1767 December 7 (Monday). Lt. Baker brings the sad news that Sarah Baker dyed between 3 and 4 this Morning. Mr. Stone and Smith made me a Visit and dine here. They very much advise to our having a Council here to Vindicate my Character which they think grievously suffers in the world, by reason of the unjust Reproches which fall upon me. They leave me towards Eve — Mr. Smith goes to Shrewsbury, and I ride as far as Mr. Nathan Maynards whose son Nathan is ill. I prayed with him, and returned. He is in his 17th Year.