DURING the years Ashley Bowen had spent at sea, several travelers, viewing Marblehead with outsiders’ candor, described the town in considerable detail. Their impressions at mid-century could well have been at any time right up to the Revolution. The first description was recorded by Dr. Alexander Hamilton, a Scottish emigré, in 1744.
At one o’clock I arrived at Marblehead, a large fishing town, lying upon the sea coast, built upon a rock, and standing pretty bleak to the easterly winds from the sea. It lies eighteen miles northeast from Boston, and is somewhat larger than Albany, but not so neatly or compactly built, the houses being all of wood and the streets very uneven, narrow, and irregular. It contains about 5,000 inhabitants and their commodity is fish. There is round the town above 200 acres of land covered with fish-flakes, upon which they dry their cod. There are ninety fishing sloops always employed, and they deal for £34,000 sterling prime cost value in fish yearly, bringing in 30,000 quintals,—a quintal being one hundredweight dried fish, which is 3,000,000 pounds’ weight, a great quantity of that commodity.
I put up here at one [Richard] Reid’s at the sign of the Dragon, and while I was at dinner, Mr. [Alexander] Malcolm, the Church of England minister to whom I was recommended, came in. After I had dined he carried me round the town, and showed me the fish-flakes and the town battery, which is built upon a rock, naturally well fortified, and mounts about twelve large guns.
When Parson John Barnard first came to Marblehead in 1714, Boston- and Salem-owned vessels had carried off the fruit of its labors. By the time of Hamilton’s visit, there had been a dramatic reversal, so much of an about-face that the Boston Selectmen began to grumble that “both Fish and Supply is Confined to the Fishing Towns who generally Send it abroad in their own Vessells Especially Marblehead Salem and Plymouth which has rendered them much Abler and Us much less to Support Our Usual proportion of the Province Tax.” Ten years later, the complaints from Boston had become an outcry. By means of the fishery, was the lament, a considerable trade with Europe was carried on at Marblehead, “and the very men in Boston, who heretofore supply’d the Fishery and Traders is at Marblehead and elsewhere, now buy great part of their Supply of English goods of those, to whom, but a very few Years since they used to Furnish all the English or European Goods those persons had.” Fish pervaded the economy and the atmosphere of Marblehead in all respects. Francis Goelet of New York, visiting it in 1750, made that fact undeniably clear.
. . . Before you Enter Marblehead the Roads are Excessive Stoney and Land very Rockey, affording only very Little Pasture Ground, Put up at Mr. Reads where Breakfast, and then went to see the Towne of Marblehead, has abt 450 Houses all wood and Clapboarded the Generality Miserable Buildings, Mostly Close in with the Rocks, with Rockey foundations Very Cragy and Crasey. The whole Towne is Built upon a Rock, which is Heigh and Steep to the water. The Harbour is Shelterd by an Island [Marblehead Neck], which Runs along Parralell to it, and brakes of the Sea, Vessells may Ride here Very safe, there is a Path or way downe to the warf which is but Small and on which is a Large Ware House, where they Land their Fish &c. From this heigh Cliffty Shore it took its Name, I saw abt 5 Top-sail Vessells and abt 10 Schooners and Sloops in the Harbour, they had then abt 70 sail Schooners a Fishing, with abt 600 Men and Boys imployd in the Fishery, they take Vast Quantitys Cod, which they Cure heere Saw Several Thousand Flakes then Cureing. This Place is Noted for Children and Noureches the most of any Place for its Bigness in North America, its Said the Chief Cause is attributed to their feeding on Cod Heads, &c, which is their Principall Diett. The Greatest Distaste a Person has to this Place is the Stench of the Fish, the whole Air seems Tainted with it. It may in Short be Said its a Dirty Erregular Stincking Place.
Bowen had attempted to establish himself as a ship rigger, a trade with which he had become increasingly familiar since Philadelphia in 1746 when he had “got some insight at rigging.” It must have been extremely difficult for him during these first years.
He had no rigging loft of his own. The sailmakers, by custom, provided the riggers for their clients; when employed, therefore, he was forced to haul his gear from one sail loft to another. When not employed at rigging but when eeking out a slender existence by mending sails, the sailmakers took half his earnings for rent. The principal merchants, such as Jeremiah Lee, Robert Hooper, Azor Orne, and Thomas Gerry, were disinclined to provide space for him, preferring to have their work done by men whose prices did not reflect a mark-up for loft rent. There was also on the books a Provincial law, designed to reduce risks of fire, forbidding anyone to improve or occupy any building for riggers’ or sailmakers’ lofts without the express consent of the Selectmen as well as their approval of its whereabouts. Since the Selectmen were guided by the merchants or were, in fact, one and the same, Bowen could expect nothing for himself until they permitted it.
Meanwhile, his wife, Dorothy, helped out by sewing house-flags, but during the period covered by this chapter she produced three more mouths to feed, the second of which, however, lived for less than four months.
The major event of the period was the enactment of the Stamp Act. Marblehead reacted to it in various ways. The town instructed its representatives to the Great and General Court, all the while professing the utmost duty to King and Parliament, to promote and join in such remonstrances as might effectually lead to the repeal of the Act. They were, nevertheless, to suppress “all riotous assemblies and unlawful Acts of violence” such as had been taking place in Boston, and not give their assent to “any Act of Assembly that shall imply the willingness, of your Constituents, to submit to any internal Taxes that are imposed otherwise, than by the Great and General Court of this Province.”
Very little is known about the reaction, outrage or indifference, of the average Marbleheader. We do not know Bowen’s feelings because his day-to-day journals between 1764 and late 1766 have not been discovered. Certainly, as the date of implementation grew nearer, some of the youth of the town followed a course which some may have had reason to regret later on.
Numbers of young Persons in the Country are joining in Wedlock, earlier than they intended, supposing that the 1st of this Month, it would be difficult to have the Ceremony without paying dearly for stamping:—No less than 22 Couples were published on Sunday last at Marblehead, intending Marriage on the same accounts.
On I November 1765, when the Act was to take effect, it was undoubtedly observed at Marblehead as elsewhere along the coast—the tolling of bells as at a funeral, the firing of minute guns from the fort, and the vessels in the harbor displaying their colors at half mast. It may be imagined that there were other, more spontaneous demonstrations on the streets that day, particularly in view of the nearness of Pope’s Day, 5 November, which traditionally was celebrated like a modern Fourth of July and Halloween rolled into one.
A vessel arrived at Marblehead from Halifax on 30 January 1766 bearing a copy of a stamped newspaper. Her captain made the mistake of exhibiting it in public.
The Populace assembled to the Number of several Hundreds on the Training-Hill (so called) where they soon erected a stately Bonfire, with a Staff in the Centre, whereon they hoisted the Object of their Displeasancy, and the whole was consumed amidst the loudest Acclamations of Loyalty to the King, and Love to their Country. After this they retired to a Tavern, where many Toasts expressive of their Regard to the happy Constitution procur’d by their Ancestors, were drank; and Peace and good Harmony crown’d the Night.
