AT the end of December 1773, the town of Marblehead, which had become increasingly overwrought by the presence of the inoculation hospital, laid down strict rules about when and where patients might be landed upon their return from the island. When a boatload attempted to come ashore at Nick’s Cove early next month—sooner than the rules permitted and not in a sanctioned area—the fishermen rose up to prevent this and other similar episodes from taking place. A period of total disorder and lawlessness ensued.
On 12 January they set fire to the hospital boat Mercury. A week later, after contaminated clothing had been stolen from the island and had been brought over to the mainland, the fishermen seized the principal offenders, hauled them about town in a cart, tarred and feathered them “in the modern Way,” and noisily carried them to Salem and back again. The hospital proprietors, meanwhile, attempted by all means to pacify the multitude. Their petition for the town to assume control of the hospital for a reasonable sum was again put down, but a committee was appointed to inspect the buildings with a view of purifying the contents before it was closed. Before they could do more than begin their work, a party of disguised men, unmindful of the persons still in the hospital, burned it to the ground.
The financial loss to the proprietors amounted to some £2,000. Understandably, they bent every effort to bring the culprits to justice, while the town itself petitioned the General Court for relief. A committee of the two Houses was then dispatched to Marblehead to establish the grounds of the discontent; at the same time, a military watch of about forty men warily patrolled the streets each night.
During the last week of February two of the persons suspected of setting fire to the hospital were arrested and removed to Salem Gaol. The fishermen promptly marched in a body to Salem, laid siege to the prison, broke their compatriots out of it, and escorted them back to Marblehead. The County Sheriff, in consequence, rallied the Salem men to arms, intending to retrieve the prisoners, until it was learned that between 600 and 800 Marbleheaders were arming themselves as well. An inevitable confrontation was averted only when the hospital proprietors gave their promise not to prosecute anyone for the destruction of the hospital property.
Matters cooled somewhat for about a month, when one of the men previously tarred and feathered for stealing clothing from Cat Island did it again. That night, twenty to thirty fishermen rousted him out of bed, dragged him to the public whipping post near the Town House, and “whipped him most cruelly.” This appears to have been the curtain call of the Smallpox War, yet the divisions which it and earlier political disagreements had caused were of insignificance compared to what was about to come.
It is doubtful if any year in the history of Marblehead witnessed more town meetings or such a wide range of pregnant issues to be debated. The warrant for the meeting of 23 May called, first, for consideration of the alarming situation arising from the impending blockade of the port of Boston, and secondly, to “adopt any other Measures that may appear to be Constitutional and calculated to procure relief from the difficulties which are Hastening in all the Colonies of america by acts parliaments Taxing and unjustly depriving them of their Interest.” Irrespective of numerous other town meetings, called by other warrants, that of 23 May led to more than twenty-one adjourned meetings before the year ended, with more to follow.
By the end of May the town had assured Boston that it was ready, if necessary, to join in a non-Exportation as well as a non-Importation agreement to and from Great Britain. A Committee of Correspondence sprang into being. When the meeting of 31 May convened, the latest weekly edition of the Essex Gazette had just been delivered from Salem. In it was a complimentary address to Governor Hutchinson, signed by thirty-three “Gentlemen of Marblehead.” Promptly read to the chair, it was hotly “honoured with a general Hiss.”
Sir, His Majesty having been pleased to appoint his Excellency the Hon. Thomas Gage, Esq; to be Governor and Commander in chief over this Province, and you, (as we are informed) being speedily to embark for Great-Britain; We the Subscribers, Merchants, Traders, and others, Inhabitants of Marblehead, beg Leave to present you our valedictory Address on this Occasion.—And as this is the only Way we now have, of expressing to you our entire Approbation of your publick Conduct, during the Time you have presided in this Province, and of making you a Return, of our most sincere and hearty Thanks, for the ready Assistance which you have at all Times afforded us, when applied to in Matters which affected our Navigation and Commerce; we are induced, from former Experience of your Goodness, to believe, that you will freely indulge us in the Pleasure, of giving you this Testimony of our sincere Esteem and Gratitude.
In your publick Administration, we are fully convinced, that the general Good was the Mark which you have ever aimed at; and we can, Sir, with Pleasure assure you, that it is likewise the Opinion of all dispassionate thinking Men within the Circle of our Observation, notwithstanding many Publications, would have sought the World to think the contrary; and we beg Leave to intreat you, that when you arrive at the Court of Great-Britain, you would there embrace every Opportunity, of moderating the Resentment of the Government against us, and use your best Endeavours to have the unhappy Dispute, between Great-Britain and this Country, brought to a just and equitable Determination.
We cannot omit this Opportunity of returning you in a particular Manner, our most sincere Thanks, for your patronizing our Case, in the Matter of entering and clearing Fishing Vessels at the Custom-House, and making the Fishermen pay Hospital Money; we believe it is owing to your Representation of the Matter, that we are hitherto free from that Burden.
We heartily wish you, Sir, a safe and prosperous Passage to Great-Britain, and when you arrive there may you find such a Reception, as shall fully compensate for all the Insults and Indignities which have been offered you.
Marblehead, May 25, 1774.
Robert Hooper, 3d
Robert Hooper, jun.
The town’s response, which labeled the address as “insulting and affrontive,” penned by “passionate thoughtless men” deplored the secret and clandestine manner of addressing a man who not only was leaving office but had been “censured by both Houses of a former Assembly as an inveterate Enemy to the Liberties of the Province.” The majority abhorred the needless reminder of the Greenwich Hospital tax question, which could lead to a reawakening of that issue, and conceived that the address had “strengthened the Hands of a subtle Enemy to the Province.”
The signers were all men of substance, most of whom had done Marblehead many a good turn in the past, while many of them could be expected to exert future influence in its behalf. The town, despite the heat of the moment, recognized its inability to alienate them completely without first offering another chance. Those who would publicly renounce their part in the address, therefore, would “be viewed by this Town in as friendly a Light as if they had never Signed” it. The public recantations, save for one or two, were slow to come. By October, several had been published in the Essex Gazette, of which the following was typical—
To the PUBLICK
WHEREAS I the Subscriber signed an Address to the late Governor Hutchinson, upon his leaving this Province: I now declare my doing so was without any View of injuring the Liberties of my Country, which I ever held sacred; nor had I the least Design of giving Offence to any Individual within the Circle of my Acquaintance, and had I conceived such an Address would have been so generally disapproved of, I should by no Means have signed it; and hope the Publick will freely forgive this Error in their humble Servant,
Some, being more vocal, renounced the address “in all its formidable Colours” or wished it “had been to the devil before they had either seen it or signed it.” All but six ultimately came to their knees. Robert Hooper, Benjamin Marston, John Pedrick, John Prentice, Nathan Bowen, and Thomas Robie refused to do so.
The list of issues was endless. Persons selling India tea were to be deemed enemies of America. A Committee of Observation and Prevention was to cooperate with other local communities to prevent the British troops camped in the vicinity (during the time Gage and the government sat at Salem) from being supplied with labor or materials. The Town Clerk was to maintain a list of all persons considered rebels against the state. Gunpowder should not be expended unnecessarily. Wild fowl and game killed by it must not be purchased. The town’s stock of powder should be removed to a safe place. Robert Hooper was to be rebuked for misconduct toward the Committee of Inspection. The Parliamentary alterations to the Charter of Massachusetts-Bay must be reviewed. Delegates were to be elected to the General Court, to the Provincial Congress, and to the Continental Congress. The resolves of the latter two were to be carried into execution. Donations should be collected and sent as relief to the poor of Boston, bottled up behind English men-of-war.
As the year ended, it was military issues which came to the forefront. The militia had orders to train at least four days a week for no less than two hours at a time until its drill was perfect. Those officers who held commissions under Hutchinson or Gage were forced to renounce their commissions in public. Many willingly did so, although technically a treasonous action, and were promptly reinstated by non-Royal authority. Here, we witness the shuffling up and the reshaping of the town’s military force, soon to become the famous Marblehead Amphibious Regiment and the sailor-soldiers who were to row Washington’s army across the ice-choked Delaware on Christmas night of 1776.
1 This day some rain. A girl moved to Ferry, named Bootman, [with] smallpox.
2 This day raw cold. I attended Church.
Monday, 3 This day soft weather. Sailed brig St. Paul, N[icholas] Gordon, for Europe [Cadiz] and sloop Charlotte, [John] Reed, for Virginia [Maryland].
4 This day wind easterly, likely for snow. This morning Hannah Blaney moved to Ferry [with] smallpox, p.m., some snow.
5 This day much snow. Do not go out much. Arrived Will Andrews[?], West Indies.
6 This day wind NE. Close weather. Arrived John Barnard in schooner Samuel from Philadelphia. Ditto, bought 44½ pounds of beef at 21½ of Mr. Benjamin, last payment on April 23.
7 This day some rain.
8 This day smart cold. Sailed William Tucker in schooner Pelican [for Maryland].
Monday, 10 Cold. At 1 o’clock landed many of the inhabitants of the Isle of Cat in the Mercury. Sarah Bradstreet come from Cat Island sick as she was.
11 Cold. This day the sloop Ashley went to Cat Island for some people and our fishermen would not let them land [at Nick’s Cove] and obliged the sloop to go to Redstone Cove and land.26 Received the schooner Manchester’s fore rigging.
12 This day cold. Receive schooner Manchester main rigging. This evening the Mercury took fire &c. [This evening the boat was burnt at Nick’s Cove].27 Smart cold.
13 This day employed on schooner Manchester shrouds. Employed Peter Colman 8 hours at 2 shilling an hour.
15 This day much snow. Employed on schooner Manchester shrouds. Employed Peter Colman 7 hours. Mr. John Brown buried whom had fell in the fire.
16 This day some snow. Came from Cat Island Captain Lowell. Ditto Jackson desired him not to snowball anybody.28
Monday, 17 This day some snow. Employ Peter Colman 8 hours. Delivered schooner Manchester’s, fore shrouds to the people. I fixed a jibstay with a mouse.
