On this day in 1776, a Friday, Landon Carter—several of whose slaves, led by a man named Moses, had recently run away—entered the following into his diary:
Hearing so many contradictory stories about Moses and his gang, I sent Beale off this morning to get fully informed either in Lancaster, Middlesex, or Gloster. I gave him 10s to bear his expenses. The Gent. made a demur about his breeches being dirty. I told him dirty breeches are as certainly good to ride in as to stay at home in. He is to bring an account of Mr. J. Beale about Bluff Point and also from Norris and carry letters to both.