News of the repeal of the Stamp Act reached Boston on 16 May 1766, where it was received with suitable effervescence. In Marblehead, all we know is that “an excellent member of society, civil and ecclesiastical, from pure and unadulterated patriotism, displayed his feelings by a golden candlestick for the place of the king, and a silver candlestick for each of his ministers, beautifully illuminating his illuminated house” and that the town paid Benjamin Thompson to go about the streets beating his drum. All other manifestations of conviviality, expressions of joy, gloomy prognostications for the future, bell-ringing, and fireworks must be left to the imagination.
1764 The first of this year I was very sick in the spring. The smallpox broke out at Boston, and when I was well enough I had the care of a watchhouse at the entr[ance] of the Town [of Marblehead],140 and afterwards I assisted in fixing rigging for Colonel Jeremiah Lee, brig Africa, a guineaman. Note: My father’s wife Hannah died May the 3, and he married again May the 27 to Mary Boden, widow to Ambrose Boden. Note: Hannah Reed died this year, and my daughter Hannah [was] born. I was employed the rest of the year about rigging. I lived in a house of my father’s, and I fitted it up and it was sold.
1765 This spring my stepmother would have my father to sell this house to Mr. John Fowler and I to remove to a chamber in a house of his called Norden’s House, and I did so about May.141 I have as much employ about rigging as I could wish under the unhappy circumstances I am under, for I have no loft that I can hire and [am] forced to fix sails at the halfs and take goods for my pay, but I do not know how to do better.
1766 This year I have as much business at rigging on shore as I could do under the unhappy burden of not having a rigging loft, for as our customs was for the sailmakers to find a rigging loft for all their customers I was obliged, when I had any suit of rigging to fix, I was oblige to shift my tackle and gear to the sailmaker’s loft that should make their sails, and when I should have employ to fix sail[s] I was oblige to allow the sailmaker one-half for loft rent.
A memorandum of what I have done at rigging since the year 1766 commenced—
Schooner Dolly to 4 single shrouds @ 3/1 2 jibstay 3 straps
Thomas Proctor to fixing one half at 3
fixed a jibstay for Captain Jonathan Glover
fixed a pair of shrouds for Joseph Pedrick
fixed two pair of shrouds for Captain Griste
John Prince to fixing a sloop’s rigging
Michael Bowden to fixing a schooner’s rigging
Joseph Howard to fixing a small schooner’s rigging
Delivered the brig St. Paul’s rigging to Colonel Lee[?]
Colonel [Jeremiah] Lee to fixing schooner Eagle rigging
Colonel Lee to fixing a sloop for John Patton
Colonel Lee to fixing schooner Swan rigging
Captain Israel Foster to fixing a schooner’s rigging
Captain Thomas Gerry to fixing schooner rigging
to half Captain Griste’s
Captain Knott Martin overhaul his rigging
Sloop Swallow to 2 main sheets stri[ ]
My wife making colors [flags]
Richard Skinner his ensign 4/8 J. Prince per 6/ 8
Mr. Bowde[n] an ensign 4/8 Gage ensign 4/4 A f[ ] ensign 68 9 3/4
To brig St. Paul a sail 15 Schooner Swan and Eag[le] 8/4
Captain Ballister suit 12 Comm ensign 4 Jack 12
Gordon Jack 3/4 Forster Jack 2/5
Howard’s Jack 1 1/4
Monday, 1 Received a coil of three-yarn spun yarn from Colonel [Jeremiah] Lee’s for schooner Swan. Ditto deliver the parceling for Mr. Hooper’s house.
2 Received a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn for schooner Swan.
3 Arrived Captain Richard Stacey from Falmouth. Ditto delivered to Colonel Lee an ensign for Gage.
4 At work on schooner Swan’s blocks.
5 Delivered an ensign to Colonel Lee for schooner Swan.
6 Delivered a Jack to Captain Coombs. Ditto discharged Thomas Johnson as I have nothing engaged.
7 Sailed brig Resolution, John Collyer [for Barbados]. Ditto brig St. Paul for Manchester, John Lee, master.
Monday, 8 Sailed brig Union, Captain [Edward] Hales.
9 Fixed a mizzen-topsail for ship Vulture.
11 Sailed Captain Hales. Ditto the schooner of Major Gallison’s took fire which did some damage.
12 Strapped a parcel of block. Arrived Captain [Neal?] Conway.
13 Nothing to do at rigging. Gather apples for Elets [?]. Monday, 15 Lame leg.
16 Arrived Thomas Lewis from St. Eustatius.
17 Received 3/3 feet cord of wood and half cord of bark from Colonel Lee. Ditto delivered 9 feet of wood to Doctor Ryan’s. Ditto delivered schooner Swan’s standing rigging to Mr. Titer [Tedder?]. Tom Johnson ½ [a day]. Fixed a mainsail for John Gerry.
18 Fixed a foresail for John Gerry. Ditto sent round the schooner Swan’s running rigging.
19 Fixed a mainsail of schooner [ ] Colonel Lee. Tom Johnson ½ a day.
20 Fixed a mainsail for schooner [ ] Colonel Lee. Ditto cut and tarred 10 yards of parceling for Colonel Lee’s brick house.142 Employed Tom Johnson ½ a day.
Monday, 22 Cut and tarred some parceling for Colonel’s house. Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee’s schooner. Ditto received a parcel of parceling for Colonel service.
23 Cut and tarred parceling for Colonel Lee’s brick h[ouse]. Ditto fixed a mainsail for Mr. Hooper [schooner Molly?, Captain] Richard Dolliber. Tom Johnson a day.
24 This day fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Gerrish. Ditto jib for schooner Gerrish.
25 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee schooner. Ditto fixed a foresail Colonel Lee schooner [ ]. Ditto fixed longboat’s sails for brig St. Paul. Ditto jib for Lee schooner.
26 Nothing to do.
Monday, 29 Nothing to do at rigging.
30 Fixed a jib for Colonel Lee’s schooner, J. Proctor.
1 Nothing to do a days.
2 Walking to and fro Pilgrim-like.
3 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee schooner.
4 At work for Colonel Lee at tarring parceling for the top of his new house a day.
Monday, 6 At work in fitting parceling for Colonel Lee.
7 At work on Colonel Lee house from after breakfast till six o’clock.
8 At work on Colonel Lee house from after br[eakfast].
9 Finished covering Colonel Lee house with parceling. The old Hooper burnt.
10 Walking about. Nothing to do. Arrived His Majesty’s Ship Jamaica.143
11 I borrowed my father’s horse and rode out with my family. p.m. finished George Roundey’s blocks.
12 I dined at my father’s.
13 This day I dug my potatoes. Breakfasted and dined at Captain Edward Bowen.
14 This day nothing to do at rigging. This evening was buried Mrs. Bowden, wife to Mr. Benjamin Bowden, of the town. I attended the funeral.
15 This day I received Captain [Jeremiah] Ballister’s main shroud and one coil of three-yarn spun yarn from Lee. This day I breakfasted, dined, and supped at Mr. Martin’s.
16 At work on Captain Ballister shrouds. Sailed brig Salisbury, Captain [Michael] Coombs [for the West Indies]. Ditto sailed Captain [Samuel] Collyer in the [schooner] Dove [for the West Indies]. This day I dined at Prince.