18 This day employed on schooner Manchester’s shrouds. Employed Peter Colman 8 hours.
19 This day employed on schooner Manchester rigging. Delivered all her main shrouds to the master. Employed Colman 3 hours. This day I arrived to the 46 year of my age. This evening John Granday, J[?] Broughton, James Delap, J. Clark, and a servant of Granday’s all went to Cat Island in order to steal clothes that was left out a-cleaning, and they were detected by Colonel Orne, Major Pedrick, Knott Martin Jr., Captain [Peter] Green and were delivered to the inhabitants and they hauled them about town &c29
20 This day delivered all the schooner Manchester’s blocks and ties, viz. two ties, 1 mainstay, twelve blocks, 1 boom pendent. This day the inhabitants tarred and feathered the four men that went to Cat Island and carried them to Salem and back again.
21 This day cold. Employ on Captain P. Thrash blocks and ties and topping lift. Mr. John Clark, blockmaster. Sailed Ambrose James [in the schooner John for the West Indies]. Ditto John Gale [in the schooner Hannah for Barbados]. Wind WNW. Ditto arrived [schooner] Absalom, [Michael] Dupee.
22 This day smart cold. Do nothing at loft. Captain Dupee gone to Boston.
23 This day so cold no sermon this forenoon. We are advised this afternoon to not fall out by the way side[?] and will mob the mob[?].
Monday, 24 This day a full Town Meeting about the hospital at Cat Island. A committee chosen.30 Smart cold. Do nothing at loft.
25 This day smart cold. A child of Thompson moved to Ferry [with] smallpox. Deliver some of schooner Hawk’s rigging to the mate.
26 This day somewhat cold. This night the hospital took fire and was consumed with barn, little[?] house and all.31 Died a child, Thompson, at Ferry.
28 This day some people moved to Ferry.
29 This day eight person moved to Ferry. Died Mr. Dorrel of smallpox, not moved.
30 This day somewhat cold. Ben [?] Bowen child christened.
Monday, 31 This day close weather. Wind NE. No snow. We hear Clem Newell’s wife is dead at Ferry. Sundry persons moved to Ferry.
1 This day somewhat moderate. Came in John Hooper from West Indies [Barbados and Turks Island in the schooner Lynn]. Died Mr. J. Thompson [at] Ferry. Died Mrs. Walpey [at] Ferry.
2 This day fine and pleasant for the season. We hear two persons are dead at Ferry [of small]pox. At noon died a child of Joseph Atkins at Ferry, smallpox. Arrived [Michael] Merrick [in the schooner Betsey] from Europe [Lematt].
3 This day close weather. Arrived Captain [William Le]Craw [in the schooner Success from St. Lucia] from West Indies. Sailed Captain [Philip] Thrash [for Baltimore].
4 This day fine and pleasant. Arrived Captain [Michael] Corbett in schooner from West Indies. Fixed two blocks for De[acon] Dolliber, 2 shillings.
5 This day close weather. Richard Goss wife moved to Ferry with smallpox. Died a.m. Mrs. Bootman [at] Ferry. Died a child of Mr. Cloutman.
6 No smallpox today. Self attend Church all day, wife half day. Sailed John Dixey [in the schooner Elizabeth for Lisbon].
Monday, 7 This day Thomas Courtis moved to Ferry. Two persons died at Ferry; wife [...] Benjamin Bowen [and] wife Crowninshield[?]. Died a servant of Richard Dixey [at] Ferry. Died a child of Samuel Boden at Ferry. Four persons are suspected to have smallpox. Sailed John Stephens [in the schooner Polly for West Indies].
9 This day much snow. Received two coils of spun yarn from the [rope]walk for Colonel Lee, schooner Tryal. Nobody broke out this day.
10 Sailed P. Hoy for the Banks. This day employed on schooner Tryal’s shrouds. No complaining in our streets.
11 This day sailed snow Champion, [Peter] Green, [for the West Indies]. Delivered the Tryal fore rigging. Cold wind, WSW.
12 This day much rain. Employed on schooner Tryal’s rigging. Delivered two ties, 1 span, 1 mainsheet block, 2 peak ties blocks, 1 main topping lift block, 1 fore topping lift block, 1 jib halliard block. Arrived Ed Reed [in the schooner Charlotte] from West Indies [Montserrat and St. Eustatius]. We hear Mr. Thomas Courtis is dead at Ferry.
13 This day much snow. Self attended Church all day.
Monday, 14 This day smart cold. Self with 48 men went to Ferry to make a road to carry smallpox folks.32 Do nothing at loft. Dorrell’s boy moved to Ferry.
15 This day smart cold. Do nothing at loft. Came to town a committee from the General Court in order to settle matters.33
16 This day smart cold. Received some cordage for ties and straps and pendents for Colonel Lee, schooner Eagle, Brus. Deliver a hooking pennant and 2 block strap to Colonel Lee, schooner Tryal, Willis. Sailed W. Dennis in Deacon[?] Dolliber’s[?] [schooner Charming Molly for the West Indies]. Sailed schooner Adventure, [John] Tittle, [for Lisbon].
17 This day close weather. Delivered a fore tie and span peak tie block [and] 4 small blocks all strapped to Mr. [Le]Craw, Colonel Lee’s schooner Success. This morning the committee sat off for home.
19 This day arrived [William] Coles [in the brig Young Africa] and [Richard] Stacey [in the schooner Rockingham, both] from Cadiz. Much rain. Do nothing at loft. Some complaint of smallpox.
20 This day pleasant for the season. Self attended Church all day. Wife half day. Elias Vickery moved to Ferry and a child of Richard Goss. Two children moved to Ferry. Sailed Rockingham, [Reed, for Virginia].
Monday, 21 This day somewhat cold. Richard Goss moved to Ferry. Delivered a mainsheet strap to E. [Le]Craw, schooner Success, and a mainstay strap to Success.
22 This day fine and pleasant. Our fishermen are fitting out. Delivered two ties, 2 mainsheet strap, 1 fore ditto, four ties straps, two hooking pennants to Colonel Lee, schooner Eagle, Brus, and a fore tie to schooner Hannah, Phollet. Arrived Richard Hinkley [in the schooner Woodbridge] from West Indies [Mole St. Nicholas].
23 This day close weather. Delivered two mainsheet straps to Colonel Lee, schooner Bartor. Deliver a pair of bowsprit shrouds to schooner Vulcan.
24 This day employed in loft. Delivered a peak tie and 3 blocks and span for tie to schooner Vulcan, JJs[?], and mainstay strap to schooner Bartor, Tishew, [and] a pair of bowsprit horses to schooner Hannah, Phollet.
25 This day fine and moderate. Delivered a tie to schooner Hannah, Phollet. Delivered two tackle blocks to schooner Eagle, Brus. Delivered a jibsheet straps to schooner Betsey, Gatchell. This day the Proprietors of Essex Hospital took two men up on suspicion of their being concerned in burning the hospital at Cat Island and carried them to Salem and put them in prison, but our fishermen all rose in a body and went to Salem and brought them home again. One of them is John Watts; other J[ohn] Guillard.34
[Another account by Bowen reads:] This day at noon the leather-breeches soul-catcher came to town and catched two of Simon Peter’s children out of their ships and carried them to the City. As soon as Andrew and their brethren knew of it, they all forsook their ships and followed them in a great multitude and went to the City and relieved their two brethren and conducted them safe to their habitations again. There was a watch set. All is well. Died a child [of] S. Baker’s [at] Ferry.
26 This day fine and pleasant. Puddened an anchor for Mr. John Griste. Delivered two blocks to schooner Eagle, Brus, and a jibstay to Captain White. Arrived A[lexander] Ross from Cadiz [in the schooner Tabby]. The Proprietors of Essex Hospital buried the hatchet forever.
27 This day moderate. Some snow fell the last night. Attend to Church all day. Sailed [Michael] Merrick [in the schooner Betsey for Lisbon, William] Sinclair [in the schooner Betsey for Barbados], and [John] Hooper [in the schooner Lynn for Bilbao]. Arrived Ben Boden in schooner Nancy from the Mediterranean [Lematt]. Sailed [Michael] Dupee in [the schooner] Absalom [for the West Indies].
Monday, 28 This day do nothing at loft. Delivered two blocks to schooner Eagle, Brus. Sailed some of our fishermen. This day a noise [with] the High Sheriff at Salem about something. All is well.35 Finis for the Isle Cat.
1 This day some rain. Arrived D[avid] Ross from England [Liverpool, in the brig Union]. We hear the Proprietors of Essex Hospital have withdrawn the writ against burning the hospital. Many people very ill at Salem Hospital. [...].
2 This day much rain. Nothing to do at loft.
3 This day fair. Received half a coil of shrouding from Colonel Lee for Captain Jonathan Glover, A. Morse, and a coil of spun yarn. Employed on Skipper Morse’s shrouds.
4 This day employed on shrouds. Deliver a Jack mended to Colonel Lee, schooner Bartor. Received 29 yards of bunting from Mr. Sparhawk for Will Boden, schooner Dolphin.
5 This day do nothing at loft. There is thirty sail of fishermen now laying wind bound.
6 This day wind easterly. Some rain.
Monday, 7 This day at 8 o’clock Captain John Willis in schooner Tryal opened the port of this harbor for the Banks and he being directly between Point of [the] Neck and Cat Island when St. Michael’s clock struck eight. Wind WNW, and 48 sail followed him today.
8 This day sailed many of our fishermen. Received four pair of old shrouds from Captain Jonathan Glover’s schooner Abigail.
9 This day much rain. Employ on Captain Glover shrouds. Delivered his fore rig, viz. 1 pair new, 2 old refitted to Mr. Morse.
10 This day somewhat cold. Delivered the main rigging to schooner Abigail, Captain Jonathan Glover. Received schooner Abigail fore rig belonging to Colonel Lee, viz. one pair of new, one of old. Fresh breeze at SW. Mr. Geese flies to the northward today.
11 This day employed on Colonel Lee, schooner Abigail’s fore rigging. Most of our fishermen are gone to sea.
13 This day fine and moderate. Self attended Church all day. Wife half day. Mr. James Davis published to [Mary Waters]. Died D[eborah] Meeke at Ferry.
Monday, 14 This day some snow. This afternoon I attended Mrs. Florence funeral. She was carried into Church but no sermon. A Town Meeting at Salem about their hospital.
15 This day nothing to do at loft. Sailed brig Wolfe for Baltimore [Virginia], Amos Granday.
16 This day nothing to do at loft.
17 This day do nothing at loft. Sailed John Barnard [in the schooner Dolphin for the] West Indies.
18 This day do nothing at loft. Arrived Granday and Will Blaney from West Indies.
19 This day do nothing at loft.
20 This day some snow. Self attended Church all day.
Monday, 21 This day some rain. Arrived ship Vulture, [John] Sawin, [from Alicante] and brig Sally, [Wyatt] St. Barbe [from] Salt Tortuga.
