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Cambridge, August 24,1719. Blessed be the name of the Lord that I am Continued unto this very Day. Nevertheless all my Backslidings from his Testimonies are commissions of So many great and heinous Sins as I have been guilty of. … Continue reading
1723 August 1 (Thursday). I got to Cambridge by noon, return’d my Horse, paid 1/2 a Crown to Mrs. Fessenden. Mr. Bridgewater was at College. I went to Boston about 5 p.m. Met at Barrett’s. Green was absent. Barrett pray’d … Continue reading
1723 August 2 (Friday). I bid farewel at home in the Morning, and walked up to Cambridge in my Boots and Spurs in order to go to Worcester. Mr. Sturgeon of Waterton (a Scotch minister) his Case pleaded to Day … Continue reading
1723 August 3 (Saturday). In the Morning about 8 (having been Kindly entertain’d) I again Set out for Mr. Jenison’s where I had appointed to Meet Mr. Rice, From thence I had more Company, viz. Mr. Golding (brother to Mrs. … Continue reading
1723 August 4 (Sunday). In the Morning I was much Better, but my Sore Throat continued. I preach’d all Day on 1 Sam. 16.7. I din’d at Deacon Haywoods. I was obliged to retire to finish my Sermon at Noon … Continue reading
1723 August 5 (Monday). Towards Night to my Great Joy and Reviving came Colonel Winthrop and Colonel Minot, and with them Mr. Adam Winthrop of College. Colonel Adam Winthrop (1676-1743), (Harvard 1694), Councillor of the Province. Sibley, IV, 209-214. Colonel … Continue reading
1723 August 6 (Tuesday). Prayers and Breakfast Ended we took pleasant walks to See the Farms those Gentlemen had in the Town. While the Colonels and Lieutenant Lee were further Engaged about their Particular Country Managery, Mr. Winthrop, Mr. Flagg … Continue reading
1723 August 7 (Wednesday). It rain’d all this Day which prevented our Return home. Mr. McKinstry walked with me to his Meeting house, and to Lieutenant Kings (a Sensible Man in the Neighborhood) and thus droll’d off the Time, without … Continue reading
1723 August 8 (Thursday). There was a Raising of an House, a Suiting Diversion for Mr. Rice, while Mr. McKinstry, his wife and I took a Ride to Oxford to See Mr. Cambell. This is Six Miles and 1/2. This … Continue reading
1723 August 9 (Friday). Returned to Worcester. We call’d to See Captain Jones but he was not at home. Here I had the Information by a Dispensation of Providence in the Burning of the House of Captain Keys of Shrewsbury … Continue reading
1723 August 10 (Saturday). In the Morning I revolved [?], in order to prepare for the approaching Sabbath. While we Din’d, Mr. Joseph Dana came in. Originally of Cambridge; later of Oxford and Worcester.
1723 August 11 (Sunday). I preached all Day. Din’d as before at Deacon Haywoods. As I returned home I had the Benefit of very Heavenly Conversation from old Mr. Gray. Mr. Flagg was with me all the Evening. We had … Continue reading
1723 August 12 (Monday). Lieutenant Rice call’d to See me to Day. I went over to Mr. Grays. At Night Sundry Men of the Town, viz. Lieutenant Rice and his Brother James, The Two Deacons, viz. Haywood and Mores, Mr. … Continue reading
1723 August 13 (Tuesday). I was very much disturbed through the Peoples not providing a Horse for me to ride down upon, according to agreement. To my Shame I am oblig’d to add that I loll’d off the Day in … Continue reading
1723 August 14 (Wednesday). Mr. Lee was very much disturbed for the Same Reason; took his Horse and Rode away to know the Cause. He did not return till after Dinner. But he told me he had Secured my Journey, … Continue reading
1723 August 15 (Thursday). Very Early we prepared (viz. by Prayers, Eating, etc.), and Set out. Stop’d at Jenisons. We call’d again at Willsons, and next at Warham William’s, who had been Sick very lately. We din’d at Each’s. Thence … Continue reading
