October 21, 1776

1776 October 21 (Monday).  Undertook a Journey to Ashburnham, where I have not been for a Number of years.  Was forced to Stop at Beetons for Horse-shooing.  Bad News from Lake Champlain by Stephen [Badlem?], Captain of the Artillery, that our Fleet is shattered.  I dined at Mr. Whitneys, Northborough.  P.M. to Lancaster.  Drank Tea at Mrs. Wilders (Widow of Col. Caleb).  Lodged at Mr. Harringtons.