22 This day do nothing at loft. Sailed John D[evereux] Dennis [in the schooner Annis for the West Indies?].
23 This day employed on schooner Seaflower rigging. Arrived brig Woodbridge, [Samuel] Pote, [from Cadiz?].
24 This day employed on schooner Seaflower rigging. Smart cold.
25 This day raw cold. Employed in loft. This morning delivered schooner Seaflower main rigging refitted, one shroud spliced, 12 shillings [the] whole. This evening deliver schooner Seaflower fore rigging, viz. shrouds overhauled, jibstay refixed, 3.12 the whole.
26 This day employed on schooner Seaflower rigging. Strapped 12 block, served 3 ties, one pair bowsprit shroud. Delivered all. Deliver brig Salisbury color mended, viz. two Jacks, one burgee, 6 shillings the whole. Sailed R[ichard] James [in the schooner Hannah for the West Indies].
27 This day Mr. Weeks sick. I went to New Meeting [House and] heard Mr. Whitwell. Wife half day. Arrived [Michael] Whittrong from West Indies. This night wife and I supped at Moll Hooper Roundy.
29 This day employed on schooner Leviathan rigging. Finished two pair of new shrouds for schooner and 2 pendents for masthead. Received schooner Seaflower colors to mend. Employed T. Crute a day. This day John Clark, laborer, went to the Isle of Cat and brought some things off that was not cleansed, and there was a noise about it, and at night the Liberty Boys gave the hand Clark a time of it. John Clark, laborer, was whipped at the public [whipping] post.36
30 This day employed on schooner Joseph, Coffin, rigging. Delivered schooner Leviathan’s standing rigging to Richard Goss, Captain Smith. Received schooner Joseph main rigging. Employ Crute. A child of Perry’s moved to pesthouse.
31 This day employed on schooner Joseph rigging. Strapped a large block for Captain Gerry, a mast block. Finished all schooner Joseph shrouds. Employed T. Crute a day. Came from Boston, [Michael] Whittrong.
1 This day is Good Friday. Mr. Weeks not well. No Church. Employed on schooner Seaflower runners and tackle block and on schooner Joseph pendents. Delivered an ensign and burgee both mended to Colonel Lee, schooner Seaflower. Received a new jibstay for Joseph. Employ Crute. Delivered a signal flag to Mr. T. Gerry. The soul-catcher catched Robert Smith and carried him to Ipswich on Clark’s account.37
2 This day some snow. Employed on schooner Seaflower runner and tackle blocks. Employed Crute.
3 This day is Easter Sunday. Self attend Church all day. Mr. Weeks well. Sailed brig Salisbury, [John] Bartlett, [for Maryland] and Joseph Proctor in T. Gerry schooner [Dolphin for Maryland]. Wilson Hickman drownded.
Monday, 4 This day smart cold. Employed on schooner Joseph rigging. Delivered all her shrouds and four double pendents for masthead.
5 This day employed on schooner Joseph rigging. Delivered a jibstay with mouse to schooner Joseph and mainstay. Employed T. Crute a day. The first whaleman sailed yesterday, viz. Seaflower, Newcomb. Sailed brig Sally, [Wyatt] St. Barbe.
6 This day employed on schooner Leviathan’s blocks. Completed and delivered 4 set of runners and tackles and 4 double-blocks all to Leviathan. Delivered a vane to Leviathan. Employed Crute a day.
7 This day the soul-catchers catch William Picket and carried him to Ipswich. Most of the Heads of this Town summoned to Ipswich. Ten went. Sailed schooner Leviathan, Smith, for whaling and Abijah Bowden for Europe and [brig] Pitt Packet, [Nathaniel] Leech, for Europe [Bilbao]. Arrive R[ichard] Dolliber from West Indies [St. Lucia in the schooner Molly]. Received schooner Polly’s shrouds to refit. Deliver 9 blocks new strapped to schooner Joseph, Coffin, and a fore tie to Coffin. Father Bowen somewhat better. Fine [and] pleasant for the season. Employed Crute a day.
8 This day employed on schooner Polly shrouds and pennants. Came in the first Isle Sable man, George Clark, well fished. Captain Knott Martin summoned from Boston to Ipswich. Return a[gain?]. I am in great hopes the smallpox is over for this time. Deliver 1 mainsheet, foresheet block, 2 small block to schooner Joseph, Coffin. Employ Crute a day.
9 This day much rain. Wind northerly. Came in some of our fishermen, well fished. Employed Crute a day. Received and made a blue flag for Mr. Hooper, schooner Frances.
10 This day fine and pleasant. Sailed Sam Gale [in the schooner Polly for the West Indies]. Arrived N[icholas] Bartlett [Jr. in the schooner Hawk from Barbados]. Self attend Church all day. Wife half a day.
Monday, 11 This day employed in loft with schooner Joseph and schooner Polly rigging. Delivered an ensign to Joseph.
12 This day employed on schooner Polly rigging. Delivered the remainder of schooner Joseph blocks and boom pennants, viz. 2 large winding tackles, 2 runner blocks, and a jibstay to schooner Polly. Sailed [the whaling] schooner Joseph, Coffin, for Nantucket. Employed Crute.
13 This day employed on schooner Polly straps. Delivered a fore tie and fore topping lift and ten blocks strapped to schooner Polly, Clark. Employ T. Crute a day.
14 This day yearly fast. Employed at home all day.
15 This day my honored father arrived to his seventy-six year of his age in a tolerable good state of health. Employed on schooner Polly rigging. Crute absent today. Come in Captain T. [or, J] Proctor’s schooner whom had lost their skipper overboard.38
16 This day fine and pleasant. This morning sailed Captain Nicholas Bartlett [Senior] in his schooner [Dove] for West Indies.
17 This day smallpox again. Mrs. Pearce removed to sick quarters. We hear [Nathan] Brown, the Sheriff at Salem, hath the smallpox &c.
Monday, 18 This day employed at loft on schooner Polly’s blocks. At noon Jeremiah Lee, Esq. sat out for Baltimore. This afternoon a girl moved, daughter of George Oaks, with smallpox. Pain and Roads court.
19 This day employed in loft with schooner Polly’s blocks. Received a pattern of an ensign from Mr. Hooper for Mr. John Hines, J. Preble. Sailed William Andrews [in the schooner Stork] for Europe [Bilbao].
20 This day employed on schooner Polly blocks. Delivered an ensign to Mr. J. Hines’s crew.
21 This day employed in loft with schooner Polly’s blocks. Delivered a peak tie to schooner Polly and an ensign to schooner Polly, Clark.
22 This day fine and pleasant. Employed on schooner Polly’s blocks. Sailed schooner Woodbridge, [John] Williamson, for Europe [Bilbao]. Delivered all schooner Polly’s blocks. Note: the surveyors pitched their tents at the Neck.
23 This day sailed schooner Polly, Clark, for whaling. No rigging in hand. Sailed [Edmund] Lewis [in the schooner William] for Europe [Bilbao] and [Samuel Russell] Trevett for West Indies and [David?] Robinson [in the schooner Charlotte] for West Indies and [Benjamin] Boden [in the schooner Nancy] for Europe [Bilbao].
24 This day self lame. Do not attend Church. This afternoon the surveyors removed their tents from the Neck.
Monday, 25 This day lame. This afternoon I fix a boom pennant for Captain [Samuel] White, schooner First Attempt.
26 This day do nothing at loft. Received ship Vulture colors to mend. Small wind easterly. Delivered a boom pennant to Captain White.
27 This day do nothing at loft. A sort of a Training at Salem; much of our folk at Salem today. Some rain.
28 This day the Governor came to town but made no tarry.39 Received a pattern of a Jack for ship Vulture. Small wind easterly. This evening some rain.
29 This day much rain. Wind NE. Self lame. Made a vane for Captain White, schooner First Attempt.
30 This day first part much rain. Wind NE. Latter part much rain. No smallpox at present in our streets.
Monday, 2 This day some rain. Arrived J. Bubier from Falmouth and some fishermen. The woman hath not the smallpox.
3 This day small winds southerly. Sailed Captain Ben Calley [in the schooner Molly] for Europe [Lisbon]. Some fog. Delivered ship Vulture’s colors mended.
4 Sailed Thomas Collyer for Europe and [Michael] Corbett [in the schooner Collector] for Madeira. Arrived Captain John Lee from West Indies. Wind NW. Some rain.
5 No business in hand. This afternoon I sent son Ashley with his uncle to the country to stay this summer.
6 This day do nothing at loft. Employed with painting a picture for Mr. Sam Giles. Arrived John Gale [in the schooner Hannah] from West Indies [Barbados].
7 This day do nothing at loft. Moderate weather. Arrived Ambrose James [in the schooner John] from West Indies [Dominica and Turks Island].
8 This day Mr. Weeks out of town. I tarried at home. Arrive brig Amherst, [Captain Pierson,] from London.
Monday, 9 This day received a pattern of two pair of shroud from Captain Thomas Proctor to fit and a coil of spun yarn, some tar and parceling.
10 This day fine and pleasant weather. I assisted Doctor Ryan with the schooner from ½ p[ast] 10 til two o’clock.
11 This day fair and pleasant. Wind at SE. Sailed Al[exander] Ross in schooner Tabitha for Europe [Bilbao]. This day came to town an Act of Parliament.40 Great to be done.
12 This day raw cold. Wind easterly. Arrived John Dixey [in the brig Elizabeth] from St. Ubes. Sailed brig Woodbridge, [Samuel] Pote, for Europe.
13 This day do little at loft. We hear great guns fire at Boston; suppose the new Governor is come. Arrived General Thomas Gage for to be Governor of Boston.41 A woman, [the wife of B. Thompson,] moved with smallpox. Arrived [William] Sinclair [in the schooner Betsey] from Barbados.
15 This day somewhat fair. Mr. Weeks returned. Self attend Church all day. Mr. Stimson s[on?] bury.
Monday, 16 This day some small rain. Town Meeting chose Colonel [John] Gallison as a Representative for Marblehead.42 Arrived brig [General] Wolfe, [Hugh] Hill, from Lisbon. Rain.
