1773 January 9 (Saturday). Heard of the Sudden Death of Mr. Thomas Walker of Hopkinton. O that God would grant I may be always ready for my own Departure! Deacon Wood came and killed a large Swine (a sow) for me. Mr. Joseph Harrington being here, assisted. Very unexpectedly Mr. Jesse Reed, Candidate, and preacher at Grafton, came and dined with us. His Errand is to request me to Preach at Shrewsbury tomorrow in his stead. Mr. Sumner being to administer the Lords Supper at Grafton. I complyed and went.