April 17, 1758

1758 April 17 (Monday).  I rode to Mr. Daniel Millers to See his wife under Spiritual Griefs — and I dined there.  Brother Forbush there also.  Adam Rice works for me — ploughed stubble at the Island — with my Ebenezers Steers, and Capt. Woods Oxen.  At Eve Billy from Brookfield and acquaints me he listed and was mustered last Friday under Capt. Samuel How, hired by Lt. Adams, and is to wait on Lt. Joseph Stone.  This throws me into fresh Trouble; but may God Himself Support and direct me!  Yet I am easier than in the Case of my Son Thomas because he is sturdier for his age; and I can’t be utterly Opposite to some one or other of my sons going.  But still he is alas too young, and Small: a mere stripling!  but most of all, I fear going in the paths of irreligion!  The Lord grant he may have a New Heart and lead a New Life.