Friday, January 14 1757

In the morning composed the following petition for Will Eldridge, which Mr Elless wrote for him:

“Whereas William Eldridge hath lately had the misfortune to loose a Hog by it’s getting under the Ice and being Drowned, and as it is at a Time that Corn and all other provisions are very dear it will render him incapable to get another which will be a great loss in his Family, He therefore assumes to ask the Charity of his Neighbours, hoping they will commiserate this his Misfortune and he will always (as bound in duty) gratefully acknowledge the favors they shall be pleased to confer on him.”

We dined on a hog’s haslet roasted. At home all day. In the evening went to see James Marchant and stayed about an hour. My wife very ill.

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