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TABLE OF CONTENTS OF NOTES.
3. Urian Oakes. 70. King James II. proclaimed.
5. John Bowles. 71. Apsoon.
5. Fessendens. 71. Francis Bond.
7. Batters. 72. Sewall's walk around Beacon
8. Sewall's birth-place. Hill.
8. Thomas Parker. 76. Benjamin Eliot.
9. Almanacs. 86. Veal and Graham, the pirates.
10. " 87. Colonel Piercy Kirk.
11. " 89. George Monk and the Blue An-
12. " chor Tavern.
15. James, the printer. 92. Adams and Richards families.
16. Almanacs. 98. Rev. Laurence Vandenbosk.
24. " 104. Lady Alice Lisle and the Ushers.
25. Tempore post meridian 105. Thanksgivings and Fasts.
31. John Reyuer, Jr. 108. James Mudge.
32. Almanacs. 108. Susanna Vertigoose and the
33. " Mother Goose fable.
37. Coney's Street or Lane. 108. Roxbury Gate.
43. Almanacs. 112. John Odlin.
45. Antapologia. 119. Peter Butler.
47. Robert Walker. 122. Mather's " Arrow against Danc-
48. Almanac. ing."
56. Death of Mrs. Brattle. 126. Execution of James Morgan.
60. Governor Endicott's house. 133. Warner Wesendunk.
Cotton-Hill and other
lands. 143. The form of taking an oath.
68. Election day. 145. William Johnson.
ii TABLE OF CONTENTS OF NOTES IN VOL. I.
147. Cotton's arguments about the 212. Elizabeth Woodmansey
cross. 213. Deodat Lawson.
148. Rev. Samuel Lee and his family. 219. Sir William Phips's chaplain.
152. David Jeffries. 221. Sir William Phips's house.
153. Mr. Brightman. 229. Letter to Rev. Increase Mather
155. Charles Morton. from S. Sewall.
158. Thomas Jenner. 231. The King's chapel,
162. Madam Taylor. 250. Cotton Mather's sermons.
167. Shrove Tuesday. 251. Lord Wharton.
168. Elijah Corlet. 252. Thomas Papilliori.
168. Preservation of the Colonial 253. Lockier's Monument.
Records. 255. Richard Wharton.
169. Hez. Usher's house. 256. "Considerations," &c., a politi-
170. Anthony Stoddard. cal pamphlet.
The revolution at
ment. 263. Penny posts.
177. Richard Walker. 264. Thomas Saffin's epitaph.
179. Robert Walker. 266. Theophilus Pool.
182. Wan [or
Wanton or Harris]. 269.
182. Allerton's Point. pamphlet.
182. Andrew Bordman. 270. The quaternion.
186. Blackstone's Point. 291. The Faneuils.
James's first Declaration 293.
Sewall's notes in
of Indulgence. an almanac.
186. Benjamin Eliot. 309. Tho. Johnson, and other pirates.
190. Mr. Gibbs. 315-317. Commissioners for the war.
190. Disturbances about taxes. 320. Sewall's letter about the war.
192. Lady Andros. 321. Sir William Props's expedition.
193. Sir William Phips. 322. Captain Frary.
fort on Fort Hill. 332.
196. Wing's Tavern or the Castle 334. Indian chiefs.
Tavern. 336. Governor Menevall, of Acadie.
197. Colonel Robert Gibbs's house. 340. Captain Francis Johnson.
198. Edmund Randolph's suit against 350. John Nelson.
Increase Mather. 355. Mrs. Hamlen.
202. Governor Andros's house. 356. Mrs. Elisa Pool.
Andros's tomb. 358.
203. Sir William Phips. 360. The Council Records.
206. Michael Shaller. 361. Captain John Alden.
Increase Mather's escape 362.
TABLE OF CONTENTS OF NOTES IN VOL. I. iii
368. Oyer and Terminer. 439. Cotton Mather's proclamation
373. Law relating to ministers. for a fast.
376. Mehitable, meaning of the 442. An act to incorporate Harvard
377. Wheeler's Pond. 442. The cold winter of 1696.
379. Elisha Cooke. 447. Rev. John Harvard.
386. Non-resident representatives 452. Richard Wilkins.
389. "Whig and Torey;" a pam- taverns.
394. Phips's administration. 456. Hezekiah Usher's will.
395. Sarah; meaning of the name. 457. Salt works on Boston Neck.
395. William Stoughton. 458. Discovery of limestone.
400. Corunna. 460. Rev. John Cotton, Jr.
401. Wheeler's pond and Sewall's 461. Blue Anchor tavern.
trees. 464. Rev. John Higginson.
William Phips's monument.
405. Driving a nail or pin. 474. Sewall's town-offices.
406. Symond's estate called Argilla. 474. Seth Perry.
Marriage with a deceased wife's 477.
Richard Coote, Earl of
412. Sewall's house. 478. The Province House.
424. Shrimpton family. bridge.
family; estates and suits. 482.
The Wishing Stone on
427. Vagum. Common.
429. Laws to
be accepted by the 482.
Crown. 488. Colonel Romer.
Benjamin Bullivant. 491.
Huguenot church in
430. Association to sustain King 496. William Paterson.
William. 496. John Borland.
430. Rev. William Veazie. 499. Nathaniel Higginson.
431. Navigation Act. 506. The Virginals.
431. Rev. George Burroughs. 506. Brattle Street manifesoo.
432. Mrs. Martha Oakes. 507. Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe.
433. Captain Chubb's surrender. mela.
433. Association to sustain King 508. Measurements of Sewall's lands.
William 509. Flavel's sermons
SAM U E L SEWALL.
The Engraving of JUDGE SEWALL, here presented, is
from what is supposed to be an original Portrait of him, in
of his descendants, the Misses Ridgway, of
They have very kindly permitted the Society the privilege of
having this engraved copy made from the painting. The
Editors are endeavoring to trace the origin and history of the
Portrait, with its date, and the name of the artist whose work
INASMUCH as in the following Diary there is so frequent men-
tion of family affairs, and reference to relatives whose affinity is
not readily discernible, it may be well to devote some pages to
the genealogy of the Sewall family, and of those allied to it.
For convenience we will treat first of the main family and of
such of the blood-relations of the Chief Justice as were alive in
his time; secondly, of the family of his mother, the Dummers,
and of the
OF THE MAIN LINE OF SEWALLS.
First in importance in this branch is a letter written by Sam-
uel Sewall to his son, dated Aug. 26, 1720, and printed in the
111-113. This letter was in the possession of the late Rev.
son. This printed copy, however, has been collated with a
transcript made by Samuel Sewall, Jr., to whom it was ad-
dressed, and the very trifling differences noted.
DEAR SON, -- You have often desired, that I would give you some
account of the family of which you are. And although I am much less
able to doe any thing of this nature now when I have been left of my
dear Parents very near Twenty years, yet considering the longer I stay,
the more unfit I shall be, take what I have to say as follows:
Mr Henry Sewall, my great Grandfather, was a Linen Draper in the
prudent Man, and was more than once chosen Mayor of the City.
Mr Henry Sewall, my Grandfather, was his eldest Son, who out of
dislike to the English Hierarchy sent over his onely Son, my Father, Mr
sutable for a new
to Newbury, whether my Grandfather soon followed him. Where also
my Grandfather Mr Stephen Dummer and Alice his wife likewise
dwelled under the Ministry of the Reverend Mr Thomas Parker and
Mr James Noyes.
On the 25th March, 1646, Richard Salton stall, Esq. Grandfather of
Gurdon Saltonstall, Esq. now Governour of Connecticut, joined to-
gether in Marriage my father Mr Henry Sewall and my Mother Mrs
Jane Dummer, eldest Child of Mr Stephen Dummer aforesaid and Alice
his wife: my Father being then about 32, and my Mother about 19
years of age.
But the Climat being not agreeable to my Grandfather and Grand-
mother Dummer, (whose Maiden name was Archer) they returned to
Hannah Tappin, their eldest Child, was born at Tunworth May 10th,
1649. Baptised by Mr Haskins.
I was born at Bishop Stoke, March 28, 1652; so that the light of the
Lord's Day was the first light that my Eyes saw, being: born a little
before day-break. I was baptised by Mr Rashly, (sometime Member
Rashly first preached a Sermon, and then baptised me. After which
an entertainment was made for him and many more. Some months
after, my Father removed to Badesly, where my Brother John Sewall
was born Oct. 10. 1654, and was baptised in my Father's House Nov. 22
by Mr Henry Cox, Minister of Bishop Stoke.
My brother Stephen Sewall was born at Badesly Aug. 19th, 1657,
baptised in my father's house by the said Mr Cox. My Father had
Sewall. And in the year 1659 he went thither again; his rents at New-
to very little when remitted to
absence, October 25, 1659, my sister Jane Gerrish was born at Badesly
and was baptised by Mr Cox at Bishop Stoke in the house of Mr Boys.
At this Badesly, by the merciful goodness of God, I was taught to
English. And afterwards was educated in
Rumsey of which Mr Figes was Master.
My Father sent for my Mother to come to him
remember being at Bishop Stoke and Badesly, April 23, 1661, the day
of the Coronation of K. Charles the 2d, the Thunder and Lightening of it.
after my Mother went to
Hannah, Samuel, John. Stephen and Jane; and John Nash and Mary
Hobs her Servants there to be in a readiness for the Pool Waggons. At
this place her near Relations, especially my very worthy and pious Uncle
Mr Stephen Dummer took leave with Tears. Capt. Dummer of Swath-
ling treated us with Raisins and Almonds. My Mother lodged in Pump-
Isaac Woodgreen, Commander. Went by water to Graves-End where
lay. Took in Sheep at
same time were Major Brown, a young brisk Merchant and a consider-
able Freighter; Mr Gilbert and his wife, He was Minister at Topsfield;
Madam Bradstreet, then Gardener; Mrs Martha, Mr Pitkins Sister, who
died lately at Windsor, and many others. We were about eight weeks
at Sea, where we had nothing to see but Water and the Sky; so that I be-
gan to fear I should never get to Shoar again; only I thought the Capt.
and Mariners would not have ventured themselves if they had not hopes
of getting to Land again. Capt. Woodgreen arrived here on Satterday.
I was overjoyed to see Land again, especially being so near it as in the
held a discourse with them whether they should fire or no, and reckoned
was agreed not to doe it. But presently after the Castle fired; which
much displeased the Ship's Company; and then they fired. On the
Lord's day my Mother kept aboard; but I went ashoar, the Boat
grounded, and I was carried out in arms July 6, 1661. My Mother
lodg'd at Mr Richard Collicott's. This week there was a publick Thanks-
giving. My Father hastened to
Newbury by Water in Mr Lewis. Brother Tapan has told me our
arrival there was upon Lecture-day which was Wednesday. Mr Ordway
carried me ashore in his Canoe. We sojourned at Mr Titcomb's. My
Father presently sent me to school to the Reverend and Excellent Mr
Parker, with whom I continued till my entrance into the
lege; being admitted by the very learned and pious Mr Charles Chauncey.
Sept. 3, 1662, Mother was brought to bed of Sister Anne, Mr Joshua
Moodey the Minister's Mother being her Midwife. Baptised by Mr
May, 8, 1665, Sister Mehetabel was born: Baptised by Mr Parker. She
became wife to the midwife's Grandson, Mr William Moodey. Dor-
othy Sewall (now Northend) was born Oct. 29, 1668. Baptised by Mr
At this time the commencement was in August. In the year 1667
my father brought me to be admitted, by which means I heard Mr Rich-
ard Mather of Dorchester preach Mr Wilson's Funeral Sermon. "Your
Fathers where are they?" I was admitted by the very learned and
pious Mr Charles Chauncey, who gave me my first Degree in the year
1671. There were no Masters in that year. These Bachelours were the
last Mr Chauncey gave a decree to, for he died the February following.
In July 1672, Dr Hoar came over with his Lady and sojourned with
your Grandfather Hull. He was my Aunt Quincey's Brother; and
preached, as an assistant, to the Rev. Mr Thomas Thacher at the South
Church. The College quickly called him to be President. He was in-
stalled in the College Hall in December 1672. Gov. Bellingham lay
dead in his House, and Dep. Gov. Leverett was the Chief Civil Magis-
trat present at that Solemnity. The March following Mrs Bridget Hoar,
was born in
Mrs Hannah Hull, my dear Wife, your honoured Mother, was invited
by the Dr.
and his Lady to be with them a while at
me when I took my Degree and set her affection on me, though I knew
nothing of it till after our Marriage; which was February 28th. 1675-6.
Gov. Bradstreet married us in that we now call the Old Hall; 't was then
all in one, a very large Room. As I remember, Madam Thacher and
Madam Paige, with whom Gov. Bradstreet boarded, visited us the next
On the 2d of April, 1677, it pleased God to favour us with the birth
of your brother John Sewall, our first-born. In June 1678 you were
born. Your brother lived till the September following, and then died.
So that by the Undeserved Goodness of God your Mother and I never
were without a child after the 2d of April 1677.
In the Fall 1678, I was seized with the Small Pocks and brought very
near to death; so near that I was reported to be dead. But it pleased
God of his Mercy to Recover me. Multitudes died, two of my special
Friends viz. Mr John Noyes, and Ensign Benjamin Thirston, who both
died while I lay sick: and Mr William Dummer, Son of Jeremiah Dum-
mer Esq. aged about 19 years.* Presently after my Recovery, in De-
cember, Col. Townsend and I were bearers to Mr Joseph Tappin one of
noted Shop-keepers in
And now what shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits? The
* By some oversight iu copying, this line regarding Dummer was omitted
in the Register. The following note was printed, however, in that maga-
zine, being an endorsement made by the recipient of the letter, Samuel
"June 30th, 1729. Recd. the following acco.
my Great Grandfather Sewall lived at Newbury at Old Town Green, where
the first Meeting House stood: and upon the Removal of the Meeting House
where it now stands (being Mr. Tappin's Meeting House), He sold his
House and Ground and moved to Rowley where he died and was Buried."
good Lord help me to walk humbly and Thankfully with Him all my
days; and profit by Mercies and by Afflictions; that through Faith and
Patience I may also in due time fully inherit the Promises. Let us in-
cessantly pray for each other, that it may be so !
AUGT. 26. 1720.
Recently, at the request of a descendant, investigations have
been made in
ber, Col. Joseph L. Chester; and, by the kindness of the gen-
tleman who procured the search, the main results are here
The family cannot, as yet, be traced beyond the two brothers,
William Sewall, both Mayors of
after be identified. We assume that these brothers were the
true founders of their race.
A strong argument against the supposition that Henry Sewall
was of ascertained gentle birth is the following fact: His
son, Richard, of Nuneaton,
Mary, only sister of Sir William Dugdale, Garter King of Arms.
Yet Dugdale nowhere terms him any thing beyond "youngest"
son of Henry Sewall, Alderman of Coventry." So the "Visita-
tion of Warwickshire" (Harleian Society) of 1619 gives this
327), and terms him "of
On the other hand, the arms of which we annex a copy from
Hurd's engraved portrait of Rev. Joseph Sewall, dated 1768, are
said by a writer in the American Quarterly Register for 1841,
p. 238, note, to have been handed down among the Sewalls in
among the Sewalls in the Southern States.
There was, in
John Seawale was Sheriff of Essex and Herts in the fourth year
of Richard II. (A. D. 1381), said by Fuller, in his "Worthies of
being the same arms as those above engraved. (See a reference
to Fuller's book in the Diary, post, p. 484.) Papworth gives the
same arms to
Seewell, of Thingdon,
he credits to Sewell, of
We have no example of the use of these arms by Chief-Justice
Sewall himself, nor are they depicted on a portrait of his brother,
Sewall, now preserved in the Essex Institute at
What amount of authority appertains to this use of these arms
by the American family we will not attempt to decide. It is
possible that some seal-engraver or herald-painter of New
lacks proof equally. Of course, in theory, no coat-of-arms
is of value unless recognized by Heralds' College, or fortified
by centuries of public use. Yet it may be presumed that the
of any person holding in
alent to that of Judge Sewall would use any arms which he
might have borne, without scruple or challenge.
One little trace we discern. Sewall himself (post, p. 305)
great-grandfather's name without any alias." On the same
page he speaks of his "namesake, Mr. Shewell," a clergyman.
Again, in the "Visitation of Warwickshire," 1619, p. 289, in
this generation we find that Anna, daughter of Henry Wag-
Harbery, married William Shawell, of the city of
entry. This we presume to be the brother of Henry; and we
infer that any future search must be under the name of Shewell
We now proceed to the pedigree as traced: --
1. HENRY1 SEWALL, born about 1544, Alderman of Coventry, Mayor in
1589 and 1606. Will dated 1 Sept., 1624; proved 30 June, 1628.
Died 16 April, 1628, aged 84. Buried in St. Michael's Church,
brook of Middleton, co.
1628; adm. 23 Nov., 1629. Buried in St. Michael's.
Issue, two sons and two daughters, of whom hereafter.
2. WILLIAM1 SEWALL, vintner, Mayor of Coventry in 1617. Will
dated 29 June, 1624; proved 11 Sept., 1624. Married Ann (prob-
ably Wagstaffe, see above), who died 20 Dec., 1609, aged 46, and
was buried in St. Michael's.
They had three daughters, all living in 1624, viz. : --
wife of Thomas Symes, of
ii. Lucy,2 wife of Henry Tadlow.
iii. Anne,2 unmarried then.
1. HENRY1 SEWALL, already mentioned, and Margaret Grazebrook, had
3. I. Henry,2 of whom presently.
II. Richard,2 of Nuneaton, co.
39; married Mary, sister of Sir William Dugdale; bapt.
7 Dec., 1597; died about 1648.
They had issue: -
proved 29 April, 1648.
ii. Henry,3 an apprentice in 1642; living 1648.
iii. Samuel,3 a minor in 1648.
iv. Margaret,3 aged 4 in 1619; d. young.
v. Mary,3 b. 1616; living in 1642;
wife of --
lic; living 1648.
vii. Anne,3 living 1648.
viii. Prudence,3 living 1648.
ix. Sarah,3 living 1648.
III. Anne 2 (Sewall), m. before 1 Sept., 1624, Anthony Power,
of Kenilworth, co.
Dec., 1632, and 15 January following. Her will is dated
15 January, and proved 1 May, 1633.
i. Henry,3 in 1632.
ii. Stephen,3 living 1646.
iii. William,3 m. 1632.
iv. Anthony,3 living in 1648.
v. Hannah,3 wife of Thomas Lee in 1646.
vi. Mary,3 wife of William Holbech in 1646.
IV. Margaret2. (Sewall) *
m. Abraham Randall, of
gent; d. s. p. before 1646. Her will dated May 4th,
proved May 22, 1646.
at St. Michael's, 8 April, 1576;
died at Rowley,
Their only child was: --
* Sewall (post, pp. 305, 306) visited some of these cousins, though most
of his relatives whom he mentions were on his mother's side, and so one
generation nearer. We have endeavored to distinguish the two classes in
this genealogical sketch.
