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|Named Person:||John Ballantine; Robert Breck; Aaron Burr; Jonathan Edwards; Samuel Mather|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
John Ballantine; Joseph D Bartlett
|Description:||1 v. (282 leaves) ; octavo.|
Included are references to the Rev. Robert Breck (1713-1784), whose ordination had stirred a controversy in 1736; the outbreak and battles of the French and Indian War; the "Separatists" who broke with Ballantine's church because they opposed the partaking of communion by those who had not experienced conversion; and visits paid to Ballantine by such people as Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), President Aaron Burr (1715/16-1757) of Princeton University, and Samuel Mather (1706-1785), one of his closest friends. There are daily entries concerning his ministerial duties, visits, family activities, illnesses in town (especially a smallpox epidemic in 1760), and an annual list of donations of food and fuel given to him by his parishioners.
The diary contains information about slaves owned by various townspeople, murders committed in the region and punishments, Ballantine's attendance at local church councils and association meetings, preparation of his students for admission to Harvard, and the beginnings of trouble between the American Colonies and Great Britain during the 1770s. Ballantine also referred to a traveling show that was staged in Westfield in 1773, complete with wire-walkers.
- Ballantine, John, -- 1716-1776.
- Breck, Robert, -- 1713-1784.
- Burr, Aaron, -- 1716-1757.
- Edwards, Jonathan, -- 1703-1758.
- Mather, Samuel, -- 1706-1785.
- Harvard University.
- Congregational churches.
- Local councils of churches.
- Manners and customs.
- New England -- Social life and customs.
- United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763.
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
- Westfield (Mass.)