Thursday, December 2 1756

After breakfast my brother Sam Slater went away. I gave him in cash 24/- for him to pay Mr Percival Hart of Uckfield in full on my account… At home all day except for going down to see Dame Pilfold. In the evening posted my day book and wrote out Mr Piper’s bill and read 3 of Tillotson’s sermons. This day the child of Mr Will Piper was baptized; the sponsors were Mrs Tealing, Mrs French and Mr Diplock. They made the poor old man’s pocket suffer by the company’s emptying as many of his old rusty bottles as they possibly could, and more than their behavior could give sanction to (as I hear), supposing decency to be the standard for good behavior.

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