August 11, 1755

1755 August 11 (Monday).  Deacon Bond tells me the News is confirm’d of General Bradock’s Defeat and Death.  A most Sorrowfull Stroke!  may God of his infinite Mercy Sanctifie it to this Sinfull Provoking People!  and be mercifull to His Servant Shirley[1] and the Forces with him; that they may not be dismay’d when they Shall hear of it!  Barachias and Seth Morse came and mow’d in the ministerial Meadow.

[1]Governor William Shirley of Massachusetts was a lieutenant-general and commander-in-chief of British forces in America at this time.