December 1, 1773

1773 December 1 (Wednesday).  Mr. Whitney and his Brother Lambert came to See me (Mrs. P________ was gone to visit Mr. Hannaniah Parkers Wife).  Mr. Whitney informs me that Mr. Smith of Marlborough had on Monday a fit of numb Palsey.  The Lord pity and relieve him — and prepare for His Sovereign Will!  He (Mr. Whitney) acquaints me with a shocking Rumour about the President, which is incredible!  That he has gone away — was Seen at Westminster etc. etc.