1646, Jane, daughter of Stephen and Alice Dummer, and died 16
May, 1700, aged 86. His widow died 13 Jan., 1701, aged 74.
Their children were: --
i. Hannah,4 b. in
6. ii. Samuel,4 " " 28 March, 1652.
7. iii. John,4 " " 10 Oct., 1654.
8. iv. Stephen,4 " " 10 Aug., 1657.
9. v. Jane,4 " " 25 Oct., 1659.
10. vi. Anne,4 " New
11. vii. Mehetable,4" " 8 May, 1665.
12. viii. Dorothy,4 " " 29 Oct., 1668.
Generation in which Samuel Sewall belongs, with his Nephews
5. HANNAH4 SEWALL married, 24 Aug., 1670, Jacob Tappan, or Top-
pan, of Newbury, and had: --
i. Jacob,5 b. 20 May, 1671.
ii. Samuel,5 b. 30 Sept., 1672; d. 25 Aug., 1691.
iii. Jane,5 b. 28 Sept., 1674.
iv. John,5 b. 29 Jan., 1677.
v. Hannah,5 b. 4 March, 1679.
vii. Abraham,5 b. 29 June. 1684.
viii. Ann,5 b. 16 May, 1686.
His wife died 11 Nov., 1699, and he married secondly Hannah, widow
of John Sewall, his brother-in-law, and died 30 Dec., 1717. His widow
died 4 April, 1723.
6. SAMUEL4 SEWALL, the writer of the Journal, married first Hannah,
only daughter of John Hull, and had: --
i. John,5 b. 2 April, 1677; d. 11 Sept., 1678.
13. ii. Samuel,5 b. 11 June, 1618.
iii. Hannah,5 b. 3 Feb., 1679-80; d. unrn., 16 Aug., 1724. 14.
vi. Henry,5 b. 7 Dec., 1685; d. 22 Dec., 1685.
vii. Stephen,5 b. 30 Jan., 1686-87; d. 26 July, 1687. 15.
viii. Joseph,5 b. 15 Aug., 1688.
ix. Judith,5 b. 13 Aug., 1690; d. 21 Sept., 1690.
16. x. Mary,5 b. 28 Oct., 1691; m. Samuel Gerrish.
xi. Jane,5 b. 7 Aug., 1693; d. 13 Sept., 1693.
xii. Sarah,5 b. 21 Nov., 1694; d.
xiii. A still-born child, b. 21 May, 1696.
17. xiv. Judith,5 b. 2 Jan., 1701-2; m.. Rev. William Cooper.
His wife died 19 Oct., 1717, and he married secondly, 29 Oct., 1719,
Abigail, daughter of Jacob Melyen, who had been married twice before;
viz., to JamesWoodmansey and William Tilley. She died 26 May, 1720,
and he married thirdly, 29 March, 1722, Mary, daughter of Henry Shrimp-
ton, and widow of Robert Gibbs. He had no children by the last two
wives. He died 1 Jan., 1730. His widow died *
7. JOHN4 SEWALL, of Newbury, married, 27 Oct., 1671, Hannah Fes-
i. Hannah,5 b. 21 Dec., 1675; d.
ii. Hannah,5 b. 26 Dec., 1677; m. Rev. Samuel Moody.
iii. John,5 b. 10 April, 1680.
iv. Henry,5 b. 7 Sept., 1682.
v. Stephen,5 b. 17 Jan., 1685.
vi. Samuel,5 b. 9 April, 1688.
vii. Nicholas,5 b. 1 June, 1690.
viii. ---------5 ; d.
ix. Thomas,5 b. 5 March, 1693; d. at college, 18 July,
He died 8 Aug., 1699, and his widow married Jacob Toppan, who had
married first Hannah, sister of her husband, and died 4 April, 1723.
8. STEPHEN4 SEWALL, of Newbury, married, 13 June, 1682, Margaret.
daughter of Rev. Jonathan Mitchell, and had:-
i. Margaret,5 b. 7 May, 1687.
ii. Samuel,5 b. 24 Nov., 1689.
iii. Susanna,5 b. 24 Oct., 1691.
iv. Jonathan,5 b. 7 Feb., 1693.
v. Jane,5 b. 10 Feb., 1695.
vi. Mehetable,5 b. 21 May, 1697.
vii. Mitchell,5 b. 29 Oct., 1699.
*The following extracts are from the note books of Samuel Sewall, Jr.
"1717. H. S. dies. October 19, my dear mother dies, a quarter after 4
in the afternoon; buried the 23d instant. 27th. Dr. C. Mather preaches a
"October 29th, father Sewall married by brother Sewall to Madam Abi-
gai1 Tilley. Brother prayed and married them; then Mr Prince prayed, then
sung a psa.lm. 30th, a great dinner provided for Govr and Council with many
"1720 May 26. Mother Madam Abigael Sewall dies suddenly, being
taken a little after 10 at night, and expired about 12 in the night. Her
maiden name was Melyen, and then Tilley, and then Sewall."
"March 29th, 1722. Brother William Cooper marries F[ather] Sewall
to Madam Mary Gibbs; my wife and I present, with brethren and sisters.
Brother Cooper prayed before marriage and brother Sewall after."
"August 16th, 1724. Forenoon about 11 of the clock, my dear sister
Hannah dies, after a long langnishment. 18th buried; pall bearers Habij-
jah Savage, Esqr. Mr. Wm Pain, Mr. Boydal, Mr Franklin, Mr John Walley,
and Mr Henry Gibbs. Father puts his children into mourning. Gave
B[rother] Gerrish mourning. Put into the tomb. Brother Sewall prays at
the house after the funeral. Gave us rings."
viii. Henry,5 b. 25 Oct., 1701.
ix. Stephen,5 b. 18 Dec., 1704.
x. Benjamin,5 b. 6 April, 1708.
He died 17 Oct., 1725.
9. JANE SEWALL married, 24 Sept., 1677, Moses Gerrish, of Newbury,
and had: --
i. Joanna,5 b. 3 Oct., 1678.
ii. * Jane.
iii. Joseph,5 b. 20 March, 1682.
iv. Sarah,5 b. 25 Dec., 1683.
vi. Mary,5 b. 20 Sept., 1687.
vii. John,5 b. 2 April, 1695.
He died 4 Dec., 1694; she died 29 Jan., 1716-17. !
10. ANNE4 SEWALL married first, 10 Nov., 1678, William Longfellow,
of Newbury, and had: --
i. William,5 b. 25 Nov., 1679.
ii. Stephen,5 b. 10 Jan., 1681; d.
iii. Ann,5 b. 3 Oct., 1683.
iv. Stephen,5 b. 22 Sept., 1685.
vi. Nathan,5 b. 5 Feb., 1690.
And two more died before July, 1692. See post, p. 361.
He died in Phips's expedition against
widow married secondly, 11 May, 1692, Henry Short, of Newbury, as his
second wife, and had: --
vii. Jane,5 b. 4 March, 1693.
viii. Samuel,5 b. 18 Nov., 1694; d.
ix. Mehitable,5 b. 12 Jan., 1696.
x. Samuel,5 b. 22 Feb., 1699.
xi. Hannah,5 b. 2 March, 1701; d.
xii. Joseph,5 b. 8 April, .1702.
She died 1706.
11. MEHITABLE4 SEWALL married William Moody, of Newbury, 15
Nov., 1684, and had: --
i. Mary,5 b. 30 May, 1685.
iii. Samuel,5 b. 21 March, 1689.
iv. Mehitable,5 b. 15 Feb., 1691.
He died 23 Feb., 1700 (Coffin seems to say so).
She died 8 Aug., 1702.
* These three, Jane, William, and Moses, are added from Sewall's own
note, post, p. 361. --EDS.
! 1716-17. January 29th. Aunt Gerrish dyed about one or two a clock
in the afternoon. Went to Newbury to her interment, which was 31 instant.
12. DOROTHY4 SEWALL married first Ezekiel Northend, of Rowley, 10
Sept., 1691, and had: --
i. John,5 b. 10 Oct., 1692.
ii. Edna,5 b. 10 Jan., 1694.
iii. Ezekiel,5 b. 25 Jan:, 1696.
iv. Jane,5 b. 517 March, 1699.
v. Dorothy,5 b. 20 March, 1701.
vi. Hannah,5 b. 31 Jan., 1703.
vii. Mehitable,5 b. 2 March, 1705.
viii. Samuel,5 b. 12 Jan., 1707.
He died 23 Dec., 1732; his widow married secondly Moses Bradstreet,
She died 17 June, 1752.
We do not propose to trace the general history of the family
farther. John, brother of our journalist, had numerous de-
guished bearers of the name. We may refer those interested
to a valuable tabular pedigree in Drake's "History of Boston."
Samuel's brother Stephen was father of Stephen, Jr., who,
like his uncle, became Chief Justice of Massachusetts. A cousin
of Stephen, Jr., was Jonathan Sewall, Attorney-General of
Justice of Canada, and Stephen, Solicitor-General of that prov-
We have thought it proper; secondly, to trace the family of
Samuel's mother, and that of his wife; i. e., the Dummers, and
THE DUMMER FAMILY.
Our first authority on this subject is the following paper,
entered by Samuel Sewall, Jr., in his memorandum book, now
possession of the Misses Ridgway, of
"The Genealogy of the Dummers, Taken July, 1712, from a copy taken
by Mr. Willm
Dummer, son to Jeremy Dummer Esq., when in
of one of his aunts at Rumsey.
"Thomas Dummer our grandfather, that lyeth interred in Bishop
Stoke church in Hampshire, had six sons:
"John, who had three sons and four daughters; Edmund and Thomas Dummer
that now are in
"Richard was the father of Jeremy Dummer, Esq., now living in New
"Thomas, whose daughter Jane was grandmother to Samuel Storke:
Jane, daughter to the same Thomas, was mother to Samuel Carter: this
Thomas Dummer was my father, also. M. D.[ummer].
"Stephen Dummer: his eldest daughter was mother to Samuel Sewall,
"My grandfather had also two Williams, his sons, one of whom left
one son which hath children living. M. D."
It seems, then, that there were four brothers, of whom Stephen
came herein 1638, with wife, Alice, and children: Jane, aged 10;
Dorothy, aged 6; Richard, aged 4; and Thomas, aged 2. Here
Mehitable, born Jan. 1, 1640, and returned to
in 1647, accompanied, probably, by all his family except Jane,
who had married Henry Sewall, Jr.
We presume that, of Stephen's children, Richard is the one
called by the Judge "uncle Richard" (post, p. 300), and that
there was another brother, "uncle Stephen" (ib.). Then there
are "uncle Nathaniel," cousin Nathaniel Dummer, "aunt Al-
ice," cousin Abigail, cousin John, cousin Stephen, cousin Sarah,
all mentioned by Sewall in this connection; and, on p. 294, we
find mention of aunt Rider. Again (p. 293), Sewall speaks of
Fessenden, her son John, and daughters Mary,
and Jane; cousin Jane Holt. On p. 295, he mentions aunt
Hills and cousin Thomas Dummer, cousin Mary, cousin New-
man, cousin Bear; p. 298, cousin John Stork, or Stock, cousin
Thomas Holt; p. 302, cousin Richard Cornish, aunt Mehitable
We cannot explain all these relationships, though cousin
Storcke may have been only a distant cousin.
Richard Dummer, grand-uncle to our journalist, came to New
pages. He had sons Jeremiah,2 Richard,2 William,2 and Shubael,2
Jeremiah2 came to
prentice of John Hull, married, and had sons Jeremy,3 agent for
the Colony, William,3 Lieutenant-Governor, Samuel,3 and Ann,3
wife of John Powell.
Richard2 Dummer, Jr., of Newbury, married Elizabeth Ap-
pleton, and had sons John,3 Richard,3 Nathaniel,3 and Shubael;3
daughters Hannah3 and Elizabeth.3 His descendants continue
Rev. Shubael2 Dummer was of
ably had no
With this outline of the family it will be easy for the reader
to trace any of the Dummers mentioned by Sewall.
As Sewall so often refers to his wife's relations as his own,
some statement of these may be serviceable.
age, of John Hull and Judith Quincy.
Her father, John Hull, was the son of Robert Hull, by his
first wife, widow Elizabeth Storer.
John2 Hull had an own brother,
Edward2 Hull, of
(who had a son Edward,3 according to Savage), and a half
brother, Richard Storer.
Robert Hull married secondly Judith --, who had been
first the wife of Edmund Quincy, and secondly of Moses Paine.
Thus John Hull had a step-brother, Edmund Quincy, Jr., and
a step-sister, Judith Quincy, whom he himself married. And a
still more remote connection is to be found in the fact that this
second wife of Robert Hull had been the second wife of Moses
Paine, a widower with three children; 1'Ioses, Jr., Stephen, and
In the next generation, the own cousins to Mrs. Sewall were
the children of Edmund Quincy, by his wife Joanna Hoar.
These were: --
Mary, m. Ephraim Savage.
Darnel, m. Hannah Shepard.
Joanna, m. David Hobart.
Judith, m. Rev. John Reyner, Jr.
Ruth, m. John Hunt.
Experience, m. William Savil.
And also Edmund Quincy's children by his second wife, Elizabeth
Gookin, widow of John Eliot, Jr., viz.: --
Edmund, 3d, m. Dorothy Flynt.
Mary, who m. Rev. Daniel Baker.
The following pages are evidence of the interest which Sewall
felt in all
relatives. Later on, we shall see that Sewall's grandson married
Elizabeth Quincy, grand-daughter of Edmund, 3d, and Dorothy
Male lines of Sewalls, descended from Judge Samuel the Diarist.
29 HENRY F.
23 HENRY D. 30 JOHN G.
MARY C. NORTON. 31EDMUND Q.
SAMUEL, 32 WALTER D.
J " 18 HENRY.
U REBECCA " 24 EDMUND Q. 33 EDMUND Q.
G CAROLINE WARD 34GEORGE W.
S left issue.
U 25 CHARLES C.
E " 35 CHARLES C.
L4 AMY PETERS.
S 20 SAMUEL;
A 15 Rev. ABIGAIL
L JOSEPH. DEVEREUX.
L " 19 SAMUEL.
" 36 JOSEPH S.
ELIZABETH Q. SEWALL.
27 SAMUEL E.
LOUISA M. WINSLOW.
Showing the principal female lines of the descendants of Judge Samuel Sewall, Sr.
Sir WILLIAM PEPPERRELL.
Rev. CHARLES CHAUNCY. "
GROVE HIRST. iii. HANNAH.
J NATHANIEL BALSTON. HANNAH
D JAMES HILL.
G iv. JANE.
M JOSEPH MAY
U 15 JOSEPH SEWALL. 19 SAMUEL SEWALL.
A WILLIAM COOPER. RICHARD W.
L 16 MARY. " JOHN.
L " CATHARINE WENDALL. JUDITH
SAMUEL GERRISH. "
No issue. PARK.
Rev. SAMUEL COOPER. GABRIEL JOHONNOT.
17 JUDITH. ABIGAIL.
WILLIAM COOPER. JOSEPH HIXON.
THE DESCENDANTS OF JUDGE SAMUEL SEWALL.
We will now return to the regular course of the genealogy, and trace
the issue of the five children of Judge Sewall who left descendants.
These were: --
No. 13. Samuel.5
SEWALL, JR., lived at
fill a very large space in the history of the time. He married
Rebecca Dudley, daughter of Gov. Joseph Dudley.* Their chil-
dren were: --
* Samuel Sewall, Jr., Family Record as entered in various parts of his
" Roxbury Sept. 16, 1702. Sept. 15 was celebrated my marriage with Mrs
Rebeckah Dudley. Was married by Mr Walter. Present, The Govr. and
Lady, with Mr. Dudley and Brothers and sisters, My Father and Mother,
sister Hannah and Bro. Joseph and sister Mary, also Mr Willard and Lady,
Mr White, Mr Lynde and Lady. About 7 of the Clock.
"July 19, 1703. Roxbury. My wife brought forth a son 10 minutes be-
fore six in the afternoon. A very hot day and a tedious painfull time. The
he was baptized per Mr Walter. Was named
I pray God he may live and doe worthily in his generation, and that he
may credit the name which he bears: that he and [his] father may follow
their ancestors steps as they followed Christ. Entered his name in the Town
records of Roxbury.
"Hull Sewall, the son of Samuel and Rebecca Sewall died Dec. 11, 1703
of convulsion fits. The first two was ten daies distance each. Nov. 20th.
one fitt, 21st another, 22nd another. All three in the morning about day,
and three more the Sabbath after; two about day and one at noon. Thanks-
giving December 9th, 1703, had a fit at ten a clock at night, and so con-
tinued till Satterday following at about six and seven a clock at night, and
then died, after great pain and sore strugling in his fitts, with great skreak-
ing. So that he finished a short and painfull life before he was five months
old. He had some an hour's distance, some less, some quarter an hour; and
the last very sore and painfull.
"Was buried at
Mr. Nath. Oliver, junr., and Mr David Stoddard, the son of Mr. Symion
Stoddard; a pretty large company attended him to his long whome. . . .
Was buried December 15th, 1703.
"Came to live at my house December 17th, 1703, on a Friday.
"Tuesday, November 18, 1707. About 5 in the morning my wife was
ii. Rebecca,6 b. 30 Dec., 1704; d. 3 Aug., 1710.
iii. Samuel,6 b. 18 Nov., 1707; d. 18 Dec., 1708.
iv. Hannah,6 b. 25 Oct., 1709; d. 1 Oct., 1719.
brought to bed of a lusty son. Mr Walter baptized him Samuel on the 23d. instant. . . .
"Daughter Rebecca was born Satterday, Dec. 30, 1704, about three quar-
ters after seven in the morning. Was baptized by Mr Walter Dec. 31, 1704,
on the day following.
"December 18, 1708. A little before 9 in morning, my son Samuel dyed
fever. Was interred Wednesday, 22d.
instant, in my grandfather
tomb, being carried from my father's house by Mr. Joshua Chickly and Mr
Timothy Ruggles. Gave them black scarves and gloves. Gave Mr. Walter,
Doctor Noyes and Mrs Baily scarves. Gave 22 pairs of Welsh leather gloves
to watchers and people of the house. My wife and I went into mourning.
"Tuesday night about 7 or 8 a clock, October 25, 1709, my wife brought
me a daughter. The Sabbath following, Mr Walter baptized it Hannah, for
mother Sewall's sake.
"An Account of my daughter Rebekah's death.
"Aug. 2, 1710. In the afternoon she was taken ill at the Govrs. Sent
for Doctor Noyes and Mrs Baily; so continued ill; in the morning after, her
mother and myself were sent for: gott there about 6 of the clock. Doctor
Noyes and Mrs Baily applying those things which they thought most proper.
My daughter Rebeckah dyed Aug. 3, 1710, ten minutes before nine in the
morning; being lamented by all that knew her. Friday, Aug. 4, she was
carried from the Govrs. house pr Dan1 Allen, Sam1 Wainwright, Thomas
them white scarves and gloves. Gave Mr. Walter a scarf and gloves; also
Mrs Bayly scarf and gloves. My wife and I went into deep mourning.
