Monthly Archives: December 1776

December 1, 1776

1776 December 1 (Sunday).  Preached again on Isa. 1.9, accommodated to the present times.  Capt. Morse and a Number more give Thanks for safe Return from the Army.  Dr. Crosby and Master Hall, Miss Suse Brigham dined here.  P.M. preached … Continue reading

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December 2, 1776

1776 December 2 (Monday).  Breck goes to Concord, Salem, Boston.  P.M. The Town Met by adjournment.  By Advice I sent them a Paper requesting the Town to get my Wood.  But there was no Vote for it.  At Eve came … Continue reading

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December 3, 1776

1776 December 3 (Tuesday).  Mr. Buckminster leaves us, for Framingham and Boston.  Old Mrs. Mary Whitney dyed this Morning.  Mr. Paul Lambson prepares and puts up a new Sweep for the lower Well.  Mr. Daniel Warrin junior dines here and … Continue reading

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December 4, 1776

1776 December 4 (Wednesday).  Though I prepared for Shrewsbury Lecture and went as far as to Mr. Nurse’s, yet it was so rainy that I conceived it to be my Duty to return home.  Mr. Thaddeus Warrin came and helped … Continue reading

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December 5, 1776

1776 December 5 (Thursday).  Mrs. Spring and her son are here with us.  She [spins?] etc.  I attended the Funeral of old Mrs. Mary Whitney in her 77th year.  There is reason to hope she dy’d in Christ.  Glory to … Continue reading

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December 6, 1776

1776 December 6 (Friday).  Mr. Jeremiah Barnard of Bolton, going to Providence to preach, calls here.

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December 7, 1776

1776 December 7 (Saturday).  I have had but a poor night, with pain in my Stomach and Bowels.  Elias came home from Cambridge.  He has been inoculated at the Hospital, at Sewels Point, under the Care of Dr. Aspinwall.  The … Continue reading

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December 8, 1776

1776 December 8 (Sunday).  I had but an ill night — better in the Morning.  A.M. on Deut. XI.28 to p. 12.  Mr. Hall and Miss Suse Brigham dined here.  My Neighbour Caleb Harrington returned home from Ticonderoga.  P.M. on … Continue reading

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December 9, 1776

1776 December 9 (Monday).  My Neighbour Harrington returned me 10 Dollars which I lent him on Aug. 6th last.  The Soldiers meet, but don’t March.  No Orders come.

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December 10, 1776

1776 December 10 (Tuesday).  Mr. Francis Whipple brought me very kindly a Load of his own Wood.  This was a very providential Supply, as we were prevented going to the Ministerial Lot for any ourselves by means of the Lameness … Continue reading

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December 11, 1776

1776 December 11 (Wednesday).  Elias’s Eyes so weak, he says, he cannot study.  Dr. Crosby and son.  Mrs. Rice, Mr. Zebuluns Wife, from Brookfield dines, and Spends the afternoon here.  The soldiers not gone to Providence yet.  Mrs. P________ remains … Continue reading

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December 12, 1776

1776 December 12 (Thursday).  Thanksgiving, accompanyed with Humiliation and Supplication.  Preached on Ps. 97.1, “The Lord reigneth, let the Earth rejoice.”  Which may God bless to me and the whole Audience!  3 Soldiers give Thanks for safe Return, viz. Lt. … Continue reading

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December 13, 1776

1776 December 13 (Friday).  The Needhams go on their way, bound for Salem.  Mr. John Taft of Upton dines here.  Informs me that Newport is taken by the Regulars.  May God Himself be our Refuge and Deliverer!

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December 14, 1776

1776 December 14 (Saturday).  Lieut. Bowman came to desire for himself and 23 Others, Soldiers, who were going out to join the Army nigh New York, public Prayers for them, and would be glad if I would direct a word … Continue reading

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December 15, 1776

1776 December 15 (Sunday).  Preached again on 1 Cor. 5.8.  May God grant I may be in all Things Sincere!  Administered the Lords Supper.  Master Stone, Cousen Maynard and Miss Suse Brigham, dined here.  P.M. on Luk. 12.36.37 and added … Continue reading

