Wednesday, November 2 1757

Balanced accounts with my father Slater and paid him 3.1.0 in full; he stayed and breakfasted with us and went away about 11:30. Paid for 11 whiting today 4d. Paid Clymson the glover in cash 1.6.6 in full for goods I received. of him today; viz.,

28 pairs mens’ outseamed tan gloves0.14.0
12 pairs boys’ do.0.4.0
2 pairs do. inseamed0.1.0
Horse leather0.3.0
6 carpenters’ aprons0.3.0
3 skins0.1.6

We dined on the remains of yesterday’s dinner with the addition of some boiled whiting. Oh, how transient is all mundane bliss! I, who on Sunday night was all calm and serenity in my breast and seemed desirous of nothing so much as my eternal and immortal happiness, am now nought but storm and tempest occasioned by the unhappiness that subsists between myself and wife. Well might the wise man say, “It were better to dwell in a corner of the house-top than with a contentious woman in a wide house.” The thought of such disturbances almosts distracts and weakens my reason, and when I think there is no hope of their end, as undoubtedly there is not go long as we both live, it almost drives me to despair. Oh, how could I apply myself with the assistance of God’s grace to work out my salvation! But now by such tumults I am as it were rendered incapable to lift up so much as an eye or hand to that great Benefactor of mankind without whose blessings the endeavors of frail man is but foolishness.

At home all day… Indifferently busy. Sent Mrs Roase at Lewes 2 ducks and gave my father Slater to-carry home with him. In the evening read the play of Tamerlane, written by Rowe, which I think a very good play; the character of Tamerlane is such as I think should be the character of all mankind.

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