August 6, 1723

1723 August 6 (Tuesday).  Prayers and Breakfast Ended we took pleasant walks to See the Farms those Gentlemen had in the Town.  While the Colonels and Lieutenant Lee were further Engaged about their Particular Country Managery, Mr. Winthrop, Mr. Flagg and I walk’d to a fine Brook and Fish’d.  We Caught Salmon-Trouts, etc.  These were very well taken; and we din’d richly on them, Colonel Minot himself dressing them.  According to my own Assignation, there came the same young Mr. Rice that accompanyed me up, with purpose this Afternoon to go over to Sutton to visit Mr. McKinstry.[1]  Thus I was obliged to leave this good Company and take my Ride, and we made no other Stop than at Mr. Rice’s Lodging, a little.  We did not gain Mr. McKinstry’s House till just Dark, though twas counted but 6 Miles.  I found them in good Health, and I was well Entertained.  Here I lodged very pleasantly, (considering, ____________).  [Word crossed out.]

[1]Reverend John McKinstry (1677-1754).  First minister of Sutton, Mass.  William A. Benedict and Hiram A. Tracy, History of Sutton (Worcester, 1878), pp. 691-693.