1752 January 16 (Thursday). Another Comfortable Night (through Divine Mercy) yet very faint Morning. I perceive I go down Hill apace. Though Dr. Chase is very faithful and very generous, yet he is young and I am not content without further advice. Sent for Neighbour Pratt, that he might go to Dr. Scammell; he came but could not go for the Doctor. He went to Deacon Newton and he consented and went. He returned at Evening without him, but brought a portion of Rhubarb corrected with oyl of Cinnamon. Memorandum. I consumed Number 18.104.22.168.5.6. of Journals from February 19, 1719 through to April 1723 containing numberless puerilities and better destroyed than preserved. As Mr. Jonah Warrin brought a Load of Wood on the seventh at Evening and on the eleventh Day Mr. Sam Harrington another, this Day Mr. Samuel Hardy and James Miller junior brought each of them a load as they went to the meadows for hay. At Eve Dr. Chase here and advises to take the Rhubarb ut Supr. N.B. Forbush receiv’d a call from Brookfield and is here at Eve.
Samuel Scannell, the physician of Milford.
It is regrettable that Parkman destroyed these early years of the diary, kept while he was at Harvard College and before he accepted the call to Westborough.