1778 July 17 (Friday). This morning early came Elias from Cambridge in his Brother Williams Chaise and brings a Letter from Mr. Thomas Barrett to sister Champney, which is to her great Disappointment as she hoped and expected to have gone to live at his House; but he now signifies to her that he can’t admitt her there. P.M. Visited Mrs. Martha Fish who is sick of a Fever. I conversed and prayed with her.
We are informed that Mr. Peter Bent of Northborough was taken ill last Evening, and dyed before Morning. May God grant His almighty Grace to quicken me to a due Preparation for the All-important Hour!