Gave gloves to several relations, Govrs. servants and mine. Gave Mr
Tompson a pair; he made 2 coppies of verses on her. Gave Doctor Noyes
a scarf. She lived 5 years, 7 months and 4 days.
"July 20, 1711. Friday, a quarter of an hour after one of the clock in
the morning, my wife was brought to bed of a daughter. Sabbath follow-
ing Mr. Walter baptized it Mary for sister Mary Gerrish's sake.
"August 24, 1712. Sabbath day morning, about one or two, dyed my
daughter Mary, after a long continued flux, and afterwards a fevour with it.
Bearers, William Cooper and Col. John Appleton's second son. Gave nurse
Davis, Doctor Whear; Galusha, 3s each to buy them gloves. Gave at Govrs.
maid Mary, Betty Bril, two and sixpence each; gave Sarah Davis and Beck,
Sarah Cummings and Kitty Hill, two and sixpence each. Coffin, 10 plates
"January 22 1714-15 went to
could find better treatment in my own.
3, 1717-18, at which time I returned home.
"1717, July 22, my wife came to see me at my father's and confesseth
v. Mary,6 b. 20 July, 1711; d. 24 Aug., 1712.
18. vi. Henry,6 b. 8 March, 1719-20.
vii John,6 b. 9 April, 1723; d. 19 Aug., 1724.
her faults, with tears, with promises of amendment. The Lord instruct me
in my duty and give me a heart to perform it.
"1717-18 March 3 Returned to live at Brooklin. The Lord give me a
heart and ability to doe my duty to my wife, and make us mutual blessings
each to other."
1719. October 21st, his daughter Hannah died. There is a copy of a
letter to his father about it, which we do not transcribe. She had been sick
with a cold
and fever for some ten days. Funeral at
"[1719-20.] March 8th. My wife brought me a lusty boy betwixt six
and seven at night, she being very weak and ill the most of the time. Did
not carry him forth to be baptized till the 20th instant, by reason his mother
was so very ill and weak. Mr Allen baptized him Henry for my grandfather
Sewall's sake. My wife was desirous of having it named Dudley, but her
relations were very averse to it. Madam Dudley, March 19th, told me at
Roxbury, that there were two sons and they were young enough to have a
great many children; the Govrs. father had children when he was old. I told
her I bad no design to gett any thing by it, for I had names of my own rela-
tions enough to name it, and I would not do any thing to trouble them.
Brother Col. Wm Dudley sent a letter to my wife which disturbed her very
much, and made her so ill that she could not rest for 3 nights."
"April 9th, 1723, my wife brought me a son about 2 houres before day.
14th, the Revd Mr James Allen of Brooklin baptized him John; his name
being for my
"1724 August 18th. Mrs Ruggles sends her daughter to acquaint us, that
our son John
had a flux and vomited. As we went to
see him, he being considerable ill. As we goe by Dr .Tompson's we asked
for him and he was not at home. Call as we came back and take the Dr.
with us. The Dr. did not perceive any danger, but we thought he was
better, and so left him and went home.
"August 19th, being a very stormy, rainy morning, it having rained
abundance in the night and continuing stormy with a great deal of rain,
Mrs. Ruggles' son came to acquaint us, early in the morning, that the child
had been very bad all night. Matthew carried my wife forthwith in the
calash, and by the time she could gett into the house he fetched his last
breath and died. Mrs. Woods laid him out, who watched with him the
night before. 20th, Mr. Craft and Matthew put him in his coffin, and in the
Matthew carried it in my calash to
"August 21st, went with wife and Henry to the funeral. Four young
gentlemen carried him to the tomb with napkins, viz Mr Addington Daven-
port, junr. Mr. Ebenezer Pemberton, Mr Edmund Quincey, and Mr Samuel
Mather, son of Dr. C. Mather. Gave them rings and gloves. Gave Mrs.
Allen, Mrs. Rugles son aud daughter, and Matthew, a pair of gloves. A
large funeral for a child. Put his coffin upon my sister Hannah's in grand-
He died .27 Feb., 1750-51, of numb palsy; his widow d. 14 April,
1761. As his branch expired so soon in the male line we will finish
that portion at once.
Ann White, and had: --
1766, Abigail Sparhawk, and d. s.p. 27 Nov., 1767.
His widow m. Palsgrave Wellington.
ii. Samuel,7 b. 31 Dec., 1745; H. C. 1761, lawyer in
6 May, 1811.
iii. Rebecca,7 b. 19 Oct., 1747; d. 29 Nov., 1747.
iv. Henry,7 b. 19 Jan., 1749; d. 17 Oct., 1772, unm.
v. Hannah,7 b. 2 Sept., 1751; m. Edward K. Wolcott.
Henry Sewall died 29 May, 1771; his wife d. 5 Jan., 1755, in her
HANNAH7 SEWALL (daughter of Henry) married Edward Kitchin Wol-
cott, and had: --
Samuel,8 ; died unmarried.
Hannah,8 m. 2 Folsom.
Ann,8 b. 4 Sept., 1778.
Daughter,8 m. Barber, and had no children.
Mrs. Wolcott's obituary is in Boston Advertiser, 27 Aug., 1832.
ANN8 WOLCOTT, above named, married Philip Reynolds Ridgway, 6
Dec., 1801, and had: --
Philip R.,9 b. 26 Aug., 1802; d. 10 Nov.. 1803.
Samuel S.,9 b. 29 Oct., 1803; d. 8 May, 1871.
Philip R.,9 b. 29 Nov., 1804; d. 4 Dec., 1831.
Edward W.,9 b. 15 Sept., 1805; d. 24 Sept., 1805.
John W.,9 b. 17 Feb., 1807; d. 24 Sept., 1864.
Ann S.,9 b. 14 Feb., 1808; m. Dr. Daniel Gilbert.
Henry W.,9 b. 20 April, 1809; d. 16 April, 1859.
Edward W.,9 b. 6 July, 1810.
Sarah,9 b. 24 Aug., 1814; d. 25 Sept., 1814.
Sarah A.,9 b.10 Jan., 1816; d.19 Feb., 1817.
Joseph C.,9 b. 8 Nov., 1816; d. 22 March, 1819.
Anthony B.,9 b. 9 March, 1819; d. 19 Oct., 1866.
prayer after the funeral. Son John had severall convulsive fitts, and, as I
am informed, died in one.
"Monday, July 10th, 1727. Moved with my family to
house in Deacon Williams's Court, next house to Deacon Williams. N. Gates
and N. Gleason bringing my household stuff." -- EDS.
SEWALL LINE RESUMED.
15. REV. JOSEPH5 SEWALL, H. C. 1707, was minister at the Old South
of Hon. John Walley,* and had:--
19. Samuel,6 b. 2 May, 1715.
Joseph,6 b. 13 July, 1719; d. 18 Aug., 1719.
He died 27 June, 1769; his wife died 27 Oct., 1756.
married 18 May, 1749, Elizabeth, daughter of Edmund Quincy,
and had: --
ii. Hannah,7 b. 15 March, 1753; m. James Hill. See
iii. Sarah7, b. 14 Jan., 1756; d. unm., 14 Sept., 1780.
20. iv. Samuel,7 b. 11 Dec., 1757.
v. Dorothy,7 b. 23 Dec., 1758; m. Joseph May. See
vi. Katherine,7 b. 5 June, 1760; m. Henry Gallison, and
had John,8 b. 24 Oct., 1788; d. 24 Dec., 1820.
21. vii. Joseph,7 b. 9 March, 1762.
He died 19 Jan., 1771; his wife died 15 Feb., 1770.
Court, 1800; Chief Justice, 1814; m.,8 Dec., 1781, Abigail Dev-
ereux, and had:--
22. i. Samuel,8 b. 1 June, 1785.
23. ii. Henry Devereux,8 b. 21 Aug., 1786.
iii. Joseph H., b. 5 Oct., 1788; d. 17 Feb. 1795.
iv. Lydia Maria,8 b. 14 April, 1791; m. Samuel Greele.
v. Anne Henchman,8 b. 18 March, 1793; d. 6 Feb.,
vi. Joseph Henchman,8 b. 6 Feb., 1795; d. unm., 26 Sept.,
24. vii. Edmund Quincy,8 b. 1 Oct., 1796.
viii. Elizabeth Quincy,8 b. 10 June, 1798; m. Thomas R.
* Extracts from Diary of Samuel Sewall, Jr.: --
"Thursday, 29th of October, 1713, was celebrated the marriage betwixt
Mr. Joseph Sewall and Mrs Elizabeth Walley, daughter to Judge Walley,
esqre, deceased. Gave my wife and daughter Hannah with myself, gloves.
Mr. Pemberton married them.
"May 2, 1715. Sister Sewall at 3 in the morning was brought to bed of
a stately son. 8th inst. brother baptized him Samuel.
"1719, July 13th, sister brought to bed of a son, called him Joseph.
"August 19th. My wife and I went to the burial of my brother Sewall's
son, Joseph. Dyed 18th instant in the morning." --EDS.
25. ix. Charles Chauncy,8 b. 10 May, 1802.
He died 8 June, 1814; his widow died 22 Feb., 1847.
1832. He married Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary Robie,
21 Sept., 1788, and had:--
i. Mary8, b. 1 July, 1789; d. unm., 21 April, 1816.
26. iii. Thomas Robie,8 b. 29 July, 1792.
iv. Joseph, b. 7 July, 1794; d. 2 Sept., 1797.
v. Elizabeth Q., b. June, 1796; d. Feb., 1797.
vi. Joseph, b. 24 Dec., 1797; d. 20 Sept., 1800.
27. vii. Samuel Edmund,8 b. 9 Nov., 1799.
viii. Edward Bradstreet,8 b. 24 Sept., 1801; d. unm., 12 : Sept.,
ix. Martha Higginson, b. 11 Dec., 1803 ; d. unm., 12 Dec.,
x. Elizabeth Salisbury, b. 20 Dec. 1804; d. unm., 2 Sept.,
xi. Frances R., b. 17 Nov., 1807; d. 30 June, 1830.
He died 5 May, 1850; his wife d. 23 July, 1834, aged 70.
SAMUEL8 SEWALL, of
Martha, daughter of Rev. John Marrett, and had:--
28. i. Samuel,9 b. 29 Nov., 1819.
ii. Martha M.,9 b. 31 Oct., 1823; m., 26 Nov., 1861,
Luther P. Martin.
iii. Abigail D.,9 b. 7 Sept., 1830.
He died 18 Feb., 1868.
DEVEREUX8 SEWALL, of
C. Norton, 22 Jan., 1816, and had: --
29. i. Henry F .,9 b. 31 Oct., 1816.
ii. Frederick N.,9 b. 24 Sept., 1818; d. 8 Nov., 1819.
iii. Mary,9 b. 15 July, 1820; m. Charles Goodale. .
30. iv. John G.,9 b. 2 Nov., 1822.
v. Ann Elizabeth,9 b. 4 Aug., 1824; m. Talcott H. Camp.
31. vi. Edmund Q.,9 b. 1 July, 1826.
vii. Grace,9 b. 94 Oc~, 1828; d. 6 Jan., 1837.
viii. Frank D., b. 2;; Feb., 1833; d. 15 Nov., 1852.
32. ix. Walter p.,9.b. 28 Aug., 1837.
He died 8 June, 1846; his wile d. 30 Dec., 1840.
EDMUND QUINCY8 SEWALL, of
N. H., and
Ward, and had: --
i. Ellen Devereux,9 b. 10 March, 1822; m. Rev. Joseph
* Married 20 May, 1844. Children: Caroline W. Osgood,10 Elizabeth,10 Joseph
O.,10 Edmund Q.,10 (George,10 Ellen D.,10 Mary F.,10 William S.,10
Frances P.,10 and Louisa L.10 Of these Joseph O. Osgood is married and
33. ii. Edmund Quincy,9 b. 29 Feb., 1828.
34. iii. George Ward,9 b. 7 Feb., 1834.
He died 15 Sept., 1866; his widow died 8 Dec., 1867.
CHARLES CHAUNCY8 SEWALL, of
married Amy, daughter of William Peters, Esq., in Medfield,
1 Oct., 1823. Mrs. Sewall died in Medfield, 15 Aug;, 1872.
Their children were: --
i. Mary Abigail,9 b. 4 Oct., 1825; d. 4 Oct., 1829.
ii. Elisabeth Salisbury,9 b. 10 Aug., 1827.
iii. Mary Abigail,9 b. 4 Oct., 1829.
iv. Rebecca Phillips,9 b. 29 Feb., 1831; d. 20 May, 1855.
35. v. Charles Chauncy,9 b. 24 May, 1834; m. Mary Fair-
banks,9 in Medfield, 25 Nov., 1859.
vi. Ellen Frances,9 b. 28 May, 1836; d. 19 Jan., 1858.
vii. William Peters,9 b. 6 Oct., 1839; d. 17 Nov., 1860.
viii. Edward Upham,9 b. 3 March, 1843.
ix. Alice Orne,9 b. 29 March, 1847.
x. Henry Devereux,9 b. 3 July, 1850.
ROBIE 8 SEWALL, of
his cousin Elizabeth Quincy8 Sewall, and had: --
36. i. Joseph S.,9 b. 26 May, 1827.
ii. Mary R.,9 b. 14 March, 1829.
iii. Edward B.,9 b. 26 Dec., 1830; d. 18 Jan., 1837.
iv. Francis E.,9 b. 21 Feb., 1834; d. 20 April, 1857.
He died 30 Sept., 1864; his wife died 19 June, 1848.
EDMUND8 SEWALL, of
1836, Louisa M., daughter of Nathan Winslow, and had: --
i. Lucy E.,9 b. 26 April, 1837.
ii. Louisa W.,9 b. 3 June, 1846; m. Edward C. Cabot,
and has issue.
His wife dying 4 Nov., 1850, he married secondly Harriet, daughter of
Nathan Winslow, 18 June, 1857, by whom he has no children.
Elizabeth Brown, and had: --
i. Samuel B.,10 b. 17 Aug., 1846, who m. Louisa E. Far-
rington, and has: --
Nellie L.11 b. 8 April, 1873.
Samuel F., 11 b. 6 Feb., 1875.
John M.,11 b. 2 Sept., 1877.
ii. Martha E.,10 b.. 18 May, 1858.
FOSTER9 SEWALL, of
Sarah Allyne Rich, and had: --
i. Mary N.,10 b. 21 July, 1844; d. 17 Sept., 1845.
ii. Henry D.,10 b. 24 July, 1846.
iii. Charles J.,10 b. 9 Aug., 1849.
iv. Samuel,10 b. 25 Jan., 1853; d. 31 Jan., 1854.
v. Dora M.,10 b. 13 Jan., 1855.
GALLISON9 SEWALL, of
Gannett, 28 June, 1858 (who died 18 Jan., 1874) and had: --
i. Frank,10 b. 14 April, 1854; d. 14 April, 1854.
ii. William G.,10 b. 22 Jan., 1856.
iii. John,10 b. 17 Jan., 1858; d. 20 Jan., 1861.
iv. Katherine,10 b. 81 Aug., 1863.
QUINCY9 SEWALL, of
Cynthia Smith, 28 June, 1866, and had: --
i. Grace F .,10 b. 16 June, 1867.
ii. Katherine E. N.,10 b. 24 Aug., 1870
iii. Josephine D.,10 b. 14 Oct., 1875.
DEVEREUX9 SEWALL, of
Ellen Carina Houghton, 6 May, 1875, and has no children.
Q.9 SEWALL, of
ett, 27 Nov., 1852, and had: --
i. Theodore L.,10 b. 20 Sept., 1853.
ii. Edmund D.,10 b. 12 April, 1855.
iii. Caroline W.,10 b. 28 Nov., 1860.
iv. Samuel L.,10 b. 27 June, 1862.
v. Frederick F .,10 b. 7 Jan., 1867.
vi. George Q.,10 b. 27 April, 1868; d. 18 Dec., 1869.
vii. Louise L.,10 b. 16 Oct., 1871.
34. GEORGE W.9 SEWALL, of married Mary F. Cottingham,
17 Jan., 1872, and had: --
i. George C.,10 b. 1 July, 1873; d. 26 Sept., 1873.
ii. Alfred C.,10 b. 16 Jan., 1875.
Mr. Sewall is at present attached to the U. S. Survey.
35. CHARLES CHAUNCY SEWALL, JR.,9 of Medfield, married Mary Fair-
banks, 25 Nov., 1859, and had: --
i. Frank.10 b. 10 June. 1862.
ii. Lily,10 b. 24 Oct., 1863; d. 7 Nov., 1863.
iii. Amy P.,10 b. 20 Aug., 1865.
iv. Mary,10 be 31 Jan., 1868.
36. JOSEPH SEWALL9 SEWALL, married, 20 Dec., 1860, Mary-Yashon,
daughter of Elizur Wright, of
i. Hannah R.,10 b. 22 Oct., 1861.
ii. Susan W.,10 b. 4 Nov., 1862.
iii. Elizabeth Q.10 b. 5 July, 1865.
iv. Mary F .,10 b. 20 Feb., 1867.
v. Margaret L.,10 b. 5 June, 1868.
Descendants in the female lines from Rev. Joseph Sewall.
HANNAH7 SEWALL (daughter of Samuel6 No. 19) married James Hill,
and had: --
James, b. 1 March, 1772.
Samuel S., b. 13 Feb., 1774; d. 25 Dec., 1775.
Margaret F., b. 12 Aug., 1775; d. 28 Feb., 1833.
Joseph S., b. 2 March, 1777; d. 8 Aug., 1788.
Sewall, b. 20 March, 1779; d. 26 Aug., 1833.
Samuel, b. 8 Dec., 1780.
Joseph, b. 1 Jan., 1783; d. 19 Feb., 1809.
Richard S., b. 15 Sept., 1785.
William R., b. 9 Nov., 1787; d. 19 Oct., 1788.
William R., b. 20 Sept., 1790; d. 8 Oct., 1792.
He died 19 June, 1824; his widow d. 24 July, 1827.
ELIZABETH'T SEWALL (daughter of Samuel,6 No. 19) married Samuel
i. Samuel,8 b. 13 Aug., 1769; m. 1st, Elizabeth Green
May, 1802, and had: --
Samuel,9 b. 5 March, 1803; m. Maria Morgan.
He m. 2d, Nancy Gardner, 18 July, 1806, and had
seven children; viz.,--
Elizabeth S.,9 b. 5 July, 1807; m. Nathaniel
Sarah,9 m. Elbridge G. Austin.
Stephen,9 b. 12 Sept., 1812; m. Elizabeth P.
Francis G.,9 d. young.
ii. Martha,8 b. 14 March, 1771; m., Aug., 1794, Stephen
Higginson, and had: --
Elizabeth S,9 m. Rev. Reuel Keith.
