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Monthly Archives: December 1748
1748 December 1 (Thursday). I rode over to Upton. Forbush went with me. We din’d at Jonas Warrins. Preach’d a Lecture on John 3.36, and baptiz’d Two Children, one of them the Child of Moses Wood, the other of Samuel … Continue reading
1748 December 2 (Friday). Return’d home. I have heard of some Frolicks of late at Merchant Rice’s. On the Trooping night, and last Friday night. I (before I went home) rode up to Mr. Rice’s and (taking him aside) talk’d … Continue reading
1748 December 3 (Saturday). Tis now a very alter’d Air. Cold and Windy. Molly and Lucy rode together and Bekky Gott rode with me to the Funeral of Mrs. Brigham. This is now the Ninth Death that has been in … Continue reading
1748 December 4 (Sunday). Read Gen. 12. Preach’d on Mat. 25.46 last Clause. Old Mrs. Whipple, Bekky Warrin din’d with us. P.M. Read Mat. 12. Sermon on Ps. 2.6 and made use of some Preparations which I had deliver’d to … Continue reading
1748 December 5 (Monday). Rose very Early and though it was very Cold went over to Mr. Martyn, who is going to Cambridge, with Letters to Deacon Whittemore (who Sends me word he has got me a Chair) and to … Continue reading
1748 December 6 (Tuesday). Mr. Williams prosecuted his design for Concord. Cold Day. Old Mr. Green here again in Spiritual Troubles. After telling me his Condition he earnestly ask’d me whether I thought there was any Hope for him? The … Continue reading
1748 December 7 (Wednesday). Another bright Cold Day. I expected that the Young Men of the private society would have come to cutt wood, for so they had appointed to do — but there came only the Eight following. Daniel … Continue reading
1748 December 8 (Thursday). My Wife and I went over to Neighbour Hows to the Marriage of their son Noah to Mary Walker, and we Supp’d there.
1748 December 9 (Friday). [No entry.]
1748 December 10 (Saturday). Mr. Martyn sent Thaddeus Fay to desire me to change tomorrow. The same Lad brought me several Letters — one from my Brother Parkman bewailing the Death of his son John Parkman, goldsmith who was well … Continue reading
1748 December 11 (Sunday). I preach’d at the North side on Heb. 9 27, a. and p.m. to page 20th. Return’d home at Eve. Mr. Martyn preach’d to my people on Acts 9.11, and Rom. 12.18. He tarried and lodg’d … Continue reading
1748 December 12 (Monday). Mr. Martyn return’d home. Joseph Bowker din’d here. I reckon’d with him and paid him all. Rainy.
1748 December 13 (Tuesday). Rain a.m. Clear’d off p.m. So that I Set out on a Journey to Boston. Call’d at Mr. Stone’s — his wife ill. Proceeded to Framingham. Mr. Bridge and wife from Home. By means of one … Continue reading
1748 December 14 (Wednesday). Drizly — but I pursued my Journey. Din’d at Captain Tainters at Watertown. Went to Deacon Whittemores to see what he had done about a Chair: it Rain’d harder, yet I went to Charleston and over … Continue reading
1748 December 15 (Thursday). After a Night of Disorder, and tempestuous Storm of Wind and Rain, wak’d early. Shav’d at Mr. Mallow’s. Had Some Contest with Major Henchman for his not sending any Return to my repeated Letters. He resented … Continue reading
1748 December 16 (Friday). Din’d at Brother Samuels — did not see Dr. Parkman though I was at his House yesterday — not having Time to Day to go to the North End. Saw sister Lydia Champney in the street … Continue reading
1748 December 17 (Saturday). In the Morning and my Horses Lampsas burnt by Mr. William Morse. The Deacon and I at Mr. Ebenezer Bradish’s about the Chair. Have deliver’d the Deacon 60£ old Tenor for it. Left Cambridge about 11 … Continue reading
1748 December 18 (Wednesday). Preach’d a. and p.m. on Rom. 1.18, repeating some part of Sermon on Tit. 2.11, Scil: from page 19 to 33, though with divers omissions, Additions, Transpositions and alterations.
1748 December 19 (Monday). Rain. Kitty Grout here making a New, cloth-colour’d Riding Hood for my Wife, and altering my Wife’s Scarlet Riding Hood for Molly.
1748 December 20 (Tuesday). Kitty Grout.
1748 December 21 (Wednesday). I had reason to look for Mr. Bridge to preach my Lecture to the young people, but he came not. Mr. Martyn and his wife came. I got him to preach. His Text Mat. 22.5. They … Continue reading
1748 December 22 (Thursday). Kitty Grout went home a.m. Molly rode with me over to Mr. Martyns and Mr. Martyn rode with me to Harvard. N.B. we din’d at Mr. Townsends — went up to Lancaster — and I proceeded … Continue reading
1748 December 23 (Friday). We left Mr. Seccombs and came to Mr. [blank] Keys’s, and I made some proposals to him about his taking my son Ebenezer to learn the Business of a Gunsmith, which he accepted of. We din’d … Continue reading
1748 December 24 (Saturday). Mr. Upham to his School at Mr. Hezekiah Pratts. Finish’d reading in the Family Dr. Doddridge Family Expositor Volume 2 and next morning began it again. Philip Doddridge, The Family Expositor (London, 1739).
1748 December 25 (Sunday). Read Genesis 15. Gave some brief Expository Hints. Preach’d on Mat. 25 last Clause of 10.46. Mr. Upham, Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Steward din’d. P.M. read Mat. 15 and my Exercise was an Exposition of the … Continue reading
1748 December 26 (Monday). A very pleasant Day. I rode out p.m. as far as Mr. Ebenezer Rice’s and Deacon Newtons — finished reading Εικωυ Βασιλικη Δεμτερα or the Portraiture of King Charles the second. Ebenezer thrashing Rye Εικωυ Βασιλικη … Continue reading
1748 December 27 (Tuesday). The weather greatly alter’d to Cold and Windy, though bright. Ebenezer thrashing.
1748 December 28 (Wednesday). I visited Lucy Pratt (heretofore Whipple) in her Mourning for the Loss of her husband Moses Pratt at Hardwick. I was also at Mr. Eleazer Bellows’s, at Mr. Daniel Warrins in Shrewsbury; and at Mr. Crosbys; … Continue reading
1748 December 29 (Thursday). Wrote a brief answer to Mr. Upham. P.M. Deacon Newton came and we reckon’d and I paid all and his son Silas’s account likewise by a Note to the Collector Mr. Daniel Hardy. N.B. Mr. Caryl … Continue reading
1748 December 30 (Friday). Considerable Cold Storm of Snow. My Care at present is to provide for my sons going off to Harvard to live with Mr. William Keyes to be a Gun Smith. Ah wretched Harvard to which I … Continue reading