1723 August 16 (Friday). Mr. Barrett and Mr. Rice (My Companion down) came to See me; and they acquainted me with the Sad Story of Mr. Willard and Four Children of Mr. Stevens of Rutland taken Yesterday by the Indians. … Continue reading
1723 August 17 (Saturday). Being Saturday, Mrs. Elizabeth Nutting and I rode to Concord. We baited at Muzzie’s at Lexington. Our visit was to Major Prescot; where we were well received. I had a Note in the Evening to preach … Continue reading
1723 August 18 (Sunday). Mr. Whiting preach’d all Day. Mrs. Prescott went to her Sons in the Evening. The Major went to Sudbury and remain’d there, having in the Morning emitted a Warrant for a press for men to go … Continue reading
1723 August 19 (Monday). This Day Everything was managed Suitably to the Relation they bore to each and their own Figure. In the Afternoon we concluded to go back, and the Horse balked. We (though with Some Difficulty through the … Continue reading
1723 August 20 (Tuesday). Mr. Sparhawk, according to Appointment, came to us in the Morning and we remounted; and coming to the house where Mrs. Nutting was, Mr. Whiting came up to us, and passing his Compliment, told us he … Continue reading
1723 August 21 (Wednesday). In the Morning came Mr. Shattuck of Westborough to Invite me to preach in That Town. After a Pause of about an hour and Debating with him, I agreed; and took an Horse that he Said … Continue reading
1723 August 22 (Thursday). I Set away for Larnard’s at Waterton where I had appointed to meet with Mr. Shattuck at 12 o’Clock. He was not Come. I Sat down and waited for him till he came. We began our … Continue reading
1723 August 23, 24 (Friday, Saturday). There was nothing Remarkable these Two Days that I remember more than my Miscellaneous Discourses with this Chandler (who seems to be an Understanding Man) and my preparations for Sabbath Day.
1723 August 25 (Sunday). I preach’d first at Westborough all Day. My text was 1 Samuel 16.7. N.B. I set the Psalm..
1723 August 26 (Monday). I expected Barrett and was very Impatient that he did not come. In the Evening Mr. Ward (as I remember) and one or two more were to See me, and he Appointed to go with me … Continue reading
[1723 August?] 26. I was sent for in the Evening to visit a sick Young Woman at Mr. Tomlin’s. I went and pray’d with her. [No date.] I walked to the Meeting House with a Pistol in my Hand … Continue reading
1723 August 27 (Tuesday). My Landlord having borrowed me an horse (of his Neighbour Mr. David How) Mr. Ward and I rode away. We first call’d at Mr. Woods but he was not at home. We rode to Mr. Barretts … Continue reading
1723 August 28 (Wednesday). I went out a hunting with Mr. Barrett, a Young Faun having been Seen not long Since — and Flocks of Turkeys. We Search’d the woods but Saw Nothing but Pigeons. We brought home Seven or … Continue reading
1723 August 29 (Thursday). At Mr. Woods — din’d there — they entertaining us handsomely. Went home alone.
1723 August 30 (Friday). Read Dr. Prideaux and Spectators. Visit divers Neighbors. See Ammi Printer at Captain Fay’s. Humphrey Prideaux, D.D. (1648-1724), Scots scholar. The work may have been The Old and New Testament Connected, in the History of the … Continue reading
1723 August 31 (Saturday). Prepar’d for the Sabbath (but my Sermon already made). N.B. On the 23 of this Month Deceas’d that Venerable Man Doctor Increase Mather, in his 85th Year.
(1723) September. At Westborough. 1723 September 1 (Sunday). Preach’d all Day on 1 Cor. 3.11. In the Evening visited Mrs. Tomlin. In the Night I was very restless.
1723 September 2 (Monday). Came away from Westborough.
1723 December 1 (Sunday). Mr. Thatcher a.m Mr. Webb p.m. Reverend Peter Thatcher (Harvard 1696), of the New North Church, Boston. Sibley, IV, 303-308. Reverend John Webb (Harvard 1708), of the New North Church. Sibley, V, 463-471.