AS 1765 had been the year of the Stamp Act in Marblehead, so 1769 was the year of the Greenwich Hospital Tax and of the Non-Importation Agreement.
In 1705 the imposing buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren on the south bank of the Thames below London at Greenwich Reach were completed for the maintenance of aged and disabled seamen. Among its various means of support was the revenue derived from a tax of sixpence per month per mariner, a tax soon extended to the American Colonies but supposedly exclusive of fishermen. American sailors considered it unfair, with justification, because there was little likelihood of their being able to take advantage of the benefits, but it had not become a major issue due to slack enforcement in its collection.
Now, with the appointment in 1768 of Henry Hulton as principal deputy receiver of the hospital tax in American ports, attempts were made to tighten the administration. On 20 February 1769, a Marblehead town meeting, as it anticipated the tax was to be extended to encompass fishermen, resolved that a committee should consider the matter in conjunction with other seaport towns. In the meantime, the Collector at the Port of Salem (which included Marblehead) pointed out to Hulton that it would be impossible to enforce the law or to impose penalties if tried before a local jury. Hulton doubted the legality of bringing such cases before the only other alternative, a court of admiralty, and so he appealed to higher authority in England for the passage of an act to define the methods of legal recourse. The coastal towns along Massachusetts Bay built up a strong emotional appeal against the tax and Hulton never got his authority from Parliament, while the fishermen continued to come and go as they pleased with impunity. Hulton nursed the endeavor along until the British evacuated Boston in 1776, all the while meeting inefficiencies and indifference from the Crown officials in ports all the way from Newfoundland to Georgia. Between 1768 and 1774 Marblehead and Salem produced only about £1,492 for Greenwich Hospital, a mere drop in the bucket had strict enforcement been made possible.
The smallpox again reared its head in Marblehead during 1769, causing a pesthouse to be erected in one of the pastures behind the town and a fence with a guard to be placed on the highway to prevent it being brought in from Boston.
Michael Corbett, then a seaman aboard Robert Hooper’s brig Pitt Packet, killed Lieutenant Henry Gibson Panton during an impressment attempt by H.M.S. Rose off Cape Ann in April. His trial, together with three other implicated seamen, caused a considerable stir at Boston but seems to have evoked little response from Marblehead if Bowen’s total contemporary disregard of the incident is any guide.
The subject evincing the greatest reaction during the year from Marblehead was the furor created over an agreement of non-importation and the stubborn recalcitrance of certain merchants to live up to it. Spawned by the Townshend Act which imposed duties on paper, glass, painters’ colors, and tea imported into the Colonies, similar agreements had been reached by the Boston merchants in 1768, and other towns gradually followed suit. The Marblehead merchants met in late October 1769, reaching an agreement to which between fifty and sixty subscribed their signatures.
Except for coal, fish hooks, salt, lines, twine, hemp, duck, bar and sheet lead, shot, wool cards, card wire, nails, powder, pepper, and certain types of textiles, they agreed not to send for or to import any other kind of goods from Great Britain until the revenue acts were repealed. Nor would they purchase of any intermediary any such imports, with the exception of those listed above. Finally, as many of the signatories had already ordered goods to be imported during the autumn season, the goods upon arrival would be delivered up to the Committee of Merchants at Marblehead and be stored at their owners’ risk until repeal of the acts or until the merchants had arrived at some other mutual agreement.
The first serious political divisions within the community, which were to grow worse during the next six years, erupted in consequence. As might have been expected, some merchants refused to comply. It was considered expedient, therefore, to make their names public, which was done in early December in the Essex Gazette.
The Goods imported from London, the last Fall, are now opened; and all the Importers in this Town, that came into the Agreement of Non-Importation, or that gave their Honours to conform to it, that had Goods come to their Hands, on their own Accounts, or Commissions, which were not admitted by said Agreement for the carrying on of the Cod-Fishery, have been delivered up to the Committee, and stored: But are sorry that we are under the disagreeable Necessity to acquaint the Publick, that Messrs. Jacob Fowle & Son, Thomas Robie, Israel Forster, and John Sparhawk, Importers of Goods from Great-Britain, have, and do refuse coming into the said Agreement, but obstinately persist in offering of them for Sale, contrary to the Spirit and Practice of almost all the Importers of British Manufactures in America; thereby demonstrating to the Publick, that they sordidly prefer their private Interest to the public good.
This year I was well employed. As soon as Eastern men was supplied by Colonel Lee and Mr. Robert Hooper, Esq., I made both ends meet very well, although much sickness in my family.
1 Sailed schooner Wilks, [John Hooper, for Lisbon]. Came in Captain [John] Pearce in brig Wolfe [from St. Ubes].
Monday, 2 Agreed with Mr. Samuel White to fix him a schooner of sixty tons. Ditto received the shrouding for schooner.
3 At work in loft. Came to see us Brother Porter. Arrived brig St. Paul, John Lee, [from Cadiz].
4 At work some in loft. Wife quite ill. Arrived Richard Dolliber in schooner [Molly from St. Martins and St. Eustatius]. Memorandum on Wednesday morning January the 4, 1769. Between the hours of one and five o’clock I dreamed of seeing Brother Nathan, and I thought he would not speak to me, and I declined to speak to him first, so we did not speak at all. I thought he was the master of the old Sta[ ] and was consigned to Mr. James [ ]. Between the same hours as I lay awake I told my dream to B[rother] Porter. As we lay both still in bed there seemed to drop smart drops as if it had been water from through [the] ceiling overhead on the quilt between our heads [and] in the morning I found no wet in the tester. It gave me a great shock. God only knows the t[ruth?].
5 At work some in loft. Wife quite ill. This afternoon I employed John Rimshire a half day.
6 Wife quite ill. Employed John Rimshire a day. Received 3 coil of 3-yarn spun yarn, 1 of two, a coil of worming and jibstay for Mr. White [. . .].
7 This day wife quite ill. Fixed a mainsail for Mr. Orne, John Widger. Afternoon I delivered all the standing rigging for Mr. Orne’s schooner at Lynn, with straps for mastheads, main and fore-sheet block, two jibsheets, 2 jib halliard, 1 downhaul, 2 double, 2 single peak halliards, 2 main topping lift fall, 2 fore topping lift fall, 2–1 for main and 1 fore topping lifts. Received a parcel of old canvas from Mr. Hooper for Mr. White, and I borrowed a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee for schooner[?]. Employed John Rimshire a day.
8 Anchored here His Majesty Schooner [Hope].162 Wife quite ill.
Monday, 9 At work in the loft. Fixed a mainsail for Mr. Hooper, Eli Vickery. Employed J. Rimshire a day.
10 At work in loft. Finished the first pair of main shrouds for Mr. White. Before dinner received bucket of grease. This evening I delivered 14 [pounds] of sugar to J. Rimshire.
11 At work in loft. This evening I finished all the served shrouds for Mr. White’s new schooner. Employed Rimshire.
12 I seized all the served shrouds for Mr. White’s and received a pattern of two pair of shrouds to hitch and received a pattern of an ensign and signal flag &c. Employed Rimshire. Sailed Captain John Bubier in sloop Prince William for West Indies.
13 This day I finished all the served shrouds for Mr. White’s schooner and hung them up and unhitched pair for mainmast. Employ Rimshire. Came back sloop Prince William, John Bubier.
14 Much rain. Self not well.
Monday, 16 Sailed Prince William, Bubier, and George Batchelder [in the schooner Ranger for Barbados] and John Proctor. Came to live with us R. Boden.
17 This day came in brig Phoenix, [Samuel Hooper, from Dominica and St. Martins]. Employ John Rimshire a half day. Fixed a foresail for Mr. Samuel White.
18 This morning I fixed a mainsail for Mr. White and employed the rest of the day in serving of straps &c for Mr. White. Sailed schooner Dolly, Conway, for West Indies. Employed Rimshire.
19 This day fixed a foresail for Captain John Pedrick’s new schooner. Employed John Rimshire a day. Smart cold.
20 Smart cold. Finished all the blocks for Mr. White. Employ J. Rimshire a day.
21 Fixed a mainsail for Captain John Pedrick n[ew] s[chooner]. Employed J. Rimshire a half day. Delivered an ensign to Mr. White.
