A second son left injured.
The following is from the journal of Simon Davis from 1797. Davis, a businessman and father, lived in Boylston, in what is now West Boylston. In these entries, Davis finds Mr. Nash's sermon very favorable and he views Boylston's 'warlike' stores.
Simon also has favorable interview with lay minister Mr. Nash. Simon lost his 5-year-old son Ezra and now almost loses his other young son, Addison. Lay minister Ward Cotton becomes the Rev. Ward Cotton. Finally, Simon meets his new stepmother for the first time.
"Boylston, Monday, May 28, 1797 -- Rainy morning -- wind shifted from SE to NW -- cleared off -- Windy -- At meeting -- Heard Mr. Nash preach from 1st Timothy 1st and 17th -- Attributes of Deity discouraged upon -- viz, Supremacy -- eternity, immortality, invisibility and wisdom -- with peculiar elegance and propriety -- Also from Isaiah 66th and 2nd -- 'But to this Man will I look' and poverty, contrition and fear in the sense of the text aptly illustrated and applied -- a most serious and interesting discourse.
"Wednesday, May 31 -- General election in Boston -- P.M. rode to Worcester and back -- no company this day -- cool.
"Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2 -- At Capt. Longley's stating Invoice for Taxes -- viewed the town's warlike stores and found to answer the requirement of ye law.
"Saturday, June 3 -- Fairly warm -- Anderson and Keyes Triphammer started yesterday -- At Dr. Moore's -- agreeable interview Mr. Nash -- at ye raising of Amasa Holt's house.
Sunday, June 4 -- Fair and warm -- at Meeting -- heard Mr. Nash from Genesis: 'Thou God seest me.' Brief illustration of ye omnipresence of Deity -- with useful and pertinent reflections -- and from Joshua: 'If it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve.' -- His first prayer in afternoon shorter than usual -- would rather his exercise at this season were a little longer. --
"My dear Addison this morning fell from the horse and was slightly wounded on his head -- have praised the Lord our protector who saves us in danger -- who upholds our goings -- trust in him O my Soul -- forget not his loving kindness and tender mercy -- the same fall my dear child met with might have closed his mortal life -- had his head which struck the earth with violence fell on a rock, it might have been a wonderful delivery if he had been saved.
"Tuesday, June 6 -- Fair at home -- Hemmenway and J picking bark (for tanning leather) at Dr. Moore's -- Father and his lady -- my new stepmother arrived and tarried with us -- never seen her before -- she appears to be an agreeable woman -- hope she may add much happiness of my father's later years -- agreeably rainy night.
"Wednesday, June 7, 1797 -- Fine day -- attended the ordination of Rev. Ward Cotton in the 1st Precinct in Boylston -- large assembly -- Rev. R. Holcomb made first prayer -- Rev. Dr. Robbins of Plymouth delivered an ingenious discourse from Luke 9th and 1th -- 'Go now and preach ye Kingdom of God,' -- Rev. Peter Whitney gave the charge -- Rev. Avery prayed and Rev. Aaron Bancroft gave the right Road of Fellowship -- Music very good.''
To be continued.
Fred Brown is the curator and past president of the Boylston Historical Society and Museum, located at 7 Central St.