18 At work for Captain Ballister. Dined at Mr. Prince.
Monday, 20 Finished Captain Ballister’s main shrouds. Dined at Captain Bowen’s.
21 After breakfast I set out for Boxford and arrived at night at Bradford &c &c &c.
22 Dined at Mr. Grinew[?] at Haverhill.
23 Dined at Mr. Stephen Barker’s at Andover.
24 Dined at Mr. Moses Porter’s at Boxford.
25 Returned from Boxford. Find all well.
26 His Majesty’s Ship Jamaica saluted 13 gun.144
Monday, 27 This morning sailed His Majesty’s Sloop Jamaica for Boston. Killed poor Cuck Cuck [a chicken].
28 Cleared loft in order for rigging.
29 Nothing a-doing at present.
30 As much. Tarred 12 yard of parceling for Barker.
31 Ditto received a pattern of a suit of colors from Colonel Lee’s for Captain Ballister schooner.
1 This evening arrived Captain Sam Foster [in the schooner Betsey, from Falmouth, England.]
Monday, 3 Received from Captain Israel Foster some parceling and tar and tallow and spun yarn and cordage for straps. Ditto received a shroud hawser from John Griste and 4 coils of spun yarn. Engaged Tom Johnson for a week.
4 Received some hooks and thimbles from Captain Foster. Employed James Vese [Vesey?] for a day. Ditto received a shroud hawser from Captain Foster. Ditto received 2 quarts of rum and 1 pound of sugar.
5 At work on Captain Foster’s rigging. Employed James Vese a day.
6 At work on Captain Foster’s rigging. Employed James Vese a day. Received a pattern of a jibstay and a pair of shrouds &c.
7 At work on Captain Foster’s rigging a day. Employed James Vese a day.
8 Received a shroud hawser from Captain Gerry. Ditto a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn. Received from Captain Gerry a shroud hawser and one coil of three-yarn spun yarn and 23 yards of parceling and one and a half bucket of tar. Ditto delivered a suit of color[s] to Colonel Lee’s warehouse for Captain Ballister’s schooner.
Monday, 10 At work on Captain Gerry’s rigging. Received a coil of worming from Captain Gerry and two p[ounds] of grease. Employed Tom Johnson. At ½ after 4 p.m. was drownded Keet Stacey, negro of Ebenezer Stacey.145
11 At work on Captain Gerry’s rigging. Received a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn. Employed Tom Johnson. Delivered Captain Foster’s rigging to himself.
12 At work on Captain Gerry’s rigging. This evening sailed [Joseph] Hibbert [in the brig Dolphin for Barbados] and [Stephen] Blaney [in the schooner Charming Molly for Bilbao].
13 At work on Captain Gerry’s rigging. Received a coil of three-yarn spun yarn. Ditto a gallon of rum as gratis.
14 Finished Captain Gerry’s shrouds and jibstay. Received 10 yards of parceling.
15 Served a pair of ties. Received a coil of two-yarn spun yarn. Monday, 17 A smart snow storm. Wind at NNE.
18 Somewhat fairer. Sailed the schooner Patty, Jer[emiah] Ballister, for Europe. Ditto [George] Oakes [in the sloop Don Carlos] for West Indies.
19 At work on board Captain Knott Martin getting his mast out. Ditto received his shrouds on shore.
20 At work on Captain Martin shrouds. Employ Tom Johnson.
21 At work on Captain Martin rigging. Employed Tom Johnson.
22 At work.
23 My wife just poorly.
Monday, 24 Began on Mr. Griste’s rigging. Cut and tarred parceling. This night wife quite ill &c.
25 At work on Mr. Griste’s rigging.
26 At work on Mr. Griste’s rigging.
27 This day a General Thanksgiving.
28 Received the blocks for Captain Gerry schooner.
29 At work for Mr. Griste rigging. Finish shroud.
Monday, 1 Smart cold. Arrived most of the fall fare men, very poorly fished.
2 Much cold. Little to do.
3 I went to Danvers to Doctor Wellman’s.
4 At work on Captain Gerry blocks.
5 At work on Captain Gerry blocks.
6 Little to do.
Monday, 8 Received a pattern for two pendents.
9 At work on Captain Gerry’s blocks.
10 At work on Captain Gerry’s blocks.
11 Finished Captain Gerry’s blocks.
12 Very cold. Nothing a-doing.
13 Smart cold. Nothing a-doing at rigging.
Monday, 15 Stormy weather.
16 Nothing to do. Received a pattern of a Jack for [ship] Guardoqui.
17 High Training.146 Nothing a-doing.
18 Grand Training. Delivered said Jack to Colonel Lee. Some snow. p.m., Court business.
19 Very stormy, much snow. A small muster of Training.
20 Smart cold. Came in Isaac Collyer, the last fall fare man. Monday, 22 Smart cold.
23 Smart cold.
25 Cold as Christmas.
26 Somewhat warmer. Receive a pattern of a Jack.
27 Smart cold.
28 Cold on cold, cold.
Monday, 29 Cold—Delivered Jack to Captain Foster.
30 Snow storm.
31 Cold. Snow. FINIS.
1767 I am the chief rigger in Marblehead, but under so great a disadvantage darst not engage a suit of rigging without asking who makes the sails, for our merchants will not let me have a loft to myself as long as they can get jobbers to fix their rigging free of loft rent, and between jobbing at rigging and my wife’s making color[s] we touch and go. Poor times with us.
1 This day very cold. Nothing a-doing at rigging.
2 Cold. The harbor froze over as low as New Wharf.147
3 Somewhat warmer. Wind easterly.
4 Some warmer.
Monday, 5 Came in Captain [John] Pearce [in the brig Wolfe] from Cadiz. Ditto Captain Hooper went to Boston from London.
6 Soft air or rain, wind SE.
7 Began with Messrs. John and Chris Twisden on their rigging. Fine warm weather. The ice all broken.
8 At work on Twisden’s rigging.
9 At work on Twisden’s rigging.
10 At work on Twisden’s rigging. Arrived Dixey.
11 Sailed ship Guardoqui, Captain [Nicholas] Gordon, for Bilbao and [Amos?] Granday [in the schooner Sally?] for Europe.
Monday, 12 At work on Mr. Griste’s rigging. Came in Captain Stephens from West Indies. Fine, warm.
13 At work on Mr. Griste’s rigging. Much rain.
14 Mr. Griste at work on fish.
15 Much rain. Served some straps for gue[ ].
16 Good day for fish. Received a pattern for four ensigns for Tittle.
17 Too cold for straps.
Monday, 19 At work on Mr. Griste blocks. Received from Colonel Lee a coil of 3 [ ].
