November 18, 1774

1774 November 18 (Friday).  Old Mr. Nathaniel Whitney dined with me.  Our Conversation soon turned upon Bolton, and my (as he called it) withdrawing Communion with them.  Mr. Elisha Goddard of Sutton, come from Boston, says that yesterday a Vessel from England brought News that there was a new Parliament.  At Eve Deacon Wood here, and informs me that Mr. Whitney had been with him, asking him whether he would not go to Capt. Benjamin Fays this Eve, for there was to be a meeting there this Evening (though the Captain is Sick) to draw up and Sign Articles for a Church meeting; But Deacon chose to come to me.  N.B. Mr. Whitney gave me no account of this meeting.  I was much obliged to the Deacon for this Kindness and Friendliness.  At Eve also came my Kinsman Mr. Alexander Oliver from Boston, who acquaints me that my Grand Daughter Coffin of Gloucester is Safely delivered; and Mother and Child in an hopeful way.  To God most high be Glory and Praise. This is the first Great Grand Child I have been blessed with.  May it be a great Blessing to its Age!