April 20, 1749

1749 April 20 (Thursday).  Ebenezer and Daniel digging Stones for the South Wall between Mr. Ebenezer Maynard and me.  Dr. Breck and his Wife came to see me.  Doctor had unhappily turn’d over his Chair in coming and hurt one of his Hands: he was sick at Dinner and rose from the Table.  Old Mrs. Whipple and her Granddaughter Pratt here.  Mrs. Pratt in Distress about her Spiritual State.  N.B. Forbush[1] here — wants opportunity to talk with me, and with my wife that all Grounds of Offence in his acquaintance with Molly and his Conduct about her may be removed.  Being in a low State of Health, he is going over to live at Dr. Scammells.[2]

[1]Eli Forbush or Forbjs as he spelled it.

[2]Samuel Scammell, a native of Portsmouth, England, came to America about 1737.  He served as a schoolmaster and then became well-known as a physician of Milford, Mass.  Adin Ballou, History of the Town of Milford (Boston, 1882), II, 1004-1005.