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Monthly Archives: October 1759
1759 October 1 (Monday). Mr. Abijah Gale came to work — prepares Stuff for the Sealing my Kitchin etc. My Kinswoman, Mrs. Bradford and her sister, leave us to go to Boston. My Brother goes to Worcester; to the Adjournment … Continue reading
1759 October 2 (Tuesday). Capt. Wood, young Mr. Crossman of Hopkinton and Mr. Nathaniel [Dean?] go to view my old Place. A.M. My Brother returns to Boston. P.M. I preached at Mr. Samuel Grow’s on 1 Pet. 14.6. Alexander brings … Continue reading
1759 October 3 (Wednesday). Deacon Tainters sisters, Hastings and Whitney, call here. Send by the Deacon a Letter to Mr. Draper, Printer, an Account of the Death of Rev. Mr. Rice of Sturbridge. For tis pity he Should be altogether … Continue reading
1759 October 4 (Thursday). Sarah has a bad Day. God prepare both her and us for His holy Will! I am reading Sir Edwyn Sandys Europa speculum. An excellent Work!
1759 October 5 (Friday). Dr. Wilson here. He judges the Symptoms with Sarah are abated and that therefore there is more hopes.
1759 October 6 (Saturday). Dr. Gott from Boston. Din’d here. P.M. his Sister here. Three Barrells of Cyder; one of which I disposed of to Mr. or Mrs. Nurse.
1759 October 7 (Sunday). Omitted reading a.m. because I am going on with Observations on the Book and first Ch. of Job, which was read last Lords Day. Dr. Gott at Meeting but did not dine here. Mrs. Willis (a … Continue reading
1759 October 8 (Monday). Was pritty much confined by Reason of the Ague in my Face. Sarah rides in the Chair whenever the Weather allows. Her sister Baldwin rides with her. We are not able to judge of her Case, … Continue reading
1759 October 9 (Tuesday). Ministers Meeting at Mr. Martyns, but I am confined. Mr. Barrett having dined at Capt. Wood’s comes here late in the afternoon. Hence he goes over to Mr. Martyn’s. I have contracted for 4 Barrells and … Continue reading
1759 October 10 (Wednesday). I am altogether out of my Element that I can’t be among my Brethren to Day. But I hope I am better. Sarah indeed seems to be worse. The Care and Labour of the Family very … Continue reading
1759 October 11 (Thursday). Mr. Thomas Frost here and mowes Bushes. Mrs. Martyn and Mrs. Minot with her youngest Child, here. We can’t tell whether Sarah goes backward or forward. Mrs. Rice sends me 3 Barrells more of Cyder. William … Continue reading
1759 October 12 (Friday). I have worried through a bad night, but rise better this morning. Neighbour Frost again on the Bushes, but interrupted a.m. by Rain. Helps in boiling and filling up Cyder — a two Barrell Cask. Mr. … Continue reading
1759 October 13 (Saturday). We have the Joyfull News that Quebeck is taken by the English; which we impatiently long to have confirmed. Dr. Wilson here and dined with me. He says, Sarah, upon the whole, is better. He visits … Continue reading
1759 October 14 (Sunday). I felt but poorly but I forced the best Leg foremost and went to the House of the Lord that we might praise Him for His wonderful Works which He has wrought for His people. Did … Continue reading
1759 October 15 (Monday). Though it was a stormy and Wet Day, Yet Venerable Loring and Brother Stone made me a kind Visit in my Confinement. They Changed yesterday, and by those Means were together. Mr. Loring Speaks as he … Continue reading
1759 October 16 (Tuesday). Mr. Loring took his Leave of us: and as if he was never to see us more. Sarah the best Day she has had since she came home. D.G. I was not so well — am … Continue reading
1759 October 17 (Wednesday). Am Worse, as to the Fever which attends me, and Pains in my Limbs; [betokening?] Rheumatism. I send Alexander to Dr. Wilson at Mr. Isaac Johnsons — but he has gone. I grow worse still at … Continue reading
1759 October 18 (Thursday). The worst Night I have had yet — Fever, pain in my stomach, causing Difficult Breathing. Have some sense of the Dealings of God with me. D.G. I look to Him through Jesus Christ. Alexander goes … Continue reading
1759 October 19 (Friday). Had a very bad Night last, the worst of any yet, this sickness. It was by reason of the Fever, and a most terrible oppression at my stomack, which gave me great pain in drawing my … Continue reading
1759 October 20 (Saturday). Through the divine Mercy I had considerable rest, though fever, pain etc. The Peripneum. symptoms much abated. D.G. And feel somewhat comfortable. Deacon Tainter brings Letter from Mr. Dorr that he is engaged for next Lords … Continue reading
1759 October 21 (Sunday). A sorrowful Sabbath yet I felt somewhat Comfortable for one so ill. No meeting at this Meeting House. Suse rides with Alexander in our old Chair to Mr. Martyn’s Meeting. He preached on Heb. 6.1-9 and … Continue reading
1759 October 22 (Monday). Mr. Barrett and Dr. Wilson dined here. Mr. Martyn came p.m. I felt stronger and livelier to Day. D.G. Mr. Barrett pray’d with us. N.B. The Doctor informs that Master Nathaniel [sic] Stone of Southborough is … Continue reading
1759 October 23 (Tuesday). I had a poor Night, feverish etc. A poor Day followed. Could read or write but very little. At Night my wife sent by Deacon Tainter to Boston. Sarah mends again. D.G.
1759 October 24 (Wednesday). Another feverish, disquieted Night. Mr. David Witt of Brookfield here and informs that Last Saturday Night Mr. Forb. returned home. Mr. Samuel Williams made me a visit p.m. He seems concerned about his soul. At night … Continue reading
1759 October 25 (Thursday). Mrs. Wilkins and her sons broke fast here and then went up to Grafton to go to Meeting there. Lucy, Alexander and John to Mr. Martyns Meeting, it being Publick Thanksgiving for taking Quebeck, but I … Continue reading
1759 October 26 (Friday). I have had a better Night of Sleep — and yet have so sweated etc. that I rise this Morning both fe[e]ble and trembling. Mr. Batheric and his son here to cut up the rest of … Continue reading
1759 October 27 (Saturday). Through the divine Goodness I feel better this Morning than I have a good while. D.G. I Send by Mr. Phinehas Hardy, a Letter I wrote yesterday to Mr. Dorr junior to come and preach for … Continue reading
1759 October 28 (Sunday). The Sabbath is the Queen of Days: May it ever be my souls Delight! I bless God that though I can’t go to meeting my self here is a Servant of God to preach in my … Continue reading
1759 October 29 (Monday). Mr. Dorr left us. Persis Rice assists my Wife and dines here. Mr. Zebulun Rice in the Name of the Committee lay in with Mr. Dorr to come and preach again if they need. P.[M.] Messrs. … Continue reading
1759 October 30 (Tuesday). Deacon Tainter at Evening tells me Nahum Ball (son of the late Mr. James Ball) AEt. 29 dyed yesterday. I am still poorly.