1726 July 5 (Tuesday). I was about various Concerns but I was very faint and incapable of Business. I was at Mather Byles’s and he show’d me (at my Request) his Poem to Mr. Dowding on his Verses of Eternity, Sent in a Letter to Sir Byles. This Poem was published in the Courant No. _____. He repeated his own and Mr. Adams’s Poems on Captain Winslow deceas’d with all which I was very well pleas’d. I was at various places but I was not well in Either. I was very much afflicted with the Oppressions at my Stomach. I was with Dr. [Louis] Dalhonde.
Mather Byles (Harvard 1725), poet, humorist, minister of the Hollis St. Church, Boston, 1732-1776. Sibley, VII, 464-493. For information on Byles’ poetry see the Introduction by C. Lennart Carlson in the 1940 facsimile edition of Byles’ Poems on Several Occasions (Boston, 1744).
The New England Courant, No. 237, published in Boston. Dowding may have been Joseph, b. 1702.
John Adams (Harvard 1721), poet, minister and classmate of Parkman. Sibley, VI, 424-427.
Captain Josiah Winslow (Harvard 1721) was the commander of a fort on St. George’s River in Maine, and was killed in an Indian engagement April 30, 1724. Sibley, VI, 587-589. Byles’ poem was printed in his Poems on Several Occasions (Boston, 1744), and Adams’ in his Poems on Several Occasions (Boston, 1745).