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Monthly Archives: December 1749
1749 December 1 (Friday). Comes in with a strong Storm — rain’d all Day. Domestic Conversation about our Moving — appears no Small Matter.
1749 December 2 (Saturday). Bright and pleasant. My wife finish’d a Cloth colour’d Russell Gown for me.
1749 December 3 (Sunday). Read Exod. 10 with Exposition, and preach’d from 2 Tim. 4.3. Din’d (by his renewed invitation to me, but no mention of any of the rest) at Deacon Newtons. Molly and Lucy and Billy tarry’d at … Continue reading
1749 December 4 (Monday). [No entry.]
1749 December 5 (Tuesday). Mr. John Child Glazier here, mending etc. Stormy Day. Neighbour Eliezer Rice here p.m.
1749 December 6 (Wednesday). Mr. Robert Cooks wife here again. I acquaint her with the Difficultys in the way of proceeding to propound her. Ephraim Whitney and Thankful Harrington marry’d a.m. Neighbour Hezekiah How and Neighbour Daniel Warrin assist my … Continue reading
1749 December 7 (Thursday). Sent Billy to Mr. Billings, who last night took a wrong Hat. He went also to Mr. Martyns to inform him of Mr. Maccartys preaching to our young men next Wednesday — and ask him and … Continue reading
1749 December 8 (Friday). Tis a great Favour in Providence that we have open and moderate weather again. Deacon Forbush here, and din’d with us. I am sorry there has been Trouble with Deacon Newton about my Dining at his … Continue reading
1749 December 9 (Saturday). Lieutenant Tainter came to acquaint me that the Committee of the Precinct would meet at Esq. Bakers next Monday etc. to desire me to give them my Company there at that Time to confer with me … Continue reading
1749 December 10 (Sunday). Mr. Eliezer Rice sent my Horse in the Morning for us to Meeting. A.M. read the 10th Chapter of Exod. with some Expository remarks, but read p.m. Luke 11, from 14 to 36 without [?]. Preach’d … Continue reading
1749 December 11 (Monday). P.M. according to the Request brought me by Lieutenant Tainter last Saturday I rode over to Esq. Bakers and Met the Committee of the Precinct, viz. Esq. Baker, Lieutenant Tainter, Lieutenant Thomas Forbush, Messrs. James Bowman … Continue reading
1749 December 12 (Tuesday). Was at Capt. Maynards.
1749 December 13 (Wednesday). Cold. Mr. Martyn and his wife made us a Visit, and din’d here. Mr. Maccarty came from Worcester and preach’d a Lecture to Young Men from Luke 16. If they hear not Moses etc. My son … Continue reading
1749 December 14 (Thursday). Mr. Maccarty left us, to return home to Worcester.
1749 December 15 (Friday). [No entry.]
1749 December 16 (Saturday). Court held at Esq. Liscombs, Mr. Abraham Temple and others having prosecuted a Grafton Bridegroom and some of his Attendants for abusing his son Joseph who with some youngsters from Mr. Jonathan Fays in this Town, … Continue reading
1749 December 17 (Sunday). Cold and rugged Weather. Mrs. Chamberlin rode with my wife and Daughter Lucy and me in our slay. Read part of Exod. 12 and made the Exposition to be a.m. Sermon. My wife and Billy and … Continue reading
1749 December 18 (Monday). Court held at Esq. Wards, the Opposite Party to those which prosecuted on Saturday, viz. Captain Drury and now prosecutor Temple’s son, Eleazer Whitney and Two of Mr. William Nurse’s sons, for their Behaviour. Samuel Bumpso … Continue reading
1749 December 19 (Tuesday). My wife and I rode over to visit Mr. Beriah Rice’s Family. Asaph is now confin’d to his Bed. We were also at Mr. Jonah Warrins and at Neighbour Pratts, whose youngest Child is Still in … Continue reading
1749 December 20 (Wednesday). The season is somewhat Severe — Close Time for Spending Hay. But we are in the Hands of God whose tender Mercys are great. At Mr. Rice’s Desire I wrote a Letter to President Holyoke concerning … Continue reading
1749 December 21 (Thursday). Very Cold. I kept myself very Close this Week to preparing my Sermons; and did accordingly get forward therein.
1749 December 22 (Friday). Somewhat moderater. Had prepar’d of Sermons as much as might well serve for Two Exercises — besides some Thoughts Expository of the Paragraph of the Chapter which we are next to read. At Eve was sent … Continue reading
1749 December 23 (Saturday). Added Somewhat more, by way of Reflection — to my Preparations. Very much wish and desire I would always Enjoy my Saturdays as now. But then it very much takes me off from other Sundays. N.B. … Continue reading
1749 December 24 (Sunday). The Weather somewhat troublesome. A.M. I read Exod. 12.11 to 20, gave some brief unwritten Remarks or Glances — preach’d a. and p.m. on Jer. 6.16. Din’d at Esq. Bakers, Molly at Mr. Ebenezer Rice’s, and … Continue reading
1749 December 25 (Monday). At the Funerall of Mr. Pratts Child — carry’d Lucy, Billy and Sarah in the Slay. Lieutenant Bruce was here about the Stables which Several of them had join’d to raise at the Meeting House and … Continue reading
1749 December 26 (Tuesday). Somewhat Cold but bright. My wife and I rode in the Slay to visit a Number of Neighbours, viz. Captain Forbush, Old Mrs. Forbush, Lieutenant Bruce, Mr. Amsden, where we din’d — My little Alexander being … Continue reading
1749 December 27 (Wednesday). I think it was the Coldest Morning we have had this Year. But yet towards Noon came Neighbour John Rogers with his Team, and help’d Ebenezer draw two Pine Loggs to the Saw-mill, before night.
1749 December 28 (Thursday). It was very Cold — and somewhat Windy But I was oblig’d to provide another place (than Mr. Eliezer Rice’s) for the Entertainment of my Horse. I undertook a walk — was at Mr. Pratts and … Continue reading
1749 December 29 (Friday). Ebenezer is fitting a pair of Runners for the Chair to be plac’d on. Colonel Nahum Ward here. Wants Copys of Papers in the late Council at Shrewsbury. At Eve had account of the Free masons … Continue reading
1749 December 30 (Saturday). Spent myself so much in Expository Preparations that I was belated in preparing for p.m. but my mind had been before engag’d upon it.