1766 December 25 (Thursday). Went up into the Street on various Occasions. Reckoned with Mr. Silas Hill. Was at Mr. Zebulun Rice’s, his son Adam being there from Stafford. Thomas Arnold carrys to Mrs. Barrett of Hopkinton Vol. 1 and brings Chrysal Vol. 2 which I even hate to read, as they contain Such Depths of Satan; and fill me with deep sorrow for the monstrous Degeneracy of the Age. I am about my preparations. John at School from Day to Day.