1776 October 12 (Saturday). Mr. Constantine Hardy came hastily with an Horse for me to go immediately to his Father who is conceived to be near his End. I went with him — found Mr. Hardy beyond conversing — he was [blot] we prayed. He expired [illegible] afternoon in his 73d year. I dined there. We eat the Bread of mourning. He has left 12 grown up Children. P.M. I rode to Mr. Childs, called at several [Neighbours?] — particularly old Mr. Pratts, who is grown [better. When I returned?] I am much out of my Element inasmuch as I cant compose new preparations for the ensuing Sabbath; having had so many other Employments, Interruptions, Avocations, and Cares this last week.