22 Arrived Joseph Bubier [in the schooner William] from West Indies [Dominica and St. Martins].
Monday, 23 This day very cold. Nothing in hand, so cold. Sailed Captain Ben Boden [in the schooner Betsey] for West Indies.
24 Smart cold. No working in loft.
25 Smart cold. No working in the loft.
26 Smart cold. No working in loft.
27 Somewhat warmer. I fixed a foresail for Captain [John] Griste, schooner Joshua, and fix part of a foresail for Colonel Orne schooner that Will Vickery went in.
28 This day I delivered all the rigging of Mr. Samuel White’s schooner to himself with thirty blocks strapped and two blocks with straps for main and foresheets, and I weighed a remnant of shrouding to be credited to Mr. White. D[itto?] debted to schooner Frances. At work on Colonel Orne’s sails and I delivered an ensign and signal flag to Mr. White.
Monday, 30 This day smart cold. Do nothing at rigging. Arrived His Majesty’s Schooner Hope from a cruise.
31 This morning I find the harbor froze over as low as Homan’s Cove. Received some old canvas for parceling and a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn from Mr. Hooper for schooner Frances. Received two double blocks from Mr. Clark, schooner Orne. Like to be somewhat warmer.
1 Much snow. This day I fixed a foresail and jib for Colonel Orne, schooner Vickery, and part of a mainsail. Wind easterly. Employ in rig Sk[?] ship at home.
2 Mr. Ashley, Jr. birthDAY. He is 8 years old. Much snow. Employ fixing the ship in house.
3 Smart cold, wind easterly. Employed at home with [ ].
4 Somewhat moderater. Finished Colonel Orne mainsail, full fixing.
7 So cold could do nothing in loft.
8 Ditto, cold. No work in loft.
9 Ditto, cold. No work in loft.
10 Received 40 yards of red and 10 of white, 8 blue bunting and 1½ yard of osnabrig and thread from Mr. Swett’s for Deacon Orne.
11 Smart cold. No fixing rigging as yet.
Monday, 13 This day somewhat warmer. Fixed a foresail for Deacon Joshua Orne [. . .]. Received a jibstay and a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn from Colonel Lee for schooner Gerrish.
14 Received two pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee for schooner Betsey and jibstay and a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and 1 bucket of tar, all for Betsey. Delivered jibstay to schooner, Baker, for Gerrish. Received some parceling for schooner Betsey. Employ Richard Palfrey a day. Received 2 pair of old shrouds and jibstay from Colonel Orne to overhaul.
15 Finished one pair of main shrouds for schooner Betsey. Received a pair of shrouds from Mr. Swett’s for Colonel Orne and a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn for Colonel Lee for schooner [ ] Joseph Proctor, Junior. Employ Richard Palfrey a day.
16 Condemned the second pair of shrouds for Colonel Orne. This day I finished the second pair of shroud for schooner Betsey and served jibstay for Betsey. Employed Richard a day. Smart cold.
17 This day fixed a pair of shrouds for Colonel Orne and deliver a pair of main shrouds served all down to Squire Marston for schooner Betsey, Colonel Lee. Received a pair of shrouds from Mr. Swett for Colonel Orne and some old canvas from Colonel Orne. Received two pair of shroud from schooner Frances to overhaul. Employ Richard a day. Sailed Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua] for Europe [Lisbon].
18 Deliver a pair of shrouds to Squire Marston served all down and jibstay for schooner Betsey. This afternoon deliver Josh Homan two pair of shrouds, one jibstay, one pendent for masthead for Colonel Orne. Received a bucket of tar from Mr. Hooper for schooner Frances. Employ Richard Palfrey a day. Delivered an ensign to Joshua Orne Esq., Brown. Received an old ensign to mend for schooner Hannah. This night came in Captain Ben Calley [in the schooner Molly] from Falmouth. Sailed schooner Hannah, Will Pousland [for the West Indies].
Monday, 20 Received a pattern of two pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee’s for schooner Hawk, J. Proctor, Junior, and a coil of three-yarn spun yarn for Hawk. Received from Mr. Swett’s a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn for Frances.
21 This day finished two pair of shroud and a-served all down with a splice in each for Mr. Hooper schooner Frances and a pendent for masthead. Employed Palfrey these two days.
22 I finished a pair of shrouds for Colonel Lee, schooner Hawk. This afternoon I went on board Joseph Proctor and examined a jibstay and condemned him and I went to the ropewalk, and this day sailed John Baker in schooner Gerrish and [ ] Brown in a new schooner of Deacon Orne’s and Richard Ellis in a schooner of Colonel Orne’s, all for the Island of Sables. This night came in schooner Samuel, Will Mugford, from West Indies.
23 This day I received two pair of old shrouds from Colonel Lee, schooner Hawk, to overhaul and received a bucket of tar from Colonel Lee for Hawk and jibstay for Hawk. Many of our schooner came from the Mills. Employed Richard Palfrey a day.
24 Delivered a pair of shrouds and two single shrouds and jibstay to schooner Hawk. Received a pattern of a pendent for masthead and two mainsheets straps from Colonel Lee for Hawk. Employ Richard Palfrey a day. Sail schooner Hannah, Will Pousland, [for West Indies]. Came from Nubis Mr. White schooner.
25 Paid Richard Palfrey £1.1.4. Delivered a pendent for masthead and two mainsheets straps to Skipper Joseph Proctor, Junior, for schooner Hawk. Received from Colonel Lee’s a pattern of a boom pendent. Ditto a pattern of an ensign for Hawk, 17 yard of red tamme and 4½ of white tamme and 3½ of blue tamme &c for said ensign. Received 7 bushel of corn from Captain Courtis.
Monday, 27 This day served a parcel of small straps for finishing Mr. Sam White’s schooner First Attempt.
28 Received from Joshua Orne Esq. four pair of shrouds for Mr. Thompson’s small schooner. Received a barrel of tar from Mr. Hooper for Mr. Orne and received two coils of 2-yarn spun yarn from Mr. Hooper for Mr. Orne and some parceling from Mr. Hooper for Mr. Orne. Delivered an empty cider barrel to Captain John Glover 25.
1 This morning I finished all schooner First Attempt’s blocks and delivered them to Mr. Andros and delivered a boom pendent to schooner Frances, J. Morse, and a boom pendent to Joseph Proctor for schooner Abigail and delivered an ensign to Joseph Proctor, Junior, schooner Hawk.
2 Much snow, wind easterly. At work on Mr. Orne’s shrouds.
3 Smart cold. At work on Mr. Orne’s shroud.
4 Sailed a great number of our fishermen and Captain [John] Burnham in schooner Hathorne[?] [Hitty] for West Indies [Dominica].
Monday, 6 This day I received from Colonel Lee for brig Patty a parcel of tamme, viz. 45 yard of red and 21 of white and 20 of blue and 4 yards of osnabrigs and 4 [. . .]. Delivered an ensign to Mr. Widger of Mr. Orne schooner at Lynn and delivered a small ensign to S. Roger. Received 28 pounds of sugar of Samuel Roger in full for fixing his half of the schooner’s rigging. All hands supped at my father’s.
7 Finished serving Mr. Orne’s shrouds for Thompson.
8 Received 17 yard of red tamme and 4 of blue tamme from Colonel Lee for schooner Stork. Note: I gave 4 yards of white tamme of brigs Patty for schooner Stork’s ensign. I seized Mr. Orne’s shrouds and hung them up. Received 28 of sugar from Colonel Lee’s for Mr. Henry[?] Paine in full for his pew for year 1768 till Easter 1769.
9 Received some cordage from Colonel Lee’s for schooner Stork for pendents for masthead.
10 Employed in overhauling brig St. Paul foresail. Raw cold.
11 Received a parcel of block from John Homan for schooner Stork.
Monday, 13 Delivered 4 pair of shrouds to Mr. Thompson for Mr. Orne and 2 pend[ents] to W. Tucker and 2 tie blocks, 4 jeer block, 1 tie, 4 tack tackle, 2 fore topping lifts falls blocks, all for schooner Stork. This afternoon employed in assisting Mr. Brown and Flint[?].
