1782 April 1 (Monday). Walked up to Mr. Barnabas Newtons, his Daughter Sarah (of about 16) drooping and languishing. Instructed and encouraged her. Prayed with and for her. P.M. Town Meeting to choose a Governor etc. Chose Hon. Mr. Hancock etc. Mr. Daniel Grosvenor came a.m. to see me — dined with us and Spent the chief of the p.m. here. N.B. Mr. Sanford and his Visit tomorrow were the Subject as he was so Soon expected here. Mr. G. assured me from what he had himself met with from both Mr. S________d and from Mr. Sp________ng, that neither of them (continuing Such) Should with his Consent, enter his Pulpit. And he knew and was sure, that his Father Hall (who had the minutes of what was Said at Roxbury, and Signed by himself and Mr. West of Dartmouth) would not, if Said Gentlemen remained the same: and those Minutes he would endeavour Soon to Send me. Received a kind Letter from Mr. Sumner, relating to the Troubles of our Kinsman Mr. Josiah Whitney of Brookline (Connecticut) in the Death of his two principal Sons, by the Small Pox.
Month: April 1782
April 2, 1782
1782 April 2 (Tuesday). I wrote to Mr. Cushing by Calvin Maynard. Looked for Mr. Sanford, all day — but he did not come. Mr. Brigham went to Upton to hire a Man. He lit on one Samuel Drake, who promises to come. Deacon Hawes was here at Evening.
April 3, 1782
1782 April 3 (Wednesday). I rode out Westwardly to visit a number of Neighbours — went to Mr. Thad. Warrins, who is not well: was at Mr. Moses Newton’s, one Mr. Down’s Family at the School House. Mr. Coze, Mr. Mclindys, Mr. Sibly, where I dined; Mr. Gleasons, Dr. Gershom Brighams, called at Mr. Samuel Fay’s — but was obliged to get home to solemnize the Marriage of Joseph Robbins and Eleanor Miller Daughter of Mr. James Miller. Daniel Nurse left us.
April 4, 1782
1782 April 4 (Thursday). Expected Samuel Drake to work, but he came not. Mr. Eustick, Baptist Minister at Grafton, came in to See me; which I took very kindly of him.
April 5, 1782
1782 April 5 (Friday). Dr. Stimson here, dines with us. He visits Sarah Newton.
April 6, 1782
1782 April 6 (Saturday). Mr. Phinehas Brigham who is Sick and greatly distressed with Pain etc. sends for me at Evening though Cloudy and Wet. Went, found him very ill. Prayed with him. He is at his Mothers. His Wife has lain in at his home; that is at Mr. Jonathan Bathericks. I returned.
April 7, 1782
1782 April 7 (Sunday). I preached a. and p.m. on Prov. 4.10. Messrs. Ebenezer Hancock and Nicolas Bowes, attended among us. At Eve Mr. B. read Mr. Flavell on Mat. 27.46.
April 8, 1782
1782 April 8 (Monday). Mr. Daniel Grosvenor returning from Southborough calls and breaks fast here. Deacon Batchelor also was here. Mr. Lyon returning to Southborough. Dr. Stimson and his Lady make us a Visit. The Doctor returns me DeFoe’s Works and brings Volume 2. N.B. Josiah Brigham and John Baker came again to Study.
April 9, 1782
1782 April 9 (Tuesday). I visited Ephraim Brigham again and prayed with him. I should have Visited Sarah Newton, but met her riding abroad.
April 10, 1782
1782 April 10 (Wednesday). I fear my Eyes are dimmer, but I write a Letter to Mr. Adams, and for a little space can read or write without my Spectacles.
April 11, 1782
1782 April 11 (Thursday). A Gentleman who came from Northampton his Name was William Moore, with Letter to Mr. Brigham from Elias, who is not well and wants an Horse to return. Mr. Moore lodges here.
April 12, 1782
1782 April 12 (Friday). In the Early Morning we’re alarmed by a Messenger from Miss Mindwell Brigham who is ill, but is chiefly distressed in Mind. Sends for me. I went. Mr. Brigham and his Sister Suse also. I discoursed and prayed with her. Visited old Mrs. Beeman and prayed with her. Called at Capt. Jonas Brighams. Mr. Moore went on his Journey to Providence. I wrote to Mr. D. Adams. Cousin Samuel Brigham, from Charlestown No. 4, dined here.
April 13, 1782
1782 April 13 (Saturday). Breck employs several Men in mending the Wall of the Garden, and work in the Garden. They are James Downs and Ebenezer Mclendy. Capt. Morse here and requests that the Congregation might Sing five times on the Sabbath. He Says many persons desire it. I told him to get and bring me a List of those who were for it.
April 14, 1782
1782 April 14 (Sunday). Again upon the Same subject as last Sabbath, the IVth Head for which I took another Text, vizt. Prov. 9.11. P.M. on Rom. 1.18 former part to p. 9. Baldwin dined here. I read the proclamation for the Fast. Also I stopped the Church and read what I had writ to Mrs. Adams and what to her Husband. Mr. Brigham at Eve reads Flavell Sermon on Joh. 19.28. May God forgive what has been amiss in my Attendance!
