1747 October 24 (Saturday). It rained, yet I set out determining to ride as I could bear and as the storm Should permitt, though it were no further than the Next Town. Stop’d at Justice Harris’s in Watertown. Din’d at Mr. Cooks in Sudbury — called at Mr. Darlings and reached home in some Comfort, though sometimes it rained hard, and was wet all the day. Found my Dwelling in Peace — though bad News round — for Mrs. Chamberlin (Johns wife) lost her Pocket Book in Boston with all her money of her Marketing (10 or 12£). But this was a Small thing compared with the accident at Grafton last Thursday, when Mr. Boynes was about to blow up a Rock in a Well of Mr. Charles Brighams the Train took fire by his picking of the Rock — Mr. Prentice’s son Solomon was greatly wounded and his Leg despaired of. Several others were much hurt yet one man who was in the well, along with Mr. Boynes escaped.
The Reverend William Cooke of East Sudbury, which later became the town of Wayland.