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December 16, 1776

1776 December 16 (Monday).  The 24 [23 only] Soldiers March.  I sent by Mr. Jonathan Batherick the Money which I owe to Mr. Frost of Mill-River, viz. £2.15.0 L.M.  Breck setts out for Boston.  Mrs. P_____ takes Physic.  Pill. [Cocha?] … Continue reading

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December 17, 1776

1776 December 17 (Tuesday).  Went to visit Mr. Solomon Baker, confined by a sore bred in his Face: was discharged plentifully.  Dined there.  In reckoning with him for keeping my late fat Cow 18 Days, Corn and Hay and tendence … Continue reading

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December 18, 1776

1776 December 18 (Wednesday).  Neighbour Nurse came home (this ninth Day, and with 4 Horses).  He was not very well.  The Charge must needs be, in these times, very great.  Mrs. P________ scarce any thing better.  Mrs. Dolly Rice visits … Continue reading

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December 19, 1776

1776 December 19 (Thursday).  Neighbour Thaddeus Warrin and his son in Law, Nat. Chamberlain, killed two Pigs for me.  Neighbour Caleb Harrington carrys to market for Mrs. P________ 6 Fowls.

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December 20, 1776

1776 December 20 (Friday).  James is worse — his ankle — has taken Cold.  Elias is forced to do the unavoidable Chores, cut wood [illegible] prepare for going to Mill etc.

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December 21, 1776

1776 December 21 (Saturday).  James is laid up, confined by his [illegible] Elias is obliged to bestir himself for us; for Wood, etc. and for [illegible] likewise for Mrs. Harrington, whose Husband is gone to Waltham.  To God our Preserver … Continue reading

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December 22, 1776

1776 December 22 (Sunday).  Difficult Congregating.  Preached a.m. on Sincerity; carrying on the Subject from 1 Cor. [5?].8, but now read for the Introduction of this Exercise, Josh. 24.14.  P.M. read Jer. 5.6, latter part.  But from thence finished sermon … Continue reading

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December 23, 1776

1776 December 23 (Monday).  Mr. Fisher (Adjutant) here and relates the actions at N. York on the Sabbath and Monday of Oct. [blank].

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December 24, 1776

1776 December 24 (Tuesday).  I rode out partly to obtain somebody to thrash my Rye, partly to get wood; and to visit.  Was at Deacon Woods a.m.  Dined at Mr. Jos. Harringtons.  Visit old Mrs. Woods at Mr. Elisha Forbes’s.  … Continue reading

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December 25, 1776

1776 December 25 (Wednesday).  Exceedingly Cold morning.  Write to Mr. Quincy, but can’t send.  Miss Eliz. Harrington, Daughter of Lt. Samuel, here to be examined, and gave satisfaction.  At night Mr. George Smith of Northborough Supped, but did not lodge … Continue reading

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December 26, 1776

1776 December 26 (Thursday).  A very tedious snow storm.  Elias went with my Oxen but before it was violent, and Neighbour Nehemiah Maynard went with him, with addition to the Team, and brought a Load of Wood (for which Breck … Continue reading

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December 27, 1776

1776 December 27 (Friday).  Nehemiah Maynard goes again with a Yoke of Oxen to Ministerial Lot [to help Elias again?], who goes with my Oxen, and brings [a?] Load.  We have the Sorrowful News that on the 13 instant the … Continue reading

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December 28, 1776

1776 December 28 (Saturday).  Mr. Israel Walker and his wife dined here.  Miss Nabby Woods came on the 25 and has worked here, on Brecks Cloths, but goes home to Mr. [illegible]ters at Evening.  Mr. Belknap here and asks me … Continue reading

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December 29, 1776

1776 December 29 (Sunday).  A.M. on 1 Joh. 3.21.  In further prosecution of the Subject of Sincerity.  P.M. Repeated my Exposition of Mat. 16.27.  Which may God be pleased to bless!  In Special as both the Exercises may furnish us … Continue reading

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December 30, 1776

1776 December 30 (Monday).  Mrs. P________ very much indisposed through the Night, which was very frosty: She got up many times; and is in a very ill state of Health.  Breck sett off Some time before Day, in the Sleigh, … Continue reading

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December 31, 1776

1776 December 31 (Tuesday).  It is of the Lords Mercies that I am not consumed!  Such is the Longsuffering of God that I have arrived at the Last Day of another Year.  Jej. and Prec.  In which [would] beg divine … Continue reading

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