1779 March 24 (Wednesday). Instead of going to Mr. Whitney’s in the way of Bolton (as I had planned) it proved so tempestuous, so violent a snow-storm, that I could scarcely go out of Doors at all. Ephraim’s brother Elisha was here and dined with us. He speaks of the Straits and Difficulties to which many of the People of Bolton are reduced, for want of Bread and how scarce Meat is there. May the great Provider Pity them, especially at this Season, and all others that are exposed in this terrible Storm! In Special that are at Sea.