1776 October 4 (Friday). Having no Body to help me, my Business abroad has miserably Suffered. No Rowing cut — Bushes unmowed, the few Apples are lost: no plowing done, and yet keep Oxen, Mare and plough, for want of an Hand to take hold of it! Almost no Wood; but no Body to go and fetch [more?]. Have 34 Pound of Beef from Mr. Barnabas Newton, at 18d. P.M. Mr. Sumner came to See me. Wants a printed Account of Mr. Ely who is troublesome at Templeton and otherwhere. Dr. Eliot Sends a Girth borrowed in his Journey to Fairfield; it was a Trifle only: but with it [torn] Catalogue, 8 vo. and a Letter, containing serious and religious [blot] on the Times; which grow still more gloomy.