1754 December 1 (Sunday). With much adoe my Mind was brought into some Composedness. Omitted reading both a. and p.m. Preach’d on Rev. 5.9, a.m. On Acts 16.29.30 p.m. N.B. was oblig’d to deliver a great part of the latter Exercise without any Writing — the former part was a repetition of Sermon on the Text. N.B. Mrs. Chamberlin of Stockbridge, and Deacon Forbush din’d here. Mrs. Chamberlin lodg’d here.
1754 December 2 (Monday). Sent for Mr. Jonathan Forbush and acquainted him with what I had met with respecting the Pew. Agreed with him that he should pay for and build and improve the Pew as long as I liv’d — but at my Decease he shall return it to my Family and give them Legal Conveyance of it, they repaying him the price he pays and for the building it; and indemnifying him with respect to his Seat in the Meeting House otherwhere. This is consents to [sic] — upon Supposition he outlives me, but does not bind his Heirs thereto if he decease first. This he also declar’d in the hearing of my Wife. N.B. Mrs. Chamberlin here. N.B. Town Meeting to Call in Town Debts; at which my son Ebenezer very hardly gets his Bill for boarding the Schoolmaster, Mr. Foster, granted. Is forc’d to abate from 35/ Old Tenor to 30/ per week.
1754 December 3 (Tuesday). My son Forbush here. My wife goes with him to Boston on Mr. Jonathan Forbush’s Mare, and he takes Mrs. Chamblerin’s which She was otherwise to have rid on. Mrs. Chamberlin remaining Still with us. N.B. Mr. Jonathan Forbush brought me my promissory Notes from the Treasurer Hardy given for the Pew, and so ends that Affair. Only now my son Forbush heard his Brother Jonathan declare (as yesterday in the hearing of my Wife) concerning giving up the Pew to my Heirs if he outlives me. N.B. Mr. Phinehas Rice of Grafton here and wants copys of the Papers against Mr. Hutchinson.
1754 December 4 (Wednesday). In the Morning had some Discourse with Treasurer Hardy concerning the Taking away the Pew from me in that violent manner. Mrs. Chamberlin left us to go to Captain Forbush’s. Though it rain’d I rode over the North End and preach’d Mr. Martyns Lecture. Text Rom. 7.9. I return’d at Eve. My son Thomas has been lathing his Shop. Mr. Gale having finish’d the work he had to do there in preparing for the Mason.
1754 December 5 (Thursday). Bright and pleasant. I preach’d at Mr. Grow’s, on the Same that I did Yesterday: Lieutenant Maynard, 3 Howes, Mr. Daniel Warrin (over the River) and Mr. Phinehas Maynard Set up Stables on my Land back of the Meeting House.
1754 December 6 (Friday). I wrote to Mr. Hutchinson concerning Mr. Rice’s Desiring Copys etc. See on the third, and I sent it per Mr. Ezekiel Brigham of Grafton. My wife with my son Forbush returned in Safety. Blessed be God!
1754 December 7 (Saturday). Mr. Forbush to Brookfield.
1754 December 8 (Sunday). Read 1 Sam. 18. Preach’d on Rev. 5.9, a. and p.m. Read p.m. Rev. 13.
1754 December 9 (Monday). Brother Hicks and his Daughter Hannah here. Lieutenant Maynard etc. finishing their Stables.
1754 December 10 (Tuesday). Visit Mr. Eleazer Pratts, Mr. William Nurse’s, Mr. Smiths, Mr. Reuben Maynard’s Family.
1754 December 11 (Wednesday). Mr. Adams and his wife here at Even. Sold 11 Sheep to Mr. Simon Tainter. Persis Fay Spins here.
1754 December 12 (Thursday). Precinct Meeting to call in Debts and especially to See what they are indebted for the Meeting House. They grant 281£ old Tenor.
1754 December 13 (Friday). The Earth has been open for some time, but now Snow — p.m. Rain. At Eve came Brother Hicks and Daughter Hannah and lodged here.
1754 December 14 (Saturday). Bright Morn, Brother Hicks and Daughter proceed on their Journey home. I rode up to Grafton. Directed Mr. Hutchinson to call at Captain Bakers and desire him to keep his Horse — which he did.
1754 December 15 (Sunday). Preach’d there a. and p.m. on Rom. 7.9. N.B. Consulted with the Deacons Whipple and How, Major Willard and 2 sons and Mr. Brooks and his son, about baptizing Mr. Hezekiah Taylors, and Mr. Jonathan Rolf’s Child — and requested their Minds concerning my giving Copys of their papers which were given in to the Ministers concerning Mr. Hutchinson: and they were generally of the Mind that it was best to wave it for the present — nay and not to gratifie anyone that would be likely to disturb their peace till the Church’s Consent to it shall be obtain’d. P.M. I baptiz’d the following Children — Hannah, of Hezekiah and Abigail Taylor; Lucy, of Aaron and Elizabeth Brigham; Elizabeth, of Jonathan and Abigail Rolf. At Eve came to see me Messrs. Arnold, Isaac Harrington, and Stephen Prentice. Mr. Hutchinson return’d, having preach’d on Rom. 10.10, and John 12.46.
