Monthly Archives: December 1772

December 1, 1772

1772 December 1 (Tuesday).  Reuben Bellows came and offered to live with me this Winter at 3 Dollars per month — to come next Monday Morning, if I Send him no word to the Contrary.

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December 2, 1772

1772 December 2 (Wednesday).  Daniel Hardy (Mr. Phinehas’ son) to See whether he is to come and live with me the ensuing months.  Asks 8£ per Month.  I acquaint him with Reuben’s offer; and give up Expectations from Daniel, depending … Continue reading

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December 3, 1772

1772 December 3 (Thursday).  Public Thanksgiving.  Preached (long) on Prov. 3.9.10.  It is my earnest prayer that God would please to affect us all with this Subject; and that we may So improve this Solemnity that we may give Glory … Continue reading

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December 4, 1772

1772 December 4 (Friday).  Alexander wants assistance towards his Payment to be made the 14th of this Month in Southgate Purchase.  He, his Wife and Child, leave us to go home.  Miss Patty Fish here to Visit us p.m. but … Continue reading

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December 5, 1772

1772 December 5 (Saturday).  Mrs. Mary Drury (who was Mary Pratt) with a Letter from Mr. Webster of Temple, desiring a Certificat of her Dismission, he having mislaid what I gave him at Commencement.  I had depended upon Changing tomorrow … Continue reading

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December 6, 1772

1772 December 6 (Sunday).  Preached a.m. on Hos. 5, v. 6 and 7.  P.M. repeated sermon on Prov. 3.6.  Which Exercises I pray may be awakening and instructive!  Mrs. Maynard dined here.

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December 7, 1772

1772 December 7 (Monday).  Rode to see Mrs. Bellows, who is very low, and in danger of Death and prayed with her.  Dined there etc.  Reuben Bellows came at 3 Dollars per Month.  N.B. The Town Met to see whether … Continue reading

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December 8, 1772

1772 December 8 (Tuesday).  Rev. Messrs. Frost and Fish call here in their way to Bolton.  Read the Explanation of Saybrook Platform, brought me by Mr. Fish.

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December 9, 1772

1772 December 9 (Wednesday).  Reckoned with my Son Breck; and we settled and ballanced.  Wrote to Mr. Moore in my uncertainty about his Wife.  Sent it By Mr. Henry Bass.

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December 10, 1772

1772 December 10 (Thursday).  Reckoned and settled with Mr. Silas Hill.  Towards Night Sent to Edes and Gill an Account of Squire Woods Wife and of her Death.  Her Father Fay came from Boston and brought me a Letter from … Continue reading

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December 11, 1772

1772 December 11 (Friday).  Jejun. and Suppl.  With my Sermon Meditations.  Pressed exceedingly with the weight of my Sorrows, my Work, and my preparations for the Communion.  On the whole, make broken work!  The Lord Pity and Pardon, for the … Continue reading

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December 12, 1772

1772 December 12 (Saturday).  Reuben talks as if discouraged, but I induced him to go on.  He went to Lt. Brighams.  Hear that Mr. Barrett dyed last night.  [Marginal notation: On the 12th Capt. Jonathan Fay here complaining of the … Continue reading

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December 13, 1772

1772 December 13 (Sunday).  Preached a.m. on Eph. 5.2.  Administered the Lords supper.  Deacon Bond dined here, as did Mrs. Dolly Rice.  P.M. preached on Suse’s Death, from Ps. 39.9, “I was dumb — because Thou didst it.”  A Message … Continue reading

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December 14, 1772

1772 December 14 (Monday).  Reuben returned from Southborough, and determines to do what he can, and promises he will not go away from me.  Deacon Wood came, and Mr. Tainter and Reuben to assist in killing an old, but fat, … Continue reading

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December 15, 1772

1772 December 15 (Tuesday).  Rode to Hopkinton and dined at the House of Mourning.  My dear Brother, the Rev. Mr. Samuel Barrett, was interred.  He finished his 72d year the Day before he expired.  Rev. Messrs. Bucknam, Stone, Smith, Frost … Continue reading

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December 16, 1772

1772 December 16 (Wednesday).  Mr. David Maynard junior of Westminster dined here.  Wrote by him to Mr. Cushing of the Death of his Sister Moore, and sent Mr. Moores large Letter.  At Eve I wrote to Mr. Moore.