20 Finished all Griste’s blocks. Cut parceling for Lee.
21 Cut and tarred parceling for Lee.
22 Received two pair of shrouds from Lee, Jo[hn] Stephens. Ditto a coil 3-yarn spun yarn.
23 Smart cold.
24 Fixed two legs of J. Tittle’s shrouds.
27 At work on Tittle’s shrouds.
28 At work on John Stephens shrouds. Ditto received from Colonel Lee’s a pattern of a pair of shrouds for Phil Thrash [Thrasher]. Ditto one coil of 3-yarn spun yarn. Came from Boston brig Amherst, Thomas Dixey, a Londoner. On Sunday the 18 came in Captain Jm. Hooper from Boston, a Londoner.
29 Cold. At work on John Stephens shrouds. Ditto received a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee’s.
30 Finished one pair of Stephens’s shrouds. Came in Captain [Benjamin] Batchelder [in the schooner Ranger] from the Mount [Monte Christo].
31 Delivered Captain Thomas Gerry’s rigging. Ditto received from Colonel Lee’s a pattern of boom pendent and masthead strap and pendent &c.
Monday, 2 This day fine and pleasant sunshine all day. At work on John Stephens’s shrouds, and came round from M[ ] three schooners and fit for the Island of Sables. Sail Will[iam] Blackler [in the schooner Charming Polly for the West Indies].
3 Received a bucket of tar for Phil Thrash. Ditto received a strap for John Stephens, schooner Polly.
4 Smart cold. Poor working at rigging.
5 Smart cold. Little to do.
6 Smart cold. Fixed part of a foresail.
7 Did nothing at rigging.
Monday, 9 Fine and warm. Fixed a strap and pendent for Hucks-[table] Baker. Ditto fixed a shroud for P. Thrash.
10 Delivered two pair of shrouds to John Stephens. Ditto finished P. Thrash’s shrouds and a boom pendent for Baker.
11 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Orne.
12 Nothing in hand. This evening came in Captain [John] Pulling [in the brig Pitt Packet from Cadiz].
13 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Gerry, A. Lovis.
14 Nothing a-doing.
Monday, 16 Sailed John Oakes and Joseph Clothey for I. Sables.
17 Smart cold. No news of Captain Coles.
18 Fixed a foresail for Captain Gerry.
19 Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, schooner Absal[om?].
20 Received a pattern of a boom pendent for Colonel Lee, schooner Jo[seph?]. Ditto schooner Dreadnought sailed, John Bubier, [for the West Indies]. Ditto arrived brig Africa, [William Coles], from Cadiz, 89 day.
21 Fixed a jib for Colonel Lee, schooner Joseph.
Monday, 23 Fixed a foresail for Captain Pedrick, [Le]Craw.
24 Nothing in hand. Delivered boom pendent [for schooner] Joseph.
25 No rigging in hand.
26 This day agreed with Mr. Tucker at 4 s[hillings] per day to assist him with his rigging. This day began after breakfast.
27 At work for Mr. Tucker a day.
28 At work for Mr. Tucker a day.
2 Nothing a-doing.
3 Fixed a foresail for Captain Gerry.
4 Stormy weather.
5 This afternoon finished with J[ohn] Tucker.
6 Payed Captain Gerry’s new schooner.
7 Nothing a-doing.
Monday, 9 Nothing a-doing.
12 Received a pattern of a Jack for Twisden.
13 So cold could not do an[ything].
14 Ditto, cold.
Monday, 16 Fixed a suit of sails for Mr. Collers [Collyer?]
17 Nothing a-doing. Sailed brig Amherst, Captain [Thomas] Dixey [for Lisbon].
18 Nothing a-doing.
19 Nothing a-doing.
20 At work on board the new Hooper.
21 A smart storm. No work today.
Monday, 23 At work on board Captain Wormstead, new Hooper.
24 At work for new Hooper. Came in John Oakes from I[sle] Sa[ble].
25 At work for new Hooper.
26 At work ditto. Ditto received a pattern of an ensign for J. Tucker.
27 At work for ditto.
Monday, 30 At work for ditto.
31 At work for ditto.
1 At work for ditto. Ditto came in Captain [John] Grush [in the brig Sally from Monte Christo]. Delivered John Tucker brig &c. ensign.
2 At work on board brig Hooper three quarter day. This day received the Hooper’s colors to mend.
3 At work on board brig Hooper a day.
4 At work on board Hooper. To wife mend Hooper color 2 s[hillings].
Monday, 6 At work on board Hooper a day.
7 At work on board Hooper a day. Ditto arrived the [brig] Union, Captain [Edward] Hales from Cadiz and [brig] Sally, Captain [John] Bartlett from West Indies [Monte Christo].
8 Much rain. Hoisted the colors on board the shipping as Mr. Thomas Lewis to Mrs. Elizabeth Lemmon was married. Ditto our son and daughter went to school to Mr. Bigsbury’s.
9 Fast. Rain c—. Received from Mr. Ingalls’s 40 yards parceling.
10 Came in Captain [Stephen] Blaney [in the schooner Charming Molly] and [Jeremiah] Ballister [in the schooner Patty] from Cadiz.
11 This day begun for Mr. John Prince about a sloop’s rigging. Received some cordage from Captain Gerry. Ditto borrowed a coil of two-yarn spun yarn from Mr. Hooper’s of 0-2-6.
Monday, 13 At work serving straps for Mr. Prince sloop.
14 At work serving straps for ditto.
15 At work on board Captain Bowen about rigging.
16 At work on Mr. Boden’s rigging at Ingalls’s [sail] loft. Arrived Captain [Jeremiah] Pote [in the brig Hero from Turks Island].
17 At work as per last. Sailed Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua] for Barbados. Arrived Captain Sam Collyer [Jr. in the schooner Dove from Monte Christo].
18 At work as per last. Delivered a Jack to brig Hooper.
Monday, 20 At work on board schooner Polly @ [ ].
22 Much rain. Fixed a foresail and flying jib for Captain Courtis, Captain Ballister.
23 Received from on board Captain Roads seven coils of cordage for Mr. Prince. Ditto received a pattern of an ensign.
24 At work at the loft. Received a bucket of tar from Thomas Martin’s.
25 At work on Mr. Prince’s rigging.
Monday, 27 At work on Mr. Prince’s rigging. Received ½ bucket of tar.
28 Finished Mr. Prince rigging and delivered to Mr. Carman. Came from Boston ship Vulture.
29 Fixed two forestaysails for brig Africa and fix part of a foresail for brig Phoenix. Ditto received Captain Power’s colors to mend. Arrived Richard Stacey from [ ]. Ditto received 7 yards of old canvas from Ingalls for Carman.
30 Received from Colonel Lee 25 yards of parceling for schooner St. George. Ditto received from Mr. Hooper 9 yards of bunting to mend brig Pitt Packet color. Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee.
1 Finished a foresail for brig Phoenix. Ditto fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, Stuart. Sailed Captain Wormstead in the Hooper.
2 Fixed a jib for Captain Webber. Ditto a foresail for schooner St. George. Delivered the brig Pitt Packet’s colors mended.
Monday, 4 Much rain. I killed Mr. [wood]Chuck. The last evening came in the ship Guardoqui, Captain [Nicholas] Gordon, [from Cadiz], and this day came in the brig St. Paul, Captain Lee.