17 This day much rain. At noon we heard great guns fired at Boston. Tis supposed that Mr. New Governor is taken the chair or helm of Government. Sailed ship Vulture, [John] Sawin, for Bilbao and brig Amherst for Nantucket and [James] Williams [in the schooner Sally] for Europe [Bilbao]. Ann Giles complaining of smallpox and a man at Lynn hath smallpox.
18 This day fair and pleasant weather. Do nothing at loft. Sailed John Burnham [in the schooner Eleanor] for West Indies.
19 This day fair and pleasant. Arrived Captain Will LeCraw [in the schooner Success] from Barbados.
20 This day wind southerly. Brother Bowen’s wife not well.
21 This day at noon much rain. This evening sailed schooner Nancy, [Michael] Whittrong, for West Indies.
22 This day fine and pleasant. S. T. and M. C. &c. went to Boston in Captain Knott Martin.
Monday, 23 This day a Town Meeting. About time. What they have done you will find in the Salem [news]paper.43
24 This day no business in hand for me. Brother Bowen’s wife is very ill. Sailed R[ichard] Dolliber for West Indies [in the schooner Molly?]. Paid D. Needham 12 [shillings?] cash.
25 This morning I heard a number of cannon fired, I suppose at Boston, and at 1 o’clock p.m. I heard firing at Boston.44 Tis supposed that there is not one black negro slave in this town, but many white are in town this day. This day is High Election. This evening some rain.
27 This day fine and pleasant. No business in hand.
28 This day fine and pleasant weather. This afternoon self and wife and Hannah attended the funeral of Brother Bowen wife.
29 This day somewhat close. Self attended Church all day. Wife half day. This day I put a note in at Church for the death of my father’s brother and [my] brother’s wife.
Monday, 30 This day some rain. No smallpox. I took sloop Ashley’s boat and sounded across the harbor of Marblehead from Colonel Fowle’s wharf toward Mr. Ben Boden’s fish fence, and the most water did not mount to four fathoms, and at Boden’s Rock, so-called, 8 feet, and across the harbor I cannot find more than five fathoms of water anywhere. Above the Fort and Point of the Neck, where our brigs now lay, there is only four fathoms—this is to be understood at low water on spring tides, and the tides ebbs and flows here at spring tides three fathoms nearly. Note: the brigs lay off New Wharf, about mid-way the harbor, and the deepest water is abreast our Fort.
31 This day great To-Do at Boston. Great doings at Boston by their firing so many guns.45 The two and thirty day of May. Terrible times in Tarsa[?].
1774 May. Arrived His Britannic Majesty Ship Lively, Captain [Thomas] Bishop, with Thomas Gage Esq. appointed Governor of Massachusetts-Bay, New England. Admiral Montague in His Majesty Ship Captain laying at Boston and a number of frigates.
June the 1—The Port of Boston blocked up by the British and 14 days allowed the merchants to sail for the port of Marblehead as a free port, and all the wood coasters were ordered here to Marblehead and examined before they could go to Boston. There was soldiers planted here and guard boats. The Custom House was here and goods were sent to Boston by land and our streets filled with strange faces and Boston full of British troops. Sad Times! J.C.A. [Jesus Christ Almighty?] Note: Admiral Montague sailed July the 8. Admiral Graves arrived July the 1.
1 This day we saw 3 ships <of war> go to Boston. At noon anchored here a ship from Bristol, Captain Williamson. Sailed N[icholas] B[artlett Jr.] and D[avid] Ross [in the brig Union]. Note: Major Duncan and Captain Ferguson come passengers. Our streets full of tide waiters and other officers as Boston is blocked up.
2 Governor Gage come [to] Salem. This day many of our militia officers rode out to attend Governor Gage to his seat at Danvers. This is the <final> adjournment for this time. Town Meeting adjourned till Monday next.46
3 This day fine and pleasant weather. Received the cordage for a suit of rigging for a brig from Colonel Orne and Mr. Fettyplace. This evening some rain.
4 This day fair weather. This afternoon landed a company of 64[th Regiment?] soldiers at the Neck: 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Ensign, 2 Sergeants, 2 Corporals, 40 Privates, 2 Drummers, 49 the whole, [and] most of them hath wives. Captain George Diamond, master of tender. Sailed William Blaney for West Indies. Sarah Johnson not well.
5 This day fine and pleasant. Self attend Church all day; my father half day. Some soldiers at Church.
Monday, 6 This day fine and pleasant weather. Employed on brig [ ] rigging. Sailed E. Hales in brig Sally. Sailed [schooner] Broad Bay, [John] Lee, both [for] West Indies. A Town Meeting.47 Arrived a brig [Diana, Allen,] from Surinam.
7 This day close, sultry weather. Arrived here a schooner from the coast of Africa, a whaleman. Anchored here many coasters, some with wood and some with grain. Our searchers very busy in searching them.
9 This day wind easterly. At 8 morning anchored here a ship from London, but last from Halifax. Captain Coffin and a number of wood sloops came in. This afternoon one of Captain Williamson’s men was buried. Wind SW. The Surinam brig gone to Salem.
10 This day wind westerly. Arrived Tarday [from the West Indies]. At 9 o’clock anchored here a brig from the lighthouse. Self employed at loft on brig rigging. We hear a large ship and two other transports are gone to Boston with a thousand troops on board—this day arrived an old East Indiaman at Boston with two transport with His Majesty 4[th] Regiment and many more troops from England. A smart breeze at SW. The [customs] officers oblige sloops to reload before they go to Boston.
11 This day wind at SW. This forenoon passed a ship for Salem and got on the rocks called Aquavitaes. This afternoon arrived J[ohn] D[evereux] Dennis [in the schooner Annis, from Dominica], himself sick. Ditto anchored here a strange brig and the little new brig from Boston and sundry sloops and schooners from sea. [One of the brigs] from the coast of Africa, [a] whaleman.
12 This day close weather. Forenoon sailed a ship for Nantucket, Coffin, master. This afternoon come in from Boston the little brig Cockhound and went to Salem this evening. I attended Church all day. Note: Mr. Walter preached in the fore part of the day and read prayers in afternoon and Mr. Fayerweather preached in afternoon. Sailed brig for sea. Arrived Northey [in the schooner Elizabeth from] West Indies [St. Lucia].
Monday, 13 At 9 o’clock anchored here James Northey [and] brig Nancy, [Thomas] Power, from Cadiz. Ditto anchored a brig from Boston for Quebec and passed a ship from Charlestown to Salem. Sailed many woodmen for Boston. Sailed brig, [the] whaleman, for Plymouth. Foggy. Small winds easterly. Employed in loft on brig rigging. Sailed Captain Williamson in ship Christian for Sheepscott.
14 This day is the last day of letting out of any merchantmen from the port of Boston. This morning anchored here a large new double-deck schooner from Boston for Quebec, McNeill, master. Sailed brig [Rambler, Cabot,] for Quebec. We hear four thousand troops were land yesterday on Long Wharf, Boston. Arrived Richard James [in the schooner Hannah] from West Indies [Barbados]. Returned Jeremiah Lee from Baltimore. Many woodmen in our harbor.
15 About this time last year, the 1773, smallpox began here. S[arah] Mathews first. No smallpox at all now in town. This day employed on brig’s rigging. Sailed Captain McNeill for Quebec. Arrived many woodmen. Latter part, much rain. Wind southerly. Arrived Sam Gale [in the schooner Polly] from West Indies [Dominica and St. Martins].
16 This day employed on brig’s rigging. Sailed William LeCraw [in the schooner Success] for West Indies. This day our streets so full of strange faces that a man cannot see his own [kind] unless he sees his wife’s. The last evening arrived S. Gale. Some of the merchantmen turn wooding coasters and [employ] any shift to get them to Boston.
17 This day much rain. Sailed a single-deck brig with wood for Boston. Arrived John Stephens [in the schooner Polly from] West Indies [St. Lucia]. We hear our Great and General Court is dissolved. Something to be done in September. Received a pattern of a Jack for Captain Stanwood.
18 This day employed on Captain Stanwood square sail gear. Sailed Stephen Blaney [in the brig Polly] for Europe [Bilbao]. Received a parcel of blocks from Captain Daniel Glover for Captain Stanwood. Our bells rung for something; I do not [ ].48 Passed a brig to Salem from West Indies.
19 This day I attended Church all day. Wife half a day. Arrived brig [Young] Phoenix, David Lee, from Cadiz.
Monday, 20 This day smart breeze at SW. At noon anchored the tender with some soldiers from Boston. Many wood sloops in our harbor and some grain-men.
21 This day much rain. Wind NNE. Came in many coasters and some merchantmen, some West Indiamen [and some whalemen and fishermen]. Some with bread and flour. Many of our town inhabitants gone to Ipswich. This day Superior Court at Ipswich.
22 This day wind at NW. Many of our people are gone to Ipswich. Many woodmen gone to Boston. Sailed some sloops for Boston. Received 33 yard of bunting from Mr. Sparhawk’s for Captain Jonathan Glover, S. Courtis. This evening came from Ipswich R. Martin.
23 This day small winds southerly. Sailed a [large double-decked] schooner, Captain Smith, for Boston. Received 27 yards of parceling from Colonel Orne for brig. Delivered an ensign and flag to Captain Jonathan Glover, S. Courtis. Mr. E. Foster and Mr. Joel Smith sent for.
24 This day arrived a brig and two double-decked schooners and a double-deck sloop. Some rain. Sailed John Gale [in the schooner Hannah for the West Indies]. The body of a man drove up on Bartlett Beach. A Jury of Inquest sat on him and [he] was buried.49 This evening the remains of Mr. Joseph Carder was buried. Sailed many woodmen for Boston. Note: the woodmen are obliged to have on board two soldiers and a tidewaiter when they go to Boston. The soldiers are landed at the Castle and the tidewaiter discharged at their arrival at the town of Boston and walk home.
25 This day warm, moderate weather. Arrived snow Champion, [Peter] Green, [from] West Indies [Mole St. Nicholas]. Passed a brig to Salem. Arrived the tender with soldiers and small sloop tender. Delivered Stanwood’s square [sail] gear.
26 This day fine and pleasant. Sailed many wood sloop for Boston. This evening anchored here little brig Cockhound from Salem. Anchored here the Captain sloop tender with the Captain of ship and Captain of Marines. Fine growing weather.