15 Employed Palfrey a day. Fixed a topsail for brig St. Paul and flying jib and the greater part of brig St. Paul’s foresail. Arrived Captain [Samuel] Pote [in the brig Hero from St. Lucia].
16 This day some snow and rain. Finished St. Paul’s foresail. Delivered a pair of bowsprit shrouds to W. Tucker for schooner Stork and a mainsheet strap for Stork.
17 This forenoon I fixed a clew of a large sloop’s mainsail and delivered W. Tucker 4 blocks for boom tackles and 2 brails for jib. Sailed brig Sally, John Reed, for West Indies. Received a pattern of a Jack from Captain Bartol’s new schooner. Deliver an ensign to W. Tucker, and bag.
18 The last night I delivered a suit of colors to Captain Jer[emiah] Ballister for brig Patty. This day I delivered a boom pendent and four blocks for boom tackles to John Widger for Mr. Orne’s schooner Lynn and deliver a vane to schooner Lynn and vane to schooner Stork. This evening delivered a Jack to W. Bartol for new schooner. Received a barrel of tar from Mr. Hooper for Mr. Orne.
19 Arrived Thomas Collyer [in the schooner Elizabeth] from Cadiz.
Monday, 20 No rigging in hand.
21 No rigging in hand. Received a pattern of an ensign from Mr. Swett’s for Joshua Orne, Junior, John Dolliber. It is to be a St. George’s ensign.
22 No rigging in hand. Received 4 bushel of corn from Colonel Lee.
23 No rigging in hand. Received stuff for a flag for Captain Mugford schooner Samuel. After dinner received 20 yards of parceling from Mr. Hooper for Mr. White house and received a bucket of tar from Mr. Samuel White.
24 Good Friday. This day I attended the Church all day. Delivered an ensign, a St. George’s ensign, to Joshua Orne, Junior schooner Sus[ ], John Dolliber, and flag to Captain Mugford, schooner Samuel. This morning I delivered about 15 yards of parceling cut and tarred to Mr. John White’s boys for Mr. Sam White’s house.
25 This morning I tarred the remainder of Mr. White’s parceling, which makes 20 yards of cloth and one bucket tar. This after noon I cut and tarred 3 yards of cloth more for Mr. White. This day I received all the blocks and deadeyes and mast hoops for Reed’s sloop from Salem.
Monday, 27 No rigging in hand. Raw cold.
28 Much snow. Fixed a flying jib for brig Phoenix and forestaysail for Phoenix. Began on Phoenix foresail to fix. This afternoon I went to Captain Foster with Mr. Haskel and picked out two pair of shrouds for his schooner mainmast. Arrived Captain [William] Coles in brig Africa from Lisbon.
29 This day finish a foresail for brig Phoenix. Sailed several of our fishermen which were wind bound.
30 The last night came in ship Guardoqui, [Nicholas] Gordon, [from Lisbon]. This day fixed a topsail for brig Phoenix and received from Mr. Swett some cordage for Mr. Haskel for fore shroud.
31 Fixed a mainsail and foresail for Joseph Allen, which is 6/8 the whole fixing. Received a bucket of tar from Mr. Haskel’s. Came from Newbury brig Patty. Sailed Captain [John] Grush [in the brig Sally] for West Indies.
1 This day at work on Mr. Haskel’s shrouds. This afternoon I fixed a foresail for Major Lee. Sailed Captain Jer[emiah] Pote in brig for Casco Bay. Returned Captain Grush. Came in Benjamin Hines’s schooner in distress with a man with a broken leg on board.163
2 I took possession of my seat in Riches pew at St. Michael’s Church.
Monday, 3 This morning employed in fixing shroud for Mr. Haskel. Borrowed 4 yards of parceling from Colonel Lee for Mr. Haskel. This afternoon received from Colonel Lee for brig Patty one pair of shrouds, 2 pair of breast backstays, one pair of after backstays, one coil of 3-yarn spun yarn, one of worming, and from on board the brig two single shrouds. Ditto received 14 of spun yarn for brig Phoenix. Ditto received from Captain Foster a pattern of two pair of shrouds and boom pendent and jibstay for Mr. Haskel.
5 This morning delivered Mr. David Lee, the Mate of brig Patty, two pair of shrouds with strap or pendent for masthead. This afternoon I delivered a pair of breast backstays.
6 This day a GENERAL fast.
7 This day delivered a pair of after backstays to brig Patty.
8 This day fixed a pair of breast backstay for fore-topmast for brig Patty and two futtock shrouds and futtock staffs.
Monday, 10 Delivered said backstays to brig Patty, fixed a topsail for brig Phoenix. Came in Thomas Brown, the first of our first fare men, with colors flying &c.
11 Finished two pair of shrouds for Mr. Haskel. Received from Colonel Lee’s a coil of shrouding for brig Phoenix and a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and 5 pounds of tallow.
12 Finished the 3d pair of Haskel’s shrouds &c. Received a bucket of tar from Mr. White for Colonel Lee, which was borrowed. This afternoon employed boy George Picket by [the] week. Received Skillings’s ship from painter.
13 This day I finished all the shrouds and jibstay bowsprit shrouds and horses ties &c. This day I fixed a pair of shrouds for Colonel Lee, brig Phoenix.
14 This day I finished the 3d pair of shrouds for brig Phoenix. Received 3 old single shrouds from brig Phoenix to make a pair of foremasts shrouds. Came in brig Amherst, Thomas Dixey, from LONDON, and some fishermen.
15 This day I finished the 4 pair of shrouds for brig Phoenix and took the service off the old shrouds and spliced them &c. Came in ship Vulture, Joseph Skillings, from LONDON.
16 This day died Tom Porter’s mother.
Monday, 17 This day I finished the fifth pair of shrouds for brig Phoenix and received a pattern for four pair of shrouds from Captain John Pedrick for brig Lydia. Received some old canvas and 4 large thimbles 4 hook and &c from Captain MacFarlane.
18 Delivered five pair of shroud and a pendent to Mr. George Gordon for brig Phoenix, Captain [Samuel] Hooper, and received from Captain Pedrick 1 coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and 27d of worming, some old canvas, some tallow. Note: I lent 1 bucket of tar to Lydia from Lee.
20 Finished the 2d pair of brig Lydia and began on the 3d pair. Note: George [Gross] absent a day.
21 Finished the 3d and 4th pair of shrouds for brig Lydia and seized and capped all and delivered all the brig Lydia’s shrouds to the mate.
22 Employed in fixing of the Phoenix main-topmast-backstay. This evening sailed brig St. Paul, Captain John Lee, [for Bilbao]. Received the hooks and thimble from Mr. Prince for Mr. Haskel and blocks from Aaron Lovis for Haskel. Borrowed a bucket of tar from Mr. Orne for Colonel Lee, Phoenix.
Monday, 24 This day finished all Mr. Haskel blocks except tack tackle &c.
25 This morning I fixed a foresail for Mr. Haskel and finished the main-topmast-backstays for Captain Hooper. Received a suit of rigging for Captain MacFarlane, sloop of 80 tons. Delivered Mr. Haskel’s rigging to himself. Received some old canvas from Colonel Lee. Came in a ship from London and schooner Halifax packet from Boston.164
26 This morning I delivered two pair of backstay for brig Phoenix. Began on sloop, MacFarlane, rigging. Finished the 2 stays and hung them up.
27 At work on sloop, MacFarlane, rigging. Sailed Richard Dolliber [in the schooner Molly] and the Halifax packet, bound for Barbados.
28 Finished all the served shrouds for sloop MacFarlane. All the colors out on board the shipping as Mr. George Finch Gordon was marry the last night.
29 Arrived here snow Champion, Captain [Peter] Green, from West Indies [St. Eustatius]. George absent half a day.
30 This day came from Boston the Pitt Packet and a tender with her.165 This day Robert Hooper was published to Mrs. Ann Cowell.
