September 3, 1774

1774 September 3 (Saturday).  Capt. Benjamin Fay came here between 2 and 3 o’Clock in the morn in much Concern and knew not what to do.  After Light and through most of the forenoon, vague uncertain Reports. Sutton men that had gone to Deacon Wood, came back to go down the Road again.  My son Breck with provisions, Bread, Meat, etc., Coats, Blanket etc., for it was rainy, rides down towards Cambridge to relieve Asa Ware, Mr. Spring, and others who were unprovided.  About noon the Sutton Companys come back again and go home,  Rev. Chaplin among them. So do the Grafton men.  Mr. Abraham Temple relates to me, that he, having been as far as to Cambridge and himself Seen many of the Transactions, that there were no Regulars there, no Artillery, no body Slain — but that Lt. Gov. Oliver, Messrs. Danforth, Joseph Lee, Col. Phips (the high Sheriff) had resigned and promised that they would not act as Counsellors — that Mr. Samuel Winthrop computed there were about 7000 of the Country people had gathered into Cambridge on this Occasion — that it was probable, as he (Mr. Temple) conceived, that the Troubles would subside.  N.B. When the Sun run low, Our Company returned (consisting of Horse and Foot about 150). With them were my Son and my young man — all without any Evil Occurrance.  To God be Praise and Glory! I Suppose Capt. Maynard and those who were with him are returned also.