5 Received from Thomas Martin, Junior 2 coils of shrouding and one of 4½-inch and a jibstay. Ditto from Colonel Lee warehouse a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and a bucket of tar and a pattern of bowsprit horses and straps. Came in [Thomas] Renew [in the schooner Good Intent from Monte Christo] and James Dennis [in the schooner Hannah from St. Kitts] from West Indies.
6 At work on St. George’s shrouds. Received from Weatt [Wait?] 4 pounds of [. . .] and 2 quarts of rum.
7 At work on ditto. Came in Captain Sam Pote [in the schooner Nancy from Alicante].
8 At work on ditto. Received from Colonel Lee’s warehouse one coil of 3-yarn spun yarn.
9 At work on ditto. Ditto received a pattern of an ensign from Colonel Lee’s for schooner Tryal, J[ohn] Tittle. Ditto a Jack for brig Phoenix. Ditto 26 yards of parceling for schooner St. George, Captain Patterson.
Monday, 11 At work on schooner St. George’s rigging. Ditto received a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn from Colonel Lee’s warehouse.
12 At work on St. George’s rigging. Ditto received the greater part of her blocks. Ditto a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn from Colonel Lee’s for St. George. Ditto delivered an ensign for J. Tittle. Ditto returned a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn from Gerry to Hooper. Ditto sailed Captain [Jeremiah] Ballister [in the schooner Patty] for Europe [Bilbao]. Borrowed a bucket of tar from Captain Courtis.
13 At work on St. George’s rigging.
14 At work on St. George’s rigging. Finished all her large shrouds. Ditto sailed Captain [Edward] Bowen [in the schooner Good Intent] for Barbados. Ditto delivered a Jack to Colonel Lee for brig Phoenix.
15 At work on St. George’s rigging. Very warm.
16 At work on St. George’s rigging half a day. This evening came to see me Nathan Bowen of Cohansey. Sailed brig Pitt Packet, Captain [Thomas] Power, [for Bilbao].
Monday, 18 At work on St. George’s straps. Ditto came to see me Parson [Penuel] Bowen of Boston.
19 At work on St. George’s blocks &c.
20 At work on St. George’s blocks. Note: wife paid Mr. Wooldredge in full.
21 At work on St. George’s blocks. Came in schooner Dove, Captain [Thomas] Nichols[on], from Barbados.
22 Received from Mr. Hooper’s a jibstay and 1 coil of 3-yarn spun [yarn] for Smith and Rogers.
23 This day a-tarring parceling for Colonel Lee’s warehouse. To 3 buckets of tar, 2 from Colonel Lee’s, one of Captain Gerry. To 12 yard of old can[vas] of Lee and 9 of Mr. Hooper’s, the rest of new ravens duck.
Monday, 25 This day a-cutting and tarring parceling for Colonel Lee’s warehouse. Received two buckets of tar from Lee’s.
26 This day cutting and tarring parceling for Lee. Received two buckets of tar from Colonel Lee’s. Sailed brig Phoenix, [Captain Samuel Hooper, for the West Indies].
27 GRAND ELECTION. Nothing done.
29 Cut and tarred parceling for Colonel Lee’s warehouse.
30 Finished the parceling for Colonel Lee’s warehouse. Ditto fixed a clew of mainsail for brig Union. Ditto delivered St. George’s rigging and blocks to the master by Mr. Sewall’s order, and I sorted their running rigging &c. This evening came in Captain W[illiam] Pedrick [in the brig Lydia] from Cadiz.
Monday, 1 This day I fixed a mainsail for brig Union, Captain [Edward] Hales. Ditto sailed Captain [William] Coles in brig Africa [for Bilbao].
2 This morning a child was found in a well.148 Ditto fixed a small schooner’s mainsail at 3/s 1.6. Ditto came in Captain John Reed [in the schooner Charming Sally] from Madeira.
3 This day nothing to do. Helped Knott Martin.
4 This day fixed a foresail for brig Union.
5 This day fixed sloop Swallow sails 2–8. Came in John Collyer [in the brig Resolution?] safe.
6 Nothing a-doing at rigging. Received from Mr. Hooper’s a barrel of cider, price 12 shilling.
7 Was married Captain Joseph Skillings to Mrs. Elizabeth Foster.
Monday, 8 Fixed a foresail for brig Union.
9 Fixed a mainsail of Colonel Lee.
10 Nothing in hand.
11 Delivered sloop Swallow’s colors mended. Received 9 yards of parceling for schooner [belonging to] Smith and Rogers. Sailed sloop Swallow, Captain [William] Pousland [for West Indies].
12 Nothing a-doing. Came from Barbados Captain John Griste [in the schooner Joshua].
13 Had a notable raising of Mr. [Benjamin] Marston’s warehouse and all hands dined at his dwelling house.
Monday, 15 No rigging in hand at present.
16 No rigging in hand at present.
17 Received 14 yards of parceling for E. Smith. Ditto a bucket of tar for Smith. Served jibstay.
18 Received the greater part of Smith’s blocks from Aaron Lovis. Ditto some cordage from Mr. Hooper and a small coil of 2-yarn spun yarn. Served straps.
19 Served some straps.
20 This day I fixed a foresail for brig Woodbridge. Received 14 hooks and thimble from Mr. Prince for Smith and Rogers.
Monday, 22 This day received sixty-seven yards of parceling from Captain Foster for Mr. Marston. Ditto received a coil of shrouding and jibstay and two coils 3-yarn spun yarn from Captain Roads for Colonel Orne. Ditto received 24 yards of parceling from Colonel Orne’s. Sail[ed] Captain [John] Burnam [in the schooner Hitty for Bilbao]. Finished serving Smith’s straps.
23 This day cutting and tarring parceling for Mr. Marston. Received from Captain Pedrick two buckets of tar for Marston lent.
24 This day finished Mr. Marston’s parceling. Ditto cut some for Colonel Orne’s rigging. Began on Orne rigging. Ditto received from Captain Pedrick one and a half buckets tar, which makes 3½ I lent Mr. Marston.
25 This day at work on Colonel Orne’s rigging. Sailed Captain [Thomas] Nichols[on] in schooner Dove [for Bilbao]. At 1 p.m. William Greeley was drownded in the harbor. At 4 ditto they found [him?].
26 This day borrowed 7 yards of parceling from Colonel Orne for Colonel Lee. Ditto received a pattern for two foremast shrouds and pendents for ship Guardoqui mainmast, a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn. Ditto fixed one of said shrouds &c.
27 Fixed a shroud and pendent for ship Guardoqui. Borrowed 3 yards of Colonel Orne’s parceling. Sailed Will Blackler [in the schooner Charming Polly for the West Indies].
28 Sailed brig Union, Captain [Edward] Hales [for the West Indies].
Monday, 29 Fixed a pair of shrouds for Colonel Orne. Came in Carman from [the] Eastward with wood.
1 This day received from Colonel Orne a pattern for two pair of shrouds and a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn. Ditto received for myself a half-barrel of flour.