Martha S,9 m. Rev. I. Nichols.
had issue, seven children. See Leverett Memorial,
iv. Rebecca Waldo,8 b. 15 Aug., 1776;.m., 30 Sept.,
1805, Jonathan Phillips, of
March, 1828. Their only surviving child was Wil-
liam9 Phillips, b. 11 Jan., 1819, who died 8 April,
1873, leaving a vast property to a distant cousin, the
heir male of the name.
v. Stephen,8 b. 27 Feb., 1778; d. 16 Dec., 1786.
vi. Joseph Sewall,8 be 1 Nov., 1779; d. 9 Dec., 1779.
vii. Josiah,8 b. 15 Feb., 1781; H. C. 1798, m. Abigail,
daughter of Judge Samuel Breese, and had: --
Elizabeth M.,9 b. 30 Nov., 1812, m. Theodore D.
Edmund E.,9 b. 6 April, 1814; m. 1st, his cousin
Abigail S. Phillips, 27 April, 1836; 2d, Eve-
lyn McCurdy, 23 Nov., 1871.
viii. Sarah,8 b. 19 Nov., 1782; m. John Tappan, of
and had: --
John G.,9 b. 5 Feb., 1808; m. Eliza L. Trask.
Samuel S.,9 b. 2 Sept., 1809; m. Eveline Stearns.
Sarah S.,9 b. l March, 1811; m. Thomas Denny.
Rebecca W.,9 b. 5 Nov., 1812; m. Henry E. Davies.
Lewis W.,9 b. 3 Aug., 1814; m. Mary C. Swift.
Mary S.,9 b. 3 April, 1816; m. James W. Kimball.
Francis W.,9 b. 29 Dec., 1817; m. Laura B. De
Elizabeth S.,9 b. 28 May. 1819.
Lucy P.,9 b. 8 April, 1821; d. 13 Aug., 1839.
Henry E.,9 b. July, 1825; d. 1823.
Henry M.,9 b. July, 1825; d. 1825.
Josiah S.,9 b. 20 Jan., 1836; m. Helen De Peyster.
ix. Abby,8 b. 14 May, 1785; m. Aaron P. Cleaveland, of
Stephen H.,9 b. 23 March, 1811; m. Rebecca B. Vose.
Rebecca S.,9 b. 17 Feb., 1814; m. Edward
x. Mary,8 b. 18 May, 1787; m. Edward Phillips (brother
of her sister's husband) and left only one child,
Abigail S.,9 b. 3 Nov., 1814, who m. her cousin
Edward E. Salisbury.
DOROTHY7 SEWALL (daughter of Samuel,6 No. 19) married, 28 Dec.,
1784, Joseph May, of
i. Charles,8 b. 2 Nov., 1785; d. 16 April, 1786.
ii. Catherine,8 b. 30 Dec., 1786; m., 10 April, 1808,
Charles W.9 Windship, and had Charles M., b. 23
iii. Charles,8 b. 19 March, 1788; m., 1845, Caroline M.
Gove; d. 21 March, 1856.
iv. Louisa,8 b. 11 Sept., 1789; m. Samuel Greele, 19 Oct.,
1823, and had: --
Samuel S.,9 b. 11 Oct., 1824.
Louisa M.,9 b. 1 Jan., 1827.
v. Eliza S.,8 b. 23 Dec., 1790; d. 21 Oct., 1791.
vi. Louisa,8 b. 31 Dec., 1792; d. 14 Nov., 1828.
vii. Samuel J.,8 b. 10 Aug., 1794; d. 28 Dec., 1795.
viii. Edward,8 b. 26 Aug., 1795; d. 29 April, 1802.
ix. Samuel J.,8 b. 25 Oct., 1796; d. 17 Sept., 1797.
x. Samuel J.,8 b. 12 Sept., 1797.
xi. Elizabeth S.,8 b. 5 Dec., 1798; m. Hamilton Willis,
and had: --
daughter of C. W. Windship by a second
xii. Abigail,8 b. 8 Oct., 1800; m. A. Bronson Alcott, and
He died 27 Feb., 1841; his wife died 31 Oct., 1825.
and had: --
Joseph,9 b. 27 June, 1827; d. 12 Dec., 1828.
John E.,9 b. 7 Oct., 1829.
Charlotte C.,9 b. 24 April, 1833.
Joseph,9 b. 21 Jan., 1836.
George E.,9 b. 25 Sept., 1844.
We will now return to the issue of the daughters of Judge
Sewall who married.
14. ELIZABETH5 SEWALL (daughter of Judge Samuel) married, 17 Oct.,
1700, Grove Hirst, of
* Extracts from notes of Samuel Sewall, Jr.: --
"October 17, 1700 Mr Grove Hirst was married to Mrs Elizabeth Se-
wall by Mr Cotton Mather.
"November 28, 1702 sister Hirst brought
to bed at
"Jan'y 31, 1703-4 Mary Hirst born.
"June 22, 1727 Hannah Hirst married to Mr N. Balston.
"May 9, 1728 Mr C. Chauncy married to Mrs. Eliz. Hirst.
"Thursday April 9th, 1713, went to
Hirst's son William, about 9 months old. Sent my wife and I gloves. Dyed
the 6th instant, about 10 at night.
"August 5th 1714. My sister Hirst was brought to bed of a son; named
it William for its father Hirst's sake.
"13th March 1714-15. Brother Hirst's son William (the second son of
that name) dyed about eight at night, being 7 months old. Buried the
i. Still-born, 28 Nov., 1708.
ii. Mary, b. 31 Jan., 1703-4; m. Sir Wm. Pepperrell.
iii. Samuel. b. 23 Oct., 1705.
v. Hannah, b. 4 May, 1708; m. Nathaniel Balston.
vi. Jane, b. 4 Sept., 1709; m. Addington Davenport, Jr.
vii. William, b. 9 July, 1712; d. 6 April, 1713.
viii. William, b. 5 Aug., 1714; d. 13 March, 1714-15.
He died 28 Oct., 1717; his wife died 11 July, 1716.
The only son, Samuel, died suddenly, 14 Jan., 1726-27. See Prince's
Jan. 18, 1730 (Suff. Deeds, lib. 45, f. 79), there was a division of the
issue of Elizabeth Hirst were her four daughters; viz.: Mary, wife of
William Pepperrell; Elizabeth, wife of Rev. Charles Chauncy; Hannah,
wife of Nathaniel Balston; and Jane, wife of Addington Davenport.
Of their descendants we will speak briefly.
I. William Pepperrell was the famous baronet, who left an only daugh-
ter, Elizabeth, wife of Nathaniel Sparhawk. For a record of nu-
merous descendants, see Usher Parsons's Life of Pepperrell.
II. Rev. Charles Chauncy,
had three wives. The first wife was Elizabeth Hirst, by whom
he had one son, Charles, and two daughters, one of whom, Eliza-
beth, married Benjamin Greenleaf, and had issue. For a full
record of the descendants, see the Chauncy Memorials; the list
comprises many well-known names; among them, Gen. Fitz-John
wife not come to the funeral.
"July 11, 1716. Last night at 12 a clock, dyes my dear sister Hirst,
after a long sickness and languishment. 13th inst. interred in grandfather's
tomb; being in her 35th year.
"1717, October 28. between 3 and 4 in the morning dies my dear brother,
Grove Hirst, esqr. being taken of a violent fevour just after my mother's
"February 21st, 1722-23. At night betwixt 7 and 8, was married
Sewall, couz. Mary Hirst to Capt. Wm Pepperrell of
B[rothers] Sewall and Cooper prayed, one before and the other after the
wedding. Wife and I present, with little Henry. Gave us gloves.
"January 14th, 1726-7, Samuel Hirst dies, suddenly on the Long Wharff.
See News Letter) Weekly News Letter, No 3; See sermons printed. 18th,
Mr Chauncy, minister, Mr Andrew Oliver, Mr T. Cooper and Mr Palmer.
Gave us rings and gloves.
"June 22d, 1727. Couz. Hannah Hirst married to Mr Nathaniel Bal-
ston by her grandfather, at her unkle J. Sewall's. Gave us gloves." -- EDS.
Addington Davenport, Jr., H. C. 1719, Rector of
married, 23 Dec., 1729, Jane Hirst for his first wife. Their children
Addington, b. 1731; m. Ann; d. 24 Feb., 1761.
Jane, b. 1733; m. Benjamin Faneuil, Jr., a refugee.
and 2nd, Nathaniel Hatch, 4 Aug., 1755.
Jane (Hirst) Davenport died prior to 1738.
IV. Nathaniel Balstone, of Boston, was son of Captain Nathaniel Bal-
stone, by his second wife, Rebecca, and was grandson of Jonathan
Balston, merchant. He was born 6 Sept., 1691, married Hannah
Hirst 22 June, 1727, and was living 28 April, 1796 (Suff. Deeds,
lib. 78, f. 142), when he and wife Hannah sold
I find record of only two children, viz.: Hannah, b. 2 Oct., 1730;
Nathaniel Balstone, who, with wife Eunice (Nathaniel Balstone,
and Mrs. Eunice Brown, of
called sister by Nathaniel in his will, proved 30 April, 1773 (Suff.
Wills, lib. 72, f. 538), when he gives her the interest on £100,
and gives all the rest of the estate to wife Eunice.
Probably this line is extinct.
16. MARY5 SEWALL (daughter of Judge Samuel) married Samuel Ger-
rish, 24 Aug., 1709. The husband was son of Rev. Joseph Ger-
rish, of Wenham, and nephew of the Moses Gerrish who married
Mary Sewall's aunt. The following extracts, from Samuel Sewall
Jr.' s notes, sums up the record: --
"Aug. 24, 1709. Was celebrated the marriage of my sister, Mrs. Mary
Sewall, to Mr. Samuel Gerrish, youngest son of Mr. Gerrish, minister of
Wenham. Married per Mr. Pemberton. Present my wife and daughter
"Nov. 9th, 1710. Sister Gerrish brought to bed of a daughter. 12th.
inst. baptized it Hannah. Nov. 17th Father Sewall writes me word of the
sad newes of the death of my sister Gerrish. She expired about 4 hours
after midnight, dying in childbed very suddenly. Was interred in grand-
up a note for a sanctified use of the early death of my sister for himself and
family. I and my wife was there at the funeral. Pal bearers, Paul Dud-
ley, Esqr: Mr Daniel Oliver, Mr Samuel Philips, Mr John Winthrop, Mr John
Smith, Mr Giles Dyer. Given scarves and gloves. Born October 28th
lived 19 years, 20 dayes."
Gerrish was a bookseller in
marriage is thus recorded by S. S. Jr.: --
"Thursday night, May 8, 1712, Dr. I. Mather married brother Gerrish
to Mrs Sarah Coney. I was there present; gave my wife and I gloves.
"1715. May 22, brother Gerrish's son Samuel, baptized."
17. JUDITH6 SEWALL (daughter of Judge Samuel) married Rev. Wil-
liam Cooper,* 12 May, 1720, and had: --
William,6 b. 1 Oct., 1721.
Samuel,6 b. 28 March, 1725.
Thomas,6 b. living in 1753; sold his share of estate.
Judith,6 b. m. 1st Dr. John Sever, of Kingston,
13 Dec., 1753; had one daughter, Judith; m. 2d,
William Rand, Jr. (Seaver Genealogy.)
Judith (Sewall) Cooper died 23 Dec., 1740; her husband died 13 Dec.,
1743. Of the children: --
I. Rev. SAMUEL6 COOPER was minister at Brattle Street Church,
Boston; married Judith Bulfinch, 11 Sept., 1746.
His will (Suff. Deeds, lib. 83, f. 8) mentions wife Judith, grandson
Samuel Cooper9 Johonnot, daughter Abigail,7 wife of Joseph
Hixon (Joseph Hixon, of Montserrat, and Abigail Cooper, were
published 2 Jan., 1777. They have issue, whom we have been
unable to trace). Of the other daughter, we learn by the N. E.
Hist. Register, VII, 142, that Gabriel Johonnet married, 18 Dec.,
1761, Judith Cooper, and had two sons, Samuel C.,9 baptized 13
March, 1768, H. C. 1783, went to Demerara, and died in 1806,
leaving issue, and Zachary,9 baptized 12 Feb., 1769.
Gabriel had a second wife (married in 1774), and died 9 Oct., 1820.
II. WILLIAM6 COOPER, son of Rev. William and Judith5 (Sewall)
Cooper, was the famous Town Clerk of Boston, the friend of Han-
Their children, who were alive when his estate was distributed in
1813 (Suff. Wills, lib. iii, f. 40) were: --
Richard W7 [ybird].
Judith,7 wife of Matthew Park.
William Cooper died 28 Nov., 1809.
We have been unable to trace his brother Thomas6 Cooper, or his
son Richard W. Cooper. Of the other children we can give the
following account: --
*Notes by Samuel Sewall, Jr.
1720 May 12. Sister Judith Sewall married to the Revd Mr. Wm. Cooper,
by her father. Brother Sewall prays. Mr Colman prays after marriage.
None but brothers and sisters, with Mr. Colman and his wife, Mr Stoddard
and wife, Mr Cooper's mother.
1721 October 1st, Sabbath-day morning, between twelve and one, sister
Cooper brought to bed of a son at Brooklin, in our best lower room. 8th
brother Cooper preach'd at Brooklin and baptized his son William, taking
him in his arms.
June 28th, 1723, sister brought to bed of a daughter; named it Mehitta-
bel for his mother's sake.
September 15th, 1724, sister Cooper's daughter, Mehittabel, dies after
long languishment. Buried in grandfather Hull's tomb the 17th.
JOHN7 COOPER, of Machias, was the first sheriff of Washington County,
Maine, married. in 1788, Elizabeth Savage, sister of James Savage,
of Boston,* and had: --
William,8 m. Eliza Dutton, and had: --
Helen M. .
Emma E,8 m. Rufus K. Porter, and had issue.
James S.,8 m. 1st Mary E. Savage; 2d, Abby I.
Girdler; had: --
Caroline S,8 m. William J. Newman, and had issue.
SAMUEL7 COOPER, of Boston, ! was a lawyer, and Judge of the Court of
Common Pleas for Suffolk, 1800-9, and died between 1810 and
1820. He married his cousin Margaret, daughter of William
Phillips; she died 19 Feb., 1844. Their children were: --
Samuel T.8 Cooper, of Andover, who married and
William P.,8 who went to Illinois, and left two sons,
now residing there.
George,8 who was a lieutenant in the Navy, and died
unm., at Charlestown, about 1825.
* See his letter, in the Machias Centennial of 1863, p. 80, from which
book the above facts are copied. -- EDS.
! By some confusion of names, Mr. Drake has entered in his biographies
Massachusetts Society of the
identifying him with Gen; Samuel Cooper of
DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL.
[MR. SEWALL graduated at Harvard College in the Class of 1671.
Most of the other ten members of his class were his intimates or
associates during their joint lives. Under the usage which then pre-
vailed he became, soon after graduation, a Resident Fellow of the
College. March 1, 1674, it was "ordered by the Corporation that Sir
Sewall shall be from henceforth the keeper of the College Library."
April 15, 1674, "Ordered that Mr. Gookin and Sir Sewall, Fellows
of the College, have half a year's salary of their proportion forthwith
paid them of the Piscataway gift now in the Treasurer's hands.
Also, fifty shillings a peece due in February last by Mr. Glover's gift."
He appears to have taken up his residence in Boston in 1674-5, at
the house of his father-in-law, undecided whether to enter the minis-
try or to follow merchandise. April 1, 1675, he writes that he
preached in the afternoon, in Newbury, "being afraid to look on the
[hour] glass: ignorantly and unwillingly I stood two hours and a
half." He married, Feb. 28, 167 5/6, Hannah, daughter of Captain John
Hull, Mint-master, Treasurer of the town of Boston and of the colony
VII. and VIII. (1853-54), were published extracts from some inter-
leaved almanacs formerly in the possession of Judge Sewall, the
annalist, and then owned by Frederic Kidder, Esq. As these were
evidently the first notes made by him, afterwards reproduced in his
Diary, we have copied the omitted portions in such places as seemed
The almanacs for 1671 and 1672 contain no notes. In 1673, prior
to the date of our text, we find the following: --
"1673, May 12, 3 [i.e. third day, Tuesday] morning Seth Flynt dyed.
June 5, 5, Elder Jo. Caysly [?] dyed.
21, 7, night Ruth Flynt dyed.
Sept. 5, 6, Joyce went to Jo. Dassitt.
6, 7, Then Leah Nucom came.
Oct. 10, 6, Joyce came from Jo. Dassitt.
Nov. 15, 17, 14 day night, Mrs. Coleborn dyed, buried the 17th."
In almanac for 1674 no notes. --EDS.]
2 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1674.
Dec. 3, 1673. I read to the Junior Sophisters, the 14th
Chapter of Heerboords Physick, i.e. part of it, which
beginnes thus, Sensus Communes &c. I went to the end,
and then red it over from the beginning, which I ended
the 24th of March, 167 3/4.
Feb. 20, 167 3/4. Brother Stephen admitted. My Father
brought down my Brother Stephen to be admitted, which
was done the 23d of that month.
March 9, 167 3/4. I sent my Brother Stephen's cloaths
to be washed by Mrs. Clark.
Mar. 23. I had my hair cut by G. Barret.
" 24. My Father came down; Harry Summerby
attending him; brought my Sister Jane to the Dr's. My
Sister Anne was brought to Mr. Butler's to live by my B.
John, March 20, 167 3/4. In the Evening the Townsmen of
Cambridge had a meeting and Mr. Gookin and I being sent
for went to them. They treated us very civily and agreed
that the School boyes should sit no longer in the Students
hinder seat. It was also consented to by us that some sober
youths for the present might be seated there. Hoec hactenus.
March 25, 1674. My Father went away and Henry
Somerby with him intending for Salem. It rained hard
in the afternoon. Madam How brought to bed of a
daughter in the afternoon.
April 2. Benjamin Gourd of Roxbury (being about 17
years of age) was executed for committing Bestiality * * *
N. B. He committed the filthines at noon day in an open
yard. He after confessed that he had lived in that sin
a year. The causes he alledged were, idlenes, not obey-
ing parents, &c.
April 6. Mr. Ganson, Mr. of a Catch set sail for Liver-
poll, in which Mr. Higginson went.
April 7. The D., Mr. Gookin and myself were invited
and went to dinner with the Magistrates in the Court
Chamber. Mr. Sherman and Mr. Willard came with me
to my chamber.
1674.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 3
April 8. Mr. Gookin and I gave Mr. Nehemiah Hobart
a visit, 6d to the P'ts man.
April 9. Mr. Gookin and I went down to Boston. I
went to visit my Couzen Dumer and his wife my Couzen,
who Jay in of Mary Dummer, born the 14th of March
167 ¾ . To the Nurse 2d, for a pair of sizers 4d.
April 10. 3d milk, 6d for spice &c.
April 15, 1674. 4d Beer. News of Peace in Lecture
time. 3d for Wine, 6d to Onesiphorus. Tobacco Pipes
3d. At night I lay with Sir Adams at Mr. Oakes's.
