October 4, 1774

1774 October 4 (Tuesday).  Mr. Haven has three Candidates that board with him.  From Dedham to Mr. Gordons at Roxbury.  He presented me with above forty Books — a Number of them bound, and a Number in boards, printed by the Society for promoting Religious Knowledge.  Mr. Gordon is one of them.  He goes to an Overseers meeting at Cambridge to receive Dr. Langdons Answer to their Invitation to be President.  In my going into Boston I behold the formidable Trenches, the Banks raised up, the Encampment of the Soldiers, both on the Neck and in the Common.  N.B. I called at Mr. Thomas Baileys, who buryed his Wife (my dear Kinswoman) last Evening.  She dyed last Thursday at 4 p.m. May the Lord sanctifie this Breach to us!  My Dear Brother is utterly incapable of due Impressions, or Sensibility of the Death of his dear Child.  I dined at my Son Samuels.  I made a Number of Visits to hire Money for the Relief of my Son Alexander.  Mrs. Surcomb etc.