1755 September 26 (Friday). A Great Frost last Night. Mr. Thomas Stoddard promoted to be a Captain of a Company going to Crown Point, was here and his son Boardman with him. N.B. I Sent home the Three Universal Magazines by him, which I borrow’d of Esquire Steel of Leicester. Exceedingly encumber’d and Disappointed with respect to my design’d Kitchin — no Timber comes from Joslins as I expected — and my Field which I broke up in June — can’t get the Fencing Stuff. My Son Ebenezer, instead of bringing Stuff here as I expected, goes to work for Mr. How without saying a word to me of it, which greatly disappoints and troubles me. Brother Hicks returns from Boston and lodges here. Another Frosty night.
Published in London beginning in June, 1747. Booksellers in Boston often advertised it for sale.
Thomas Steel (Harvard 1730) was a businessman who served as town clerk and representative. In 1756 he was appointed judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Worcester County. See Washburn, Leicester, pp. 179-180, and Sibley, VIII, 783-785.