Monday, 1 This day I finished all the shrouds. Received a quarter of a barrel of pork from Colonel Lee’s. This evening received brig Phoenix colors to mend.
2 Served sloop, MacFarlane, bowsprit shrouds &c.
3 Delivered a burgee to Captain Ballister for Patty. Arrived brig Hooper, Captain [Michael] Worms[tead, from Cadiz] with a broke mainmast. Note: George not at work. Delivered Captain Skillings ship.
4 This morning came in Ireson[?]. This day received from the ropewalk a suit of rigging from Colonel Lee for Mr. Josh Reed and received 16 yard of parceling from Colonel Lee for Reed and a bucket of tar from Mr. Orne for Reed. Employed George Gross half a day.
5 At work on Jos Reed’s shrouds. Received from Colonel Lee’s a barrel of tar and the bowsprit horses and straps for both Reed’s and MacFarlane’s sloops. Sailed brig Patty, J[eremiah] Ballister, [for Europe], Received 3 pound of tallow for J. Reed. Returned to Colonel Lee’s two coils of 2-yarn spun yarn from J. Reed. Received from Oakes and Brook sloop 4½ bushels of corn at 25 shillings old tenor. Employed George Gross a day.
7 Arrived Ben Boden [in the schooner Betsey] from Barbados and some fishermen. Sailed the schooner Hope.
Monday, 8 Employed in serving of straps for both sloops. Deliver the blocks to Mr. Haskel, which completed his small schooner. Received a pattern of a small ensign from Captain J. Russell.
9 Employed in serving of straps for both sloops. Deliver an ensign to Captain John Russell. Arrived Eb Reed [in the schooner St. Nicholas from St. Eustatius] and Captain George Batchelder [in the schooner Ranger from Barbados], both from West Indies.166
10 At work in loft on serving straps for both sloops. Came in sundry fishermen.167
11 Received all the hooks and thimbles from Captain Joseph Reed. Employed in splicing straps.
12 Employed about Reed’s rigging. Served the 2d pair of Reed’s served shrouds. Employed George Gross a day. Receive from Colonel Lee 2 coils of 3-yarn spun yarn for Joseph Reed.
13 Fixed one shroud and pendent for Joseph Reed. Received from schooner Hawk 1 pair and 1 single shroud to overhaul. Ditto took off the old service and served them over anew. Received from Colonel Lee a pattern of a single shrouds and 1 coil of 3-yarn spun yarn for schooner Hawk. Employed George Gross a day. Delivered 1 pair of shrouds and 1 single to J. Proctor.
14 Mr. Bailey preached at Church.
Monday, 15 This morning I delivered a single shroud to Joseph Proctor, schooner Hawk. Ditto delivered a suit of rigging to Captain Daws for Captain MacFarlane. Employed G. Gross a day. Received 14 yards of old canvas from Captain Daws for Captain MacFarlane to pay Colonel Lee.
16 Received four single shroud from schooner Frances, John Morse, to new serve. Employed in strapping blocks for Reed and taking off service from off Morse’s shrouds. This afternoon received six pair of shrouds from the schooner Barberry Bush, Bijer [Abijah] Boden to [ ]. Employed G. Gross a day. Note: George came to board with us.
17 This day delivered a suit of rigging to Captain Joseph Reed complete for a sloop of 84 tons by order of Colonel Lee. Took the service off the Barberry Bush fore shroud. Employ George. Received a coil of spun yarn from Mr. E. Stacey for Mr. Boden.
18 Delivered a boom pendent to J. Proctor, Junior, schooner Hawk.
19 This day delivered four single shrouds to John Morse for schooner Frances served all down. Finished serving all the shrouds for the foremast for the Barberry Bush. Much rain. Wind N-east.
20 This morning delivered the Barberry Bush fore shrouds to Skipper Boden and a strap for masthead. Received from Mr. E. Stacey for Mr. Boden a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and a pattern for a boom pendent and a strap for main masthead. Finished the 3d bucket of tar. Lent Mr. Boden 16 yards of parceling. Deliver brig Phoenix colors mended.
21 The Reverend Mr. Bailey gave us two sermons at Church 1 text viz. f[irst] Kings 18 chapter, 12 verse; 2[nd text] viz. the 18 chapter Acts 17 verse.
Monday, 22 This morning delivered 3 pair of main shrouds to Mr. Bijah Boden, schooner Barberry Bush. At 9 I killed a hog which when cool weighed 143 pounds. Employ George Gross a day. Fixed a mainstay for Bar[berry Bush] and boom pendent strap for masthead and strap mainsheet block. Receive a pair of bowsprit horses and finished them with shrouds.
23 George’s week up last evening. This day I salted my pork. Receive a cow and calf from Mr. Moses Porter. Fixed a forestaysail for brig Africa. Received 20 pounds of spun yarn from Colonel Lee for to fix Africa’s sails. Received 29 yards of bunting for an ensign for schooner Barberry Bush, Bijer Boden. George, a day’s board.
24 Fixed a spritsail for Africa. This day I cleared the loft out fit to receive rigging when it comes. Began to overhaul a foresail for brig Africa. This day much rain. Note: my cow goeth in the Upper Division and the calf remains at my father’s barn.168
25 Fair, cool weather. This morning at ½ after 8 o’clock Mrs. Wight was delivered of a son. Sailed brig Lydia, William Pedrick, [for Bilbao]. Finished brig Africa foresail. This evening Robert Hooper was married to Mrs. Ann Cowell.
26 This day sailed brig Phoenix, Captain [Samuel] Hooper, for West Indies. Received from Colonel Lee’s a barrel of cider. Fixed a topsail for brig Africa. Sailed schooner Barberry Bush, B. Boden, a-fishing.
27 This day fixed a topsail for brig Africa and fixed a pair of can-hooks for Deacon Dolliber. Received brig Woodbridge ensign to mend.
28 This day came into this harbor a large sloop from Newport and Providence.
Monday, 29 This day much rain. Received 3 yards of red bunting from Captain Fowle’s for brig Woodbridge.
30 This day much rain. Received 26 blocks from Captain [ ] for a sloop which Captain John Pedrick supplies. Mr. Puddington to 14 of rice, 3 shillings.
31 This day is Grand Election. No rigging in hand. George gone to Boston.
1 This day fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee schooner, Bradshaw. 9 yards of bunting from Colonel Lee for brig Africa. Delivered two vanes to Africa. This afternoon I puddened an anchor for Mr. Tom Pedrick for his new schooner.
2 This forenoon I went into the garden. Received from Mr. Swett a single shroud for Mr. Hooper, schooner Lydia. Weighed a coil of 3-yarn spun yarn for schooner Lydia. Received some parceling from Lydia.
3 Finished said shroud for Lydia. Began to fix a topsail for Captain Pote. Received 3 old shrouds from schooner Lydia and took a new one of the schooner Frances for schooner Lydia. Received a bucket of tar from Lydia. Spliced three of the best pieces of the old shrouds together to make a pair. Employed J. Robertson 7 hour at 4d per hour. This evening I helped get all Captain Pedrick rigging in the store. Delivered an ensign mended to Captain Pote, 2 shillings. Delivered an ensign mended to brig Africa, 1.4. Sailed Andrew Reed [in the schooner St. Nicholas] for Philadelphia.
Monday, 5 This morning I fixed a jib of Colonel Orne and Captain Martin. Killed my calf. Finished one pair of shroud and one single one and strap for masthead, all for schooner Lydia, Mr. Hooper and Felton. This afternoon I fixed a mainsail for Colonel Orne. To Homan. Employed R[ichard] Palfrey a day.
6 Fixed a topsail for brig Woodbridge and mainsail for brig Woodbridge. Employed R. Palfrey a day. Delivered a pair of bowsprit horses to schooner Lydia.
7 Employed in fixing an old mainsail for schooner Carr belonging to Colonel Lee. Employed R. Palfrey a half day. Arrived Captain John Proctor [in the schooner Eagle] from Virginia. Sailed schooner Ranger, Captain Wormstead. Delivered a blue ensign mended to Colonel Lee, brig Africa.
