1747 February 19 (Thursday). Very pleasant Day. Ebenezer breaks flax. I was somewhat devoted to my Preparations but was interrupted almost all the afternoon by a Visit from Mr. Ebenezer Baker. Yet he behav’d with great Civility. At Eve Mr. Francis Whipple and his Wife here. He acquaints me that Lieutenant Tainter was a far more hurtfull opposer of the Petition which was lately put into the General Court by a Great Number of Inhabitants of this Town respecting my Salary, than even any person of the north side whosoever; especially in his Discourse at Boston with the Honourable Joseph Wilder Esquire the chairman of the Committee to whom he said Petition is referr’d.