October 22, 1776

1776 October 22 (Tuesday).  Mr. Harrington rides with me — first to Mr. Quincy’s, and then further accompanyed me 3 or 4 Miles.  I dined at Mr. Gardners at Leominster.  N.B. Col. Wood of Stow, with his Wife and son there.  P.M. prosecute my Journey, and meet with Mr. Paul Langdon from Winchester, who confirms the bad News from the Lakes, that our Forces by Sea are defeated.  A Letter has come from General Gates to Capt. Alexander to hasten his militia forthwith.  Arrive at Ashburnham at Eve.  Found My Children, and theirs well.  D.G.  But I was troubled with a Pain in my back.  May the Lord pity me!  But especially May the Lord pity His People in the great Distress!