1771 October 9 (Wednesday). It was So great a Storm Night and Morn that we could not husk. Cattle and Hogs very troublesome. But, What is peculiarly distressing is my Wife’s Lameness — which is advancing: the sore runs exceedingly. May the Lord Sanctify it to us and prepare us for His holy Will. We received from Daughter Cushing dated Oct. 1: I wrote by Mr. Arnold going to Fitchbourg, an Answer thereto. At night Mr. Eli Whitney having been at Boston informs me that he saw Sophy there.