October 3, 1771

1771 October 3 (Thursday).  Mr. Nathan Fisher came and works for me in painting the outside of my House: he colours it with yellow.  My Fields are exceedingly infested with Creatures — both Cattle and Hoggs, both my own and my Neighbours.  My Sister Cushing and her Grand Daughter Miss Lydia here.  They came from Mr. Stones.  Miss Judith is living, but is dispaired of: Miss Joanna worse.  Quilla much as She was.  But old Madam Thatcher of Middleborough, is dead.  Help Lord!  When the Godly cease, and the Righteous fail!  At Eve Master Taylor here — and lodges among us.