May 4, 1780

1780 May 4 (Thursday).  While much embarrassed and pritty lame, Stephen Batherick came within Reach, and was very much at Leisure.  I hired him for 15/ per Day to be paid according to the old way, and he came and worked the afternoon. Breck returns from Boston, brings a Letter from Elias at Cambridge, concerning the Installment of Mr. Sam’l Williams heretofore of Bradford, Professor of Mathematics and experimental Philosophy — a marvelous time.  At eve came Lieut. Jonathan Grout, Messrs. Eli Whitney and Jonathan Forbes, and are concerned about Brother Adams’s coming to Communion.  I advised them to go and make him a visit, and after that let me know.