November 3, 1780

1780 November 3 (Friday).  Mr. Brigham waited on Mrs. Cotton to Hopkinton.  Sent Mrs. Abbe Vol. 2 of De Foe by Mrs. Cotton.  N.B. It was brought me by Dr. Stimson some time agoe.  As night came on, Elias with Letters from Br. Breck from Springfield.  He brings home five young Cattle from Coi’s Hill.  The two largest Steers have been taken out of Pasture by Alexander some time ago. Breck sent Mr. Th. Lamson, who cutts wood for me at the Door.

November 5, 1780

1780 November 5 (Sunday).  Preached a.m. on Rev. 5.6.  Mr. Fisk and Cousen Maynard dined here.  P.M. on John 10.11.  I stayed the Church and read the Letter from Bolton, requesting our Help in Council.  When proposed to the Church there was no vote.  There were but few Members, but there were but 4 Hands.  In the eve, Mr. Brigham read Mr. Flavell on Rev. 3.20,  Sermon 8.

November 7, 1780

1780 November 7 (Tuesday).  Mr. Gale was at eve thrown by his Horse and much hurt, but after a while returned home.  Suse and Sophy ride to their Father Brigham’s.  Had some Converse with Capt. Fisher about the Town’s Transactions yesterday.  My grandchildren Isaac and Betsy Baldwin from Shrewsbury this morning came to see us.  Isaac leads an Horse, besides one in his Surkey[?]: these (with Elias’s, Breck’s and my own) make six Horses which are kept here this Night.  Mr. Jonathan Forbes here at eve.  Talks of the Doings of the Town yesterday with great concern.  He speaks also of Mr. Benj. Fay and Mrs. Th. Whitney’s contests.

November 8, 1780

1780 November 8 (Wednesday).  The adjournment of the Town Meeting.  By Advice I sent a written Message that if they would grant me the Same Allowance of Depreciation which I was required by every one to pay for every Article, I would submit myself to be taxed.  Thereupon the Town chose a Committee to treat with me, viz. Capt. Maynard, Capt. Morse and Capt. Fisher.

November 7, 1780

1780 November 9 (Thursday).  The Council at Bolton met.  I had told the Church I did not incline to go.  See the Result at the end of this Book. The Church met by adjournment to consider Mrs. Adams’ Case.  The Woman was present but the Man, though warned was not, and therewith Mr. Adams’ paper dated July 23 last.  As to the Former, Mrs. Adams pleaded that she had not got her Evidences ready, but she would have spoke to her Husband, before the Church — but he was not there: which was to our Surprise, Since he knew that at this Meeting his own paper was expected to be read and considered.  It was declared that he was at the public Meeting when Rev. Mr. Whitney read my paper of Adjournment (which was consented to by the Brethren), and he had reason to expect that the Meeting upon these affairs would be now dissolved: The Pastor has also repeatedly told him he was not debarred from Church Meetings but was desired and expected to come.  But since he was now absent, nothing more could be done about his Paper, than to read it and then the Letter sent to him which he was disturbed by, but which had nothing of grievous Nature in it: which being done, and nobody there to Sustain the Said paper, nor make Reply to the Exceptions made against the palpable mistakes it was founded upon, it was voted to be dropped: and seeing that Mrs. Adams was now supposed to be trying for Relief in the Civil Law, the Meeting was dissolved, upon which I prayed and gave the Blessing.  At eve, Col. Silas Bailey here, returning from Rhode Island.  His son Timothy dyed there and is buryd.

November 13, 1780

1780 November 13 (Monday).  A committee from the Town came to treat with me about my Sallery.  They were Capt. Maynard and Capt. Morse, but Capt. Fisher, who was the third (I think) was not with them.  Their errand was to know what I apprehended my Sallery should be.  I answered that the Covenant was 55£ Lawful Money, to be made good to its then Value.  And as to what was not due, the Depreciation which now I have actually paid, and am required to pay is partly an hundred and eight: to some an hundred, and to others 90.  If the Town would allow me the Medium, that is, an hundred, then out of Pity to the People in this Day of their Trouble, I will deduct my Proportion to bear so much of the Charge of the War, for the present year.  My grandson, Isaac Baldwin came this evening from his Tour to Newbury, Dummer School etc.

November 14, 1780

1780 November 14 (Tuesday).  The Town meet by adjournment.  The Committee carry my Answer (as above) to them.  After meeting, two of the Committee come (Captains Maynard and Morse) and acquaint me that the Town had granted me for this year the sum of £4000, which though it was 1500 short of my just due, I accepted on consideration of their Distresses: and thanked them (The Committee) for their Pains in the Affair.  Capt. Fisher came in when the rest were going away: but he stayed not.

November 15, 1780

1780 November 15 (Wednesday).  My Baldwins (Isaac and Betsey) leave us to return home.  I wrote by them to their mother.  Capt. John Woods moves and his Wife and Children except Ben who is to live with me.  Capt. Wood gave me a Barrell, almost full of Cyder.  N.B. Ben is to live with me for the sake of getting Learning — to Satisfie me, for Instruction, Board, Washing and Lodging, he must tend my Cattle, and cut wood, needful chores, go of Errands etc. and he must tarry with me till next April.  At eve had a message from one Mrs. Mary Nottingham, who lies sick at Deacon Wood’s, to make her a visit.  I went accordingly and discoursed with her and prayed with her as one extremely bad, and in a Dangerous Condition.

November 26, 1780

1780 November 26 (Sunday).  I have been so many ways interrupted, and my mind discomposed that I could make but slender preparations, and therefore I went on with the last Sabbath subject both a. and p.m. but took those words for my Text, in Prov. 21.31, last clause; with new Introduction.  Mr. Fisk and Mrs. Maynard dined with us.  At eve, Mr. Brigham read the rest of Mr. Flavell’s 8th Sermon on Rev. 3.20.  God forgive my Dullness and unprofitableness.

November 28, 1780

1780 November 28 (Tuesday).  Mr. Waters and Mr. Brigham go to Boston.  Wrote to Mr. Moore.  N.B. Wightman was in the Burgoine Army at Saratoga.  Mr. Jonas Bond and his Wife here in their way to Cambridge.  Coll. Brigham and Wife make a visit to both Houses.  Mrs. Baker very generous, visiting and bringing with an open Hand.  I was called to Mr. Barker’s, his Daughter Betsey being very ill.  I went; and prayed with her.  Visit Mrs. Nottingham and prayed there.