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Monthly Archives: November 1773
1773 November 1 (Monday). Read variously. Joshua Chamberlin brought me Langley on Architecture, enriched with Plates, Plans etc. Mr. Wilder left us. At Eve I went to the Committee for the Meeting House, who sit at Deacon Woods; and carried … Continue reading
1773 November 2 (Tuesday). Miss Suse Brigham came to make Sundry Gowns. I visited old Miss Steward who is very low: also old Mrs. Grow. Mr. Fish and his Wife came there. We dined together. But no word of Controversy … Continue reading
1773 November 3 (Wednesday). P.M. Mrs. Godfrey here to be examined. Went through what I could. Lent her Mr. Doolittle on the Lords Supper. Capt. John Tainter of Watertown called to See me. Thomas Doolittle (1632?-1707), A Treatise Concerning the … Continue reading
1773 November 4 (Thursday). My Son Ebenezer was to have returned from below, last Evening: I expected also Mr. Bradshaw with him: but neither Came. P.M. while I was much engaged came Mr. Cook (the miller) to talk with me … Continue reading
1773 November 5 (Friday). I Sent Elias to Mr. Phinehas Hardy for 4 Barrells of Cyder, and he Sends me 5 and Apples.
1773 November 6 (Saturday). I am informed that Miss Mary Steward expired this Morning. A Person of Solid understanding and much given to Reading; and esteemed a pious woman.
1773 November 7 (Sunday). This being the last Lords Day in our Ecclesiastical Year, Thanks were given to God for His Goodness and Longsuffering in continuing us for the Space of 49 Years. With Humiliations and Prayers according to the … Continue reading
1773 November 8 (Monday). Suse Brigham who Stayed here after Meeting yesterday and lodged, works for Sophy and Hannah in making New Crape Gowns — altering etc. etc. Mrs. P________ with me to the Funeral of Miss Mary Steward, AEtatis … Continue reading
1773 November 9 (Tuesday). My Children have among them the Life of Patty Saunders: I thought it needful to know what they read: find it a Piece of, I wish, I could say, innocent, Entertainment. But whilst such Amusements are … Continue reading
1773 November 10 (Wednesday). Mr. Zebulun Rice here. Mrs. Lock came again.
1773 November 11 (Thursday). Breck and Hannah to Lancaster; the Latter expecting to go to Ashburnham. Having Read, I wrote some Remarks on writings of Amusement and Entertainment. Lent Mr. Silas Hill £6.13.4 Lawful Money, For which he gave me … Continue reading
1773 November 12 (Friday). Mr. David Clark of Ashburnham came with his Son Benjamin, to live with me till he shall be fourteen years old: He, the said Mr. Clark, Says his son is in his twelfth year. Will be … Continue reading
1773 November 13 (Saturday). Mr. Clark in the Morning Signed the Said Memorandum and Jonathan Maynard and my Daughter Sophia witnessed it. He leaves Benjamin here, and setts out for home. Cousen Larkin Williams came in to see me, and … Continue reading
1773 November 14 (Sunday). It being the first sabbath of the Church’s and my Fiftieth year. But by Reason of Mr. Whitneys Request to Change and the [illegible] Argument wherewith he urged it (neither was I at home when he … Continue reading
1773 November 15 (Monday). In returning home I called at Mrs. Martyns and wrote to my son Baldwin at Brookfield, about my Cattle there: also at Ensign Rice’s; at Capt. Maynards but did not see him; at Beetons etc. Dined … Continue reading
1773 November 16 (Tuesday). Breck (who did not return till Saturday Evening, having accompanyed his Sister Hannah to Ashburnham) goes to Mendon. Lent him 27 Dollars. Breck returned from Mendon the Same Night. Mrs. Thankful Rice (Josephs Mother) brought me, … Continue reading
1773 November 17 (Wednesday). P.M. Mrs. P________ visits Mrs. Bass. I went at Eve to accompany her home. Capt. Baldwin Sends my Cattle home, viz. three — My Steer of 4 years past, and two heiffers. Six yearlings of his … Continue reading
1773 November 18 (Thursday). Mr. Stone and Mr. Smith made me a brotherly Visit, and dined here, but knew not of the Lecture to Day and were unprepared to preach. Mr. Stone prayed and I preached my Self on Isa. … Continue reading
1773 November 19 (Friday). My Son Alexander and his Wife’s sister Ruhamah, accompanyed by Young Mr. Buckminster of Rutland, who is going to preach at Charlestown, came and dined here. At Eve came Mr. Forbes, his Wife and son, returning … Continue reading
1773 November 20 (Saturday). They pursue their Journey to Brookfield. Alexander returns from Framingham — dines and goes home.
1773 November 21 (Sunday). Omitted Public Reading. Preached on 2 Tim. 1.12, partly on Account of the Revolution of the Year with this Church (lasts Lords day was the first of the New Year, but this was the first when … Continue reading
1773 November 22 (Monday). Mr. Elisha Forbes going to Boston, I wrote to my son Samuel and Sent him a small Token before Thanksgiving. Am very sollicitous about my Subject to preach on, upon the Ensuing Solemnity.
1773 November 23 (Tuesday). Engaged in my preparations. Town Meeting for Debts etc. but adjourned.
1773 November 24 (Wednesday). Much engaged — but one Robert Rose, an Hatter, here, interrupts me with his work.
1773 November 25 (Thursday). Public Thanksgiving. Preached on Eph. 5.4 fervently but too long. N.B. read also, and made use of v. 3. May God grant his Blessing and Success! Invited Mr. Benjamin Webb (who also came) to dine with … Continue reading
1773 November 26 (Friday). I visited Mr. Hannaniah Parkers wife, who had newly lain in, and was poorly. Prayed there and went also to see Mr. Thomas Frost. Breck went to Lancaster on Wednesday Eve, and returned to day. The … Continue reading
1773 November 27 (Saturday). A Number of Teams are joined to bring a great Stone to the Meeting House for a Step at the East End. [Lieut.?] Baker has given me one of the great Ladders which were used at … Continue reading
1773 November 28 (Sunday). Mr. Stone went Early to Marlborough. I preached at Southborough a. and p.m. on 2 Cor. 184.108.40.206.4. Blessed be God for all Assistances. May there be Success! At Eve I returned home, neither was I any … Continue reading
1773 November 29 (Monday). A Number of Men with Teams, and others, bring Stones and level the Ground and make what steps they can, at the East End of the Meeting House.
1773 November 30 (Tuesday). In my preparations for the next Sabbath. Mr. Lorings Diary.