1754 December 16 (Monday). The Wind very high — called at Mr. Arnolds and at Mr. Brooks’s in my Return home. When I came home found here my Cousen Sadler who came here yesterday noon to See me. At Eve Lieutenant Tainter and his Wife here at Supper.
1754 December 17 (Tuesday). P.M. Lieutenant Tainter came and waited on my Kinswoman Sadler to Ensign Mathis’s at Southborough. N.B. Vendue at the Meeting House, at which are sold the Remnants of the Boards, Plank etc. now the Carpenters and joiners have finish’d their Work. Visited Deacon Newton who is ill, but mending.
1754 December 18 (Wednesday). The Reverend Mr. Wellman din’d here. I have receiv’d the whole six of Mr. Edwards’s Enquiry. Rainy.
1754 December 19 (Thursday). Visited Sarah Warrin who is yet out of order. Hannah Gold who lately lay in at Mr. Williams of a base born Child. My Wife walked to the other House to see my Daughter in law, who is under some peculiar bad Circumstances and over runs her Time.
1754 December 20 Friday). Vendue of Remnants of Boards etc. at the Meeting House. I went a little while. Very Cold Night.
1754 December 21 (Saturday). [No entry.]
1754 December 22 (Sunday). Read a.m. 1 Sam. 20. P.M. preach’d on Eph. 1.7, each part of the Day. P.M. read Rev. 14. Widow Beeman, Persis Fay Still live here.
1754 December 23 (Monday). Lieutenant Griffin here going to Boston.
1754 December 24 (Tuesday). Visited Mr. Jonathan Bellows and his wife in order to compose their Strife. N.B. Mr. Ebenezer Chamberlin there and much disquieted with Mrs. Bellows. When I return’d home Mr. Martyn and his wife here and din’d here.
1754 December 25 (Wednesday). Joseph Bowman came from Boston having done Several Errands for us, and call’d me up between 2 and 3 in the Morning. After Day exceeding Rainy.
1754 December 26 (Thursday). At Eve Ebenezer came over for his Mother, his wife growing ill. About 10 o’clock at Night a Daughter was born to them. D.G.
1754 December 27 (Friday). My Wife has not return’d from the Groaning. P.M. I took my Daughter Sarah into the Chair and rode over to See My Daughter Eliza and her new born Babe. Left my Wife Still to tarry another Night, their Maid being not Sufficient and their Nurse not yet with them. N.B. 5 Bushels of Oats of Solomon Miller at 8/ old Tenor.
1754 December 28 (Saturday). Sent Billy over to help his Brother in the forenoon. P.M. Mr. John Chamberlin of Stockbridge here. Brings my volume of Chubbs Tracts from Mr. Edwards. He informs me that Mr. Edwards is very weak and brought down by the Fever and Ague, which has follow’d for some months past, and that the Captain Cuncauput is return’d, a great many of the Stockbridge Indians, perhaps two Thirds of them are gone from the Town. N.B. Mr. Eleazer Williams brought a Load of Wood.
Thomas Chubb, Three Tracts (London, 1727) or A Collection of Tracts on Various Subjects (London, 1730).
1754 December 29 (Sunday). Read 1 Sam. 21. Preach’d a. and p.m. on Acts 9.6 carrying on the Subject begun from Acts 16.29.30, but p.m. in Application endeavouring to stir up Conviction and Humiliation Shewing the Evil Nature of Sin. I us’d from page 2 to page 12 of Sermon on Job 33.27. Mr. John Chamberlin of Stockbridge din’d here. N.B. my Son and Daughter gave Thanks for the little Token of the Divine Goodness to them. But what a Damp it is to my Joy that they have not lain hold on God’s Covenant for themselves or their Offspring! The Lord give me an heart Seriously to reflect upon it!
1754 December 30 (Monday). My Wife and I rode over in the Slay to visit our Children and dine there. Return’d at Eve home. N.B. My Daughter in Some comfort, Blessed be the Lord who heals her! and the Child in a hopefull State. It was represented very Small, but by its Weight appears near middling (as they Speak) and though they had many Thoughts to call it Mary, yet agree to call it Elizabeth.
1754 December 31 (Tuesday). A considerable storm of Rain and Snow. We are in Some Difficulty for want of Wood. Mr. Jeduthun Baldwin came here last Evening. He goes to Worcester this Morning in his Journey to Brookfield. Three of my Sons having lain with Noah Forbush at t’other House, we fear have taken a Troublesome Distemper, and are using Some Means to drive it out if they have, and another which they have probably infected with them. Thus Ends this Year, in which we have in General had through Divine Mercy much Health of Body, but not a few Straits, Cares, and Difficultys. God be pleas’d to sanctifie them and prepare us for what we have yet to conflict with especially our final Departure out of this State which has many Scenes of Sin and Trouble.