8 After breakfast I received a coil of shrouding and jib and forestay, 1 coil of 3-yarn spun yarn and 1 coil of worming from Captain John Pedrick for sloop. Lent Captain Pedrick 16 yards of parceling of Colonel Lee’s. Lent ½ bucket of tar. Fixed the 2 stays. Employed Richard Palfrey ¾ a day. Received a coil of 3-strand worming.
9 Received 2 coils of 3-yarn spun yarn from Captain John Pedrick and lent him 14 yards of parceling and a full bucket of tar. Received 1 pound of tallow. Employed R. Palfrey a day. Sailed Sam Gale in schooner [Charming Polly?] for West Indies. Receive from Mr. Swett 6 feet of wood.
10 Fixed the 3d pair of Captain Pedrick shrouds, seized and capped them and hung them up. Employed R. Palfrey a day.
11 Sailed John Stephens in W. Boden schooner [Polly for Bilbao].
Monday, 12 This morning I received a pattern of a pair of shrouds from Captain John Pedrick for sloop. Received 20 bushel of sand from Thomas Martin, sloop Arnold. Arrived Captain [John] Griste [in the schooner Joshua] from Falmouth.
13 This morning I new slung the small scales at the Town House which was 3 pair.169 I charge two shilling a pair. I found line and 4 hooks, 2d apiece, my charge is 6 shillings. This day Captain Griste went to Boston with his schooner. Came in Captain [George?] Rapell [in the schooner Dreadnought?] from Europe.
14 This day finished all Captain Pedrick shrouds and pendent for masthead, boom pendent and mainsheet straps. Received from Captain Pedrick a coil of 4-inch for bowsprit shrouds and ties runner straps &c. Received 1 coil of 2-yarn spun yarn and a pair of horses, some straps &c. This evening I delivered all the standing rigging to Mr. Fathingale[?] for sloop, viz. 4 pair of main shrouds, 1 pair of pendants for masthead, 1 mainstay, 1 jibstay, 2 pair of bowsprit shrouds, 2¾ of a coil of spun yarn, 2 balls of worming. Employed R. Palfrey a day.
15 Employed in serving straps for sloop. This afternoon employed in making a signal flag for Francis Girdler.
16 Employed in serving of straps for Captain Pedrick sloop. Returned Captain Griste from Boston.
17 Finished boom pendant for sloop [of] Pedrick. Finished serving the small straps for sloop. Received 12 tackle hooks and two swivel hooks and 2 thimbles from Mr. Prince for Captain Pedrick.
Monday, 19 Employed in seizing blocks for Captain Pedrick sloop. This day Mr. Wooldredge moved from below.
20 Received brig Bilbao’s colors to mend. Received 2 yards of bunting to mend Bilbao colors and some thread and received the Pitt Packet’s colors to mend.
21 Received 12 yards of red bunting to mend brig Bilbao colors from Captain Fowle. Ditto 4 of white and 2 of blue [and] some thread to mend both Bilbao’s and Pitt Packet colors from Mr. Hooper’s. This day at noon came in from Lisbon snow St. Thomas, Wyatt St. Barbe. Sailed brig Bilbao, Captain [Thomas] Power, for Lisbon [Bilbao].
22 The last night arrived schooner Samuel, [William Mugford], from West Indies, and this day she sailed again for Philadelphia. Received from Mr. Prince a peak halliard hook for sloop, Pedrick, and I strap a tie block for her. Fixed a pair of canhooks for Knott Martin, Junior.
23 Fixed a jib for sloop Prince William. Received a runner block from John Selman to overhaul. This afternoon I went to the garden. Some rain.
24 Received a pattern of a runner strap from Mr. Swett for Selman and Girdler[?]. No rigging in hand.
27 This day finished said shrouds. Received some spun yarn from Colonel Lee for ship Guardoqui to fix sail. Finished a runner block for Selman & Girdler[?]. Delivered two small shrouds and the remainder of the spun yarn to Mr. Coombs. This day exceeding hot.
28 This day I overhauled an old foresail for ship Guardoqui which comes to 5 shillings the whole.
29 This day fixed a topsail for ship Guardoqui which comes to 5 shillings the whole. This afternoon I fixed a jib for sloop [Prince William], Captain John Bubier. This morning came my sister Stiles’s goods from Boxford.
30 Employed in fixing a topsail for Guardoqui. At noon I went on board sloop Prince William and helped to bend sails and till 7 evening. Some rain. Came in some fishermen. This evening my sister Stiles came to town to live.
1 This morning I drew a memorandum for a small suit of rigging for a schooner of 22 tons. This day I finished a topsail for Guardoqui, full fixed. Delivered the remainder of rigging to Mr. Pedegal[?], Captain Pedrick.
2 Sailed brig Pitt Packet, Captain [Nathaniel] Leech, for Europe. This evening arrived schooner Molly, Captain [Richard] Dolliber, from West Indies [Barbados].
Monday, 3 This day agreed with Mr. Hooper to fix him two schooners of 60 tons each. Received some old canvas for the same.
4 This morning received 40 yards of parceling from Mr. Hooper’s for schooner No. 1. This day I fixed new a mainsail for Joshua Orne, Junior, schooner Susannah.
5 This day I fixed a jib for Joshua Orne, schooner Susannah, and mainsail for R. Homan, W. Cooks [Cox?]. This afternoon employed in cutting of parceling.
6 Fixed a mainsail for ship Guardoqui. Arrived brig Salisbury, Richard Stacey, from West Indies.
7 This morning received two suits of rigging for two schooners of 60 tons each, viz. to 2 coils of shrouding, 2 jibstays, 2 coils of spun yarn, and 2 coils of worming. Fixed the two stays.
8 Fixed a pair of shrouds for No. 1 schooner. Received 6 pounds of tallow, 1 bucket of tar. This evening sailed brig Salisbury.
Monday, 10 Employed in fixing Mr. Hooper schooner No. i. Employed John Rimshire a half day.
11 This day completed all the shrouds for [schooner] No. 1. Received 35 blocks from Mr. Joseph Beath for his sloop. Employed J. Rimshire a day.
12 This day fixed a suit of sails for schooner No. 1. Fixed some straps for No. 1. Employed John Rimshire a day. Fixed two blocks for the New Meeting House.
13 This morning I fix a foresail for Captain Israel Foster schooner. After breakfast received a suit of rigging from Colonel Lee’s for Joseph Beath for a sloop of 80 tons. Delivered all No. 1’s shrouds and jibstay to Captain Knott Martin &c.
14 This forenoon I delivered as many blocks strap No. 1 as is sufficient to bring her round from Newbury, viz. 4 m[ ], 4 tackle, 2 [. . .] ditto 4 peak ha[lliards], 2 top boom end, 2 top fall, main stay 1. Delivered part of a coil of two-yarn spun yarn &c. some old canvas for parceling. Received 3 swivel hook and thimble from J. Beath. Receive 2 large thimbles.
15 This day completing all the sloop, Beath, shrouds and hung them up. Receive from Colonel Lee a pattern of a pair of bow[sprit] horses and some straps for sloop, Beath. Received 8 hook and thimbles and 2 small thimble from Mr. Foster for Beath. To Rimshire, 5 days and half. Receive from Captain John Pedrick 3½ bucket of tar. To Rim[shire] 2 quart rum.
16 This day muggy warm airs. Came from Boston brig Salisbury, Captain Richard Stacey.
Monday, 17 This morning employed in serving of straps for sloop, Beath. Note: I have finished the bowsprit shrouds and horses and strapped most of the principal blocks for Beath. This day I settled with John Rimshire. I owed him 7 shillings old tenor and gave him an order on Mr. Hooper for twenty shillings law[ful]. Lent sloop, Beath, 6 yards of parceling which makes him 43 yard.
18 This day completed all sloop, Beath, blocks. Employed J. Rimshire a day. Much rain.
19 This day delivered all the rigging with blocks &c. to Joseph Beath. Received from the ropewalk a pattern of a pair of shrouds and a coil of spun yarn for Major John Lee schooner. This day began on No. 2 rigging. Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Absalom. Employed John Rimshire a day.
