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