February 3, 1779

1779 February 3 (Wednesday).  Rode to Shrewsbury (at Mr. Sumner’s Request).  Dined there. Mr. Fairbank preached the Lecture on 1 Joh. 4.16, latter part.  After sermon we had some Conversation about several passages delivered concerning God permitting Evil — and on the Fallen Spirits and Pharaoh, that they ought to bless God for their Existence.  I answered (among other things) our Lord’s saying of the Traytor, “it were good for that man if he had never been born.”  I returned home at Evening.