Memen. it thundered and lightened and rained very
Friday, April 17. My Brother went to Boston and
bought me an Hour-glasse and penknife 1. 1. 3d. One
shilling to my Brother. 23, A pair of Glovs from
Goodman Fissenden. Laurence and Hannah Oakes
were at my chamber in the evening. Received my
Quarter pay; borrowed money subducted, 2l . 12s. 9d.
Mr. Henry Short married the 30th March '74. Mr.
Treat to Mr. Maihos [Mayo's]1 Granchild the 16th of
June 5, 1674. Mr. Oakes gave me to understand that
though he respected and loved me as formerly, yet he
desired that I would refrain coming to his house, and that
he did it se defendendo, least he should be mistrusted to
discourage and dissettle me.2
Monday, June 15, 1674. Mr. Thatcher, Fellow. The
Corporation met and chose Sir Thatcher Fellow, Mr.
Johnson, Printer. N. B. There were this day two boyes
killed at Watertown with the tumbling of a load of brush
1 Enclosures in square brackets, in the text, indicate conjectural correc-
tions or explanations. --EDS.
2 Rev. Urian Oakes, pastor of the Cambridge Church, and afterwards
President of the College. The reference probably is to the difficulty existing
at the time between Oakes, who was also a Fellow of the College, and Presi-
dent Hoar. --EDS.
4 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1674.
on them, on which they road: the one was about the
age of 12 years, and the other 9.
Thomas Sargeant was examined by the Corporation:
finally, the advice of Mr. Danforth, Mr. Stoughton, Mr.
Thatcher, Mr. Mather (then present) was taken. This
was his sentence.
That being convicted of speaking blasphemous words
concerning the H. G. he should be therefore publickly
whipped before all the Scholars. 2. That he should be
suspended as to taking his degree of Bachelour (this sen-
tence read before him twice at the Prts. before the com-
mittee, and in the library 1 up before execution.) 3. Sit
alone by himself in the Hall uncovered at meals, during the
pleasure of the President and Fellows, and be in all things
obedient, doing what exercise was appointed him by the
President, or else be finally expelled the Colledge. The
first was presently put in execution in the Library (Mr.
Danforth, Jr. being present) before the Scholars. He
kneeled down and the instrument Goodman Hely attended
the President's word as to the performance of his part in
the work. Prayer was had before and after by the Presi-
dent. July 1, 1674. Sir Thacher Commonplaced, Jus-
tification was his head. He had a solid good piece: stood
above an hour, and yet brake of before he came to any
use. By reason that there was no warping given, none
(after the undergraduates) were present, save Mr. Dan
Gookin, Sr. the President and myself. July 3, 1674.
N. B. Mr. Gookin, Jr. was gone a fishing with his
Had my hair cut by Goodman Barret, July 6.
July the 8th being Cambridge lecture day, Mr. Wallie
set sail, with whom went Mr. Chauncy and Mr. Epps.
July 10. I Commonplaced. Nobody save the 6 plm.
[placemen?] was present.
July 17. Sir Weld commonplaced. His subject was
Man as created in God's Image.
1674.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 5
July 21. Sir Bowles1 Commonplaced. His subject was
the Creation of the Soul.
August 7, 1674. New Colledge raised. John Francis
helping about raising of the new Colledge had his right
legg (both bones) broke a little above his anckle, and his
left thigh about 4 inches below the joint, by a peece that
fell on him, and had like to have killed several others and
yet hurt none.
Friday, August 14. I with my two Brothers went home
Tuesday, August 18. Visited Mr. Parker, Mr. Wood-
bridge and Mr. Richardson.
Aug. 19. Tim. Woodbridge visited me.
Thorsday, Sept. 3. Mrs. Martha Noyes dyed.
Sept. 4. Buried. Her death suddain, the 5th day after
Monday, Sept. 7. First Frost. Sept. 8th Generall Train-
ing. My Brother John went down and had discourse with
my Sister Hannah, (that now is ).2 Brought up my Sister
Jane, Sept. 11. About the 18th of this month my Father
went down, carried my Sister Jane, and brought up the
Monday, Sept. 28th. My little Neece Born.
Sept. 29. Broth. John went to Boston, and B. Stephen
to Mr. Batters, upon Tryal.
Tuesday, Oct. 6. My Father went to Cambridge.
Oct. 8. My Father was at Boston, on which day he
spake sconcerning my Buisines to a Gentleman there.
1674. Tuesday, Oct. 13. I went to Cambridge, being
summoned to wait on the Court the next day.
Oct. 16. by Mr. Richardson's means I was called to
speak. The sum of my Speech was that the causes of
1 John Bowles -- sometimes written Bowels -- and Thomas Weld were
Sewall's classmates. The title Sir designated graduates before they took
the Master's degree. --EDS.
2 John Sewall married Hannah Fessenden of Cambridge, probably sister
of Nicholas F., both being called "cousin" by John F. -- EDS.
6 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1674.
the lownes of the Colledge were external as well as
The first day of my coming to
with my Couzen Dumer. The Thorsday Oct. 15 I rode
first to Charlestown Ferry, thinking to have my horse
over, and so accompany Mr. Gookin, but could not, and so
was fam to ride round in the night.
Oct. 17. Nicol. Fissenden came with me home.
Tuesday, Oct. 20. My Father went down to see how
things were after my information. Nic urged to have my
Brother [who?] has gone too. My Mother and I with-
stood it. Father (as it was thought he would) set the
match forward, her friends earnest.
Oct. 23. Brother Stephen came to visit us.
Oct. 26. Brothers John and Steph, with Father Lum-
macks, went down the next day, Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Brother was married by Mr. Danforth.
Oct. 29. They came home, it being a rainy day.
Saturday, 31st, They returned. Goodman Cheyny, Nic.
Fissenden, and Thomas Cheyny. Stephen my Brother to
Nov. 3. Mr. Adams married. Mr. William Adams and
Miss Mary Manning, his wife, coming from Salisbury came
to visit me. Memen. They were married by Mr. Dan-
forth on Wednesday, the 21 of Sept. [Oct.?] Mr. Taylor
Thorsday, Nov. 5, Mr. Edward Taylor, of Westfield is
married (as he gave out.)
Copys of Letters in Almanack, 1672.
Memento, that about Novem. 12 I wrote four Letters to
England. Imp. one to my Aunt Rider.1 It. one to my
Aunt Mehetabel Holt. It. one to my Cousin Thomas
Dummer. It. one to my Landlord Marice. In that of
my Aunt Holts were also enclosed one of my Mothers to
1 For the various relations of Sewall, the reader is referred to the pre-
liminary sketch. -- EDs.
1674.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 7
my Unckle, St. Dummer, one of my Brother John's to be
sent to my Aunt Sarah Holt. The Copies of mine are in
the Almanack for the year '72. My Bro. went to Salem
Nov. 13, intending for Boston Saturday, Nov. 14 to
give these Letters to Mr. Hull by him to be sent for
Thorsday, Nov. 19, My Mother and Self went to see
Goodman Moody, whom we found extream ill of the yel-
low jaundice. We visited Goodman and Goodwife Little
Tuesday, Nov. 24. My Father received a letter from
Capt. Pike, of Woodbridge,1 by which he sollicited my
Father for my coming thether to be their Minister. Let-
ters date, Sept. 10. '74.
Monday, Nov. 30th. My Father and self went to Salem.
The next day my Brother Stephen was bound Apprentice
to Mr. Edmund Batter, Merch. His time expires on the
29th of Sept. 1679 (unless Mr. Batter dye before).2 At the
time specified he is to receive ten £ in good and currant
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1674. Lieutenant Way, Mr. Weaver,
Tho. Norman came to our house. The Lieuten. related
distinctly several things about Mr. Nicolets Church gather-
ing at Lin.3
Wednesday, Dec. 23. I was at an Arbitration between
Thos. W. and John W. Weaver: was cast 300 and odde £
in W's debdt. The Arb. were Mr. Den, C'p'l. Saltonstall,
Mr. Pike, C'p'l. Gerrish, and Mr. Doel. The last set not
his hand at all. Mr. Pike but to part.
Friday, Dec. 25. Sam. Guile of Havarel, ravished Good-
wife Nash of Amesbury, about G. Bailyes Pasture at the
1 Probably, Rev. John Woodbridge, of Andover. -- EDS.
2 Mr. Batters did not die until 1685, when he was seventy-six years
old. -- EDS.
3 See History of Lynn (ed. 1865), p. 261. -- EDS.
8 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [167 4/5
Mond. Jan. 25, 167 4/5. Mr. Smith came to visit us, and
brought with him one Mr. Bradly, who is allso a Southton1
man, and told me that he went to old Mr. Goldwire's to
school at Broadling, with 34 more. He allso told me that
Thos. Warren was Apprentice to an Orange Merchant at
Billingsgate, and Sam. to a Coal-seller at Cheapside.
Thurs. Feb. 13. There was a Fast held at Sam. Moody's,
principally upon the occasion of his sicknes: whereat
were present, Mr. Woodbridge, Mr. Philips, Mr. Moody,
Mr. Reinor, Mr. Richardson. The 3 first mentioned
seemed to be very sensible of the state of things and of
the plots of papists, Atheists: and Mr. Phillips spake how
the Ministers in England, when they had their liberty, look
after their own houses, quarrelled, &c. I carried my
Mother to the Fast, and there we with many more, had
(I hope) a feast day.
A Scotchman and Frenchman kill their Master, knock-
ing him in the head as he was taking Tobacko. They are
taken by Hew and Cry, and condemned: Hanged.
Nicolas Feaver, born in the Ile of Jersey, Robert Driver,
born in the Ile of Orknye in Scotland, Executed, Mar. 18,
Monday, March 15, 167 4/5. I visited Mr. Parker.2 He
told me what one Mr. Stockman related to Mr. Parker his
father, at the table of the Earl of Pembrook. This Stock-
man went into Spain with the Embassadour, and there
hearing of one that could foretell things went to him to
enquire concerning England. He showed in a glass for
K. Henry 3 time, the Cross leaning, and stooping: for
1 Southton means, of course, Southampton. Sewall was born at Bishop's
Stoke, in the county of Hampshire [or Southamptonshire], a parish some
eight miles north of the city of that name. Baddesley, where he went first
to school, was a mile or two west of Stoke, and Broadlands (possibly, the
Broadling of the text) was a few miles farther west. --EDS.
2 Rev. Thomas Parker, pastor of the church at Newbury. Having lost
his sight, he devoted himself to teaching Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Sewall
had been under his tuition. --EDS.
1675.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 9
K. Edward the Wizard showed a Child, a cloud drawn over
his head. Q. Mary, Ferro et Flamis: Q. Elizabeth, Excel-
lentissima: K. James, one coming over a river with the
crown on his head, Infelix pacis amator.
1April 3. 1675. About one of the clock at night, Sam.
Moody dyed quietly, having lyen sick of the jaundice
by the space of half-an-year. He was buried on Monday.
There was a great funeral.
April 4, Sab. day. I holp preach for my Master, [Mr.
Parker] in the afternoon. Being afraid to look on the
glass, ignorantly and unwillingly I stood two hours and a
April 29 Brother John and Sister Hanah Sewall begin
to keep house at the Falls.
My Father having found things out of order at the Lit-
tle Farm, viz, Fences down, ground Eaten and rooted up
by Cattle and hogs, and wanting a good Tenant, the Sea-
son of the year now spending, resolves and goes to live
there, notwithstanding the littleness and unpretines of the
2Saturday, May 15. Brothers house was raised, at the
raising of which I was. Two Pins lower Sumer.
1 The following items are supplied from the interleaved almanacs. -- EDS.
"1675. March 29, 2. Now a  Capt. Alli [ ] of Charl [ ] dyes. T. [ ]
March 30, 3. Brother brought home Sister Jane from the Dr. at
March 31, 4. No Lecture, because Mr. Rich f. home. I visited
Mr. Parker and Mr. Wood. Mr. Parkerus natus
et baptizatus die Pentecoste, Ano 1595, being yn. June
8th as I take it."
2 "May 1, 7. Beans planted.
5. 4 Diet Sisters.
June 3. 5 David Perkins. Brt. Arad.
June - Two troopers pressed to go against the Indians: Noyes,
Tho. Thurrel. I went to the farm in the evening.
July 18, 1. News of Ninicrafts yeelding.
27. 3. John Godfrey.
Aug. 25, 4. The fight was of two hours, 12 miles from Hatfield. John
10 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1675.
Friday, May 21. Goodman Adams (coming to visit his
Mother Woodman) was invited by and came over and
lodged with me.
N. B. Tuesday, May 4 C'p'l Scarlet, Mr. Smith, Mr.
Freak killed by a blow of powder on Ship board. Mr.
Freak killed outright.
July 31, at midnight, Tho. Wood, Carpenter of Rowly,
had his house and goods burnt, and, voe malum, a daughter
of about 10 years of age, who directed her brother so that
he got out, was herself consumed to ashes.
This said Saturday night, in a dream, I fancyed myself
to have Mrs. Richardson's child in my arms, and herself
following me up a pair of stairs going to heaven, all sor-
rowfull and weeping. I went up innumerable steps and
still saw nothing, so that I was discouraged, doubting with
myself whether there was such a place as sedes beatorum.
Yet I strengthened myself as well as I could, considering
how apt things only heard of are to be doubted (if diffi-
cultly obtained and not of a long time) though they be
never so true. Thus thinking, I went on; at last I came
to a fair chamber with goodly lodgings. When I saw that
was all, I earnestly prayed that God would help us, or
else we should never get to our journey's end. Amazed
I was, Dot being able to conceive how furniture should
be brought up those stairs so high. Afterward it was a
chamber in the N. Building, [at the College], after, part
of an old [house] (Goff, as I take it) that joined to it, of
the same height. A schollar told me that those things
were drawn up by a pully, and so took in at a window
which was all ranshacled like that in Goff Colledge over
the Fellows' chamber, and all things began to seem more
Plumer dies. Steven Greenleaf wounded. Ex litelis
Sept. 18. Capt. Latrop.
Oct. 13. Marsh. Skerry.
Oct. 6. 4. Springfield, 32 houses; with their barns." Almanacs.
1675.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 11
vile. Herabout I waked, being much troubled at the
former part, and much wondring at the latter of my
dream. 'Desinit in piscem mulier formosa superne.' Deus
det, deus misericors et benignus, me, et comites meos, non
tantm et de somnis, sed vere tandem divinis gradibus ad
coelum usque ascendere.
Novem. 10, 1675. Lecture day. Remember the cour-
teous speech and behaviour of Tho. and. Will. Noyse.
Ingemous men. Will came to me (speaking with Tim.
Woodbridge) and excused his not coming to see me, &c.
Nov. 11. Morning proper fair, the wether exceedingly
benign, but (to me) metaphoric, dismal, dark and por-
tentous, some prodigie appearing in every corner of the
skies. Father went to Attach Ben Goodridge, at which
(as all) so especially Mother, troubled and disswaded him.
Nothing moves, at which Mother was exceedingly trou-
bled, and, e. h. w. o. L. w. h. [every hour wishes our Lord
N. B. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1675, about the time of the
Eclips Sister Sewall was delivered in my chamber of a
daughter, Goodwife Brown being Midwife.
Sept. 13. Saturday, was that lamentable fight, when
Capt. Latrop with sixty-four killed.
1Decem. 19. Sabbath day, that formidable engage-
ment at Narraganset, 34 English put in one pit, 3 after
1 " Nov. 29, 1. Dr. Hoar dies.
Dec. 14. 3. Judith March.
Dec. 19. Sunday. Engagement.
____ 29, 4. Mr. Reyner came in the evening to our house, delivered
me a letter. Lodged here; in bed we had much and
_____ 30, 5. Mr. Jer. Hobart lodges here. I at sisters with little
30th. 5. Rainy m. mist, hold up. Mr. R. goes on his journey.
Gave him letters of Dec 28 for Boston.
13 Jany. Brother John Sewall.
29Feb. (Tues.) Miss Thatcher, Senior, and Miss Page visit us, they
the first." [Sewall was married the preceding day.]
Almanacs. -- EDS.
12 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
Joseph Plumer, 26 gon already, 75 more pressed; advance
Lecture day Jan. 5. Hints of discourse. One (speak-
ing of twelve + ide) said it may be we knew not 11 from
12. I said it was best if (in that sense) we did not. In
defence of Mr. Graves I said that the Application of Xt's
merits was a greater wonder than the sending of Xt. into
the world. That no person could be said to be mankind:
that such an one was not, which was thought very ridicu-
lous.1 Jan. 3, cold wether hindred writing till now.
Jan. 10, 167 5/6. Felled the oak at the E. end of the
house. Matre et Sorore valde plangentibus.
Nota bene. Friday about 3 in the afternoon, April
21, 1676, Capt. Wadsworth and Capt. Brocklebank fall.
Almost an hundred, since, I hear, about fifty men, slain 3
miles off Sudbury: the said Town burned, Garrison houses
Sabbath day, evening, 23 April, considerable thunder
shower. Monday 24, about 6 afternoon, a Woman taken,
and a Man knocked in the head, at Menocticot, Brain-
2April 5, Wednesday, Governour Winthrop dyes. In-
terred old Burying place Monday following.
April 25 Tuesday, Major Willard dyes at Charleston,
buryed 27th. April 26. Mr. Lidget dyes: interred the
Monday, May 8. Considerable Thunder and rain in
the night. Mrs. Wharton Dyes: Buried Wednesday after-
Tuesday, Fast, Magistrates, Deputies. Sisters sail toward
1 The reader can hardly fail to think the same, on account of the obscurity
of the text. -- EDS.
2 1676. Feb. 10, 7. Mr. Sanford dyes.
Mch. 10. 6. Mr. Ransford. 26. Marlborough.
June 20. 8. No lecture, but past the week at Mr. Mathers.
Almanacs. -- EDS.
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 13
Friday, May 5. 16 Indians killed: no English hurt:
near Mendham. 19 May. Capt. Turner, 200 Indians. 22
May, about 12 Indians killed by Troop.
Monday, May 9. Cold encreases mightily, all night
burning Fever: next night rested indifferently.
Sabbath, May 14, 1676. 2 or 3 in the morning, Mr.
Usher dyes. At night Mr. Russel dyes, being drowned
in flegm. Mr. Tho. Shepard buried Tuesd. 5, afternoon.
Wednes: aftern. Mr. Usher buried. Tuesd. 16. Mr.,
Atwater dyes: buried Thursday following, after Lecture.
Three such Funerals, one after another, imediately, I
never before saw. Mr. Atwater was at meeting in the
forenoon and afternoon the Sabbath before. N. B. As
we came from the Funeral, we saw an huddle of persons,
who were bringing Jabez Eaton that died just then in the
Wednesday, May, 24, about 10 M., Capt. Davis dies,
fever, he had been delirious severall times between while
before his death.
Mr. Willard preaches the Lecture.
