from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The appointed day for the periodical lecture of the municipality or parish. (See lecturer, 3.) In the New England colonies it seems to have been usually Thursday.
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Hadley was attacked on a lecture-day, while the people were at meeting; but the Indians were repulsed by the bravery of Goffe, one of the fugitive regicides, long concealed in that town.
The Presbyterian Doctor took up the cudgels to demonstrate, that, although it was proper and reasonable enough to keep the day, as a matter of religious edification, like a lecture-day, for example, by those who saw fit to do so, yet there was no authority, in this respect, binding upon the consciences of those who chose to disregard it.
Such are the profitable sights that serve the good people to while away the earlier part of lecture-day.
See here what a good house Wisdom keeps, for every day is dole-day; what a good school, for every day is lecture-day.
On the lecture-day, the sons of the prophets being all to attend, he ordered his servant to provide food for their bodies, while he was breaking to them the bread of life for their souls.
Bailey complained "… if one happened to make advances in knowledge beyond his neighbors, he was immediately looked upon as an odd, unaccountable fellow, was shunned by every company, and was left to drink his mug of flip alone on lecture-day night."