Monday, 27 This morning sailed the Cockhound for the Land [Newfoundland]. Arrived a schooner from ditto whom had spoke the Admiral at sea with some transports. Son A[shley] returned. Tis said the officers and soldier are to come on this side the war. Sailed many sloops with wood for Boston. Town Meeting for jurymen and something else.50
28 This morning fair. Wind southerly. This afternoon a very smart shower of large rain. Received a jibstay from [the rope]walk for Colonel Lee, schooner Eagle.
29 This day warm. First part foggy; [latter, fair]. Many woodmen gone to Boston. Delivered a jibstay to schooner Eagle. Received a pattern of a small ensign for Mr. Bowden. We hear Tittle and N[icholas] Gordon is a-coming. Some large ships gone to Boston.
30 This day some fog. Passed a ship for Salem [the last night]. Arrived schooner Adventure, [John] Tittle, from Falmouth and brig St. Paul, N[icholas] Gordon, from Spain [Alicante]. Anchored here a transport ship with troops from England bound for Boston. Passed a ship for Salem. Sailed some woodmen for Boston.
1 Sailed a transport ship with troops for Boston. Some large ships gone to Boston. This afternoon arrived George Gordon [from] London [in the snow Guardoqui]. Arrived a brig from Salem. Great To-Do at Boston. This day Vice Admiral Graves arrived at Boston in the Preston, 50, V[ice Admiral] of the Blue.
2 Sailed some woodmen for Boston and schooner Absalom to be rebuilt.
3 Arrived Captain [Michael] Merrick [in the schooner Betsey] from Falmouth. Much rain. E[dward] Bowen published to Mrs. D[eborah] Hawks, which is to be his 4th wife.
Monday, 4 This day arrived S[amuel] R[ussell] Trevett from West Indies. Great doing at Boston.
5 This day Governor Gage dined at the Honorable Robert Hooper’s dwelling house. Sailed [William] Sinclair [in the schooner Betsey for Bilbao]. Arrived a whale schooner.
6 This day close weather. Wind southerly. Anchored here a brig, Lowering, master, from London, and Deacon Dolliber schooner [Charming Molly], William Dennis, from West Indies [St. Lucia.] Delivered two after main shrouds to Captain Thomas Proctor [him] self spun yarn and parceling and 2 pair of main-topmast shrouds to schooner Bartor.
7 This day much rain. Sailed a large schooner for Boston and many woodmen and some Banks [fishermen]. This night sailed a brig [for Plymouth] that landed salt at Collyer’s[?] ware[house].
8 This day fair weather. Sailed His Majesty Ship Captain for England, [with] Admiral Montague, 66 guns. Many sloops gone to Boston. Come in many wood sloops.
10 This day fine and pleasant weather. Self, Hannah, and Nathan attended Church all day. Wife half a day. Mr. Clatt Homan buried. Came in N. Grow [LeCraw?].
Monday, 11 This day fair weather. A Town Meeting by the bells ringing.51 Received a pattern of two pair of backstays from Colonel Lee’s store for brig [Young] Phoenix.
12 This day fair weather. Employed on backstays. Plenty of wood sloops in our harbor. All is well except Stickney’s boat.
13 [Fair weather]. This day finished ditto backstays. Anchored here a brig from Salem for Boston. This evening arrived a topsail schooner from sea. At ½ past noon departed this life Captain Thomas Gerry. This evening arrived Captain John Collyer [in the schooner Hope] from Falmouth.
14 [Close weather]. This day received a coil of cordage from Colonel Orne for futtock shrouds, topsail sheets, and straps for his brig, and a pattern of a pair of topsail sheets for Captain Sam Tucker, brig [Young] Phoenix. Grand turtle frolic.
15 This day employed in loft. Fixed a pair of topsail sheet for brig [Young] Phoenix and brig trusses. Delivered an ensign to Mr. John Griste made of tamme. At one o’clock sailed snow Guardoqui, George Gordon, [for] Virginia [Maryland]. Arrived a large topsail schooner from Old York. This evening the remains of Captain Thomas Gerry was buried.
16 This day sailed brig Nancy, [Thomas] Power, for Europe [Bilbao]. Arrived a brig from Salem. Employed on Colonel Orne’s brig’s straps. This evening passed a brig for Salem.
17 This day very warm and sultry. This evening smart thunder. <Struck Mr. John Griste’s workhouse.>
Monday, 18 This day close weather. Anchored here a brig from [ ] and a large schooner with a fore-topsail. Delivered brig [Young] Phoenix maintop backstay and topsail sheets. We hear Captain Edward Bowen was married to Deborah [Hawks], his fourth wife, the last evening, [she being] only about 29½ years old.
19 This day fair and pleasant. Received and fixed a main tie for schooner Vulcan, [...]. Sailed [Michael] Merrick for Europe [in the schooner Betsey],
20 This day received and fixed a jibstay for Mr. John Standley. Employed on Colonel Orne’s brig. Sailed brig [Young] Phoenix, Sam Tucker, for Europe [Bilbao]. Arrived Captain Nick Bartlett from Philadelphia.
21 This day is Whig fast. Anchored here two brigs from St. Ubes and a large double-deck schooner [from sea].
22 This day fair and pleasant weather. Martha Bowen quite ill. This evening sailed a brig [for] Bristol with whale oil.
23 This day received from the [rope] walk 2 coil of shrouding and 1 coil of 3-yarn spun yarn for brig St. Paul. Employed Dennin a day. Anchored a [large] topsail schooner from sea.
24 This day 12 month wife moved to the smallpox house quite ill. This day some rain and fog. Arrived Captain John Hooper [in the schooner Lynn] from Falmouth and 3 brigs [anchored],
Monday 25 This day employed on brig St. Paul’s main rigging. Employed Dennin a day. Town Meeting.52 Sailed a transport for Boston.
26 This day employed on brig St. Paul fore rigging. Delivered her main rigging. Employed Dennin [a] day. Received a pair of shrouds for Captain Courtis. Nothing remarkable. Lay here the brig from Quebec.
27 This day warm. Delivered St. Paul main rigging. Employed with a pair of shroud for Captain Courtis. Received a coil of cordage for topmast shroud for St. Paul. Employed Dennin a day. Nothing remarkable, but no bark is to go to Boston without bond.
28 This day finished 2 single served shroud for Captain Courtis. Ditto fix two pair of topmast shrouds for St. Paul. Employ Dennin a day. Anchored here a large sloop whaleman. Sailed for Boston two large topsail schooners and some wood sloops. Some sloop came from Boston. Captain David Lee gone to Manchester in the post chaise very ill.
30 This day employed on Colonel Orne brig shrouds. Employed Dennin half day. The last night arrived Mathews. Many wood sloops sailed for Boston.
31 This day our Parson took his first text—St. Luke XIX at the 8 verse. This afternoon his text was St. Luke XII chapter, 8 verse. Arrived many wood sloops from the Eastward. Tis said that Captain Mathews is seized.
Monday, 1 This day the most friendly people to the town of Boston sent 11 wagons’ load of the riches of the Banks [226 quintals Jamaica fish], one cask of the fatness of Spain [oil], some cash &c, to the relief of the Poor Poor of the town of Boston. D[eacon Samuel] G[atchell] the commander-in-chief of the wagons. Note: our wagons are our own common carts, ten of them, and one belonging to Lynn. Our carters give half their fees.53 Sailed a brig for Plymouth. Arrived Philip Thrash [from] Lisbon. Delivered 4 pair of topmast shrouds and a pair of backstays to brig St. Paul. Sailed Sam Green [in the schooner Hitty] for West Indies. Captain Mathews, his mark is↑.
2 This day received 89 blocks from Mr. J. Clark for brig, Orne and company. Arrived [George] Rapell [in the schooner Britannia] from [ ] and Woodberry.
3 This day delivered two served shrouds to sloop, John Drinkwater, master, and mainsheet strap. Sailed John Barker [in the schooner Two Sisters for Bilbao]. Arrived a brig from Plymouth and topsail schooner with topgallant sails.
4 This day employed on Colonel Orne’s blocks. Employed Dennin a day. Came from Salem [the old country snow, now] a brig, bound for Boston, after load with wood.
5 This day employed on Colonel Orne’s blocks. Employed Dennin a day. I gave a memorandum for schooner John, Nuttings.
6 This day received a jibstay from Captain Foster for schooner Britannia. Gave a memorandum for a suit of rigging for sloop, MacFarlane, to be done by the 20 August 1774. Employed Dennin a day. A ship passed for Boston [from sea]. Sailed John Hooper [for Europe]. Arrived Thomas Stephens [in the schooner Frances] West Indies [Guadaloupe]. Sailed small brig for Boston.
7 This day small winds. A great undertow a-going. Arrived Small Ropes from fishing.
Monday, 8 Sailed [schooner] Adventure, [John] Tittle, [for Bilbao]. Dennin absent today. Received schooner Two Brothers old shrouds to refit.
9 Arrived [William?] Tuck in schooner Manchester. Sailed for Boston a brig that had been the country snow formerly. Delivered a jibstay to Captain [George] Rapell. Fixed and delivered a pair of shrouds for Captain Mugford. Employ Dennin a day.
10 This day received, fixed, and delivered a pair of shrouds to Captain Mugford. Finished the 3d pair of shrouds for Captain Foster, schooner Two Brothers, old. Employed Dennin a day. Anchored here a brig.
12 This day fair weather. Employed on Captain Foster’s shrouds. Passed three large cats with troops for Salem.54 Employed in serving straps for sloop, MacFarlane. Employed Dennin a day. Sailed small brig. This day [Lieutenant] Colonel [Otho] Hamilton landed at Salem with his regiment.
13 This day employed some on MacFarlane’s straps and some on Captain Foster’s shrouds. This afternoon a man at Ferry said something at all and another jumped at the Ferry. Arrived two brig, 1 from Salem, 1 from sea. Employ Dennin a day.
14 This day self attend Church all day. Wife half day. Anchored here a number of vessel. Sailed D. Chapman for Halifax. At 3 o’clock p.m. departed this life David Brimblecome after four days’ illness.
Monday, 15 This day employed on Captain Foster’s shrouds. Received a coil of shrouding and jibstay, 3 coils of spun yarn, 1 ditto of wormline from the [rope]walk for Captain MacFarlane. Employed Dennin a day.
