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.