April 15, 1782
1782 April 15 (Monday). Miss Mindwell came here and tarried — and over Night. I am in Sedulous preparation for the Association. Lt. Grout came kindly with several Presents. N.B. It was to him I committed the Letter which I had writ to her, and read to the Church yesterday, to this Brothers Care. N.B. Awakened, Revived and Quickened by a Sermon in the Continuation of the Morning Exercise, on that Question, By what means may Ministers best win Souls? The Text is 1 Tim. 4.16. May God bless this to me!
April 16, 1782
1782 April 16 (Tuesday). The Ministers Meeting was at Our House. Mr. Bridge was not here, the rest came. Mr. Newell brought his Lady. I prayed — I delivered Some parts of my Sermon on Heb. 6.12. Mr. Whitney made the concluding prayer. In our Conversation I gave Some Account of my Trouble from those who were of so importunate Curiosity to have Mr. Sanford preach here.
April 17, 1782
1782 April 17 (Wednesday). Mr. Brigham goes to Boston. Young Obadiah Thatcher came from his Brother Peter’s to See Thomas. He dines here. Luke Baldwin came from Mr. Moodys School at Byfield yesterday to Concord and from his uncle Williams hither to day. Proceeds [illegible] goes to Isaac, who is at Lt. Jonathan Grouts.
April 18, 1782
1782 April 18 (Thursday). I hear that Master Isaac has dismissed his School, and that he did it by an Oration. He and his Brother Luke come here.
April 19, 1782
1782 April 19 (Friday). Luke, though clouldy, leaves us to go home. It proves a rainy Day. Isaac is here with us and lodges here.
April 20, 1782
1782 April 20 (Saturday). Mr. Brigham returned late last night, or rather Early this Morning — brought a Letter of April 2d from Mr. Quincy. Dr. Hawes brings me a Message from Mr. Phinehas Forbes that his eldest Child is very ill — and he desires a Visit. But it is so rainy that I cannot go. At Eve came Mr. Benjamin Stone.
April 21, 1782
1782 April 21 (Sunday). I had prepared to preach, but Mr. Brigham informs me that Mr. Stone is come (as I requested heretofore) to assist me. He preached a. and p.m. on Isaiah 55.6.7. I prayed before sermon in the p.m. Mrs. Maynard dined here. Baldwin and Miss Mindwell here. Mr. Stone at Eve repeated. May God graciously add His Blessing! N.B. Mrs. Lucy Parker of Templeton, Sick, prayed for.
April 22, 1782
1782 April 22 (Monday). Thacher did not come. Mr. Stone remains with us, by reason of the storm which continues still. He reads to me Dr. Mathers Magnalia, of the Familists etc. He lodges here.
April 23, 1782
1782 April 23 (Tuesday). Mr. Stone leaves us, though it is yet rainy, and Isaac Baldwin returns to Cambridge p.m. Mr. Belknap here, about Mr. D. Adams’s Affair; but to little purpose. Thatcher comes at 4 p.m. yet it is too wet weather to do much — tends the Cattle etc.
April 24, 1782
1782 April 24 (Wednesday). A great and Solemn Work before us! I am deeply concerned to be duely prepared for it. Miss Mindwell Still here among us.
April 25, 1782
1782 April 25 (Thursday). General Fast through out the United States. I preached a. and p.m. on 2 Chron. 14.11 with large Alterations and Additions especially in the Application. Thacher went to his Brothers, except at Noon. At Eve Mr. Brigham read part of a Discourse on Fasting in supplement to Morning Exercise, on Mark 2.20 by Mr. Barker. N.B. Miss Mindwell Brigham returned home.
April 26, 1782
1782 April 26 (Friday). I visited Mr. Phinehas Forbes Sick Child, and prayed with it. Went to Mr. Elisha Forbes and drank Tea there. N.B. borrow his Chaise for Mrs. P________ to go to Ashburnham. N.B. Mrs. Wood has been to Brookfield and informs that my Daughter Baldwin is now under Inoculation of the Small Pox and is like to do well.
April 27, 1782
1782 April 27 (Saturday). A Letter from Elias dated the 15th who writes, that he has received from Mr. Forbes of Cape Ann Invitation to keep Grammar School there. Mr. Brigham agrees with Thacher.
April 28, 1782
1782 April 28 (Sunday). A.M. on Rom. 1.[18?] but was obliged to break off the Sooner because my Sight failed. P.M. on Gen. 8.20.21. N.B. My Sight so failed that I was obliged to extemporize in Several considerable parts of the Sermon; for I could not read what I had prepared. At Eve Mr. Brigham read Flavel and prayed. Many in Grafton are inoculated for Small Pox.
April 29, 1782
1782 April 29 (Monday). Visit poor Nanny Beeton and prayed there. Visit Mr. Richard Barns under his Confinement by broken Bones. P.M. attend the Funeral of Mr. Elisha Forbes’ Infant.
April 30, 1782
1782 April 30 (Tuesday). Mr. Levi Bush here, dines with us. Thomas Thatcher begins here. I went to Squire Bakers about pasturing my Cattle, and Succeeded.