September 26, 1755

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[1] by him, which I borrow’d of Esquire Steel[2] 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.

[1]Published in London beginning in June, 1747.  Booksellers in Boston often advertised it for sale.

[2]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.