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Monthly Archives: May 1761
1761 May 1 (Friday). Mr. Baldwin leaves us to go home. Has orders to let Ebenezer have Serge 2 yards 1/4 @ 45/, Shalloon 1 yard, Buttons and Silk and Hair, for Samme a Coat, and Leather for a pair … Continue reading
1761 May 2 (Saturday). Miss Betty still.
1761 May 3 (Sunday). Read Ps. 13 and 14 and Gal. 6. Preached a.m. on Joh. 14.15. Administered the Lords Supper, after admitting Mrs. Molly Hills and Miss Persis Rice. N.B. Shrewsbury destitute. Mrs. Miles (Deacons Wife) and Mrs. Jemima … Continue reading
1761 May 4 (Monday). Mr. Samuel Forbush ploughed a.m. at the Cook Field. P.M. it was too rainy to work. N.B. Mr. Jonah Warrin brought home my Chair which was lent him last Saturday to carry his Wife to meeting … Continue reading
1761 May 5 (Tuesday). A very remarkable Morning. For the Ground is covered with Snow, and it continues to snow hard. It is Somewhat unhappy with us as to Hay, our English being all gone, and as to wood, for … Continue reading
1761 May 6 (Wednesday). Bright. The Snow goes as fast almost as it came. Miss Betty makes Leather Breeches for Breck.
1761 May 7 (Thursday). Nathan Kenny with a Pair of Steers and Capt. Woods Oxen helps Alex get out Muck. P.M. Mr. Samuel Forb. plows at the Island. Miss Betty makes me a Pair of Knit worsteed Breeches.
1761 May 8 (Friday). Ebenezer Forb. plows at the Island. Miss Betty leaves us. Owe her 4£ 1/ old Tenor for 13 Days and 1/2 at 6/. Alex had Mr. Nathan Maynards Mare to wait on her to Coll. Brigham. … Continue reading
1761 May 9 (Saturday). Sent for my Sheep out of the Pound, and sent ‘em up to Neighbour Newton to be yoked and fettered. I provided yokes, viz. 7 and 3 more soals and Crotches. He accordingly does the work. … Continue reading
1761 May 10 (Sunday). Read Ps. 15 and 16 and Eph. 1. Preached a.m. Expos. on Mat. 12.30 with many Alterations. P.M. On Rom. 13.13. Mr. Stone being gone to preach at Providence, sundry people of Southborough were at our … Continue reading
1761 May 11 (Monday). I took a Walk to Capt. Maynards and Mr. Hows, to my other House (the first time since Artemas Bruce lived there), to Mr. Frosts, Bathericks, Barns’s etc. nor dined till I got home. P.M. Miss … Continue reading
1761 May 12 (Tuesday). Under Difficultys and Perplexitys about preparing our Ground for planting. But I obtained of Mr. Batheric to send his Son and his Oxen, and Mr. Samuel Forb. Oxen, to plough in the forenoon. We had a … Continue reading
1761 May 13 (Wednesday). Mr. Nathan Maynard with his own Mare and Steers, and Pratts Steers with them, furrowed for me at Cook-Field. P.M. Sheep Washed.
1761 May 14 (Thursday). My Boys try to strike out a.m. in Vain with Neighbour Zebulun mare. P.M. John Wood at 3 o’Clock Strikes out.
1761 May 15 (Friday). Mr. Samuel Forbush Strikes out and p.m. old Mr. Rice, his Son Zebulun and Grandson, Capt. Wood and John and Wheelock, Neighbour Barney and Batherick, came and planted my whole Ground at the Island.
1761 May 16 (Saturday). Almost all of us much indisposed with Colds — as many people are.
1761 May 17 (Sunday). Read Ps. 17 and Eph. 2. Preached a.m. on Rom. 13.13. P.M. on Mat. 22.214.171.124. Deacon Miles and his Sister Miles (Josephs wife) dined with us. P.M. Mrs. Allen, her sons and Negro Boy here. There … Continue reading
1761 May 18 (Monday). I had Mr. Beetons Horse and Visited Mr. Moses Parkers Wife and prayed with the Family. My wife and I dined (by invitation) at Mr. Hills on spare Rib. N.B. old Capt. Clark of Framinghams Wife … Continue reading
1761 May 19 (Tuesday). I finished my Convention Sermon a.m. if Such a Thing may be said to be finished, which needs continual Alterations.
1761 May 20 (Wednesday). Alexander attempts Somewhat of Shearing. P.M. Mr. Artemas Bruce finishes. I rode on his mare to See the Widow Whitney and Mr. Ebenezer Miller, both of them Languishing. N.B. Mrs. Maynard Sends John for her Aunt, … Continue reading
1761 May 21 (Thursday). Mrs. Maynard has a Son. Rev. Ebenezer Martyn of No. 4 here.
1761 May 22 (Friday). Town Meet to choose a Representative. Capt. Eager chose. Send to Mr. Martyn to change next Sabbath and at Night have his Consent by a note from him. Mr. Ithamar Bellows brought me 20£ old Tenor. … Continue reading
1761 May 23 (Saturday). Mr. Williams leaves us for Boston. Mr. Breck goes to Marlborough and Returns here before night. N.B. Mr. Martyn having Sent me a Line last Eve that he consented to my proposal to Change next sabbath, … Continue reading
1761 May 24 (Sunday). Read Ps. 10 to v. 27 and Eph. 3. Mr. Breck a.m. on Luk. 13.24. P.M. on Mat. 5.47, what do ye more than others.
1761 May 25 (Monday). Mr. Breck and I set out for Boston. I visited Mr. Joseph Joslin who is very bad and it is doubtfull whether I shall ever See him again. Prayed with him before I left him. Refreshed … Continue reading
1761 May 26 (Tuesday). A.M. Visited my Brother and other Relatives at the North End: and dined at my Brothers. Visited Mrs. Breck in her Widowhood. P.M. was at Capt. Storer’s Funeral. Lodged at Brother Samuel’s.
1761 May 27 (Wednesday). Mr. Benjamin Stevens preached on 2 Cor. 3.17, latter part. Governor Barnard not well; and was not at Meeting. Dined with the Lt. Governor and Council etc. in Concert Hall. After which I repaired with the … Continue reading
1761 May 28 (Thursday). My Concern about to days Service was great but not distressing or especially overwhelming. I early committed the whole Affair to God imploring Remission of my Great Offences former and later. Fervently besought the gracious Presence … Continue reading
1761 May 29 (Friday). At the North End a.m. Dined with Dr. Mayhew. Undertook my Journey p.m. Rode to Mr. Nathaniel Williams at Weston and lodged there
1761 May 30 (Saturday). Pursue my Journey. On my Way heard Mr. Joseph Joslin is dead and buryed. Arrived Safe and home about 1 o’Clock p.m. Alexander went home with Mr. Abraham Temple of Grafton’s Horse, which I had rid … Continue reading