March 17, 1779

1779 March 17 (Wednesday).  Mr. Stone came, dined with me.  He tells me his people have voted to sing Tate and Brady’s Version, and began last Lord’s Day.  The High Sheriff of this County, William Greenleaf Esq. dined with us.  He is going to Medfield to see his father Quincy, and called to take my Commands, but I had no letter writ.  Mr. Stone preached my Lecture on Ps. 103.3, first clause.  After Sermon and Blessing, the Church were by the Desire of the Deacons, stayed concerning Contributions.  The Congregation staid also at the request of the Choristers, that they might resign and the People might make a new Choice.  They chose Mr. Eli Whitney by 41 votes: Mr. Ebenezer Chamberlain jr. by 31, Mr. Johnathan Batherick by 29, Mr. Elisha Parker by 23.  My son Alexander came from Connecticut and lodged here.  I wrote to President Langdon to excuse Elias’ tardiness.  And delivered Elias 100 Dollars.