20 This morning delivered a pair of shrouds to Major Lee, schooner Dolphin, and a part of a coil of spun yarn. Ditto fixed a mainsail for Captain Foster and foresail and flying jib for Major Lee, schooner Dolphin. Received a parcel of old canvas for schooner No. 2. Fixed a pair of shrouds [for] No. 2. Employed J. Rimshire a day. At 6 this evening came in schooner Dove, Captain [Thomas] Nichols[on, from Oporto].
21 This morning fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, schooner Joseph. At noon finished the 2d pair of shrouds for No. 2. Much rain. This afternoon finished the 3d pair of served shrouds for No. 2. Employ John Rimshire a day. This evening much rain, thunder and lightning.
22 This day fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Joseph, and one for Colonel Lee, schooner Polly. Finished all the served shrouds for schooner No. 2. Employed Rimshire a day.
23 This evening my sow brought us ten nice pigs.
Monday, 24 This day fixed a mainsail and jib for No. 2. Fixed part of a mainsail for schooner of Colonel Lee. Employed Jo[hn] Rimshire a day. This evening much rain.
25 This day completed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Abigail, Joseph Proctor, and mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Seaflower, Phil Thrash. This afternoon employ J[oh]n Gordon. Employed J. Rimshire a day.
26 This day before noon employed in finishing the schooner No. 2’s shrouds. Received a pattern of a boom pendent from Mr. Hooper’s warehouse for schooner No. 2. This afternoon I borrowed Captain Knott Martin’s boat and went to the Neck with our wives, B. Bowen and wife, and came round from Newbury schooner No. 1.
27 This day received from Mr. Hooper’s ropewalk a coil of 3¾ inch for schooner No. 1 and 2’s bowsprit shroud and ties &c. Served bowsprit shrouds for No. 1 and ties &c.
28 This day delivered bowsprit shrouds and ties to schooner No. 1 and boom pendent. Received from Mr. Hooper a pattern of an ensign for schooner No. 1. Ditto delivered tack tackle, fore top[ping] lift and brail block to No. 1 and ties blocks.
29 This day delivered 2 set of boom tackle block and two set of jeer fall block to schooner No. 1. Some rain. At noon anchored here the Halifax packet from Boston. Wind easterly.
1 This morning employed serving straps &c for No. 2. Received a yard of red bunting from Mr. Hooper for schooner No. 2. Sailed schooner Halifax packet. Arrived a large ship from [ ]. Sailed from Boston the Governor, tis said.170
2 Received from Mr. Hooper’s a pattern of a pair of bowsprit horses and some straps. Delivered an ensign and vane to schooner No. 1. Note: the schooner No. 1 is named the Nancy.
3 This morning I cut and tarred about 15 yard of parceling for Mr. Hooper for Mr. White’s warehouse. This afternoon I took a bower [anchor] on board the schooner Nancy.
4 This morning I fixed a gaff topsail for Captain Benjamin Boden, schooner Betsy. Received an old foresail from Mr. Hooper to cut up for his service. Cut and tarred parceling for Mr. Hooper’s warehouse. This afternoon received a coil of shrouding and a jibstay [and] four coils of spun yarn from Mr. Hooper’s [rope]walk for Colonel Lee, schooner new Hannah.
5 This morning received a pattern of an ensign of tamme from Colonel Lee’s for schooner Hannah. Delivered a pendent and strap to Mr. Hooper, schooner Nancy. Returned a remnant of 3¾ inch of schooner Nancy to Mr. Hooper’s. Received some old canvas from Colonel Lee for schooner Hannah.
Monday, 7 This morning fixed a flying jib for Captain Ross, T. Gerry, and fixed a foresail for Ross. Served the most of my straps for R[obert] H[ooper] No. 2.
8 This day spliced and served in some blocks for R[obert] H[ooper] No. 2. This afternoon I fixed a foresail for Captain Hines. Received a barrel of cider from Mr. Hooper’s.
9 This morning I repaired the large scales at the Market. My charge is a shilling. Fixed a mainsail and jib for Captain Hines. This afternoon I served a number of straps for R[obert] H[ooper] No. 2. Spliced most part of said straps &c.
10 This morning employed in strapping blocks. Delivered all the standing rigging for schooner No. 2 to Captain Knott Martin, viz. 6 pair shrouds, 1 jibstay, 1 boom pendent, 1 pair of bowsprit shrouds and horses, two ties, 2 straps for masthead. Received from Colonel Lee’s a pattern of an ensign for schooner Darby and old ensign to make a flag. Wife went to Salem.
11 Delivered most of the schooner No. 2’s block to Captain Martin and a mainsail and jib for No. 2 and 4 coils of cordage and a small coil of 3-yarn spun yarn from Mr. Hooper warehouse. Fixed a mainsail and foresail for Captain Gerry, Thomas Elkins.
12 Fixed a foresail for Mr. Hooper No. 2. Deliver an ensign to Colonel Lee and flag, schooner Darby. Received the hooks and thimbles from Mr. Foster for Colonel Lee new schooner. Delivered some blocks to Captain Martin for No. 2 and delivered No. 2 foresail to Captain Martin. Delivered a coil of cordage from the rope-walk for schooner No. 2.
Monday, 14 This morning fixed a jib for Captain Gerry, Captain Ross. This morning began to fix Colonel Lee, schooner Hannah. Received 3 pounds of tallow from Colonel Lee house. Employed Ab Staples a day.
15 Employed in fixing shrouds for Colonel Lee, schooner Hannah.
17 This day received all the blocks for schooner Hannah except five. Received a coil of cordage for ties, bowsprit shrouds and horses, and a some small cordage for straps.
18 This day employ in serving straps for schooner Hannah. Delivered an ensign to Captain Foster. Began to fix a mainsail for Captain Jonathan Glover.
19 Finished a suit of sails for Captain Jonathan Glover and a mainsail for schooner Hannah. Served some straps for schooner Hannah. I discharged my man and paid him 9s and 6d old tenor too much. This evening my wife settled with Mr. Bradish.
Monday, 21 This day completed all the rigging for Colonel Lee, schooner Hannah. This afternoon I puddened an anchor for Captain MacFarlane.
22 This morning I puddened an anchor for schooner Hannah and fixed a mainsail for Colonel Orne, Richard Ellis. Delivered an ensign to Colonel Lee, schooner Hannah, and sorted all schooner Hannah’s running rigging.
23 This day received and fixed a pair of schooner Colonel Lee Esq., Philip Thrash. Received a bucket of tar from John Griste for Colonel Lee. Delivered two of my chucks—one to Mother Bowen and one to Brother Bowen. Received 5 pounds spun yarn from Mr. Prince for Captain Gerry.
24 This morning delivered a pair of shrouds to Philip Thrash, schooner [ ]. Received six bushels of corn from Captain John Pedrick at 3s per bushel. This afternoon I delivered all the schooner Hannah’s rigging to Captain Stickney with 33 blocks for Hannah and 4 yards of old canvas for Hannah.
25 This morning I fixed a main-topsail for Major Gallison, schooner Nancy, J. Bartlett, and cleared out the loft. Partly fixed a mainsail for Mr. Hooper, schooner Lydia. This evening my son Ashley quite sick. No rigging in hand.
26 This morning received a pattern of a boom pendent from Colonel Lee for schooner Tryal. Fixed a boom pendent and strap for foresheet. Finished a new mainsail for schooner Lydia, Hooper and Felton’s. Received ½ barrel flour from Captain Courtis, No. 99.
29 This day employed the fore part in the cellar. This afternoon the body of Nathan Stiles was buried.
30 This day I fixed a mainsail for Captain Newmarch’s schooner. Received a jibstay from Colonel Lee for schooner Abigail.
31 This day fixed and delivered a jibstay to Skipper Jo Procter. This day cleared out my cellar and stowed away some wood.
1 This day makes three year in this book. This day I fixed a foresail for J. Orne Esq., T. Brown. This afternoon partly fixed a jib for Mr. Selman, J. Drinkwater.