16 This day employed on sloop, MacFarlane’s, shrouds. Employed Dennin half day. Sail John Collyer [and] Sam Gale for West Indies and brig Amherst for Carolina. Arrived Captain D. Robinson from West Indies [Mole St. Nicholas]. Fixed a pair of shrouds for Mr. Darling. Sailed Tarday [?].
17 This day employed on sloop, MacFarlane, shrouds. Received some old cordage for a pair of shrouds for Captain Tulicker. All the colors are spread on board our shipping as Mr. Joseph Lee had a daughter born. Employed Dennin a day. This evening much rain. Wind north.
18 This day pleasant weather. Fixed two pair of shrouds for Captain Hopkins, Captain Tulicker. Delivered 6 pair of shroud to Captain Foster, schooner Two Brothers. Sailed John Stephens for [West Indies]. Employed Dennin a day. Arrived a brig from Jamaica and a brig from Salem. Came from Boston the Absalom. Captain Samuel Hooper’s mother buried.
20 This day employed on Captain MacFarlane bowsprit shrouds and stays. Arrived Captain [Benjamin] Calley from Falmouth [in the schooner Molly] and sailed again for Philadelphia. Sailed [George] Rapell [in the schooner Britannia] for Europe [Bilbao]. Sailed Joseph Bubier in S[amuel Russell] Trevett schooner [for the West Indies].
21 This morning Parson Weeks went to the camps at Salem. Arrived many woodmen.
Monday, 22 This day fair weather. Received a pattern of a pair of shrouds for a small schooner and fixed them. Received 21 pounds of spun yarn from Captain Foster on my own account for shrouds. Arrived [Frances], Granday, [from Gibraltar or Lematt]. Dennin absent today.
23 This day employed on schooner, Nutting, blocks. Arrived a small brig from Salem. Wind easterly. Much rain. Came back Isaac Wodden. Dennin lame.
24 This day much rain. Anchored here a snow from [ ] and 2 large schooners, foreigners. Employed strapping blocks. No Dennin. Arrived many wood sloops. At 3 p.m. George G. Johnson saluted the [whipping] post with twice twelve stripes on his naked back.55
25 This day some rain. Received a suit of rigging from the rope-walk for John Nutting. Employed T. Crute ¾ a day. Sailed two brigs for Boston and many wood sloops for Boston. Received the hooks and thimbles from sloop for Captain MacFarlane. The Jamaica brig sailed for Boston. We hear the wreck of a sloop was seen about 4 leagues from Cape Ann by Charles Ballister yesterday.
26 This day fair weather. Refixed a jibstay for schooner Absalom. Put a stopper on a shroud on board sloop Prince William. Employed on Nutting’s shrouds. Sailed for Boston from Salem three transports [cats]—this day the three transports that brought the troops sailed from Salem for Boston.
27 This day pleasant. Employed on schooner, Nutting, shrouds. Mrs. Barnard buried. Sailed for Boston the corn sloop with a presents.
Monday, 29 This day fair weather. Came in a brig from [ ]. Employed on schooner, Nutting, shrouds. Employed Dennin.
30 This day fair weather. Employed some on Captain Thrash’s main-topsail gear. Received and tarred 25 yards of parceling for John Marston house. Employed Dennin a day. Delivered a boom pendent.
31 This day employed on schooner, Nutting, rigging. Cut and tarred 6 yards of parceling for Marston’s house. This evening some thunder and lightning. Sailed a [single-deck] brig for [ ]. Arrived brig from [ ]. Employed Dennin a day. Great talks about gunpowder.56
1 This day completed eight year in this book. Delivered a suit of rigging to Captain Holton for Lieutenant MacFarlane. Received all the schooner [ ] old shroud to refit for Captain Jonathan Glover. Employed Dennin a day. Great doings done at Cambridge.57
2 This day employed on Captain Jonathan Glover’s shrouds. Received 2 coils of spun yarn from the [rope] walk for Captain Glover. Fixed 2 pair of topmast shrouds for schooner Absalom. Received a boom pennant for Skipper Gatchell. Employed Dennin a day. Sailed a frigate for Halifax.
3 This day some rain. Arrived schooner Leviathan, Smith, whaleman. Sailed Captain [P.] Thrash [in the schooner Hawk] for Europe [Bilbao]. Delivered three pair of old shrouds refitted to S. Courtis for Captain Jonathan Glover, schooner Molly. Employed Dennin a day.
4 This day fair weather. We have Mr. Walter preach with us three thousand men somewhere.
Monday, 5 This day much rain. Wind easterly. Arrived Ben Boden [in the schooner Nancy from Mole St. Nicholas] and William Blaney [in the schooner Sarah from St. Eustatius and St. Lucia], both from West Indies. Delivered Skipper Courtis fore rigging to himself. Anchor here a brig from Eastward, [a] wood coaster. Employed Dennin a day.
6 This day employed on schooner, Nutting, rigging. Sailed schooner Absalom, [Michael] Dupee, [for] West Indies. Arrived at Salem a ship with uniforms [and] gunpowder. Received schooner Manchester’s colors to mend. Employed Dennin [a] day. Sailed His Majesty Ship Scarborough for England. Tis said many transports are a-going for more troops.
7 This day received all the deadeyes from Mr. John Clark for Colonel Orne’s brig and payed them with turpentine. Received a pair of new shrouds from Captain Foster’s for J. Smith. Employed Dennin a day. Arrived Will Andrews [in the schooner Stork from Mole St. Nicholas], West Indies.
8 This day fair weather. Employed on Colonel Orne’s brig rigging. Employed Dennin a day. Sailed a fleet of ships from Boston, some for Quebec &c. Sailed schooner Two Brothers, [Azariah] Woodberry, [for the West Indies].
9 This day some rain. Received a coil of shrouding from Mr. Tedder for Mr. Johonnot sloop. Dennin absent. Anchored here a topsail schooner.
10 This day employed on Mr. Johonnot’s shrouds. Employed Dennin a day. Cut and tarred 16 yards of canvas for Captain Jonathan Glover’s farmhouse. Delivered a pair top armors. Sailed J[ohn] D[evereux] Dennis [in the schooner Annis for Bilbao]. Passed a ship from sea for Boston. Tis said that Colonel Hamilton’s regiment set out on their march from Salem for Boston at 5 o’clock this morning. Tis said that the whole regiment was 280 men, officers and all included.
11 Arrived A[lexander] Ross [in the schooner Tabby] from Swansea in Wales. Anchored here a ship from Glasgow for New York with 180 passengers. Our organ went at Church.
Monday, 12 This day delivered a suit of rigging for Captain Jonathan Nutting. Received 3 pair of old shrouds from Captain Foster’s, J. Smith, and 20 yards of canvas from Captain Jonathan Glover and cut and tarred it. Employed Dennin a day. Our streets full of Scottish laddies and some lassies and children from two years and upwards, all were able to come to America. Anchored a strange brig [from New York].
13 This day employed on Captain Foster shrouds and delivered three pair of shrouds to John Smith for Captain Foster. Fixed a jib stay for Captain [ ] Russell, sloop [ ]. Employed Dennin a day. A sort of a Training.58
14 This day fair weather. No rigging in hand. Old snow sold. Dennin absent. Mrs. [ ] Hinkley buried.
15 This day do nothing at loft. Mr. Murray keep them till dark. Received 6 yards of bunting from Mr. Hooper for Captain Thomas Stephens, a pendent.
16 This day no rigging in hand. Arrived [brig] Pitt Packet, [Nathaniel] Leech, from Cadiz. Fixed some blocks for Sam Giles’s boat. Received 10 yards of bunting for H[enry] Lane.
17 This day do nothing at loft. Sailed Thomas Stephens [in the schooner Frances] for West Indies. Sailed small brig for Salem. Buried Elizabeth Lee at workhouse. PS [?] the a-exercising. Arrived schooner Seaflower, Newcomb, whaleman. Delivered schooner Manchester’s colors mended.
18 This day fair weather. Passed a [double-decked] topsail sloop from New York for Salem. Parson Bailey preached today. Self attended Church all day. Wife half day. The Scotchman preached at Story’s [New] Meeting [House].
Monday, 19 This day close weather. Sailed the Glasgow ship for New York. Employed on schooner Leviathan’s rigging. Refixed 2 ties and main topping lift and mainstay. Delivered a Jack to Mr. H[enry] Lane.
20 This day delivered two pair of shrouds to Mr. Johonnot, and I went on board his sloop and assisted in stripping the mast and got all the shrouds overhead again. Anchor here a sloop call[ed] Virginia with donations [for Boston].
21 This day employed on schooner Leviathan blocks. Took the sloop’s shrouds on shore again and lengthened them. Employ Mr. Pope a day. Arrived schooner Woodbridge, [John] Williamson, [from Falmouth].
22 This day employed on sloop’s shrouds and square sail horse. Fixed a boom pendent for Captain Sam White, First Attempt. Employ Jose[ph?] Hanscom half a day. Delivered all the Leviathan’s blocks. Passed a brig from Boston for Salem. Many woodmen gone to Boston.
23 This day employed some on board schooner Leviathan. Delivered mainstay and topping lift and tie. Sailed brig [General] Wolfe, [Hugh] Hill, for Ireland and [William] Tuck [in the schooner Manchester] for Europe [Bilbao].
24 This day [at 8 o’clock this morning] the Distill House took fire.59 Fixed and delivered a pair of shrouds to Captain J. Proctor. Arrived Abijah Boden [from Falmouth] and John Burnham [in the schooner Eleanor from Mole St. Nicholas] and brig [ ] from London.
25 This day fair weather. Parson Fayerweather preached at Church. Arrived W[illiam] LeCraw [in the schooner Success from Turks Island], West Indies.
Monday, 26 This day fair weather. A soldier assaulted Mr. John Merrit at the Neck. Received a pennant for masthead from Colonel Lee’s for schooner Bartor, Tish. This afternoon I attended Court about soldier. Delivered him to Captain [Thomas] Moncreiffe, his captain, to be tried by a court-martial.60 Received and fixed a boom pendent for the Leviathan. Fixed a pendent for masthead for schooner Bartor.
27 This day fair weather. This afternoon Training. Arrived Will Tucker in schooner Pelican from Newcastle and Edmund Lewis in schooner Benjamin from Cadiz. After sunset passed a ship for Salem with all her staysail, 3 topgallant sails set, blue ensign, supposed to be a guineaman.
