1748 July 22 (Friday). I rode out in the morning as I think it is my Duty, considering my Circumstances, first to Mr. Nurse’s for Some shooing of my Colt then to divers Neighbours to look up Rakers. N.B. Merchant Rice can’t go himself, but Sends a Bottle of Rum (nigh a Quart) to encourage them that did. Amos Whitney, Jonathan Devereux (from Captain Maynard) and Mr. Beriah Rice’s Son Timothy, together with my Ebenezer rak’d in the Meadow. P.M. there went divers others viz. Mr. Jonas Child and Jonathan Grout and near night Mr. Eliezer Rice lent a Hand. N.B. Some uncomfortable Discourse with Neighbour Eliezer Rice in the forenoon about the precincts agreement with me about my annual Stipend. I had an afternoon of great Labour and worry among my Hay at Home.