2 To fixing a jib and blocks and overhauling the clew of a mainsail for Jo Drinkwater, S. Selman. Delivered Skipper Tittle a boom pendent and a foresheet strap.
3 This afternoon the Reverend Mr. John Murray preached at the New Meeting House.
Monday, 4 This day fixed a pair of shrouds for R[obert] H[ooper’]s, Captain Newmarch, schooner Ann. Received a single shroud from Mr. Swett’s for Captain Homan. Brother Bowen dined here on our third roast pig for this year.
5 This morning delivered a single shroud to Captain Coaks [Cox?] for Captain R. Homan. Fixed a foresail for Captain John Pedrick, J. Salter. This afternoon partly fixed a mainsail for Salter.
6 This day finished a mainsail for Captain John Pedrick, Jo Salter, and jib for Colonel Lee, Richard Renew, and a forestaysail for R[obert] Hooper Esq., brig Amherst. This afternoon no rigging in hand.
7 This day nothing to do at rigging. Mrs. Stiles’s sons came to see her.
8 This day much rain and wind at NEbN. Arrived brig Sally, Captain [John] Grush, from West Indies.
9 This morning wind at NW, cloudy weather. I find there is a sloop on the Breakers to the eastward of Cat Island. Our town people took a small schooner and went to her assistance, but found that the men were taken out by another schooner from Manchester. The master of sloops name [is] Moses Bennett of Sheepscott. Somewhat cold after the rain. Finished a foresail for small schooner, Brown, at 2 shillings, and foresail for Colonel Lee, George Roundy. This afternoon more moderate.
Monday, 11 This day spent in doing little or nothing. Fixed a jib for Captain John Pedrick, Jo Salter.
12 This day began to fix an old topsail for ship Vulture.
13 This day finished fixing a topsail for ship Vulture. Came in brig Patty from Cadiz.
14 This morning fixed a mainstay sail for brig Amherst and main-topmast-staysail and flying jib for brig Amherst. At eleven a.m. come to see us our Sister Barker and Mrs. Hepsibah Kimball.
15 This forenoon I fixed a foresail for Colonel Lee, schooner Carr. After dinner Sister Barker set off for home.
16 This day fixed an old mainsail for Captain Gerry, Peter Severy, and a new mainsail [for] Major Lee, schooner Lucia. Sailed brig Amherst, Thomas Dixey, and snow St. Thomas, Wyatt St. Barbe, both for Bilbao.
Monday, 18 This day on board brig Patty. Stripped her foremast and brought the rigging on shore. Entered on board at ½ after 9 o’clock and returned at six.
19 This day employed in loft about brig Patty rigging. Received a codline from Colonel Lee for brig Patty. Employed Abraham Staples a half day.
20 This morning I finished fixing a topsail of ship Vulture and finished a forestay for brig Patty. This afternoon fixed a mainsail for Captain Hines and foresail for Mr. Sam White, schooner First Attemft.
21 This day fixed a foresail for Captain Hines and a mainsail and foresail for Colonel Orne, Joseph Homan. This afternoon employed in overhauling brig Patty shrouds.
22 This forenoon employed in overhauling brig Patty’s shrouds and tarred them. This afternoon I took the shrouds on board and rigged the Patty foremast. This afternoon Staples and self on board brig Patty 4 hours each.
23 This morning sailed schooner Molly, R[ichard] Dolliber, [for the West Indies] and Sam Gale, in Blackler schooner [Charming Polly, for Barbados]. At 10 came on board Patty. Staples and self on board 7 hours each. This afternoon brought all the main rigging on shore. Delivered an ensign and flag to Captain John Glover and a vane. Ditto delivered an ensign to Robert Hooper Esq. [for schooner] No. 2 or schooner Dove.
Monday, 25 This day fixed two pendents for Colonel Lee, schooner Hannah. Employed on Patty shrouds.
26 Employed about brig Patty’s rigging. This day fixed a clew of a mainsail for Captain Foster, 4 shillings, and foresail full fixed.
27 This morning employed in loft with brig Patty’s rigging. Fixed a clew of foresail for Captain Joseph Reed and a jib for Captain Lement. Ditto I fixed a mainsheet strap for sloop, Lement, and seized him in. Received a pattern for a pair of pendents for brig Patty main masthead.
28 This day I took the Patty’s main rigging on board and rig the masthead this day. Abraham Staples half a day.
29 This day smart wind at NE.
30 This day I fixed a foresail and flying jib for ship Vulture.
Monday, 2 This morning I received two pair of old shrouds and a forestay and a pair of topmast shroud and a tie and bobstay from Mr. Joseph Homan to convert for rigging for his new schooner. Received two coils of spun yarn from Mr. Hooper’s for Mr. Homan.
3 This day fixed a large sloop’s clew of a mainsail, which is 6 shillings the whole. Sailed ship Vulture, [Captain Joseph Skillings,] for Europe [Bilbao]. Employed in loft with Mr. J. Homan. At 8 o’clock departed this life Samuel, the son of John and Abigail Wight, aged four month and 8 days. This day came Ann Trash to live with us. Discharged Moll Quinier.
4 This day received a pair of shrouding from Mr. J. Homan. Ditto received a bucket of tar and some parceling. Fixed a jib for Mr. Hoopers, Crowninshield.
5 This day finished the first pair of fore shroud for Mr. Homan. Fixed a foresail for Captain J. Glover, R[ichard] James.
6 This day finished the second pair of shrouds for Mr. Homan. This afternoon I went to the Neck. This afternoon Sam Camblit buried.
7 This day seized the two pair of shrouds and fixed a main tie. This afternoon received a barrel of soap from my father’s of Brother Barker. Partly fixed a jib for Colonel Orne or J. Prince sloop Prince William, Russell.
10 This day employed on board Captain Ben Calley a day.
11 This day employed in fixing two topsail for brig Patty. This day sold my cow to Mr. Guterag [Goodridge?].
12 This day finished the two topsails for the Patty, which is 6 shillings each. Received a mainstay from Mr. Hooper for snow Champion and a coil of a worming.
13 This day employed in fixing a mainstay for snow Champion.
14 This day employed on board schooner Dove 10 hour.
15 This day wife quite ill. I tarried from Church. This evening the body of Mr. Joseph Smethurst was buried.
Monday, 16 This day some rain. Employed on board the Dove 11 hour. Got her foremast out and shears aft and the rigging off the mainmast. Smart cold.
17 This day smart cold. Got the Dove’s mainmast out and shears down and all on shore. Afternoon I went to the farm. This day Squire Bowen’s yearly meeting at farm.
18 This day finished a mainstay for snow Champion. Employed in fixing Mr. Homan shrouds. Employed Abraham Staples ¾ [of] a day.
19 This day received some tar and parceling from Mr. Homan. Employed Staples a day. Delivered some old junk to David Lee.
20 This day finished all Mr. Homan’s shrouds. Employed Staples a day. Much rain.
21 This day employed on Mr. Homan straps. Discharge Abraham Staples. Sailed brig Patty, Jeremiah Ballister, for Europe.
22 This day arrived here brig Phoenix, Sam Hooper, from West Indies [Mole St. Nicholas].
Monday, 23 This day employed in loft. Received the greater part of Mr. Homan’s blocks from A[aron] Lovis. Pleasant weather.
24 This day employed in loft with Mr. Homan [rigging].
25 This day employed in loft strapping blocks.
26 This day employed in loft on Mr. Homan’s rigging.
27 This day employed in loft some part of day. Work on board old Dove four hours at 4d. for Mr. Hooper.
28 This day employed in loft some part of the day. This afternoon received a set of shrouds from Joshua Orne Esq. for a small schooner and jibstay.
Monday, 30 This day employed in loft all day. This afternoon came in a brig from Newfoundland with 50 passengers.171
31 This morning I assisted in getting the old Dove on shore to burn. p.m. came in Captain John Griste. This afternoon received 12 yards of parceling from Deacon Orne’s and a coil of 2-yarn spun yarn from Mr. Swett for Deacon Orne.
1 This day began on Mr. Orne’s smalls schooner’s shrouds.
2 This day fixed a foresail for snow Champion. Came in William Boden’s schooner from fishing with skipper and one hand sick and had buried skipper son while out.
