1724 October 2 (Friday). I came up to Westborough. I din’d at Mr. Williams’ (Weston). I asked him to preach my Ordination Sermon. He made Some Provisos. I left him now by 3/4 past 3, But got up to Mr. Brecks by Daylight in. He was very ill. He invited me to tarry with him tonight, but I had appointed to meet our Church at my Lodging and therefore left him. In riding thence home I met with a Sad Mischance. My Cloak (and van Mastericht wrapt in it) broke from my Portmanteau as it was buckled behind me. And it was very dark, but Still I thought it best to alight and look back for it. (I was not so far as Captain Wards.) I did so; and keeping my horse in my hand, with my Eyes near the Ground, and Swinging my Cane for 3/4 of a Mile back, I at length found it. I therefore did not get home till the people were gone. I got a very bad Cold and Sore Throat, But
Reverend William Williams (Harvard 1705). Sibley, V, 295-300.