Mounted my Horse in a very Rainy Morning for Barnstable leaving my Dear Brother Cranch
and his family at my House where they arrived last Night, and my Wife, all designing
for Weymouth this Afternoon to Keep the fast with my father Smith and my Friend Tufts.—
Arrived at Dr. Tufts’s, where I found a fine Wild Goose on the Spit and Cramberries
stewing in the Skillet for Dinner. Tufts as soon as he heard that Cranch was at Braintree
determined to go over, and bring him and Wife and Child and my Wife and Child over
to dine upon wild Goose and Cramberry Sause.
Proceeded without Baiting to Jacobs’s where I dined. Lodged at Howlands. Rode next
day, baited at Ellis’s, dined at Newcombs and proceeded to Barnstable, lodged at Howes’s
and feel myself much better than I did when I came from Home. But I have had a very
wet, cold, dirty, disagreable Journey of it.—Now I am on the stage and the scene is
soon to open, what Part shall I act?—The People of the County I find are of opinion
that Cotton will worry Nye. But Nye must come off, with flying Colours.