3 This day fixed a jib and bonnet for a large sloop, Ez Lawrence. Came in another schooner from the Banks.
4 This day I settled with my brother Edward, and the balance was thirteen shillings 3d in my favor, for which he gave me an order to Captain John Reed. Finished the first pair of Mr. Orne small shrouds. Sailed Thomas Collyer [in the brig Elizabeth for Bilbao] and Ben Calley for Europe.
5 This day wife not well. Did not go to Church.
Monday, 6 This day I am six year on shore. This day I began to fix a topsail for snow Champion, Captain [Peter] Green. Note: the boys carried a Pope about the town this evening.172
8 This morning I killed my sow. When cold weighed 165 [pounds]. This afternoon I went to Mr. Will Homan’s and weighed 42½ quintal of fish for Mr. Hooper.
9 This morning employed in parting my cellar and salted my pork &c. This afternoon partly fixed a mainsail for Mr. Fettyplace. This evening came in brig Union, Edward Hales, [from Lisbon].
10 Fixed a suit of sails for Colonel Lee, Stickney [?], 4 shillings, and mainsail for Morrill 1/6. Came in brig Hooper, J.P., master, from [ ].
11 This day finished a mainsail for Mr. Ed Fettyplace. Served the 3d pair of shrouds for Mr. Orne’s small schooner. Sailed snow Champion, P[eter] Green, [for the West Indies] and schooner Samuel, Will Mugford, [for the West Indies].
Monday, 13 This day fixed a foresail and jib for Mr. Fettyplace. Received from Mr. Orne’s some cordage for boom pendant &c.
14 This day fixed the 4 pair of Mr. Orne’s shrouds.
15 This day smart cold. At work some in loft. Arrived brig Africa, Captain [William] Coles, from Lisbon.
16 This day a general Thanksgiving.
17 This day smart cold.
18 Smart cold. Began to fix a mainsail for Mr. Joseph Homan. Came to see us my cousin Seth Bowen from Sackwell or West Cock[?] the head of the Bay of Fundy. This afternoon received two pair of old shrouds and a pair of backstays from brig Africa.
19 Seth Bowen dined with me.
Monday, 20 This morning Seth Bowen set off for Providence. Received two pair of shrouds from Colonel Lee for brig Africa. Fixed a mainsail for Mr. Homan.
21 This day employed serving straps for Mr. Orne. Sailed Stephen Blaney in schooner [Charming Molly] of D. Dolliber [for Virginia].
22 This day employed in loft. Served all the strap for small schooner.
23 This day employed in loft strapping of blocks for Mr. Orne. Arrived brig St. Paul, [Captain John Lee,] from London.
24 This day employed fixed a jib for Mr. Orne small schooner. Sailed brig Salisbury, [Captain Michael] Coombs, [for Virginia].
25 This day I puddened an anchor for Mr. Joseph Homan’s new schooner. Arrived here schooner John, Captain [Ambrose] James, from Europe [Cadiz].
Monday, 27 This day completed all the blocks for each vessel—Mr. Homan and Mr. Orne small schooner. This evening came in Captain Sam Gale [in the schooner Polly, from Barbados] and some fishermen.
28 This day smart cold.173 Could do nothing at loft.
29 Smart cold for the season.
30 Somewhat warmer. Employed in fixing shrouds for brig Africa. Delivered Mr. Homan’s shrouds to himself with blocks &c. for his new schooner.
1 This day finished the 2d pair of new shrouds for brig Africa and overhauled all the old shroud to make two pair out of the best of the old. This evening wife and self at my father’s this evening.
2 This day fixed a pair of shrouds out of some of the best of the old of brig Africa.
Monday, 4 This day employed in loft about brig Africa shrouds. Finished all complete two pair of new and two of old. Employed James Eves 9 hours. Came in Captain [Amos?] Grandy [in the schooner Sally] from Europe [Lisbon] and a number of fishermen from the Banks and a brig, a stranger.
5 This day delivered all Captain [William] Coles’s fore rigging to himself, viz. two pair of new shrouds and two pair of old, new fixed. Ditto received a pattern of a fore tie and strap for mainstay and a pattern of a pair of main shrouds for schooner Tryal, Captain [John] Tittle. Ditto received a pair of old shrouds from schooner Tryal to refit. A sort of a Training. I trained &c. Employed James Eves 5½ hours.
6 This day employed in loft half a day. I trained the other half. Employed James Eves 5½ hours. Received a coil of cordage from Colonel Lee for brig Africa.
7 This day employed in loft half a day. Training. Finished a pair of shrouds for schooner Tryal.
8 This day I fixed a pair of backstays for brig Africa. Grand Training. Smart cold.
9 This day smart cold. Delivered a pair of backstays and a fore tie and a strap for mainstay to Davis, mate of the Africa. Came in a schooner that was picked up in the stream by Roger Vickery and Will Haskell. The said schooner [Dolphin] picked up by Haskell belong to Salem, [Josiah] Orne, master.174
Monday, 11 This day fine and pleasant. Finished and delivered two pair of shrouds to Thomas Boyles for schooner Tryal. Employed James Eves 9 hours. No news of Batchelder’s schooner. Delivered Mr. Orne’s rigging and blocks to Captain Knott Martin. Served two strap for Captain Martin, Woodbridge.
12 This day no rigging in hand. I sorted Mr. Orne’s running rigging to go to Newbury. Came Brother Porter.
13 This day employed in clearing Mr. Hooper loft in order for me to fix his brig rigging in. Got the most of the clutter up aloft. Mr. Hooper debtor to me 9½ hours. This day sailed [George] Rapell [in the schooner Dreadnought, for Lisbon].
14 This day so cold do nothing at loft. Received a pair of bed blankets from Colonel Lee at 5 dollar.
15 This forenoon I finished clearing the loft and delivered the key to Mr. Hooper self. 4 hours cred[it?]. This afternoon I fixed a topmast-staysail for brig Africa, Captain [William] Coles. We hear Captain [George] Batchelder’s schooner is at Plymouth safe and that Captain Batchelder was decently interred on Sunday evening last.
16 This day smart cold. Nothing to do at rigging. Wife not well. Came in Richard Dolliber [in the brig Guardoqui, from Alicante].
17 Wife not well. No Church today.
Monday, 18 Wife somewhat better. A false report [false labor]. Received some spun yarn for schooner Tryal mainsail. Arrived Captain Sam Pote [in the brig Woodbridge, from Cadiz].
19 Wife indifferent as yet. Cold weather. Fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, schooner Tryal. Received a jibstay from Captain Daniel Glover to be fixed. Fixed a foresail for schooner Tryal.
20 This day fixed a jibstay for Captain Jon Glover, schooner Three Brothers, at four shilling. Fixed a forestaysail for brig Bilbao of Mr. Hooper’s.
21 This morning fixed a jib for Mr. Hooper, brig Bilbao, Captain [Thomas] Power.
22 This day fixed a jib for Elbridge Gerry, schooner Wilks. Received schooner Tryal colors to mend. Smart cold. Wife about house.
23 This morning received 12 yards of red bunting from Colonel Lee for schooner Tryal’s ensign. Sailed brig Bilbao, Captain [Thomas] Power, and brig Africa, Captain [William] Coles, [for Bilbao] both for Europe. This day I fixed a mainsail for Colonel Lee, sloop Lizard, J. Picket. This evening delivered an ensign to J. Robertson for schooner Tryal, Captain [John] Tittle, mended.
24 This day came in schooner Ranger which Captain George Batchelder died on board of. Fine, pleasant weather.
Monday, 25 CHRISTMAS DAY. A full church.
26 No rigging in hand. Smart cold. No snow.
27 Fixed a clew of a mainsail for schooner Three Brothers, Captain [Daniel] Glover. Cold but no snow. Sailed Captain J. Kimball [in the sloop Yarmouth for South Carolina].
28 No rigging in hand.
29 No rigging in hand. Arrived John Stephens [in the schooner Polly?] from Falmouth.
30 No rigging in hand. Smart cold.
31 So cold did not go to Church.