2 Arrived Captain [Thomas] Dixey [in the brig Amherst from Lisbon]. At work on Colonel Orne rigging.
3 At work on Colonel Orne’s rigging.
4 Finished Colonel Orne’s shrouds.
5 Came in snow St. Peter, [Captain William St. Barbe?].149
Monday, 6 Received from Captain Picket a mainstay for Guardoqui. Ditto a bucket of tar and some ratline for worming &c. from Colonel Lee’s. Ditto an old ensign and a pattern of a new one for schooner Joseph, W. Stuart.
7 Delivered Captain [Nicholas] Gordon two single shrouds and pendent for Guardoqui mainmast. Ditto finished a mainstay for Guardoqui and Captain Dixey’s Jack a-lending a hand.
8 Delivered Guardoqui mainstay to Captain Gordon. Ditto received 25 yards of parceling for new Hooper. Ditto delivered an ensign and pendent for schooner Joseph, Will Stuart, and bag. Ditto received ten yards of parceling from Colonel Orne’s. Sail[ed] schooner Charming Sally, [Captain Neal Conway for Barbados].
9 Sorted a suit of rigging for a Providence man. Ditto received a coil of shrouding from Mr. Hooper’s for Smith and Rogers. Ditto some cordage and spun yarn and tar from Colonel Orne. Tarred some parceling for Mr. Marston. Sail[ed John] Grush [in the brig Sally for the West Indies] and [Nicholas] Gordon [in the ship Guardoqui for Bilbao].
10 Received from Mr. Clark’s the greater part of Colonel Orne’s blocks. Ditto received a suit of rigging from Knott Martin Junior for sloop, Higgins.
11 Delivered Higgins’s two stays to Captain Roads, to be returned. Received the hooks and thimbles from Mr. Foster’s for Colonel Orne’s schooner. Ditto sloop, Higgins, some work. Ditto received a pattern of a pendent for a small shallop for making said pendent.
Monday, 13 Received a pattern of an ensign for Mr. Hooper’s new brig. Ditto a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee’s. Ditto two pounds of tallow from Mr. Watts. Jack at work.
14 Received a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee’s for sloop, Higgins. At work on Higgins shrouds. Jack at work.
15 Finished Higgins shrouds and boom pendent and hung them up. p.m. I went a-frolicking.
16 This day finished sloop, Higgins, bowsprit shrouds and the large straps &c.
17 At work on Colonel Orne’s straps. Received some small cordage from Colonel Orne’s warehouse and some spun yarn.
18 Strapped the large blocks for Colonel Orne. Ditto received a barrel of cider from Mr. Hooper’s. Jack at work all day.
Monday, 20 This day a.m. delivered Colonel Orne’s shrouds and stay, bowsprit shrouds, horses, ties and straps for masthead to Captain Stickney. p.m. delivered all the blocks except boom tackle, tack tackle, and brails nor boom pendent. Ditto at the New Meeting House assisting Mr. White fitting a purchase to raise the steeple.
21 At work on sloop, Higgins, straps &c. Much rain. Drew out Colonel Lee’s account. Wife not well.
22 Received the sloop, Higgins, blocks from John Homan. Strapped some for to raise the tower at Meeting.
23 At work on sloop, Higgins, blocks. We hear that Captain Bowen is got safe into Cape Ann Harbor. Began on Smith and Rogers shrouds. Received ½ bucket of tar and 2 pounds of grease. Received two small pigs from Mr. Balch.
24 Received two stays from Captain Roads for sloop, Higgins. This evening came in Captain [Edward] Bowen [in the schooner Good Intent] from Barbados, last from Cape Ann.
25 At work on stays half a day. Jack half a day.
Monday, 27 Finished sloop, Higgins, rigging. Ditto fixed a foresail for said sloop. Ditto received some parceling from Colonel Lee. Ditto received from Colonel Lee’s a pattern of bow[sprit] horse for sloop.
28 At work on Smith and Rogers shrouds. Ditto received from Mr. Marston a bucket of tar.
29 Fixed a clew of a mainsail for Captain Hinds. Deliver what parceling I had of Mr. Marston’s to himself.
31 a.m. fixed a mainsail for Captain Pedrick, Philip [Le]Craw. p.m. about Smith and Rogers’s rigging. Much rain, some thunder and lightning. Nothing remark[able].
1 Finished all Smith’s shrouds.
Monday, 3 Seized Smith and Rogers’s shrouds and ditto took of sloop, Higgins, spun yarn 10 pounds for Major Lee. Fixed a foresail for Major Lee.
4 This day I finished a mainsail for Major Lee. Ditto a-white-washing our chamber. Came in Captain R[ichard] Dolliber [in the schooner Molly from Monte Christo].
5 This day I delivered Captain Higgins rigging to Captain Lement. Ditto sorted his running rigging at Colonel Lee warehouse. Ditto finished some blocks for Smith and Rogers. Arrived Captain [Joseph] Hibbert [in the brig Dolphin] from Barbados.
6 Little to do. Sailed Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua for Barbados].
7 At work on Smith and Rogers’s rigging.
8 At work on a mainsail a-fixing it. p.m. much rain. Came in Captain [Peter] Green in the snow Champion [from Monte Christo].
Monday, 10 a.m. Finished [and] delivered mainsail. Ditto fixed foresail and jib, which makes the whole suit for sloop Campbell. p.m. cut parceling for Knott Martin’s house. Ditto they raised the house, p.m. came in Captain [John] Bubier in schooner Dreadnought [from Guadaloupe].
11 Received from Thomas Martin a coil of shrouding, jibstay and mainstay, and three coils of 3-yarn. Ditto received two buckets of tar from T. Martin.
12 Finish tarring parceling for Martin. p.m. received and cut 30 yards of parceling for Campbell.
13 All hands dined at the farm except Prince.150
15 At work on sloop Campbell shrouds. Received from Colonel Lee’s a bucket of tar.
16 Came from Newbury Captain Sam Pote in brig.
Monday, 17 At work on sloop Campbell shrouds. Hired a seaman half a day. Received some small cordage and some block for sloop.
18 At work on sloop’s rigging. Employed seaman half a day. Received a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn for sloop.
19 Received all the blocks from John Homan. Finished serving of straps, and to George Taylor a day at 25 s[hillings] old [tenor].
20 Finished sloop Campbell. Ditto received two pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee for Mr. Grant and ditto delivered said rig to a sloop by Colonel Lee’s orders.
21 a.m. I sorted Campbell running rigging &c. Ditto came in from Barbados Captain [William] Blackler [in the schooner Polly]. p.m. cut parceling for Mr. T. Grant. Ditto began a shroud. Ditto sailed Captain Daniel Glover [in the schooner Three Brothers] for Europe [Bilbao] with Whittrong his Mate in a schooner that was George Stacey’s.
22 Finish all Smith and Rogers’s blocks and served some of Mr. Grant’s shrouds.
Monday, 24 Finished a pair of shrouds for Mr. Grant. p.m. I went to Peter Dolliber’s and took the weight of fish.
25 This day received from Mr. Grant 4 balls of spun yarn and some tar. Sailed snow St. Thomas, Wyatt St. Barbe, for Europe [Bilbao].
