John Watford a-gardening for me all day. He dined with us on a piece of beef boiled, a piece of pork and turnip greens. After dinner Mr Elless and I walked to Mr John Crowhurst the potter’s at Bayley’s Lane in order to buy some earthen ware, but he had no quantity by him burnt; so I postponed buying any until he has burnt a fresh kiln.
We came back to Whitesmith Fair about 6:10, where meeting with Mr French, we must go in to drink, which we did and spent 11½d apiece. He, I and Mr Elless came home together about 8:40. Thomas Davy at our house in the evening. Paid a man 4/- for 5 dozen brooms bought of him today at the door. In the evening read an epitome of the life of John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham, in the Universal Magazine for April, wherein I find him esteemed as on author, a statesman and a soldier. He was born in the year 1650 and died 24 Feb. 1720.