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Monthly Archives: May 1754
1754 May 1 (Wednesday). I visited Mrs. Williams and pray’d with her. She is very bad and grows much weaker. Visited Mrs. Barrett of Hopkinton who is Sick. Return’d at Evening.
1754 May 2 (Thursday). I preach’d at Lieutenant Tainters, by his Desire, the sermon and on the Text I preach’d from when Neighbour Newtons House was burnt, viz. Lam. 3.22.23. My wife went with me. Before I got home Mr. … Continue reading
1754 May 3 (Friday). Which I did — but his Wife was a Corps laid out. She departed after Day break this Morning. Mr. Eleazer Whitney brought me forty Rails, ten of them being beyond the Number I expected, and … Continue reading
1754 May 4 (Saturday). Mrs. Williams bury’d. May God Sanctify this breach! Mr. Freeland here till he went to Mrs. Williams Funeral.
1754 May 5 (Sunday). I have been preparing upon the Doctrine of Original Sin, comparing Mr. John Taylor, Dr. Watts (Ruin and Recovery), Turrettine, Van Mast., Mr. Willard etc. and cannot finish in season what I propos’d. Therefore on this … Continue reading
1754 May 6 (Monday). Here the Woods at Wachusett are much on Fire in this terrible Drought, and ‘tis thought they approach nearer. The burnt leaves by means of the strong Winds reach even hither. Mr. Jonas Twitchell works for … Continue reading
1754 May 7 (Tuesday). Our sheep continue troublesome to Alphy Newton and Mr. Francis Whipple comes to me on his Account. The Shower of Rain though but Small exceeding comfortable and reviving.
1754 May 8 (Wednesday). Warmer Weather. Many People are planting to Day. I walk’d up to Lieutenant Fays and to Ensign Fay’s. Hear that Colonel Nahum Ward dy’d Yesterday. A great Loss to his County!
1754 May 9 (Thursday). Held a Catechetical Exercise to Young Women, of which forty one attended. At Eve was at old Mr. Maynards.
1754 May 10 (Friday). Ebenezer’s Mare which I have now the Care of, is kept at Mr. Bonds whilst Ebenezer has mine to work — that I may help him what I can. His Father Harrington here. Lucy came from … Continue reading
1754 May 11 (Saturday). My Cattle break in to the Meadows So often it gives great Disquietment. Mr. Nathaniel Whitney in particular greatly offended, and in intemperate Anger, which gave me much trouble. Last Night Watertown New Meeting House burnt.
1754 May 12 (Sunday). Read Judg. 21. Preach’d a. and p.m. on Rom. 5.12. P.M. read 1 Pet. 4. Showery. We praise God for this Great Blessing. May it please God to pour out abundantly His Holy Spirit! and may … Continue reading
1754 May 13 (Monday). A most mercifull growing Season! P.M. Mr. Baldwin came from Sudbury.
1754 May 14 (Tuesday). [No entry.]
1754 May 15 (Wednesday). Mr. Hezekiah Pratt plough’d at the Island. I was at t’other House. Ebenezer has begun to plant one piece. I was at Mr. David Maynards with old Mr. Green. N.B. I wrote to Colonel Chandler concerning … Continue reading
1754 May 16 (Thursday). Showery this Morning also. Lucy lodg’d at t’other House. I went into the Neighbourhood to get somebody to plough or harrow my Ground, but without Success. I was at Mr. Daniel Warrins — but he offer’d … Continue reading
1754 May 17 (Friday). Still Showery. Mr. David Maynard junior with his son David and a Team, ploughs by the Barn.
1754 May 18 (Saturday). Very rainy.
1754 May 19 (Sunday). Read Ruth 7. Preach’d on Rom. 5.15.18 a. and p.m. Read  Pet. 5.
1754 May 20 (Monday). Town Meeting to See whether the Town will Send a Representative. They vote not to. Billy must furrow out for ploughing; he has Benjamin Rice to help him; but they prove insufficient — forc’d to get … Continue reading
1754 May 21 (Tuesday). Greatly fatigued and disappointed about Oxen to plough my further Field at the Island. I Seek to above half a score Neighbours in Vain. We are also out of Rye, and when I was about to … Continue reading
1754 May 22 (Wednesday). Lieutenant Gilbert of Brookfield here. N.B. my Horse was kept last Night by Mr. Batherick. Lieutenant Thomas Forbush plough’d for me. Abner Warrin wash’d 5 of my sheep, which were all that were wash’d. P.M. my … Continue reading
1754 May 23 (Thursday). Billy has Eben Rice to help him furrow and plant: and they almost finish.
1754 May 24 (Friday). [No entry.]
1754 May 25 (Saturday). Mr. Israel Hearsy from Boston here going to Oxford to See his Wife. I rode to Southborough (at Mr. Stone’s Desire by Mr. Ebenezer Rice). The husband of Parkman’s niece, Tabitha. The Reverend Nathan Stone.
1754 May 26 (Sunday). I preach’d at Southborough on Eph. 5.14, a. and p.m. Mr. Stone here, on Nahum 1.2. Return’d home at Eve. I lodg’d at his House.
1754 May 27 (Monday). Andrew Newton Sign’d and seal’d and deliver’d another more fairly drawn Deed, and his Wife also in presence of Messrs. Biton and Lock, their near Neighbours. Din’d at Mr. Bridge’s in Framingham on part of a … Continue reading
1754 May 28 (Tuesday). Visited Mrs. Williams (widow of the late Reverend Mr. Williams) and Mr. Cushing and his Wife. Proceeded on my Journey to Cambridge (having been refresh’d at Watertown at Mr. Benjamin Hastings) din’d at Brother Champneys late … Continue reading
1754 May 29 (Wednesday). Early to Boston. Put up my Mare at Mr. Procters. Dr. Mayhew the Election sermon on Mat. 25.21. Din’d at Brother Samuels and went to the Convention p.m. Dr. Sewal Moderator and Pray’d. At Eve at … Continue reading
1754 May 30 (Thursday). Conference with my Brethren and Messrs. Oliver and Briant at Mr. William Winters office upon settling what our honoured Mother had given us, and we agree with the Executor, or Eldest Brother. Broke fast at Olivers. … Continue reading
1754 May 31 (Friday). Variously employ’d still in Town. Din’d at Mr. Stoddards. At Eve rode to Brother Harringtons in Watertown and lodged there.