December 24, 1740

1740 December 24 (Wednesday).  Very Cold.  Dr. Smith here having again been to Mr. Townsends whose Wife and eldest son Sick.  I visited Mr. Townsends Family and Neighbour Barns.[1]  N.B. Neighbour Barns renew’d the Leave to me to cut wood in his Swamp.  His Father Bruce[2] and his Brother Charles there.  My son Thomas not well.  Receiv’d from Boston by Ensign Maynard.

[1]Richard Barnes.

[2]Elizabeth, daughter of Abijah and Mary Bruce of Westborough, married Richard Barnes, Jr., of Marlborough, May 10, 1739.