The day commenced with clouds and a cold easterly wind which soon brought up a violent storm of rain. As this was the day set apart according to custom in these parts for a Fast, I decided upon going to Medford. Found the family increased for the day by the addition of Mrs. Everett and Miss Phillips.1
I cannot say that I made any particular attention to the direction of our worthy Governor.2
Nothing particular occurred out of the usual line.
1. Presumably Lydia Phillips, the youngest daughter of John Phillips and Lydia (Gorham) Phillips, who was a first cousin of Mrs. Everett and of Abigail B. Brooks (Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, 2:886).
2. Governor Levi Lincoln had called for a day of public fasting, humiliation, and prayer.