June 2, 1775

1775 June 2 (Friday).  In the Morning Richard Cary Esq. came to Swan’s and took me to his House to Breakfast.  Performed Family Prayers at each place.  N.B. going down on the Ferry Wharf, had the B Prospect of the garrisoned, [devoted?] Town — and several Men of War.  It was said that some of our People from Chelsey burnt a Building at Noddle’s Island — and were otherwise endeavouring to annoy the Kings Forces.  I saw the Somersett fire Several times at them.  There was also firing from other Parts of the Harbour, as if a Number of Vessels were come in.  Mr. Hopkins the Ferry-man, who took last Evening my Letter directed to my Son (and which was inspected by a person appointed for that Purpose) brought me an Answer at Capt. Goodwins where my Horse had been put up.  From Charlestown came up to Cambridge.  Dined at Capt. Wheelocks Chamber.  Rode to Mrs. Hicks to Sympathize with her and her Children.  Called upon Brother Champney.  Hastened up to Watertown, but was Stopped again by a Guard.  Was providentially relieved by Col. Thomas Gardners being at Hand, and gave Me a pass.  N.B. I was in no wise aware of needing any, till I came to the place.  I rode to Capt. Barnards in Watertown, and thence to Mr. Bridge’s in Sudbury, where I lodged.