September 3, 1746

1746 September 3 (Wednesday).  Visited Mr. Hows[1] Family again, they being all ill.  Their son Benjamin also is taken.  Was at the Funeral of another of Mr. Barns’s Children and visited Mr. Cooks Family.  There heard of Madam Shirley’s[2] Death, a great Loss to our Province because of her influence with the Duke of New Castle.

[1]Parkman’s neighbor and old friend, Hezekiah How.

[2]Frances Barker Shirley, wife of Governor William Shirley of Mass.