1780 January 7 (Friday). An astonishing morning — for the dreadful Storm rather increases. Besides the snowing and blowing with violence the cold is very intense. This is thought to be the most tedious of any that has come hitherto. May God most compassionate pity and relieve me, and also support and provide for the poor! Who can stand before Thy Cold! N.B. All the Pains taken about breaking Roads, in great Measure frustrated. Very few persons can stir abroad at all.