Parson Osgood's account of the dark day, May 19, 1780.‘A very unusual darkness began about 10, & gradually increased till near one, and then as gradually Went off. I could Not read in ye Bible at ye window It was so dark. It rained in ye Morning, & continued cloudy throu ye day. In ye time of ye darkness ye heavens bore a brassy look.’
Extract from the ‘Boston Mercury,’ Aug. 7, 1798.
From the ‘Christian Register,’ June 21, 1822.‘died.—On the Coast of Africa, in April last, Darius W. and J. W. Blanchard, master and supercargo of brig. Pedlar, of this port, (Boston) and sons of the late Mr. Hezekiah Blanchard, of Medford.’
From manuscripts in possession of Swan family.Garb of Mr. Samuel Swan of Charlestown who died August 6, 1808, aged 86. Father of Major Samuel Swan and grandfather of Dr. Daniel Swan. A three corner fine Beaver black hat. A large full curled wig. A claret colored fine broad cloth coat with wide flaps and large pockets. A long waistcoat flared off at bottom, with large pockets and buttoned up high in front. Small clothes of black cloth with knee band and knee buckles, black woolen stockings. Shoes high at the instep, with wide straps and large silver buckles. A plain smooth cane with a gold head and metal end. Gloves. This dress he wore on Sundays to church and when he went to Boston to get his quarterly dividends on his United States stock.