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Monthly Archives: May 1780
1780 May 1 (Monday). The Town met to read the Address of the Convention, with the Draught they had made of a Form of Government for this State. I understood that they read it over, and after some debating upon … Continue reading
1780 May 2 (Tuesday). Wrote to Mr. Quincy to the care of Breck, who goes to Boston. Sophy to Mr. Whitney’s and to the Fulling Mill at Northborough! [sic] I went to Mr. Thad. Warrin’s, his wife sick. I was … Continue reading
1780 May 3 (Wednesday). Sheep more than ordinarily Troublesome. My affairs are much perplexed. William Parkman and his Sister Lydia leave us to go to Concord. Mr. Joseph Harrington has been here, and tells that Providence had prevented the Committee … Continue reading
1780 May 4 (Thursday). While much embarrassed and pritty lame, Stephen Batherick came within Reach, and was very much at Leisure. I hired him for 15/ per Day to be paid according to the old way, and he came and … Continue reading
1780 May 5 (Friday). Old Mr. Hardy came in Warmth and inveighed against the Contribution for Mr. Whitney, because he has not asked any to be made for him. He is a very rich man, said he, and might take … Continue reading
1780 May 6 (Saturday). Mr. James Dix came — but I refused to meddle at all with his Quarrells.
1780 May 7 (Sunday). None of those Brethren about Adams’s Matter, make me any Return. Preached on Ps. 133.12-3. Administered the Lord’s Supper. Mr. Adams did not stay to commune or disturb us. Mrs. Maynard dined with us. P.M. repeated … Continue reading
1780 May 8 (Monday). William Winchester left us to go to Ashburnham. I wrote by him to his Mother. I gave him 10 Dollars, Mr. Barnard’s Sermons to young people and on the Earthquake, and furnished him with various Things … Continue reading
1780 May 9 (Tuesday). Wrote to Mr. Moore. The Referees upon the Case of Capt. John Wood, versus Benj. Fay, and his Mother-in-law set here at the Meeting House. They are Judge Dorr, Tim. Pain and Joseph Wheeler, Esq. The … Continue reading
1780 May 10 (Wednesday). Attended the Court, part of the Day. Mr. Andrews delivers me a Letter from Mr. Whitney, concerning our Contribution for him, manifesting his Satisfaction in our deferring it, and how gratefully he will accept of what … Continue reading
1780 May 11 (Thursday). The Pleading finished last night about 10 o’clock. The Judges are together a.m. and draw up their Determination. P.M. Judge Dorr here. N.B. Send my Letter to Mr. Moore by Master Crosby, going to Boston, to … Continue reading
1780 May 12 (Friday). It is but a Melancholly Time with me. Nothing at all doing in my Husbandry, having neither Man nor Boy to assist me. The weather is indeed cold, and the season backward. Mr. Thomas Adams of … Continue reading
1780 May 13 (Saturday). Mr. Adams wants my Volume of Chubb’s Tracts in 4to. He gives me Dr. Brown Languith’s Modern Theory and Practice of Physick; Dr. Goodman’s Penitent Pardon. Judge Hale’s Contemplations, part 3, with his Life, and Mr. … Continue reading
1780 May 14 (Sunday). Although I have attempted something in preparation for today’s Exercises, yet had so many interruptions and avocations, that I was obliged to lay it by, and preached on Mat. 5.7 a. and p.m. N.B. After the … Continue reading
1780 May 15 (Monday). Deacon Wood here to count the Contribution made yesterday. It was in Notes 262£, in Money (including 5 Pistareens), 175. In all to Mr. Whitney 438£. There was also a number of Dollars which were included … Continue reading
1780 May 16 (Tuesday). I rode to Mr. Fessenden to try to put out my Sheep, but in Vain. I dined there. P.M. rode over the Mr. Whitney’s and conveyed the Contribution which we made for him in Money and … Continue reading
1780 May 17 (Wednesday). I keep Stephen in planting in the Beeton Field. P.M. went to Mr. Levi Warrin’s, obtained easily of him to bear my Message to Mr. Daniel Adams concerning the Church Meeting to be next Tuesday come … Continue reading
1780 May 18 (Thursday). Stephen still works for me in planting various Things, and Mending the fences etc. Went with him to the Island, to shew him what was most necessary — but at night goes home. P.M. Elias came … Continue reading
1780 May 19 (Friday). A very Cloudy Day. It rained some part of Morning, when it held up it not only remained very cloudy, but from about 10 a.m. it grew very dark — the Obscurity increased. By about 11 … Continue reading
1780 May 20 (Saturday). I am concerned for my Neighbor Thad. Warrin, who is so behindhand in his Business. I have offered him my Cattle and plow — and I have said so much to him to persuade him that … Continue reading
1780 May 21 (Sunday). On account of the late unusual Phenomenon, I read a.m. Amos 5 and preach on v. 184.108.40.206.8. Messrs. Brigham and Hazeltine dined here. P.M. I went on in Repeating Sermon on Mat. 3.10 from page 9 … Continue reading
1780 May 22 (Monday). Mr. Joseph Hardy here with his Relation, which requires many alterations. Esq. Baker, Mr. Batherick and Mr. Joseph Harrington came to me from the Town Meeting, to desire me to go with them to pray with … Continue reading
1780 May 23 (Tuesday). Mr. Elijah Brigham in Squire Baker’s Chaise, waits on Mrs. Parkman to Boston. I wrote to my son Samuel my Consent to my Kinsman William Parkman’s having, for reasonable price, my Right in that which was … Continue reading
1780 May 24 (Wednesday). I met with the Town on the Adjournment. N.B. Strenuously insist that the Governor shall not only declare himself of the Christian Religion, but a Protestant. It was obtained to have the Word Protestant inserted; the … Continue reading
1780 May 25 (Thursday). Mr. Joseph Hardy’s Wife here, and have so many Corrections to make, that it was necessary to transcribe it. This I did for her. Elias is reading Chesselden’s Anatomy. Mr. Elijah Brigham returns from Boston and … Continue reading
1780 May 26 (Friday). I discover also that my son Sam is — that Capt. Elias and that Coll. Baldwin are. N.B. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences formed, constituted And Made a Body politic and Corporate by an … Continue reading
1780 May 27 (Saturday). [No entry.]
1780 May 28 (Sunday). Read a.m. Zech. X with some Exposition of it. Preached on Amos 8.9, p.m. on Mat. 3.10. Read in the Evening part of Mr. Flavell’s 3rd and 4th Sermon on Rev. 3.20.
1780 May 29 (Monday). Rec’d a Letter from Rev. Whitney to request me to dine with him and to attend the Raising a New House for him. In riding over there met with Mr. McCarty — he was going to … Continue reading
1780 May 30 (Tuesday). A.M. Assist the Selectmen in forming their Return to the Convention, with the Exceptions and Alterations. P.M. Attended the Church Meeting. Opened it with Prayer. The first Affair was that of Sister Persis Adams, wife of … Continue reading