February 13, 1750

1750 February 13 (Tuesday).  Ebenezer So ill that I sent for Mr. Stephen Maynard to go for Dr. Gott,[1] who accordingly went for him.  While my Neighbour was gone the Pain in Ebenezers Side was very extreme.  The Doctor himself came not, but his young man Frink,[2] who blooded my Son.  He was Somewhat easier and I walk’d over to the Meeting about my Affairs.  The Moderator Sent for me desiring that I would go in to the Meeting.  I went in accordingly.  Utter’d my Mind to the precinct by word of Mouth: the Substance of what was Said I have writ out.  Retir’d to Mr. Abner Newtons.  A Committee came to me there, viz. Messrs. Phinehas Hardy, Eliezer Rice, and Jonas Brigham; their Errand was to know whether I had ever accepted the Precincts Votes of February 5 and 8, 1744/5?  I Sent word “that I always look’d upon myself as having accepted them.”  This I wrote and Sent by them, and added by word of mouth (which I desir’d ‘em to take notice of) that the particular manner in which I accepted, has been exhibited partly in my paper of February 8, 1744/5 (which the precinct had and read that Day) and partly in a paper which was my design’d, and full answer, which always lay ready for them.

[1]Benjamin Gott, the physician of Marlborough.

[2]John Frink, the son of the Reverend Thomas Frink of Rutland, Mass., did not have a college education, but he later practiced “physic” in Rutland.  Reed, Rutland, pp. 98-99.