26 Finish Mr. Grant shrouds and strapped two tackle blocks for Thomas Martin.
27 Fixed Smith and Rogers’s main and foresails at 6/8.
28 Fixed a mainsail and jib for Mr. Gallison.
29 a.m. fixed a clew of a mainsail for Colonel Lee, John Baker. p.m. at work on Martin’s rigging. Came in a brig, [ ] master, from Plymouth.
30 Mr. Sargent preached at Church.
Monday, 31 At work on Thomas Martin rigging. p.m. on board Martin’s sloop. This ends the 1st year in this book since last September 1766.
1 Wife but in a poor state of health at present, and my brother Edward is ill of a fever.
2 Deliver Smith and Rogers rigging to Samuel Rogers with blocks &c.
3 Received a pattern of two pair shrouds from Colonel Lee for William Boden. Ditto a pail of tar and some parceling. Sailed brig Amherst, Captain [Thomas] Dixey, [for Bilbao].
4 Fixed a pair of shrouds for Mr. Boden.
5 Finished Mr. Boden’s shrouds &c.
6 Mr. Sargent preached. Note: I stood for Joseph Johnson, son to Thomas and Charity Johnson of this town.
Monday, 7 This day fixed a clew of a mainsail for Captain Foster’s schooner, p.m. took a horse and chaise and rode out with my wife. Ditto met with Brother Greener [Greenough?] and wife.
8 Fixed a foresail for Mr. John Lee. p.m. devoted myself with my company. At noon came Grea-Duck [sic].
9 Our friends returned. Ditto received a suit of rigging from Captain Foster of all sizes, jibstay excepted. p.m. fixed a mainsail for Captain [Thomas] Gerry, Ambrose Lovis.
10 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Hines [Hind?]. Ditto received some parceling of Captain Foster.
11 Fixed two topgallant sail and three steering sails and main-topmast – staysail for brig Woodbridge and two jibs, one for Captain Gerry, John Lewis, and one for Tom Gerry, A[mbrose] Lovis.
12 Fixed a pair of Captain Foster’s shrouds. p.m. served a clew of a foresail for ship Vulture. Sailed Captain [John] Pearce in brig Wolfe [for Bilbao].
13 Mr. Sargent preached at Church. Sailed Rich[ard] Dolliber [in the schooner Molly] for Europe [Spain].
Monday, 14 Fixed a course for ship Vulture at 8 s[hillings] the whole.
15 Received 7 feet of bark from Captain Courtis. Ditto two pounds of tallow from Captain Foster.
16 Fixed a mainsail for Major Lee of Manchester. Ditto finished the 2 pair of shrouds for Captain Foster. Arrived Captain [Jeremiah] Ballister [in the schooner Patty from Cadiz] and [Captain William] Pousland [in the sloop Swallow from Turks Island] and some fishermen.
17 Finished the 3d pair of Captain Foster shrouds. Rain.
19 At work on Foster rigging. Received two straps and some spun yarn from Colonel Lee’s for Captain Lement.
20 The Reverend Mr. Sargent gave us two excellent sermons. Fine pleasant day after the rain.
Monday, 21 a.m. fitted two straps for Captain Lement. p.m. fitted a mainsail for Colonel Lee, J[ohn] Tittle, schooner Tryal.
22 a.m. fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Absalom, p.m. fitted a clew of a mainsail for Captain Gerry, schooner Charlotte, J. Ball. Receive a cord and two feet of wood from Colonel Lee.
23 a.m. fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, John Stephens in schooner Polly. p.m. fixed a jib for ship Vulture, ditto a main-topgallant sail, two shilling the fixing.
24 Served bowsprit shrouds and horses for Captain Foster. Wife quite ill with a flux. Began on a old clew of Jo Proctor’s mainsail.
25 Received a pattern of two pair of shrouds from the Widow Stacey’s for snow Champion. Employed Mr. Dennin ¾ a day. Fixed part of ship Vulture mainsail. a.m. finished Proctor mainsail, S. Dolli[ber?]. Wife somewhat better; my father much better.
26 a.m. finished ship Vulture’s mainsail and a steering sail. Ditto finished one pair of shrouds for Champion. p.m. finished the second pair of shrouds and seized them &c.
Monday, 28 a.m. delivered Champion’s shrouds to Captain [Peter] Green. Employed Mr. Dennin a day. Served all the principal straps for Captain Foster schooner. Received some bunting for a flag for brig Woodbridge, Captain Sam Pote. Received some blocks from Homan for Captain Foster. Sailed Captain [William] Pedrick in brig Lydia [for Bilbao]. Arrived [Stephen] Blaney in schooner [Charming] Molly [from St. Ubes].
29 This day much rain. p.m. Came to see us our Sisters Barker and Chadwick. Myself not well, could not work. Wife quite poorly. Arrived Captain [Benjamin] Calley [in the schooner Molly] from Lisbon or St. Ubes.
30 a.m. self quite poorly. Wife ill. At half past seven this evening my wife was deliver of a son, mother and child both like to do well. Myself somewhat better.
1 A grand Training. Returned our friends. a.m. wife’s milk came. Child sucks heartily. Self a-purging yet.
2 Delivered a flag for Captain [Samuel] Pote, brig Woodbridge, which is blue with a Union in it, at fore-masthead. Sailed ship Vulture, [Captain Joseph Skillings, for Bilbao] and brig Wood-bridge, [Captain Patrick Malloy, for Spain], both for Europe. Fixed two foresails, one for Captain Hinds and one for Major Lee.
3 Little to do. Wait for blocks. Wife in a tolerable state. Sailed most of our fall fare men.
4 p.m. our son was carried to Church and was christened by the Reverend Mr. Weeks. His name is Nathan. This evening came to see us my father and [step]mother, Parson Weeks, Deacon Russell, Mr. Prince and wife.
Monday, 5 a.m. received 10 yards of parceling from Captain Foster’s, which makes him 30 yards, p.m. parceled and seized a clew of a sloop’s mainsail.
6 a.m. fixed a jib for Captain Joseph Drinkwater.
7 Served jibstay and boom pendent.
8 After breakfast I went to Ingalls’s loft and fixed a mainsail and foresail for schooner Dreadnought, Captain [John] Bubier.
9 Received some blocks and I strapped some of them.
10 Finished Captain Foster’s rigging. Ditto cleared loft for a new suit. Sailed Captain [John] Bubier [in the schooner Dreadnought for Dominica] and [Captain John] Reed [in the brig Sally for Madeira].
Monday, 12 Came in Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua] from Barbados.
13 Received a coil of shrouding and two coils of spun yarn from Squire Orne.
14 Received 26 yards of old canvas from young Mr. Orne for parceling. My honored father took a Jury.
15 a.m. Sweep our chimney. Ditto fixed a mainsail and 〈jib〉 foresail for Captain James’s schooner, Captain John Pedrick.
16 Captain Courtis set out on his journey. Ditto arrived schooner Lydia,151 John Burnham, and (Joseph Bubier [from] West Indies). Served a stretch on Mr. Orne’s rigging.
17 Arrived schooner Dove, T[homas] Nichols [on, from Cadiz]. p.m. tarred Captain Foster’s blocks.
Monday, 19 Arrived brig Pitt Packet, Captain [Thomas] Power, [from Cadiz]. At work on Josh Orne’s rigging.
