April 19, 1767

1767 April 19 (Sunday).  Read Isa. 52.  Preached on Joh. 15.5.  It took up my whole Time of Studying to prepare it; but though it was large, I did not divide it.  P.M. read Joh. 17, and for the sermon preached on Prov. 15.8, but, with additions, delivered the Exercise on Mal. 3.14, from p. 53 to the End, with intermixed Additions.  At the Close of the Exercises I appointed the Lords supper and the Lecture thus, “The Time arrives when according to the Custom of this Church, I must appoint the Lords supper; and although there have been Some Disquietment and some Desire to have it deferred, if it could be conveniently; but there has been no formal Request.  But it can’t be put off without much inconvenience.  Therefore I have thought it my Duty stedfastly to attend to this great Work.  Accordingly I propose by divine Leave” etc.  N.B. Deacon Forbes and his Daughter Kendal dined here, as did a Stranger, one Mr. Thomas Shapley of Thompson in Killingly.  In the Eve read in Mr. Bolton a few pages.