1771 September 3 (Tuesday). Alexander and Mr. Phillips her[torn] Sutton (widow of the late Mr. Noah Rice) came to see us. Mr. Tainter and his Wife came with her. She had also a little grand daughter. At Eve Messrs. Joseph Harrington and Eli Whitney came to enquire of me concerning Mrs. Eunice Rice and her Confession. At night came Deacon Bond apprehending that I wanted to Speak with him. Our Subject was Mrs. Rice, her Confession and Behavior. N.B. In the News Paper the sad account of John Sennett’s Bestiality.
This may have been the same John Sennet who was punished for bestiality in May 1772: “Wednesday last John Sennet, for Beastiality, and Bet Smith, for the second Time of Thieving, were set upon the Gallows, and received the Discipline of Whipping: They were severely pelted by the Populace.” Boston Gazette, Supplement, May 18, 1772, issue 893, p. .