21 Finish three pair of Mr. J. Orne’s shrouds, seized them and hung them up. Captain Calley at work in my loft.
22 Fixed a foresail for Captain Foster’s new schooner. Received some spun yarn from Colonel Lee for St. Paul’s sails.
23 Fixed a foresail and forestaysail for brig St. Paul. Euree Tippy buried this evening.
24 Delivered Captain Foster’s rigging and blocks to Captain Newmans of Newbury. Ditto assisted Captain Foster in getting cables and anchors &c. p.m. came in brig Africa, Captain [William] Coles, from Cadiz and a brig which Captain Coles picked up at sea.152 Both anchored at once, safe.
Monday, 26 At work on Mr. Orne’s rigging.
27 At work ½ a day on Mr. Orne rigging. This afternoon employed in repairing my pig sty.
28 A severe storm from the NE. Note: a small sloop drove on Skinner’s Head, but people safe, and at high water a small schooner that was at the back of the beach cut or slipped her cable and run ashore with five men on board. All got out safe. Smart storm.
29 This afternoon I agreed with Captain Bowen to go with him in a brig bound to Boston at 4 dollars for the run. Note: we went on board and hove her off the ground as she has been on shore. Moderate weather 3 somewhat cold.
30 This forenoon we went on board and went and found an anchor which the brig had lost and warped her down some further. Moored her. No orders for sailing. Lay here moored.
31 Waiting for orders. Went on board and new moored.
1 [At] sun rising came on board the brig and unmoored and turned her out of the harbor and got as far as Pig Rocks, and wind came to the SW. About ship and got back again. Lay all night at a single anchor. Came on shore.
Monday, 2 This day at dawning all hands came on board and came to sail and run to the lighthouse and to Boston and moored her at New Boston safe and sound.153
3 Received our pay, paid our way and came home.
4 No work in hand in the loft by me.
5 At work for Mr. White ⅔ [of] a day at 3 s. ¼.
6 At work on schooner Swallow rigging a 13 hours. Sailed snow St. Peter, W[illiam] St. Barbe, [for Lisbon].
7 At work on schooner Swallow ¾ a day.
Monday, 9 At work on Mr. Orne’s shrouds. 1 finished &c.
10 At work for schooner Swallow a day.
11 At work for schooner Swallow a day.
12 At work for schooner Swallow a day.
13 At work for schooner Swallow a day.
14 At work for schooner Swallow a day.
15 At noon departed this life Mary, the wife of Edward Bowen, my brother.
Monday, 16 At work for schooner Swallow a day.
17 At work for schooner Swallow a day.
18 At work for schooner Swallow half day. Ditto came in Captain [Samuel] Hooper in brig Phoenix [from Monte Christo] and Captain Sam Collyer in schooner Dove [from Barbados]. Ditto Captain Edward Bowen wife buried in the Church Yard, not carried into Church; prayers at the grave.
19 Much rain. Smart wind at NE &c. The last night Captain Conway’s[?] sloop was cast away and all the people lost. Part of the wreck discovered by Eagle Island.154
20 This day Colonel Bourn with Conway and a number of hands went to the wreck but could not get her up. Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee schooner Patty. Sailed [brig] St. Paul, [Captain John Lee, for Europe].
21 Came in Captain Grush and some fishermen. Fixed a square sail for schooner Patty and two topgallant sail for Africa.
22 A smart snow storm. Came in Captain George Batchelder [in the schooner Ranger from Turks Island] and a topsail schooner and some fishermen.
Monday, 23 Smart cold.
24 Smart cold. Sailed brig Resolution, J[ohn] Collyer, [for Barbados].
25 Somewhat warmer. Killed a small pig.
26 This day I fixed a foresail for Captain Griste, schooner Joshua. Ditto looked over some cordage of Captain Prince which was used at the New Meeting House and tallow, the small cordage to be 25 twenty five Pounds the worse for wear, and I allow the shroud horses to be five Pounds the worse. Sailed [Jeremiah] Ballister [in the schooner Patty for Europe] and [Benjamin] Calley [in the schooner Molly for Bilbao] and [Andrew] Tucker [Jr. in the schooner Samuel for Monte Christo].
27 I looked over some cordage of Captain John Glover’s which was at the New Meeting House, and I allow it to be seven ½ Pounds the worse for the wear. Ditto fixed a large sloop mainsail. Sailed Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua for the West Indies].
28 Fixed a mainsail for schooner Swallow. Sailed Captain Thomas Collyer in brig Betsey [i.e., Elizabeth, for Spain].
Monday, 30 Fixed main jib and flying jib for schooner Swallow.
1 This day I fixed a spritsail-topsail and lower steering[sail] for brig Africa.
2 Little to do. Received a bucket of tar from Mr. Marston and cut six yards of parceling for him.
3 A GENERAL THANKSGIVING. We dined at home and spent the evening at Mr. Prince’s.
4 Little to do.
5 Tarred parceling for Mr. Marston. Sailed Will Blackler [in the schooner John & Polly for the West Indies].
Monday, 7 Received some cordage from Mr. Orne’s for bowsprit shrouds and ties and straps, and p.m. fixed a jib for Major Lee. Ditto received the blocks from Aaron Lovis.
9 Received a jibstay for Mr. Orne. Ditto fixed jibstay and some straps &c.
10 Fixed a mainsail for Captain Thomas Marston.
11 Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, John Tittle.
12 Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, s[loo?]p, Boden.
Monday, 14 At work on Mr. Orne’s rigging. Much wind. This night much wind.
15 At work on Mr. Orne’s rigging. Smart cold weather.
16 At work on Mr. Orne’s rigging.
17 At work on Mr. Orne’s rigging the forepart. Received a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee’s.
18 Fixed a X [cross]jack sail for brig Africa.
19 Fixed a topsail for brig Africa.
20 Smart cold.
Monday, 21 Too cold to work at the loft. Received six feet of wood and sawed it. Received a pattern of a Jack for Colonel Lee’s brig Africa.
22 Much rain. Received from Mr. Josh Orne Junior 3 dollars. Two of them I gave Mrs. Bowen for Mrs. Hiter.
23 Fine and warm. Sailed brig Dolphin, Captain [Joseph] Hibbert [for Barbados] and snow Champion, Captain [Peter] Green, [for the West Indies] and brig Africa, Captain [William] Coles, [for Spain]. Ditto deliver a Jack to Captain Coles. Ditto fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, John Baker.
24 Fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, John Baker.
25 Cold Christmas. Sailed Captain [Neal] Conway [in the schooner Raven, for the West Indies].
26 Smart cold. Sailed Captain [Stephen] Blaney in schooner [Charming] Molly for Europe [Lisbon].
Monday, 28 Fixed a mainsail for Josh Orne, Junior. Received a pattern of an ensign for Captain Power.
29 Fixed a foresail for Mr. Lee of Man[chester].
30 A smart cold day. A sort of a Training.
31 Smart cold day. Training. Sailed J[ohn] Stephens in Will Boden’s schooner [Polly, for Bilbao].