Mr. Woodrop, Hobart Ger., Nehem. Phips, Weld, Faild,
came after lecture and sat with me. God grant we may
sit together in heaven. May 25. Mr. Adams had a very
pithy and pertinent discourse from Nahum 2. 2. Old
Monday, June 5. Mr. Hutchison chosen Capt., Mr.
Turin, Lieut., Mr. Bendal, Ensign of the Artillery.
Tuesd. 6, late in the Afternoon, a violent wind, and
thunder shower arose. Mr. Bendal, Mrs. Bendal, Mr.
James Edmunds, and a Quaker female were drowned:
their Boat (in which coming from Nodle's Iland) being
overset, and sinking by reason of ballast. Mr. Charles
Lidget hardly escaped by the help of an oar.
Wednesday, June 7., 5 Afternoon Mr. Bendal, Mrs, car-
ried one after another, and laid by one another in the
same grave. Eight young children. Tuesday, June 6,
14 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
Hatfield fight, 5 English killed, about 14 Indians. Wed-
nesday, June 7, Ninety Indians killed and taken by Conec-
ticut ferry: 30 and odd by C. Henchman.
June 10th., Received a Letter from Unckle St. Dumer,
dated March 24, 1675  i. e. last March, for it was in
answer to one wrote, Oct. 29. '75. Aunt Sarah died
about a year and 1/2 before. Peace and plenty. Nothing
of Father's buisiness.
June 16, 1676. Went with my Father to Mr. Smith's,
there to see the maner of the Merchants.
June 22. Two Indians, Capt. Tom and another, exe-
cuted after Lecture.
Note, at the Execution I delivered 2 Letters, one to
Unckle Steph, another enclosed to unckle Nath, unto John
Pike, to be by him conveyed. Last week two killed by
Taunton Scouts, as they were in the river, fishing.
Note. This week Troopers, a party, killed two men, and
took an Indian Boy alive. Just between the Thanksgiv-
ing, June 29, and Sab. day, July, 2, Capt. Bradfords ex-
pedition 20 killed and taken, almost an 100 came in:
Squaw Sachem. July 1., 9 Indians sold for 30£. Capt.
Hincksman took a little before. The night after, James
and other Indians came into
Father Sewall came Tuesday June 27. Went home
Friday last of June.
Saturday, July 1, 1676. Mr. Hezekiah Willet slain by
Naragansets, a little more than Gun-shot off from his
house, his head taken off, body stript. Jethro, his Niger,
was then taken: retaken by Capt. Bradford the Thorsday
following. He saw the English and ran to them. He
related Philip to be sound and well, about a 1000 Indians
(all sorts) with him, but sickly: three died while he was
there. Related that the Mount Hope Indians that knew
Mr. Willet, were sorry for his death, mourned, kombed
his head, and hung peag in his hair.
Saturday, July 8, 9 Indians, 2 English sallied out, slew
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 15
5 and took two alive. These Indians were killed not
many miles from Dedham.1
July 9, 10, &c. This week Indians come in at Ply-
mouth to prove themselves faithful, fetch in others by
force: among those discovered are some that murdered
Mr. Clark's family: viz, two Indians: they accuse one of
them that surrendered to the English. All three put to
Saturday, July 15. Quaker marcht through the town,
crying, "Repent, &c." After, heard of an hundred twenty
one Indians killed and taken. Note. One Englishman
lost in the woods taken and tortured to death. Several
Indians (now about) come in at Plymouth, behave them-
selves very well in discovering and taking others. Med-
field men with volunteers, English and Indians, kill and
take Canonicus with his son and 50 more.
July 27. Sagamore John comes in, brings Mattoonus
and his sonne prisoner. Mattoonus shot to death the
same day by John's men.
Friday, July 28. Mr. Chickery dyes, about 5, afternoon.
Comencement day: Mr. Phips married.
Saturday Even. Aug. 12, 1676, just as prayer ended
Tim. Dwight sank down in a Swoun, and for a good space
was as if he perceived not what was done to him: after,
kicked and sprawled, knocking his hands and feet upon
the floor like a distracted man. Was carried pickpack to
1 The reports and rumors which are entered on the Journal are but a
few of those daily reaching Boston of the direful horrors of Philip's War.
"James the Printer" above referred to, was a native Indian, son of a deacon
of the church of "Praying Indians" at Grafton. He had been educated at
the Indian School in Cambridge, and was an apprentice to Samuel Green,
printer in that town, helping in the printing of Eliot's Bible. He ran off to
join his own people in their assaults on the settlements of the English, but
availing himself of the Declaration put forth by the Court of Massachusetts
in 1676, promising mercy to all who would come in within fourteen days, he
returned and was soon allowed to resume his trade. His name, with that
of Green, is on the title-page, as printer, of the Indian Psalter, printed in
1709. -- EDS.
16 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
bed by John Alcock, there his cloaths pulled off. In the
night it seems he talked of ships, his master, father, and
unckle Eliot. The Sabbath following Father went to him,
spake to him to know what ailed him, asked if he would
be prayed for, and for what he would desire his friends
to pray. He answered, for more sight of sin, and God's
healing grace. I asked him, being alone with him, whether
his troubles were from some outward cause or spiritual.
He answered, spiritual. I asked him why then he could
not tell it his master, as well as any other, since it is the
honour of any man to see sin and be sorry for it. He
gave no answer, as I remember. Asked him if he would
goe to meeting. He said, 'twas in vain for him; his day
was out. I asked, what day: he answered, of Grace. I
told him 'twas sin for anyone to conclude themselves
Reprobate, that this was all one. He said he would speak
more, but could not, &c. Notwithstanding, all this sem-
blance (and much more than is written) of compunction
for Sin, 'tis to be feared that his trouble arose from a
maid whom he passionately loved: for that when Mr.
Dwight and his master had agreed to let him goe to her,
he eftsoons grew well.
1Friday, Aug. 25. I spake to Tim of this, asked him
whether his convictions were off. He answered, no. I
told him how dangerous it was to make the convictions
wrought by God's spirit a stalking horse to any other
thing. Broke off, he being called away by Sam.
Sabbath day, Aug. 20, we heard the amazing newes of
sixty persons killed at Quinebeck, by barbarous Indians,
1 "Aug. 3. 5. Capt. Henchman began.
Aug. 12. 7. Philipus exit.
16. 4. Mr. Buckley. Mr. Zech. Long, Comr.
31st. 5. The great ship stops in launching; falls on one side out of
Sept: 11. 2. Mock Fight. Indian Fight.
14. 5. Miss Brown. -- 16, 7. Wheler Henry." Almanacs.- -
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 17
of which were Capt. Lake, Mr. Collicot, Mr. Padashell.
Dilati sunt in futurum.
Aug. 27. We hear of Major Talcots coming on Indians
travailing towards Albany, to dwell on this side Connect.
river. He slew some, took others with most of the
Aug. 31. Cousin Allah Quinsey is taken ill of the flux,
accompanied, as it is said, with a Fever. Note, Aunt
Quinsey is providentially here. My dear Mother, Mrs.
Judith Hull grows sick the same night and is extreamly
Sept. 1. Her Face very much swelled. Night following,
Mother's pains something abated: humours dissipated.
Sept. 3. Anna Quinsey Died about ten of the Clock,
A. M. Buried Monday Sept. 4. N. B. Cousin Ana's
Water was carried to Dr. Snelling on Sab. morn. He
affirmed her not to be dangerously ill. My Father-in-
Law from the first feared her death, from her trembling
pulse, restlessness, Wormes coming away without amend-
ment, and the well-looking of her Water, when she was
manifestly very ill.
Relations at the Funeral: Unckle and Aunt Quinsey,
Parents, Epr. Savage, Ruth Quinsey, germans, Experience,
whom my Father led, Sam. and Hannah Sewall, Cousin
Henchman, Pounden. Bearers, Henry Philips, Tim.
Dwight, Joseph Tappi[n], John Alcock. Note. This is
the first person that I know of buried out of an house
where I was then dwelling. The Lord in his mercy
Sanctify it to me, and overcome death for me by Jesus
Sept. 13. The after part of the day very rainy. Note,
there were eight Indians shot to death on the Comon,
upon Wind-mill hill. This day a Souldier, Thorn. Fisk,
leaves part. of a Libel here by accident. His debent. was
signed to Muddy River, when it should have been to
Cambridge, which he came to have altered. The paper
18 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
he wrapt them in was wet, wherefore I profered him dry,
that so his writings might not be spoyled. He accepted
it and left his old wet paper, which, coming after into the
room, I read.
Sept. 14, at night my Mother Hull, praised be God, had
Sept. 15. Friday, received Letters by Mr. Clark from
my Unckle St. Dumer, to Father and Mother Sewall,
where in he informs, "We do through some difficulty hear
Mr. Cox most Lords dayes." Letter to Mother of May
29, '76. In that to my Father of same dates, "Mr. Quinsey
is copying out your Writings. He shall also take my Ac-
count. I am at a weak Hand. Something hangs about
me like a consumption. You must imploy some other
man in your Buisiness, for I think I shall not be able to
doe it. You may see that the Leases (in that of June
20, mentions onely Stoak Lease) of your Bargains are
almost run out. You must take some course to new Let
your Land, or come and live in it, or else it will lye to the
wide world, and nothing will be made of it &c." Paulo
ante. "The Bill of £20 you ordered me to pay Tho. Papil.
Bills. Mrs. Hatten's Bill is not yet paid. I am out of
purse already, and if I pay hers I must borrow money,
the which I think to doe this time, but hope that you or
some other of my Cousins will come over, or get some
other to doe your business here. I have done it a long
time, and am unwilling to meddle of paying or receiving
any more. I desire you would send me in your next what
Goods and money you have received of mine. Before
finishing my Letter in comes Mr. Quinsey, &c."
DEAR BRO., &c., Jonas Clark being at my house about Miss. Hat-
ten's Bill, &c. I have been sick this Spring, and am at a weak Hand
still. Therefore did desire you and doe still, that you will now take
some speedy course to have your Business done by some other. I
have sent you an Account, with Copyes of your Leases and Lee
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 19
Deeds. Stoak Lease (you may see) will quickly be out. The Tenant
is a good Tenant, but tells me he will not give so much Rent, when
his time is out. Amongst all your Writings, I can't find, nor never
did see the Copy of your Bargain at Stoake. Mr. Clark told me
you were resolved, or minded, to come over with him. I should be
glad to see you. It seems you have charged another Bill upon me,
payable to Mr. Papil. [Papillon] or his order. I shall leave that for
some other. I told him he would be paid as soon as the money could
be gotten. I have paid all the other Bills that I could hear of. Thus
with my love, &c.
Your loving Brother, STEPHEN DUMER.
June 20, 1676.
"DEAR SISTER, -- From what I heard from Mr. Clark I have
great hopes that your enemyes, the Indians, are conquered before
this. Yourselves and troubles have been much upon my spirit. I
should be glad to hear of the prosperity of New England. I have so
to much love to you and the Country that, had I my health, I could will-
ingly undertake the journey to see you. But I was very glad to hear
that God had preserved you and yours, when so many have lost their
lives and Estates. Its a time of great sufferings in many places of
the World. London and several other towns have had great loss by
fire this summer. Its said a 1000 houses burnt at London, in South-
worke; and its judged set on fire by Rogues. Yet, through great
mercy, we enjoy the Gospel, though it be with some hazard. I hope
it will please God to continue his Gospel to poor England, for I hope
here are many thousands that have not bowed the knee to Baal. I
of think I writ to you in my last of the death of sister Sarah. She hath
left two children. They are far from us, 8 miles beyond Chichester,
or and so can hear from them or see them but seldom, &c. I have
desired my Brother, your Husband, to receive, and send you your
Rents. My Reason chiefly is because I am very unhealthy.
June 20, '76.
In the Letter to Father of May 24, '76: "I find that
you are Debtor, £24. 4. 2. which, when I have received,
Ile meddle no more." Here followeth a Copy of the
20 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
Disbursements at several times and for several things. £515. 14. 2.
More to Mrs. Hatten, 010. 00. 0.
This Account till March 26, 1676.
Fifteen years Rent at Lee. £300. 00. 00.
years Rent at Stoke. 275.
Two years at Stoke when the land was cast on me, 020. 00. 00.
The Total. 495. 10. 00.
This Account is till Lady-day, 1676.
My Aunt Mehetabel writes to Mother, May 26, '76.
Informs that she hath four children living, viz: Thomas,
Robert, Jane and Mehetabel. Cousin Thomas, enclosed
"We have been in many fears for you, because your
enemies are many, both at home and abroad. But I hope
the Lord will deliver you out of all their Hands, in his
Unckles of May 29, saith "before I finished my Letter,
in comes Mr. Quinsey. Mr. Quinsey's to me from Lon-
don, is dated May 27, so that Mr. Quinsey made very
little stay at Bishop Stoke: ex consequentia.
Sept. 16, '76. Mother Hull rested not so well on Friday
night, as before. Mrs. Brown was buried, who died on
Thursday night before, about 10 o'clock. Note. I holp
carry her part of the way to the Grave. Put in a wooden
Sept. 18. Mr. Broughton and his son George being
here, said Mr. George agreed to deliver up his Writings
of the Mills, and give up the management of it to Father
Hull. Mement: sent Letters to Newbury by Mr. G. B.
imprimis, a little packet 6 Letters, Stoke Lease, Unckles
Account, one letter, which had enclosed two from England
to my Father, Unckle Riders, Mary Gouldings: one to
Mrs. Noyes, the last to Richard Smith.
Mr. Reyner, of Sept. 25, saith that their Indian Messen-
gers returned the night before, and informed they saw
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two Indians dead, their Scalps taken off; one of them was
Canonic us his Captain. Tis judged that Canonicus him-
self is also killed or taken by the same Hand, viz, of the
This day, viz, Sept. 18. Goodman Dull, meets with a
Lively Spring, the Well 23 foot deep.
Sept. 19. Mane, Eliza Alcock informs that Mother had
a good night, though she Rested ill on Sabbath day night.
Laus Deo qui orationem non vult non exaudire.
Sept. 20. Judith Hull slept better last night than at
all since her sickness. Note, mark Kerseyes, &c.
Sept. 21, '76. Stephen Goble of Concord, was executed
for murder of Indians: three Indians for firing Eames his
house, and murder. The wether was cloudy and rawly
cold, though little or no rain. Mr. Mighil prayed: four
others sate on the Gallows, two men and two impudent
Women, one of which, at least, Laughed on the Gallows,
as several testified. Mothers last nights rest was inferiour
to the former. Dr. Brackenbury called in here. Note.
Mr. Joseph Gillam comes in from St. Michaels, five weeks
pasage, Loading, Wheat, Wine.
Sept. 22, Spent the day from 9 in the M. with Mr.
[Dr. ] Brakenbury, Mr. Thomson, Butler, Hooper, Cragg,
Pemberton, dissecting the middlemost of the Indian exe-
cuted the day before. X [Hooper] who, taking the [heart] in
his hand, affirmed it to be the stomack. I spent 18s., 6d,
in Ale, 6d in Madera Wine, and 6d I gave to the maid.
Sept. 23. Looked into Mr. Russels Accompts. Mother
rests indifferent well now a-nights. Father ill of a pain
caused in his shoulder, and then on his left side, by reason
of taking cold.
Mr. Reynor, in a Letter dated at Salisbury, Sept. 21,
'76., hath these passages: "God still is at work for us.
One:-ey'd John, with about 45 of your Southern Indians,
have been apprehended since the Souldiers went East-
ward. They we judge them All of our Southern Indians.
22 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
And nothing yet lately heard of damage in the Eastern
parts. A Sagamore of Quapaug is one of the Indians
taken and sent. Canonicus we believe was killed by the
Mohawks, when his Captain was slain. N. B. We have
in our Business here great discoveries of our shameful
Natures. Pray that the Sanctification and Reconciliation
by Xt. may prevail to his honour."
Sept. 26, Tuesday, Dr. Hawkins takes away from my
Mother Hull about 4 ounces of blood. Sagamore Sam
goes, and Daniel Goble is drawn in a Cart upon bed
cloaths to Execution. T. Mat. Tep. pomor. [?] One ey'd
John, Maliompe, Sagamore of Quapaug, General at Lan-
caster, &c, Jethro, (the Father) walk to the Gallows.
Note. One ey'd John accuses Sag. John to have fired the
first at Quapaug, and killed Capt. Hutchison. Mothers
two last nights were very restless.
Sep. 27, Brother John Sewall came to visit me. Told
me of my friends Wellfare, and of the death of Goodman
Titcomb last Sabbath day, after about a fortnight sickness
of the Fever and Ague. One week or thereabout lay
regardless of any person, and in great pain.
Sept. 28. Brought my Brother John going so far as
the little Locust tree, beyond the Causy, on the Neck.
Sept. 30. This morn. about the dawning of the day,
H. Sewall is called up by the Flux, which it seems troubled
her Friday in the afternoon, though unknown to me.
Oct. 1, Sabbath day. The last night H. Sewall rose
twice. Had sundry Stools this day. Mother recovers
more and more. Oct. 2. H. S. had a very ill night and
day. Oct. 3. Last night I watched. Han. S. had an
extream restless night. 8 or 10 Stools. Dr. Brackenbury
advises to Diacodium to move Rest, and approves. Pep-
par boyled in Milk and Water, alike of each. Diacod.
6 ounces. Mother hath scarce any Rest. Oct. 4. Mrs.
Herlakendine Simonds watches: two stools. Considerable
sleep. 6 ounces Diacod. I lodge in the Chamber over
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 23
the Kitchen. Mother hath a very ill night: concerned
for her daughter. I should have noted before that Dr.
Brackenbury said such malignity in the lower bowels was
most times accompanied with an extream binding in the
upper, and therefore things tending to solubility most
proper, though he was loath to give an absolute purge
unless necessity required. Monday, first visit in the even.
Tuesday two visits, to-day one.
Oct. 5. Wednesday. I lodge with my wife. Nurse
Hurd watches. But one Stool, that in the morn., tho.
slept not all night, yet rested indifferently. Note. Mother
had very little or no sleep. Chirur. Hawkins Breaths
two veins in her Foot, takes away about 7 or 8 ounces of
blood. Drs. Brakenbury and Avery present. Dr. Avery
saith the Diacodion would render persons faint. News of
Canon. Squaw and Sonne taken at Salmon Falls Mill, being
seen as they went over the Boom. Information of Canon.
being killed by Mohawks, (according with the first Story,
and that they had not seen a fire of some weeks eastward.
Wife rose in Lecture time.
Oct. 6. One Stool. I rose about 10., went not to bed
again. Betty is taken ill. Mother rests finerly, had not
Betty been ill. My wife sits up almost all day, without
faintness: so that I mistrust Diacodion. Oct. 7. last
night, H. and S. S. sleep together (small intervals except)
till break of day, then I rise. She hath one Stool. Mother
hath little or no sleep: Betty no good night. Cousin
Mary Savage dies about noon. Oct. 8. Last night no
Stool: all 3 sick persons had a very good night, praised
be God. Note. this Even. Mr. [Dr.] Brak. visits Mother,
Wife; Dr. Alcock, Betty: both together at our chamber.