28 This day fair weather. A grand Training. Every officer appeared in the field, from the Colonel to the Clerk. Anchored here a brig from [Quebec] and ship from Plymouth, a whaleman. Sailed Williams. Sailed schooner Hannah, [Richard] Stiles, for West Indies.
29 This day employed on Captain Higgins’s straps. Received 50 yards of parceling for Captain Higgins. Came to town Doctor [Ephraim] Bowen and son. A new captain of soldiers come and company [to relieve Captain Moncreiffe].
30 This day fair weather. Received a pattern of an ensign and burgee from Colonel Lee, schooner Han[nah] and Jack from brig St. Paul. Sailed brig Betsey, [John] Dixey, and schooner John, [Ambrose] James, [for the West Indies]. The soldier that assaulted Mr. Merrit received five hundred lashes. Received a pattern of a boom pennant for schooner Vulcan. [This day a soldier belonging to Captain Moncreiffe was tried by a court-martial at Marblehead and was condemned to receive five hundred stripes on the naked back and received them at the barrack at the Neck.]
1 This day close weather. Anchored here a large schooner with two standing topsail [and 2 schooners, whalemen]. Captain Moncreiffe and company gone to the Castle.
2 This morning some rain. Passed a brig from sea for Salem. Parson Weeks preach at Church. No preaching at Old Meeting House.
Monday, 3 This day employed on Captain Higgins’s blocks. Arrive Captain B[en] Calley from Philadelphia [in the schooner Molly] and many whalemen.
4 This day received and fixed a jibstay for Captain John Glover, John Allen. Received a cord of bark from Captain Higgins on my own account. Arrived here a brig. Sailed Captain Smith, a ship, whaleman. Arrived many whalemen.
5 This day fair weather. Arrived Captain Pote from the Mole, went from Bilbao to the Mole.
6 This morning ten dwelling houses and many shops and barns were burnt at Salem.61 Passed a ship and two brigs to Salem. Employed Dennin a day. Employed of Captain Higgins. Receive all the hooks and thimbles from Mr. Bacon. Arrived Captain Clark, whaleman, schooner Polly.
7 This day employed on Captain Higgins’s strap. Received all the blocks from Mr. Joseph Wiggin’s for three sails. Delivered an ensign to Captain Higgins. Sailed a topsail schooner with flour for Boston. Employed Dennin ¾ a day.
8 This day employed on Captain Higgins’s blocks. Arrived a donation sloop from Boston [came from Boston the sloop Liberty, the Southern donationer]. Received a coil of 4-inch cordage for Captain Higgins. Dennin absent a day.
9 This day close weather. Parson Weeks [preached]. Sailed many of our fishermen and schooner Leviathan, Newcomb, whaleman [for his winter quarters].
Monday, 10 This day delivered a suit of rigging to Captain Knott Martin for Colonel Orne and Mr. Fettyplace, a brig. Wind northerly. Came in 24 wood sloops and a donation schooner. Some gone to Boston.
11 This day fair weather. Arrived ship Vulture, [John] Sawin, from Cadiz. Employed Dennin ¾ a day. Bought a leg of bacon of John Parker, 14 pounds at 4 shillings old tenor.
12 This day employed on cutting and tarring parceling for Colonel Lee, a new store. Employed Dennin 10 hours. Anchored here a schooner tender.62 Delivered 48 yards of parceling to new store.
13 This day employ some in loft. Received a coil of cordage from the [rope]walk for Captain Higgins. Dennin absent. [This afternoon] arrived a schooner from Nantucket. Delivered schooner Seaflower colors mended. Anchored here a large brig, and another tender turning about our harbor.63
14 This day employed serving straps for Captain Higgins. One tender at the bottom of our harbor and one at Baker’s Island looking out for something. [Two tenders about our harbor, for what?] Anchored a brig from Salem and sailed again. Sailed schooner Seaflower, Smith.
15 This day wind easterly. Sailed a brig for Boston. Sailed both the tenders. Anchored here a brig from St. Lucia [belonging to and] for Newbury, master dead. The two tenders returned again. Passed two brigs for Salem.
16 Some rain. Sailed brig for Newbury. Arrived [Joseph] Northey [in the schooner Rockingham] from Philadelphia. At 5 o’clock this morning died Martha Bowen, consort of Captain Nathan Bowen.
Monday, 17 This day received a quintal of meet fish. Employed on Captain Leech’s topmast shrouds. Employed Dennin half day. Note: I exchanged a coil of cordage from Captain Higgins to Mr. Hooper for brig Pitt Packet. One tender in our harbor.
19 This day fair weather. Employed on Captain Higgins’s straps. The last evening came to see my wife Mr. Heath and wife, of Brookline, and Mr. Craft and wife [...]. Anchored here a brig from Salem and new schooner.
20 This day employed some in loft with Captain Higgins’s straps. No Dennin. Anchored here a donations sloop and strange brig. Died Timothy Brown. A-returned schooner Leviathan from Cape Cod, too late for her intended voyage. Arrived Colonel Gallison’s schooner whalemen, 20 barrels.
21 This day employed in loft. Received two stays [and] one coil of cordage for topmast shrouds from the [rope] walk for Captain Higgins and a coil of two-yarn spun yarn. No Dennin. Anchored here a topsail schooner from [ ]. A great number of wood sloops in our harbor. William Foster buried.
22 This day small wind easterly. Employ Dennin ¾ a day. Sailed a dozen wood sloops and two brig for Boston. Arrived the Cockhound from Newfoundland. One tender layeth at Baker’s Island and one at our harbor.64 We hear Captain Whittrong is dead at St. Eustatius.
23 This day attended Church all day. Returned William Blaney [in the schooner Sarah bound for the West Indies]. This evening a ship off Cape Ann. The two tenders came to sail and stood for her.
Monday, 24 This day fair, warm weather. The ship that passed [to Salem] came from Bristol. Employed on Captain Higgins’s rigging. Employed Dennin ¾ a day.
25 This day sailed brig St. Paul, Nick Gordon, for London. At one o’clock the Mag[delen] tender gave a Royal Salute.65 We hear Captain David Lee is buried this afternoon at Manchester. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Sailed Will Blaney [in the schooner Sarah for West Indies]. A large ship at anchor without the Pig Rocks in the Bay.
26 This day employed on Captain Higgins’s stays and shrouds. Employed Dennin 8 hours. This evening arrived Captain [William] Coles [in the brig Young Africa] from Cadiz. Somewhat of a skirmish with the tender’s people. This night arrived schooner that Captain Whittrong died at West Indies out of.
27 This day wind easterly. Sailed a topsail schooner for Boston. Ditto sailed schooner Leviathan [ ] on her whaling voyage.
28 This day much rain. Small wind southerly. Employed on Captain Higgins’s shrouds. Employed Dennin 8 hours. The Magdalen tender in our harbor. The Halifax at Salem.
29 This morning much wind WNW. Anchored here a ship from London whom had 3 men sick of smallpox on board belonging to Mr. Hancock of Boston. A large ship at anchor without Tinker’s Island. Employed Dennin 7 hours. Sailed the Halifax for sea.
30 This day sailed the ship for Rainsford Island and the outside ship for Boston. Arrived some wood sloops and Captain [John] Allen from Cadiz in schooner Horton.
Monday, 31 This day arrived brig Salisbury, John Bartlett, from Cadiz. Returned Hancock’s ship from Rainsford Island. Passed two ships from sea for Salem.66 Passed a ship from Boston for the Eastward. Sailed [John] Williamson [in the schooner Woodbridge] for West Indies. Employed Dennin 8 hours.
1 This morning sailed smallpox ship for Salem. Strapped two blocks for Captain Hooper’s store. Employed Dennin 4 hours. Received some cordage from Captain Foster, his new brig. The Magdalen and Halifax tenders are alongside a ship under Beverly shore.
2 This day arrived sloop Charlotte, Captain John Reed, [from St. Lucia]. Sailed the two tenders from the North Shore near Beverly for Boston [to winter]. Arrived two brigs from sea. Arrived many wood sloops. Died Mr. Samuel Collyer. No Dennin. We hear Captain R. Dolliber is dead at West Indies.
3 This day passed a ship for Boston [from sea]. We have upward of 40 woodmen in our harbor, most of them bound for Boston. Arrived Captain John Collyer [in the schooner Hope] from West Indies [Barbados]. No Dennin.
4 This day sailed William Andrews [in the schooner Stork for Lisbon] for Europe. Anchored a large brig from [ ]. Sailed some woodmen. Arrived [Michael] Corbett, schooner [Collector, from Madeira]. 40 woodmen in our harbor. This day the inhabitants of this town built 2 stage and hauled them about town and burnt them at night. Our gentry keep as for the 5[th] day.67
5 This day forenoon much rain. Arrived Captain Wyatt St. Barbe [in the brig Sally] from Cadiz. This afternoon fair. Sailed a ship from Salem for sea. Sailed a brig from Boston.
6 This day I have been on shore eleven years. Fair weather. Arrived Sam Gale [in the schooner Polly from Dominica], West Indies. Sailed a brig for Beverly and passed a brig for Salem. Sailed a schooner from Salem with a fore-topsail.
Monday, 7 Some rain. Arrived Amos Granday [in the brig Wolfe] from [ ]. Much wind, rain. Arrived Captain [Michael] Merrick [in the schooner Betsey] from [Cadiz]. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Delivered some of Captain Higgins’s block to his people. A large ship passed for Boston. Great guns firing.
8 This day fair weather. Delivered all the remainder of Captain Higgins’s rigging. Received some cordage for Captain Foster for his brig. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Sailed many wood sloops for Boston.
9 This day received most of the large blocks from Mr. Wiggin for Captain Foster. Wife not well. No Dennin today. Fair weather.
10 Fair weather. Passed many foxer[?] to Salem. Anchored here a brig. Passed a ship for Boston. This day cold. Wind northerly. Received a suit of rigging from the [rope] walk for Captain Is[rael] Foster, viz. 2 stays, 2 length of shrouding, 1 coil for topmast shrouds, 1 ditto for topmast stays and backstay, 2 coils of spun yarn, 1 of worming. Employed Dennin 5 hours. Wife quite poorly. Sailed [William] LeCraw.
