February 24, 1774

1774 February 24 (Thursday).  Miss Suse Brigham lodged here last night; by her I Send a Letter I wrote to Mr. Cushing of Ashburnham to the Care of her Brother Elijah.  John Fay works for me from Day to Day in cutting wood in the Brigham Lott — day to Day.  And Elias a.m. sleds with our Team.  P.M. Breck p.m. goes to Lancaster; and we have added to my oxen (instead of Brecks mare), Dr. Hawes’s steers, and his young man to drive.  Mr. Joseph Bond sleds to Day likewise.  They brought home, in all, to day, Six Load.  N.B. This Day received a Letter, dated this very day, the 24th, from my Son Samuel informing us that last Saturday at 5 p.m. his Wife brought him a fine Son.  For which great Favour (Mother and Child being in a hopeful way) Thanks are returned to our most gracious God and Savior and may the parents have Grace to dedicate their offspring to the most high, and to bring him up in the Nurture and Admonition of the Lord!  And may His Handmaid Still obtain Mercy and Kindness from God to perfect her Recovery! John Fay and John P________  cutt out and Salted down the Pork killed yesterday.  Mr. Stephen Cook brings me from Dr. Coopers, his Dudlean Lecture.