Oct. 9. Sabbath night a good night of all hands. An
hard Frost, Teste Isabele Pierce Nutrice.
Oct. 9. Cousin Mary Savage buried in the afternoon.
Father and I at the Funeral.
Bro. Stephen visits me in the evening and tells me
24 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
of a sad accident at Salem last Friday. A youth, when
fowling, saw one by a pond with black hair, and was
thereat frighted, supposing the person to be an Indian,
and so shot and killed him: came home flying with the
fright for fear of more Indians. The next day found to
be an Englishman shot dead. The Actour in prison.
Mr. Dwight tells that the Minister, Mr. Woodward,
dyed ravingly distracted. Dei Semitoe investigabit.
Oct. 10. Last night, H. S. somewhat feverish, slept
not so well as formerly, yet indifferently; cheerly not-
withstanding, this day. Violent rain and cold. Oct. 11.
Had a comfortable night, tho. rose once. Oct. 12. Had
a comfortable night. Betty extream ill of the bloody
Flux, which almost casts Mother down.
1Note, went not to Lecture Two Indians executed.
Oct. 13. Mother and wife had a good night. Betty
indifferent. Mement. Made an Hen Coop. Mr. Clark
came and stood by me. He, Capt. Henchman, C. Green,
Mrs. Flint, Mrs. Plaisted, dined with me.
Gave Mrs. Williams Letter and my own to Mr. Brough-
ton to be given Mr. Hill for conveyance.
Oct. 14. Last night very comfortable to wife and
Mother. Oct. 15, a good night. This day we have intel-
ligence that the Garrison at Blackpoint is surrendered to
the Indians. Note, Capt. Scottow at home, here at Bos-
16. Good night. Mr. Brackenbury, the 17th. Best
night that mother has yet had, slept without so much as
dreaming. 18, 19, 20, all Good nights. Mother con-
versant in the Kitchen and our chamber. My Wife every
day since the Sabbath goes to Mothers chamber without
hurt. 21 Good night, all Hands. Cousin Reynor comes
1 "Oct. 12 (Thurs.) turned to a fast, and two Indians executed.
-- 30, 2, Anderson sets sail.
Nov. 4, 7, Mugge comes in.
Dec: 4, 2. Gillam sails." Almanacs. -- EDS.
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 25
to Town: in the night passes to Braintrey, because of 's
A Copy of the first Letter I ever wrote to my Cousin, Mr. Ed ward Hull:
MR. EDWARD H. AND LOVING COUSIN, Although I never saw you,
yet your Name, Affinity to me, and what I have heard concerning
you, make me desirous of your acquaintance and Correspondence.
Your Remembrance to me in my Father's I take very kindly. And
I, with your Cousin, my Wife, do by these, heartily re-salute you.
My Wife hath been dangerously ill, yet is now finely recovered and
getting strength. It hath been generally a sick summer with us.
The Autumn promiseth better. As to our enemie's, God hath, in a
great measure, given us to see our desire on them. Most Ring
leaders in the late Massacre have themselves had blood to drink,
ending their lives by Bullets and Halters. Yet there is some trouble
and bloodshed still in the more remote Eastern parts. What is past
hath been so far from ushering in a Famine, that all sorts of Grain
are very plenty and cheap. Sir, my Father in Law hath consigned
to yourself two hh of Peltry, to be for his and my joint Account, as
you will see by the Letter and Invoice. I shall not need to entreat
your utmost care for the best Disposal of them according to what is
prescribed you: which shall oblige the writer of these Lines, your
loving friend and Kinsman,
BOSTON, Oct. 23, 1676.
Now dies Capt. Tho. Russel, well the preceding Sab-
bath, and intended for England in Mr. Anderson. Homo
prop. Deus disp. Omnia. Mother slept not so well as
formerly, yet went to Church in the Afternoon.
Oct. 23. Went from Boston about five T. P.l to Mil-
ton, there accidentally meeting with Moses Collier, Mr.
Senderlen and I went on to Hingham, to John Jacobs.
Oct. 24, Tuesday, went from thence to Plymouth, about
noon; refreshed there. Note, James Percival met us
there, and so we went cheerfully together from thence
about 2. T. P.; got to Sandwich about a quarter of an
1 This same contraction occurs below. We find, by the entry on p. 489,
that it stands for tempore post-meridiano. --EDS.
26 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 1676.
hour by sun: lodged at Percivals with Mr. Senderlen.
Oct. 25, Wednesday, Breakfasted at Stephen Skiphs. He,
Percival and I rode out about 12 miles, within sight of
Marthah's Vinyard, to look Horses: at last happily came
on 11, whereof five my Fathers, viz, three chessnut col-
oured Mares, and 2 Colts: put them in Mr. Bourns sheep-
pen all night. Note. Supped at Mr. Smiths, good Sup-
per. Oct. 26, Thursday, Took up the young four yeer old
Mare, slit the two near ears of the Colts, their colour was
a chesnut Sorrel, whiteish Manes and Tails. The Bigger
had all his Hoofs white: the Lesser all black. Both Stone-
Colts. The Hair of the Tails cut square with a knife.
After this Mr. Smith rode with me and shewed me the
place which some had thought to cut, for to make, a pas-
sage from the South Sea to the North: said 'twas about a
mile and a half between the utmost flowing of the two
Seas in Herring River and Scusset, the land very low and
level, Herrin River exceeding Pleasant by reason that it
runs pretty broad, shallow, of an equal depth, and upon
white sand. Showed me also the 3 Hills on the which 4
towns kept Warders, before which was such an Isthmus
of about 3 miles and barren plain, that scarce any thing
might pass unseen. Moniment Harbour said to be very
good. Note. Had a very good Supper at Mr. Dexter's.
Being in trouble how to bring along my Mare, in came
one Downing and Benjamin his son, who, being asked, to
my gladness promised Assistance. Oct. 27, Got very well
to Plymouth, Tailing my Mare, and Ben strapping her on,
though we were fain to come over the Clifts the upper
way because of the flowing Tide. There saw Acorns upon
bushes about a foot high, which they call running Oak;
it is content with that Stature. From Plimouth Ben and
's father mounted a Trifle before me, I waved my Hat
and Hankerchief to them, but they left me to toil with
my tired jade: was fain at last to untail and so drive them
before me, at last ride and lead the Mare with great diffi-
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 27
culty. When came to Jones his Bridge, (supposing the
house had been just by) put the bridle on the Horses
neck, drove him on the Bridge, holding the Halter in my
Hand. When I came on the other side, could not catch
my Horse, but tired myself leading my tired Mare some-
times on the left Hand into the Marsh, sometimes on the
right Hand: at last left him, went to the Bridge to ensure
myself of the path, so led her to Tracies about ½ mile. He
not at Home, could scarce get them to entertain me, though
'twas night. At length his son John put up my Mare,
then took up his own Horse, and so helped me to look
for mine, but could not find him: after his Father and he
went on foot, and met him almost at the House, Saddle
Cover lost, which John found in the Morn. Oct. 28,
Saturday, Goodman Tracy directed and set me in the
way, so I went all alone to the end, almost, of rocky
plain, then, by God's good providence, Mr. Senderlen
overtook me, so we came along cheerfully together, called
at my Aunt's [in Braintree], refreshed, left my tired jade
there, set out to Boston ward about half an hour by Sun,
and got well home before shutting in, Praised be God.
Note. Seeing the wonderfull works of God in the jour-
neye, I was thereby more perswaded of his justice, and
inhability to do any wrong: put in mind likewise of Mr.
Thachers Sermon, Oct. 22.
The Humble Springs of stately Sandwich Beach
To all Inferiours may observance teach,
They (without Complement) do all concur,
Praying the Sea, Accept our Duty, Sir,
He mild severe, I've (now) no need: and when --
As you are come: go back and come agen.
Novem. 6. Very Cold blustering wether. Note, I and
John went on board. of Mr. Downe, to see Father's Horse
and my Mare Shipped. 7, clear wether. Wednesday,
cloudy. In the night great deal of rain fell. Thurs.
Thanksgiving day, cloudy, soultry, wind, S. E. Friday,
28 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
Nov. 10 clears up, westerly, wind roars. Mr. Downe sets
Nov. 11. Brave, mild, clear whether, and fresh Gale
Novem. 27, 1676, about 5 M. Boston's greatest Fire1
1 This was the second great fire in Boston, the first being in 1653. HUB-
BARD, in his "Narrative of the Troubles," &c., p. 115, writes: "After all
the forementioned Calamities and Troubles, it pleased God to alarm the
Town of Boston, and in them the whole Country, by a sad Fire, accidentally
Kindled by the Carelessness of an Apprentice that sat up too late over Night,
as was conceived; which began an Hour before Day, continuing three or
four, in which Time it burned down to the Ground forty six Dwelling
Houses, besides other Buildings, together with a Meeting-house of consid-
erable bigness: some Mercy was observed mixt with the Judgment: for if a
great Rain had not continued all the time, (the Roofs and Walls of their
ordinary Buildings consisting of such combustible Matter) that whole end of
the Town had at that Time been consumed."
HUTCHINSON (Hist. I. 349) copies from an interleaved almanack, the
following account: --
"Nov. 27, 1676. A fire broke out in Boston, about 5 in the morning, at
one Wakefield's house, by the Red Lion, by a candle carelessly set, which so
prevailed, that it burnt down about 45 dwelling-houses, the north meeting-
house, and several warehouses; the wind was at south-east when it began
and blew hard; soon after it veered south, and brought so much rain as much
prevented further mischief, without which, all that end of the town had prob-
ably been laid in ashes, and Charlestown also endangered, by the flakes of
fire which were carried over the river."
The church thus burned was that of Rev. Increase Mather, of whom the
following story is told by his son in his "Remarkables," pp. 78, 79 : --
"In the Year, 1676, he had a strange Impression on his mind that caused
him, on Nov 19, to Preach a Sermon on those Words, Zeph., iii. 7- . . .
and Conclude the Sermon with a Strange Prediction, That a Fire was a com-
ing, which would make a Deplorable Desolation. . . . At the same time, he
Earnestly urged upon his Consort, a Speedy Change of Habitation; which
could not be Accomplished. On the next Lords-Day, he preached, Not aware
of its being so, a Farewel-sermon, on those Words, Rev. iii. 3.
"The very Night following, a Desolating Fire broke forth in his Neigh-
borhood. The House in which he with his Flock, had Praised God, was
Burnt with the Fire. Whole Streets were Consumed in the Devouring
Flames, and laid in Ashes. His own House also took a part in the Ruines:
But by the Gracious Providence of God, he lost little of his Beloved Library:
Not an Hnndred Books from above a Thousand: Of these also he had an
immediate Recruit, by a Generous Offer which the Honourable Mrs. Bridget
Hoar made him, to take what he Pleased from the Library of her Deceased
Husband. In less than Two Years also, he became Owner
of a Better
1676.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 29
brake forth at Mr. Moors, through the default of a Tay-
lour Boy, who rising alone and early to work, fell asleep
and let his Light fire the House, which gave fire to the
next, so that about fifty Landlords were despoyled of their
Housing. N. B. The House of the Man of God, Mr.
Mather, and Gods House were burnt with fire. Yet God
mingled mercy, and sent a considerable rain, which gave
check in great measure to the (otherwise) masterless
flames: lasted all the time of the fire, though fair before
and after. Mr. Mather saved his Books and other Goods.
Dec. 12, Mr. Ben. Davis came from on Board Boon at
Marthah's Vinyard to Boston on foot. Dec. 13, Cousin
Savage, my wife and self, visited Mr. Hezekiah Usher and
his wife (Note, that she spake for Jane) where saw Mr.
Davis. This day at even went to a private meeting held
at Mr. Nath. Williams's. Emaus Smith spake well to Script.
Philip 2. 3. latter part. Smith spake more to my satisfac-
tion than before. Note, The first Conference meeting
that ever I was at, was at our House, Aug. 30, '76 at which
Anna Quinsey was standing against the Closet door next
the Entry. Mr. Smith spake to Ps. 119. 9. The next was
Oct. 18, at Mrs. Olivers: Capt. Henchman spake well to
Heb. 6. 18.
The Wednesday following I was at Sandwich.
The 3d at Mr. Hill's. Goodm. Needam and my Father
spake to Heb. 3. 12. Nov. 1.
The 4th, Nov. 15, at Mr. Wings where Mr. Willard spake
well to that proper place, Malach, 3, 16.
The 5th, at Mrs. Tappins, where Mr. Sanford and Mr.
Noyes spake to 1 Peter, 5. 7. Nov. 22. Mr. Fox prayed
after. 6th, Nov. 29, at Mrs. Aldens, where Mr. Williams
and Wing spake to Heb. 5. 7. Dec. 6. no meeting because
House: and though his Flock was now Scattered, for several months, God
made it an opportunity for him to Preach every Lords-Day in the other
Churches, and Entertain successively the whole City with his Enlightening
and Awakening Ministry." --EDs.
30 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676.
of the ensuing Fast. The 7th. at Mr. Williams's mentioned
Dec. 14, 1676, Seth Shove was brought to our House to
dwell, i. e. Father Hull's. N. B. In the evening, seeing a
shagged dogg in the Kitchin, I spake to John Alcock, I
am afraid we shall be troubled with the ugly dogg: where-
upon John asked which way he went. I said out at the
Street door. He presently went that way, and meeting
Seth (who went out a little before) took him for the dogg,
and smote him so hard upon the bare head with a pipe
staff, or something like it, that it grieved me that he had
strook the dogg so hard. There arose a considerable
wheal in the childs head, but it seems the weapon smote
him plain, for the Rising was almost from the forehead to
the Crown, grew well quickly, wearing a Cap that night.
'Twas God's mercy the stick and manner of the blow was
not such as to have spilled his Brains on the Ground.
The Devil, (I think) seemed to be angry at the childs
coming to dwell here. Written, Dec. 18, '76.
Dec. 18, Mr. Rowlandson and Mr. Willard came and
visited my Father. While they were here, Mr. Shepard
also came in and discoursed of Reformation, especially the
disorderly Meetings of Quakers and Anabaptists: thought
if all did agree, i. e. Magistrates and Ministers, the former
I might easily be suprest, and that then, The Magistrates
would see reason to Handle the latter. As to what it
might injure the country in respect of England, trust God
with it. Wished, (speaking of Mr. Dean's) that all the
children in the country were baptised, that religion with-
out it come to nothing. Before Mr. Shepards coming in,
one might gather by Mr. Willards speech that there was
some Animosity in him toward Mr. Mather: for that he
said he chose the Afternoon that so he might have a copi-
ous auditory: and that when the Town House was offered
him to preach to his Church distinct, said he would not
preach in a corner.
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Dec. 20, Went to the Meeting at Capt. Scottows, where
Edward Allin and John Hayward spoke to Provo 3. 11.
How get such a Frame as neither to Faint nor Despise.
(8) meeting. Mrs. Usher lyes very sick of an Inflammation
in the Throat, which began on Monday. Called at her
House coming home, to tell Mr. Fosterling's Receipt, i. e,
A Swallows Nest (the inside) stamped and applied to the
Va malum. Dec. 21, being Thorsday, Worthy Mr.
Reyner1 fell asleep: was taken with a violent vomiting the
Friday before, Lightheaded by Saturday, Lay speechless
24 hours, and then died on Thorsday even. We heard
not that he was sick till Friday about 9 at night: on
the Sabbath morn. comes William Furbur and brings the
newes of Death. After last Exercise Father dispatches
Tim to Braintry. Monday morn. Uncle and Tim come
back. Uncle concludes from the Winter, his own infirm-
ity and my Cousins indisposedness, to dispatch away Wm.
Furbur with Letters onely. O how earnestly did I expect
his coming hether, and say with myself, what makes him
stay so long? I might have seen him as I went to Sand-
wich, but God had appointed I should see him no more.
The Lord that lives forever, grant us a comfortable joyous
meeting at Christ's appearance. Note. None of us saw
Mr. Reyner Oct. 21, for he posted to Braintrey in the
night, and he went back when I was at Sandwich.
I suppose the last time that I saw and discoursed him
was -- [blank]. He was here with Mr. Broughton earn-
estly urging to make sure Lands of Mr. Broughton at
Dover to my Father, and so take him Paymaster for the
Anuity laid on it. Mr. Broughton withstood, and Mr.
Reyner feared it was because he would not let it go out
of his hands, though he pretended other things and seemed
to reflect on Mr. Reyner. Note. Mr. Reyner and I dis-
1 This was Rev. John Reyner, Jr., of Dover, who married Judith Quincy,
own cousin to Sewall's wife. --EDS.
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coursed of it in the orchard, and he professed his integrity
in it, and that he thought Father would never have it
sure, if not that way. Advised me not to keep over much
within, but goe among men, and that thereby I should
1Decem. 27. Ninth Meeting that I have been at. Which
was at Edward Allin's. Script. Jer. 10. 24. N. B. Mr.
Moody got me to supply his room: Capt. Scottow con-
Dec. 28. Mr. Willard preaches. N. B. I got but just
to hear the text. This day pleasant and smiling were it
not the day of Mr. Reyner's Funeral.
Dec. 30, Saturday. Capt. Henchman and I witnessed
Mr. Dudlyes Comission for collecting the Customs.
January 3, 167 6/7. Mr. Nath. Oliver and Elizabetha Brat-
tle, a Simon Bradstreet, equit. connubio junguntur. Note.
This day we have intelligence of Boon's being at Road
Jan. 6. Note. Mr. Dean came hether this morning,
and spent a considerable time in discoursing my Father.
Advised me to Acquaint myself with Merchants, and In-
vited me (courteously) to their Caballs. A great deal of
rain last night and former part of this day.
Jan. 8. Bro. Stephen came to see us in the even: I
walked out after Super and discoursed with him.
Jan. 9. Tuesday, at noon stepped out and visited Mr.
Nath. and Eliza. Oliver. Snowy day.
Jan. 10. Cloudy, Cold, noren wind. Note, went on
foot to Mr. Flints at Dorchester, there to be in the com-
pany of Ministers: but none came save Mr. Torry. Mr.
Fisk was gone to his sick Father: Mr. Hubbard and Adams
hindred (as conjectured) by the wether. So that there
was Mr. Flint, Mr. Torry, Elder Humphreys, John Hoar,
Mrs. Stoughton, Mrs. Flint, Senior, Junior, Mrs. Pool and
1"Dec. 24. 1. Wm. Furbur. 25. Visi Sim. Gates." Almanacs. --EDS.
167 6/7.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 33
her daughter Bethesda,1 with a Nurse named Clap. Not-
withstanding the fewness of persons, the day (thro. Gods
grace) was spent to good purpose. Mr. Flint prayed,
then preached singularly well from that place, Cant. 1. 6.
