Dined at the Presidents, with Mr. Lux, Messrs. Samuel and Robert Purveyance, Capt.
Nicholson of the Maryland Frigate,1
Coll. Harrison, Wilson, Mr. Hall—upon New England Salt fish. The Weather was rainy,
and the Streets the muddiest I ever saw.—This is the dirtyest Place in the World—our
Salem, and Portsmouth are neat in Comparison. The Inhabitants, however, are excusable
because they had determined to pave the Streets before this War came on, since which
they have laid the Project aside, as they are accessible to Men of War. This Place
is not incorporated. It is neither a City, Town, nor Burrough, so that they can do
nothing with Authority.