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December 17, 1772

1772 December 17 (Thursday).  Cousen Maynard has been ill of a Fever, for several Days: has Sent an Horse for her Aunt.  Who is accordingly gone to See her.  Mrs. Kelly is poorly to Day.  At Evening Isaac Davis brings … Continue reading

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December 18, 1772

1772 December 18 (Friday).  Elias goes to Mr. Smiths School.  I buy me a pair of Temple Spectacles; for my Sight is somewhat impaired.  They may assist me at times, though I do not use them constantly.  P.M. Visit and … Continue reading

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December 19, 1772

1772 December 19 (Saturday).  Rode to Hopkinton and lodged at Mr. Fitch’s.  He came here.

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December 20, 1772

1772 December 20 (Sunday).  I preached at Hopkinton on Occasion of Rev. Mr. Barretts Death, from Rev. 3.3, former part.  Remember how thou hast received and heard etc. a. and p.m.  Dined at Mr. Barretts — and returned there at … Continue reading

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December 21, 1772

1772 December 21 (Monday).  Returned home in Safety.  D.G.  But in my way was obliged to call at Lt. John Wood’s to See his Wife.  N.B. used great freedom with him concerning his Intemperance.  He seemed to take it well; … Continue reading

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December 22, 1772

1772 December 22 (Tuesday).  Read part of Theory of Mankind and Education.

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1772 December 23 (Wednesday).  Received another tender Letter from my Son Moore, via Oxford.  Mr. Ballard has been to Rochester.  Read in Mr. Lorings Diary.  It affords me Delight and Profit: but fills me with shame!  The Lord forgive my … Continue reading

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December 24, 1772

1772 December 24 (Thursday).  The several News Papers Shew our Political state to be very Sorrowful.  The Day is very dark with us after the best Excuses and Palliations.  Mr. John Ball carrys his Wife home.  Breck (on my Horse), … Continue reading

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December 26, 1772

1772 December 25 (Friday).  Looked for Reuben a.m. but in vain.  Miss Lucy Parker has been at work here several Days, making Cloths for Elias, out of Cast off Garments of Sam’s.  But she is now making him a Pair … Continue reading

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1772 December 26 (Saturday).  Received a Letter from my Son Baldwin, of the 24th, that his wife was then ill, and feared some such Mis________ as heretofore.

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December 27, 1772

1772 December 27 (Sunday).  A.M. on Hos. 5.8.9.  P.M. preached from Mat. 13.43.  This latter being a Funeral sermon for my Brother Barrett, and gave some Character of him.  O that I might my Self be of that happy and … Continue reading

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December 28, 1772

1772 December 28 (Monday).  Messrs. Smith and Barnard visit Breck at Eve; Sup and lodge here.

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December 29, 1772

1772 December 29 (Tuesday).  Mrs. P. rode with me to Capt. Jonas Brighams (in compliance with his repeated Request).  Dined there.  P.M. Captain rode with me to See old Mrs. Beeman who is confined.  Prayed with her.  Returned with the … Continue reading

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December 30, 1772

1772 December 30 (Wednesday).  I rode down to See Mrs. Bellows again, but went first to Mr. Ebenezer and Edmund Chamberlins, and dined there.  Called at Mr. Ezra Bakers.  At Mr. Bellows’s found his Wife exceeding low — difficult to … Continue reading

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December 31, 1772

1772 December 31 (Thursday).  I took Some serious Notice of this Last Day of the Year.  O how great has been the Goodness of God in carrying me through the Changes of it!  Will the Lord Sanctifie to me the … Continue reading

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