Saturday, July 30 1757

In the morning my brother came over and breakfasted with us, and after breakfast he carried my wife to Lewes… At home all day busy. Mr Gibbs being a-drawing of the pond in the Street, he made me a present of 2 carp.

I cannot say I think it prudent of my wife to go Lewes now as I look for the Duke of Newcastle down at Halland next week and as I have several journeys to go which I must postpone on account of her going, whereby my business sustains a disadvantage. But, and alas! what can be said of a woman’s temper and thought? Business and family advantage must submit to their pride and pleasure. But though I mention this of woman, it may perhaps be as justly applied to men, but most people are blind to their own follies.

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