11 Smart frost. This day employed on Captain Foster’s blocks. Passed a ship for Salem [from sea]. Arrived many wood sloops. Some sloops sailed for Boston with wood. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Note: we have Mrs. Lyon [as] nurse.
12 This day employed in loft. Fixed the brig stays, except the mice. Employed Dennin 8 hour. Anchored a large [topsail] schooner and a brig from sea.
Monday, 14 This day received a piece of shroud from the ropewalk for Captain Sam Hooper, Captain Merrick. Ditto received Captain Merrick main shrouds from on board schooner. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Came from Newbury Colonel Orne [new] brig.
15 This day employed on Captain Merrick’s shrouds. Employed Dennin 8 hours.
16 Some rain. Wind NE. Arrived W[illiam] Dennis [in the schooner Charming Molly from Barbados and Turks Island] and Peter Fanueil Jones [in the schooner Sally from Cadiz] and Captain John Gale [in the schooner Hannah from Dominica]. Employed on Captain Merrick’s main shrouds. Employed Dennin 8 hours.
17 This day fair weather. Employed on Captain Foster’s brig stays. Employed Dennin 8 hours. To two hours on board Captain Russell coasting sloop about his forestay. Condemned it.
18 Wind NW. This day raw cold. Employed on Captain Foster new brig shrouds. Sailed R[ichard] Hinkley and Ben Boden [in the schooner Britannia for South Carolina] and brig Pitt Packet, [Nathaniel] Leech, [for Virginia] and Captain Jo[seph] Northey [in the schooner Charlotte for the West Indies]. Delivered Captain Merrick main rigging, viz. 1 pair main new served all down. Shifted the old ones and fixed a boom pennant for Captain Merrick. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Sailed a ship from Salem for London. The first snow fell this evening, the first of their ever sinceing [experiencing] in the new barrack on Training Field Hill.
19 Much wind WNW. This day smart cold. Do but little in loft. Overhauled ship Vulture rigging. No Dennin today.
20 Smart cold. Froze in our rooms. Wind NW. Self attended Church all day. No preaching at Old Meeting House. Sailed a [transport] brig for Boston &c.
Monday, 21 This day cold. Employed on Captain Foster’s brig shrouds. Small winds easterly. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Arrived a schooner with a fore-top [sail].
22 This day much wind at ESE. About 2 o’clock this morning the wind blew so hard as hath been known this two years past. There was scarce a vessel but drove with 2 anchors ahead. Many went ashore and many received much damage in the harbor. Arrived brig Lydia, Thomas Collyer, in the height of the gale, and many fishermen arrived.68 Do but little at loft.
23 Moderate weather. This day employed on Captain Foster’s brig’s rigging. This afternoon I went on board the snow Champion and surveyed her cables and rigging which was damaged in the late storm by a strange schooner.
24 This day somewhat moderate. Employed on n[ew] brig shrouds. Arrived J[oseph] Bubier [in the schooner Success from Antigua]. Strapped 2 blocks for Distill House.
25 This day some rain. Arrived J[ohn] Lee [in the schooner Broad Bay from Martinique] and many of our fishermen. Smart gale at ESE.
26 Fine and pleasant weather. Employed on Captain Foster’s brig’s shrouds. Sailed two ships [and a brig] from Salem. Passed a brig for Salem from Boston.
27 This day fine and pleasant for the times. Arrived a tender, I suppose the Halifax, and a new schooner with two standing topsail. No preaching at New Meeting. Sailed two topsail schooners. Whitwell and Story both sick. Mr. Mansfield preached for Whitwell and read a-something.
Monday, 28 This day fine and pleasant. [This forenoon] passed a ship from sea for Salem and brig from Boston for Salem. Anchored here a brig and ship and two topsail schooners. Employed in loft with Captain Foster brig. Finished seizing and capping of Captain Foster’s shrouds. Employed Dennin 8 [hours]. Many fishermen all arrived. This day wind SSW. Cole Abbott mother is buried.
29 This day employed on Captain Foster brig’s rigging. Fine warm weather. Received a pattern of a hanging pennant from schooner Horton. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Father Bowen not well. Uncommon warm for the season. The ship gone to Salem.
30 This day much rain. Employed on Captain Foster new brig’s rigging. Employed Dennin 8 hour. Arrived David Ross in brig Union from Cadiz. Wife not well. Had the woman about her. For what?
1 This morning at ½ past midnight my wife was delivered of a daughter [...]. Employed on Captain Foster new brig. Delivered a set of runner and tackle blocks to Colonel Lee, schooner Horton, and a hanging [?] pennant to Horton. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Received a coil of cordage for ship [...] and [...].
2 This day fair weather. Employed in seizing the deadeyes into the brig shrouds. Anchored a large schooner with smallpox on board. Passed a brig from Boston for Salem. Employ Dennin 8 [hours]. Sailed [Michael] Merrick [in the schooner Betsey for Lisbon]. Poor Tom sickened and died &c.
3 This day fine and warm. Employed in Captain Foster’s shrouds. Passed a man-of-war for Boston69 [and brig for Salem]. Arrived snow Guardoqui, George Gordon, from Baltimore. Sailed schooner Horton, [John] Allen, for Europe.
4 This day uncommon warm weather. Passed a large ship [man-of-war] for Boston. A small brig gone to Salem. My daughter [Mary] christened. No preaching at New Meeting [House]. Returned a schooner from Rainsford Island, smallpox-man.
Monday, 5 This day a muster by order of [ ]. I saw a large ship in King’s Road bound for Boston. I suppose her to be a ship of the line of battle.70 Some rain. Arrived a brig that Captain Edward Hales died [out of]. At eleven I heard great guns fired at Boston as I suppose the said ship had anchored at Boston. This evening much rain. [Wind NE].
6 This day some rain, much fog. A Town Meeting chose Congressional Officers to our stern foremost regiment of feet. Employed Dennin 7 hours. Bought some potatoes and turnips of [ ].
7 This day small winds NNE. This day anchored a topsail schooner and a ship from London, [Captain Fellows], and many fishermen came in. Employ Dennin 7 hours. Employed on Captain Foster’s blocks.
8 Arrived Stephen Blaney [in the brig Polly] from Falmouth Employed on Captain Foster’s blocks. Employed Dennin 8 hours. Wind NNE. Raw cold. The ship is Captain Nat Fellows and is hauled [into] Colonel Fowle’s wharf.
9 This day much rain. Wind NE. Do nothing at loft. Arrived a brig from Bristol, Jervis, and a new brig from sea. Passed a ship for Boston [and passed His Majesty Ship Boyne, 70 guns, for Boston]. Anchored many woodmen and some fishermen.
10 This day much rain and some snow. I suppose a ship off in the Bay as we hear many guns by the report of them; seems to come from that way. A schooner went out in search of her.
11 This day cold. Preaching in both meeting houses, Story, Chapter 14. Sailed brig Woodbridge, [Samuel] Pote, West Indies, and a ship from Boston. Tis said His Majesty Ship Somerset is at Nantasket. Wind NW. Sailed a brig for Boston. This afternoon sail a ship from Boston. Smart cold. We hear 14 children are christened at Story’s Meeting [House], one at Church. We hear the third ship from England is arrived at Nantasket.
Monday, 12 This day smart cold. Do but little at loft. A Town Meeting.71
13 This day raw cold. Sailed many sloops and schooners for Boston, some with provisions and some with wood.
14 This day somewhat warmer, smoky. Sailed the new brig for Boston and some schooners. Do nothing at loft. I saw a ship in King’s Road. Lay with fore-topsail loosed and a flag at fore-topmast head.
15 This day pleasant for the season. Stern foremost Thanksgiving. We had a sermon at Church. WWw [sic] would have Governor Gage sent back with a bit in his mouth and hook in his nose. I dined at Mr. Prince’s.
16 This day much wind at WNW. Sailed [William] Coles [in the brig Young Africa for Bilbao] and [Wyatt] St. Barbe [for Bilbao] and Boyles in Knott P[edrick’s schooner for the West Indies].
17 This day much wind SW. Passed two brigs from Boston for Salem. The two large ships [the Asia and Boyne men-of-war] got to Boston, by their saluting.
18 This day passed a capital ship, I suppose to be a ship of the 3 [rd] rate and a small brig boat for Boston. [Passed and anchored at Nantasket His Majesty Ship Somerset of 64 gun]. Sailed a ship from Boston for sea, and the wind heading her she turned back again.
Monday, 19 This day some rain. Great firing at Boston. Arrived schooner Joesph, Coffin, master, from the coast of Africa, whaleman.
20 Moderate weather. Employ in loft with ship Vulture topmast rigging. Employed Dennin 8 hours.
21 This day smart cold. Do nothing at loft. Wife well. Received a coat from Father Bowen that fell to me by lot of my Brother Nathan.
22 This day so cold do nothing at loft. Some snow.
23 This day some snow. Do nothing at loft. Deliver some blocks to ship Vulture.
24 This day cold. Some snow. Do nothing at loft.
25 This day somewhat cold and Christmas. St. Michael’s Church dressed with bows. Organ played &c. Some snow and rain. Arrived Captain Joseph Proctor from [Falmouth in the schooner Dolphin].
Monday, 26 This day close weather. Some snow. Do nothing at loft. Delivered an ensign to Captain Mugford.
27 This day clear and cold. Received a coil of cordage from the [rope]walk for Colonel Lee, ship Vulture. Arrived Captain [William] Sinclair from Falmouth [in the schooner Betsey]. Clear and cold. Sailed a t[opsail] schooner and topsail sloop for Boston. Arrived brig Troubled Waters from [ ].
28 This day a smart storm. Wind NE. Much snow. Do nothing at loft.
29 Some snow, cold. The last night a sloop gave Skinner’s Head a challenge, but the Head was too hard by two to one for sloop and stove her to pieces for it.
30 Fair and pleasant. At 10 passed a ship from Boston for Salem, said to be His Majesty Ship Lively. No ensign out on board as she passed. Sailed Captain Fellows [in the ship Champion for the West Indies] and William Tucker [in the schooner Pelican for London].
31 This day cold. Finished ship Vulture’s fore-topmast backstay. Sailed Alik Ross [in the schooner Tabby for Bilbao in T. G. schooner] and [Michael] Corbett [in Captain Mugford’s schooner for Spain]. Tom Crute two gallon rum.