1775 January 2 (Monday). Am chiefly reading Dr. I. Mathers seasonable Testimony, of the Authority of Synods or Councils etc. and other such Tracts on Church Government, the Power of Elders, and Privilege of Brethren etc. I saw Mr. Ebenezer Chamblerlin junior who I have heard was dissatifyed with me; and endeavoured to remove his Disgust — but I found he harped (as others do) on my disobliging the Town, by denying to join with them in their Covenant, on July 4. This I find has grievously disaffected them. May God be pleased to direct me to some Expedient for Reconciliation! We had uncommon Trouble to day in breaking a way to the Ministerial Lot. Breck was much fatigued, and went but once with the Team. Asa Ware stayed to cut.
Increase Mather, A Seasonable Testimony to Good Order in the Churches of the Faithful (Boston, 1720). Evans 2149.