December 31, 1774

1774 December 31 (Saturday).  So deep and drifted is the Snow that Hezekiah Haden, with 10 Cattle in his two Teams, and though helped by neighbours as he trys to pass the Roads, that he gets no further towards Boston than Dr. Parkers in Southborough, he returns back.  Through the Long-suffering of God I am brought to the Close of another Year.  The Occurrences of it have been very remarkable: Especially by the Changes in the Civil Government — Governor Hutchinson gone to England, Governor Gage in his Room.  The General Court is moved  to Salem, which is made the chief Seat of Government.  The Counsellors made by Mandamus.  General Court soon dissolved.  The Company of Cadets resign and are disbanded: Boston port blocked up by men of War: the Common, the Neck, and Fort-Hill have 5 Regiments.  The Continental Congress, and the Provincial meet, one at Philadelphia Sept. 5, the other Concord and Cambridge.  The Towns in Confusion by Reason that the Superior and Inferior Courts cease.  Mobs and Riots; Whigs and Torys — as if our Happiness were nigh to an End!  O God save us!