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Monthly Archives: December 1771
1771 December 1 (Sunday). Omitted Reading. Preached a.m. on Rom. 15.29. Administered the Lords Supper. Mrs. Maynard dined with us. P.M. Preached on Heb. 6.20 and O that God would pardon my Defects, and accept and succeed my humble Attempts! … Continue reading
1771 December 2 (Monday). Ebenezer Sat out early for Cambridge. Sent by him a Number of Papers — among which were those which Mr. Fitch left with me. I went to Deacon Woods to try for some Way to get … Continue reading
1771 December 3 (Tuesday). Though Cold and Stormy I went to the Private Meeting at old Mrs. Grows and preached on Prov. 16.31 from p. 143 to the End — and made further Additions. At Eve Ruth Bellows returned from … Continue reading
1771 December 4 (Wednesday). Read the most of the Day in the General Table of Europe which also contains an Account of the famous German Prophets Kotternus, Christina, and Drabricius.
1771 December 5 (Thursday). Samuel Asbo and his Squa here, and they with the rest of his Friends make a Wigwam in the Swamp that is near us. He says he is son of the Minister of the Same Name … Continue reading
1771 December 6 (Friday). The Snow-Storm has been very Vehement. The Snow is so difficultly passed through, by reason of the Drifts that neither can my biggest Boy get to Mill though he tryed with my Horse; nor could the … Continue reading
1771 December 7 (Saturday). A Number of Teams, from the East and from the South are driven to the Meeting House to make Paths.
1771 December 8 (Sunday). Preached on Rom. 15.29. My whole time of preparation was Spent on this; and I chose to preach p.m. on Ps. 57.7, delivering the whole in one Exercise. Miss Nanny Brigham dined here. Propounded Mr. John … Continue reading
1771 December 9 (Monday). By eating a pleasant Apple which came from Leicester, I was much wrot on. It proved very Cathartick. A.M. I went to Mr. Nurse to see if there was any hope of my Money — but … Continue reading
1771 December 10 (Tuesday). Somewhat better, but not well. Attend Somewhat to Sermonizing.
1771 December 11 (Wednesday). Breck goes on my Horse to Upton. Miss Susanna Gleason came to Work here. Is making my Wife a Gown. I am Still reading the General Table of Europe, in which are the Accounts of the … Continue reading
1771 December 12 (Thursday). Breck at work for himself in the Shop. Miss Susan makes riding Hoods for Sophy and Hannah. Read Mr. Willards Body, on the Office of Mediator, and especially of the Priesthood of Christ. Mr. Spring calls … Continue reading
1771 December 13 (Friday). Lt. Martyn waited on his Mother in a Sleigh, to visit us. They dined here. Mrs. Spring I understand grows better. Elijah Brigham has brought from Dr. Green of Lancaster, Volumes 17, 18, 19, 20th of … Continue reading
1771 December 14 (Saturday). Mr. Hancock the Taylor comes to work here to make Breck a Coat. I Spent my time upon the divine Subject of the Priesthood of Christ So that I undertook no other.
1771 December 15 (Sunday). I Preached on Heb. 16.20, those words, “even Jesus made an high-Priest.” P.M. I delivered an Exercise on Joh. 3.3 of the Necessity of Regeneration using what I formerly offered on that Text from p. 37 … Continue reading
1771 December 16 (Monday). Mr. Hancock at work here, as also Miss Susan. Ruth Bellows finishes her work here and goes to Capt. Maynards. I Visited and prayed with Mrs. Hardy. Her Cancer has eat up the greatest part of … Continue reading
1771 December 17 (Tuesday). This morning Breck sets out for Boston. Miss Sus. is making me a blue Serge Jacket. I am engaged in my Preparations.
1771 December 18 (Wednesday). Mrs. Susan still. Visit Mrs. Spring who is very ill.
1771 December 19 (Thursday). World displayed Vol. XVII. Isaac Lamb waits on Miss Suse home in my Sleigh, and Sophy goes with them. P.M. I wait on Mr. Phinehas Gleason who carryed his wife home. I Supped there.
1771 December 20 (Friday). Mr. John Harringtons Wife here about her Relation. Mrs. Spring Sends for me. Went up to her in great Distress. Prayed with her.
1771 December 21 (Saturday). Mr. Ware brought up Mrs. Whitmore from Boston, to See her Daughter Spring. Breck returned from Boston by the way of Concord. He is in great perplexity having lost a valuable Hand saw which cost him … Continue reading
1771 December 22 (Sunday). I could not divide my discourse which I had prepared and therefore delivered the whole a.m. It was on Heb. 6.20. Ruth Bellows though she lives at Capt. Maynards dines here usually. P.M. Preached on Joh. … Continue reading
1771 December 23 (Monday). Go on with World displayed. P.M. Visit Mrs. Spring who is a good deal better. Her Mother desires that we give Thanks to God and pray for perfecting the Recovery. We did so. Breck begins to … Continue reading
1771 December 24 (Tuesday). Begin Vol. XVIII of world displayed. I was perplexed for want of Money to pay where I had borrowed, viz. of Mr. Levi Warren but Obtained it and Sent it at Eve by Breck, to Satisfaction. … Continue reading
1771 December 25 (Wednesday). Sorrowful Message by Mr. Thaddeus Warren from Mr. Joseph Bond that their Child, of 5 Months, dyed Suddenly about one this morning by the Mothers Side. It was in usual Health this last night. I went … Continue reading
1771 December 26 (Thursday). Sermonizing. World Displayed.
1771 December 27 (Friday). Sermonizing. We hear that Brecks Purse is found at his Brother Williams. Attend the Burial of Mr. Joseph Bonds Child. Mr. Arnold confined by terrible Pains.
1771 December 28 (Saturday). Breck by invitation dined at Capt. Brighams, as Yesterday at Mr. Haskill’s.
1771 December 29 (Sunday). Preached a. and p.m. on Ps. 103.14. On Occasion of the late sudden Death, and its being the last sabbath of the Year.
1771 December 30 (Monday). Mrs. Springs Mother, Mrs. Whitmore returns to Boston. Mr. Spring, Dr. Hawes and Mr. Hananiah Parker go in the Same sleigh.