Village wrote his printed Letters about Infant Baptism to. I lodg’d at Captain Carters.
The Reverend Mr. Peter Clark of Danvers had published The Scripture-Grounds of the Baptism of Christian Infants (Boston, 1735).
1748 August 22 (Monday). In returning from Sutton I first visited Captain Robert Goddard — had Mr. John Hollands Company to Worcester. I carry’d home Mr. Hedge’s Henry, the Volume on Evangelists and Acts — but Mr. Hedge not at home. Visited Mr. Maccarty — din’d at Dr. Brecks. My Studdy Lock to Johnsons to mend the Key. At Colonel Chandlers. And at Shrewsbury was at Mr. Edward Goddards for Cheese, at Dr. Smith’s — where was Mr. Cushing Cornet Hayward and Mr. Jonathan Green. Heard that My Daughter Molly accompany’d by Mr. Wellman had been at Colonel Wards and with Mrs. Patty, was gone to Mr. Morse’s. But they return’s at Night.
He lived in that part of Sutton that became Millbury.
One of the works of Matthew Henry (1662-1714), the English nonconformist minister.
Samuel Breck, the physician of Worcester.
John Chandler, Jr., the prominent office-holder of Worcester.
Joshua Smith, the physician of Shrewsbury.
The daughter of Colonel Nahum Ward of Shrewsbury.
1748 August 23 (Tuesday). Mr. Wellman went home to Sutton.
1748 August 24 (Wednesday). Engag’d early in my preparations on Public Reading the Scriptures.
1748 August 25 (Thursday). Catechiz’d the Children at the Meeting House. Colonel Ward and Mr. Cushing call’d at Noon as they were going to Mr. Benjamin Fays to a meeting of Officers and desir’d me to give ‘em my Company. Mr. Martyn and his wife made us a visit today also. N.B. Mr. James Whipple and Mr. Noah Brooks here for advice about their Grafton difficultys. I waited upon the officers after my catechizing. Ensign Bruce made Lieutenant and Mr. Miller Ensign. Also Mr. Bezaleel Eager made Lieutenant of the North Company.
1748 August 26 (Friday). Visit old Mrs. Crouch, Adams and Beeman. Captain Baker lent me 30£ old Tenor.
1748 August 27 (Saturday). Though I was far advanc’d as well as deeply engag’d in my preparations, I was glad to have the help in providence Sent me, for Mr. Frink came.
1748 August 28 (Sunday). Mr. Frink preach’d for me all Day. A.M. on Mat. 5.29.30 and p.m., Mat. 5.14. Two serious warm discourses. May God give his Blessing!
1748 August 31 (Wednesday). Visited Mrs. Maynard and Mrs. Rogers. The Drought continues and is now become very distressing.