1772 November 9 (Monday). Hear that Mr. Fitch’s son Elijah is dead. I dined at Mr. Nathaniel Whitneys. Was at Mr. Jonathan Grouts. John meets me to give me the Sorrowful News from Rochester, that Suse was nigh Expiring last Evening and a Man was come on Purpose to acquaint me with it. I hastened home — found here a man who came Express, with a moving Letter from Mr. Moore, writ at 4 p.m. yesterday, and the Bearer, Mr. Eleazer Barrow, sat out when the sun was about 1/2 an hour high; and arrived here before two this afternoon; informing that my Daughter had been delivered above a fortnight before; has a Daughter — but her self was taken very ill last Saturday, and grew so bad the Doctors judged last Evening that She would not live till morning; and I was desired to hasten to her. I proposed to go in a Chaise. We provided one — but could not get a suitable Horse. My own was too young. Breck and John ran from Neighbour to Neighbour in Vain. Mrs. Wood, Deacons wife, offered hers for Mrs. P________ to ride Single. I accepted of it — but was obliged to defer till Morning. Mr. Barrow lodged here. Deacon Wood keeps the Horses; and I desired the Deacons Bond and Wood, to go to the Ordination at Sudbury, without me, and left the Letter missive for them accordingly.