1775 May 10 (Wednesday). Elias works with Aaron in the Planting, as he has been chiefly assisting him in the Business of the season, since he came from Brookfield. William Bradford, my Young Kinsman, came from Dr. Willsons of Hopkinton, having come from Boston last Saturday on Foot with Capt. John Tyler of Boston, and brought me a Letter from his Father, of their very distressed Condition — and that he, [blot] etc., intend, if possible, to go to Bristol. He brings also another Letter from my Son Samuel of the 6th, in which he says, “I can form no Idea of the Distress of the people of that Town, and the Amazing Difficulty of obtaining Permitts to get into the Country.” May God most gracious and Mercifull look upon their Afflictions, and grant His almighty Grace to prepare them for His holy Will!