November 8, 1777

1777 November 8 (Saturday).  [Ble]ssed be God for the Light of this Morning which begins the 54th year of my Ministry.  I kept the Day retrospectively and religiously.  May God most merciful and gracious forgive all the many and great Defects I have been guilty of, through so long a Course, and especially the Deficiencys and Miscarriages [of the?] Year past!  And now I am grown old and my Death [must?] be near, may God grant I may improve my Time [and?] all my Other Talents to the divine Glory, and the eternal good of Precious Souls!  O that I might be quickened in Proportion to my Age and the short Remains of my Life yet to come!  Hear that Major Asa Brigham is Dead.