March 12, 1775

1775 March 12 (Sunday).  I had engaged to change with Mr. Whitney, but Mr. Forbes being here I rode early to Northborough and prevented Mr. Whitneys coming.  I preached there a.m. on Isa. 22.12.  P.M. on v. 13.14 with the 12th.  At Eve returned home.  Unhappily found that there was disquietment with Mr. Forbes’s forenoon sermon.  The Text was Job 2.10.  When he was going to meeting in the afternoon Several persons stopped him by the Well: viz., Capt. Brigham, Mr. Andrews, Dr. Hawes, Select men; and many more.  Besides which Joseph Harrington and Ebenezer Chamberlin junior had been with him here in the House to talk with him.  A multitude gathered at the Well.  On his promising to explain himself from the Desk they would consent to his going into the Meeting House, except Some, who went home.  It was conceived he was faulty in saying that God is so the primary Cause of the Evils we suffer, as that we are not to dwell upon and find So much fault with second Causes or Instruments etc. etc.  My Family were in the Eve in much Trouble on Account of what had Occurred.  The P.M. Text was [blank].