1759 July 31 (Tuesday). John How works again, and John Ballard, a Lad from Hopkinton came to hoe for me. N.B. I had let him have ½ Bushel Rye yesterday, in their straights; for which he offered to come and work. Deacon Bond came with a son and Horse and ploughed and hoed till about 11 a.m. Neighbour Moses Nurse cradles some Rye at the Island. P.M. Mrs. Allen and her Daughter (Elder Halsey’s Daughter married to her son Samuel) came to see us. Young Ballard lodges here. Send another Letter to Mr. Forb. to the Care of Mr. Bowden of Holliston, to be conveyed to the Lake.