But my own Vineyard have I not kept; which he handled
well, Pressing every particular person to look to their own
Souls Elder H. prayed. After some pause (because the
day/much spent and I to goe home) Mr. Torrey prayed
onely: which he did divinely, that we might not think
strange of fiery Tryal, might be sure not to deceive our-
selves as to our union with Christ. Indeed, the exercise
was such, preaching and praying, as if God did intend it
for me. I prayed earnestly before I went that God would
shew me favour at the meeting, and I hope he will set
home those things that were by him Carved for me. Mr.
Flint sent his Man after the Exercise, so when I had well
supped, comfortably rode home. Chief design (it seems)
in Meeting to pray for Mr. Stoughton.
2 Jan. 17. Wrote a letter to my Uncle St. Dumer, to
desire him to pay Mr. Papil. Bill, and at present (at least)
take care of my Fathers Lands, espec. Lee, writing down
all his Receipts and payments, &c. Sent it in Father H's
Packet to Cousin Hull.
Jan. 17. Went to the Meeting at Mrs. Macharta's,
which is the 10th I have been at. The Script. spoken
to was Hoseah 6. 3. Then shall we have knowledge and
endeavour ourselves to know the Lord (as in the Transla-
tion I have by me). Capt. Henchman handled it.
Jan. 19. Father and self went to visit Mr. Sanford, who
was very short-winded. He said he had been a careless
Xn. And when I mentioned Mr. Dod's words, he said
1 The combination of Bethesda and Pool has had similar examples.
Buenos Ayres lived in Brookfield a century ago, and Virgil Delphinl Parris
was a member of the Legislature of Maine. -EDS.
2 " Jany. 13. 7. Mr. Alford buried.
17. 4. Thanksgiving at Cambridge." Almanacs. -EDS.
34 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [167 6/7.
that was his very case, viz: he feared all he had done for
God was out of hypocrisy. If so gracious and sober a man
say so, what condition may it be expected many will be in
on a Death-bed.
Monday, 2 of the Clock, P. M. Jan, 22. 167 6/7. went to
Mr. Thacher's, and spake to him about joyning to his
Wednesday, Jan. 24. Went to the 11th Meeting at Mr.
Haywards, in the Chamber over Mr. Brattles Room, where
G. J.ames Hill and Joseph Davis spake to Job, 22. 21.
Acquaint thyself with him, &c. Note. Mr. Brattle and
his Son-in-Law Mr. Oliver were there. See the Copy of
the Letter wherein the Houses of some were threatened
to be burnt. Jan. 23. 7 6/7.
Thorsday, Jan. 25, Mr. Numan was here, to whome and
to Mr. Serjeant (who staid here near an hour) I showed
the Copy of the Letter cast into the Governours the
Jan. 26. Went to Charlestown Lecture, was 1/2 an
hour too soon, so went in to Sir Allin, whether came
also the Governour, his Lady, Mr. Mrs. Dudley, Mr. Hub-
Jan. 30. Sent a letter to Cousin Quinsey, which enclosed
a piece of Gold that cost me 23s. Gave the Letter to Mr.
Josson. In it ordered to buy 2 pair of Silk Stockings, pink
colored, black, 1 pair Tabby Bodyes, cloath-coloured, 1/2 wide
and long wastied: also Turkish Alcoran, 2d Hand, Map of
London. Sent him a copy of verses made on Mr. Reynor.
Jan. ult., sent a letter to Mr. Thacher, by the Bagg, in which
Salutations, and some newes. Wednesday, 31 Brother John
Sewall brought down Sister Jane to live with Mrs. Usher,
but the next morn I went to her and she gave me to
understand that she thought Jane would not come, and
so had supplyed herself. Father Hull kindly invited her
to stay here till she should change her condition if she
so liked. Note. Just now wanted a Maid very much,
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courted Goodwife Fellows Daughter: she could not come
till spring: hard to find a good one. So that Jane came
in a critical time.
Feb. 2. Brother journeys homeward. Had him in to
Dr. Brakenburyes as he went along, who judgeth he may
Feb. 8. John Holyday stands in the Pillory for Coun-
terfieting a Lease, making false Bargains, &c. This morn.
I visited Mr. Sanford, who desired me to remember his
Christian (he hoped) Love to my Father Sewall, and mind
him of Discourse had between them at Belchers, Cam-
bridge, which he professed pleased him as much or more
than any he had heard from any person before.
Feb. 10. Mr. Sanford dyes about 9 in the morning.
Buried Sabbath day after Sun-set.
Feb. 7. Went to the 12th meeting at Mr. Morse his
House, where Mr. Gershom Hobart spake well to James
1. 19. Feb. 14, 13th Meeting at Goodman Davis's, where
G. Tappin and Cousin Savage spake to 1 Peter 1. 6. By
which words I seriously considered that no godly man hath
any more afflictions than what he hath need of: qua medi-
tatione mihi quidem die sequente usus fuit: nam socer
(jam pene fervidus propter avenas sibi inconsulto obla-
tas) de stipite requo grandiore quem in ignem intempestive
(ut aiebat) conjeci mihi iratus fuit, et si ita insipiens forem
dixit se mihi fidem non habitutum, et ventosam mentem
meam fore cattsativam. Deus del me sibi soli confidere,
et creato nulli. Psal 37. 3. 4. 5, principium hujus psal.
canebam. conscius, quem propter ea quae dicta sunt maestus
petivi. [See translation in Hull's Diary, p. 253.]
In the thorsday even Mr. Smith of Hingham speaks to
me to solicit that his Son, and my former Bedfellow,
Henry Smith, might obtain Mr. Sanfords House and
authority therein to teach School. Sister Jane brought,
us in Beer. Friday morn Feb. 16, I go to Mrs. Sanford
and (by her hint) to Mr. Frary, one of the overseers, who
36 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [167 6/7.
gave me some encouragement, and said that within a day
or two, I should have an Answer.
Wrote a Letter to Mr. Smith that Frary had given an
encouraging answer, and that I thought no Delay was to
be made least the Scholars should be lodged elsewhere.
Feb. 18. The seats full of Scholars brought in by a
Stranger who took Mr. Sanfords place: this I knew not
Friday, Feb. 16. Brewed my Wives Groaning Beer.
Feb. 21. Went to the 13th Meeting at Cousin Savage's;
where my Father-in-Law and Goodman Needham spake to
Psal. 6. 1.
Feb. 23, 167 6/7. Mr. Torrey spake with my Father at
Mrs. Norton's, told him that he would fain have me preach,
and not leave off my studies to follow Merchandize. Note.
The evening before, Feb. 22, I resolved (if I could get an
opportunity) to speak with Mr. Torrey, and ask his Coun-
sel as to coming into Church, about my estate, and the
temptations that made me to fear. But he went home
when I was at the Warehouse about Wood that Tho.
Satterday, Mar. 3, 167 6/7 went to Mr. Norton to dis-
course with him about coming into the Church. He told
me that he waited to see whether his faith were of the
operation of God's spirit, and yet often said that he had
very good hope of his good Estate, and that one might be
of the Church (i. e. Mystical) though not joined to a par-
ticular Congregation. I objected that of Ames, he said
vere quaerentibus, the meaning was that such sought not
God's kingdom in every thing. I said it was meant of not
at all. He said, was unsettled, had thoughts of going out
of the country: that in coming into Church there was a
covenanting to watch over one another which carried with
it a strict obligation. And at last, that he was for that
way which was purely Independent. I urged what that
was. He said that all of the Church were a royal Priest-
167 6/7.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 37
hood, all of them Prophets, and taught of God's Spirit, and
that a few words from the heart were worth a great deal:
intimating the Benefit of Brethrens prophesying: for this
he cited Mr. Dell. I could not get any more. Dr. Mason
(whom I have often seen with him) came in, after him
Mr. Alden, so our Discourse was broken off. March 6.
March 6, O great Menasseh, were it not for thee,
In hopes of Pardon, I could hardly be.l
March 7. A pretty deal of Thunder this day. Went
to the 14th Meeting at B. Needham's, where Mr. Noyes
and Mr. Alden spake to 1 Sam. 15. 22. To obey better
than Sacrifice, &c.
March 9, 167 6/7, Cold and Clear. N. B. The corner
House in the Street called Conney's,2 next the Harbour,
toward the North end of the Town, was set on fire about
four in the Morn, as is rationally conjectured: for the
middle of the roof onely was fired, and upon a Roof of a
Leanto that came under that there were several drops of
Tallow. It was discovered by an ancient Woman rising
early, and so prevented, praised be God.
March 11. Thanks were returned by the Selectmen in
behalf of the Town, for its preservation.
March 12. Went to the first Town Meeting that ever
I was at in Boston. Capt. Brattle, Capt. Oliver, Mr. Joy-
liff, Mr. Lake, Mr. Turell, Mr. Allen, Deacon, Mr. Eliot,
1 Genesis xli. 51. An application to God of the epithet, The Great
Forgetter of Sins. --EDS.
2 Coney's street or lane seems to have been overlooked in 1708, when the
Selectmen passed their order establishing the names, as printed in the
"Historical Magazine" for September, 1868. From deeds on record (Suff.
Reg. xxiii. 93), it seems that Cuney's lane was known in 1704, when the
heirs of John Mellows sold their father's estate there. It seems as if this
land was on the north side of Sudbury street, on the curve from Hanover
street to Portland street. If so, Coney's lane may have been the name of part
of Sudbury street; or it may have been some lane, now obliterated, leading
across or through that land above described. Sudbury end is on our Town
Records in 1636, and Sudbury street in the Book of Possessions, dated
c. 1643-1650. --EDS.
38 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1676/7.
Deacon: the last pleaded hard, but could not get off.
Severall Constables, Fin'd, as Mr. Hez. Usher, Mr. Jonath.
Corwin [for not being willing to serve].
March 13. Capt. Lake, the Remainder of his Corps, was
honourably buried: Captains and Commissioners car-
ried: no Magistrate save Major Clark there, because of
the Court. I was not present because it was Tuesday.l
March 14. Visited Mr. Willard, and so forgot to goe
to the Meeting at Mr. Smith's.
March 15. Mane, oravit Bocer (indefinite) ne simus
oneri tentationi crucis locis quibus posuit nos provi-
March 16. Dr. Alcock dyes about midnight. Note,
Mrs. Williams told us presently after Dutyes how danger-
ously ill he was, and to get John to go for his Grand-
mother. I was glad of that Information, and resolved
to goe and pray earnestly for him; but going into the
Kitchin, fell into discourse with Tim about Mettals, and
so took up the time. The Lord forgive me and help me
not to be so slack for time to come, and so easy to disre-
gard and let dye so good a Resolution. Dr. Alcock was
39 yeers old.
March 19, 167 6/7 Dr. Alcock was buried, at whoes
Funeral I was. After it, went to Mr. Thachers. He
not within, so walkt with Capt. Scottow on the Change
till about 5, then went again, yet he not come. At last
came Elder Rainsford, after, Mr. Thacher, who took us
up into his Chamber; went to prayer, then told me I had
liberty to tell what God had done for my soul. After I
had spoken, prayed again. Before I came away told him
1 Captain Thomas
on Aug. 14; near a fort on
continuance of the war at the eastward. He had escaped to another island,
and his fate was not known, nor his mangled body recovered, till many
months afterwards. His monument may be seen on Copp's Hill, where he
was interred, though it is not decorated with the coat of arms shown in Bridg-
man's Inscriptions. -- EDS.
1677.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 39
my Temptations to him alone, and bad him acquaint me
if he knew any thing by me that might hinder justly my
coming into Church. He said he thought I ought to be
encouraged, and that my stirring up to it was of God.
March 21, 167 6\7. Father and self rode to Dorchester
to the Fast, which is the first time that ever I was in
that Meeting-House. So was absent from the private
March 22. 23. Plenty of Rain after a great deal of
dry and pleasant wether. In the afternoon of the 23d,
Seth and I gather what herbs we could get, as Yarrow,
March 26, 1677. Mr. Philips arrives from Scotland,
brings the Newes of the Messengers Arrival about the
beginning of December. They send Letters of the latter
end of January. Brought likewise the lamentable newes
of Mr. Samuel Danforth's Death, of the Small Pox.
March 30, 1677. I, together with Gilbert Cole, was
admitted into Mr. Thacher's Church, making a Solem
covenant to take the L. Jehovah for our God, and to
walk in Brotherly Love and watchfulness to Edification.
Goodm. Cole first spake, then I, then the Relations of the
Women were read: as we spake so were we admitted;
then alltogether covenanted. Prayed before, and after.
Mar. 31. Old Mr. Oakes came hether, so I wrote a Let-
ter to his Son, after this tenour :
SIR, I have been, and am, under great exercise of mind with regard
to my Spiritual Estate. Wherefore I do earnestly desire that you
would bear me on your heal-tomorrow in Prayer, that God would
give me a true Godly Sorrow for Sin, as such: Love to himself and
Christ, that I may admire his goodness, grace, kindness in that
way of saving man, which I greatly want. I think I shall sit down
tomorrow to the Lords Table, and I fear I shall be an unworthy par-
taker. Those words, If your own hearts condemn you, God is greater,
and knoweth all things, have often affrighted me.
40 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1677.
April 1, 1677. About Two of the Clock at night I
waked and perceived my wife ill: asked her to call
Mother. She said I should goe to prayer, then she would
tell me. Then I rose, lighted a Candle at Father's fire,
that had been raked up from Saturday night, kindled a
Fire in the chamber, and after 5 when our folks up, went
and gave Mother warning. She came and bad me call the
Midwife, Goodwife Weeden, which I did. But my Wives
pains went away in a great measure after she was up;
toward night came on again, and about a quarter of an
hour after ten at night, April 2, Father and I sitting in
the great Hall, heard the child cry, whereas we were
afraid 'twould have been 12 before she would have been
brought to Bed. Went home with the Midwife about
2 o'clock, carrying her Stool, whoes parts were included
in a Bagg. Met with the Watch at Mr. Rocks Brew
house, who bad us stand, enquired what we were. I told
the Woman's occupation, so they bad God bless our
labours, and let us pass. The first Woman the Child
sucked was Bridget Davenport.
April 3. Cousin Flint came to us. She said we ought
to lay scarlet on the Child's head for that it had received
some harm. Nurse Hurd watches. April 4. Clear cold
weather. Goodwife Ellis watches. April 7, Saturday, first
laboured to cause the child suck his mother, which he
scarce did at all. In the afternoon my Wife set up, and
he sucked the right Breast bravely, . . .
April 8, 1677. Sabbath day, rainy and stormy in the
morning, but in the afternoon fair and sunshine, though a
blustering Wind. So Eliz. Weeden, the Midwife, brought
the Infant to the third Church when Sermon was about
half done in the afternoon, Mr. Thacher preaching. After
Sermon and Prayer, Mr. Thacher prayed for Capt. Scot-
tow's Cousin and it. Then I named him John, and Mr.
Thacher baptized hill into the name of the Father, Son,
and H. Ghost. The Lord give the Father and Son may
1677.] DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. 41
be convinced of and washed from Sin in the blood of
April 9, morn. hot and gloomy with scattered Clouds:
about 11 o'clk there fell a considerable Storm of Hail, after
that it thundered a pretty while. The Child. . . .
April 4th was at the 15th Meeting, kept at our house in
the little Hall, because of my wives weakness. Mr. Scottow
spoke to Is. 27. 9. prin.
April 11 Stormy, blustering fore part, left raining a lit-
tle before night. Went to the 16th Meeting at B. Easts,
where Br. Edward Allen and John Hayward spake to John
6. 57, which was very Suitable for me, and I hope God did
me some good at that meeting as to my Love to Christ.
after of the Slaughter of some persons at
by the Indians, among whom was Isaac Smith, who went
thether about boards. This is Isaac Smith of Win-
April 9, 1677. Seth Shove began to goe to School to
Mr. Smith. April 18. My Father-in-Law and I went on
foot to Dorchester, so were not at the Meeting. 'Twas a
cold blustering day, as the last of March, and almost all this
month has been very cold. Mr. Adams at Supper told of
his wife being brought to bed of a Son about three weeks
before, whom he named Eliphelet.
April 25. even. Mr. Gershom and Nehemiah Hobart
gave me a visit.
April 27, Friday. Hannah Henchman and Susannah
Everenden with two Eastern women taken into Church.
Warm fair wether these two dayes. April 28. Consider-
able Claps of Thunder.
April 28, 1677. Mr. Moody was here, he told me that
Mr. Parker dyed last Tuesday, and was buried on Thorsday.
Mr. Hubbard preached his funeral Sermon. The Lord
give me grace to follow my dear Master as he followed
Christ, that I may at last get to heaven whether he has
42 DIARY OF SAMUEL SEWALL. [1677.
April 30. Went to Mr. Oakes, carried him 50s, dis-
coursed largely with him concerning my temptations: he
exhorted me to study the Doctrine of Xt. well, to read
Dr. Goodwin. Spake to him of the Doctor's death: he
told me that he died of a Cough and Cold which he caught
standing in the cold after being hot in going from the Ferry.
Told me 'twas not safe to conceive a resemblance of Xt.
in ones mind any more than to picture him. Read to me
occasionally part of his Sermon yesterday, wherein he
amply proved the confirmation and gathering together in
a head the elect Angels in Xt. Heb. 12. 22, 33: cum
Note. [May Training No date] I went out this morning
without private prayer and riding on the Comon, thinking
to escape the Souldiers (because of my fearfull Horse);
notwithstanding there was a Company at a great distance
which my Horse was so transported at that I could no way
govern him, but was fain to let him go full speed, and hold
my Hat under my Arm. The wind was Norwest, so that
I suppose I took great cold in my ear thereby, and also
by wearing a great thick Coat of my Fathers part of the
way, because it rained, and then leaving it off. However
it was, I felt my throat ill, the danger of which I thought
had been now over with the winter, and so neglected it too
much, relapsed, and grew very sick of it from Friday to
Monday following, which was the worst day: after that it
mended. Mr. Mather visited me and prayed on that
May 5, Saturday: Mr. Gillam arrived from the Streights.
May 9, Mr. Tanner arrived from London, wherein came
Mr. Thacher who brought news of the death of Mr. George
Alcock, he dyed of the Pocks: also Mr. Thacher and his
Sister Davenport were here.
May 15. Mr. Anderson's Vessel Arrived; as for him-
self, he dyed yesterday about 4 of the clock. T. pomer.
[i.e., tempore post meridiano. ]
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May 16, went to the 17th Meeting at B. Hills, where B.
Tapin and Cousin Savage spake to Heb. 10. 24.
May 30, went to the 18th Meeting at Mr. Wings, where
Mr. Thacher spake to the 4 last verses of 92 Psal.
June 4. Went to Plimouth. June 6. Returned.
June 13.1 Went to the 19th Meeting at B. Williams,
where G. Needham and my Father spake to Ps. 119. 11.
June 17. Sabbath day about 7 m, John Sewall had a
Convulsion Fit. He was asleep in the Cradle, and suddenly
started, trembled, his fingers contracted, his eyes starting
and being distorted. I went to Mr. Brackenbury, and