Sunday, December 25 1757

In the morning myself, two boys and servant at church. Myself and servant stayed the communion. I gave 6d. The text in I Corinthians 10:31: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” This being Christmas Day the widow Marchant, Hannah Marchant and James Marchant dined with us on a buttock of beef boiled, a plum suet pudding and pearl barley pudding, turnips, potatoes and bouillis pie. myself, two boys and servant at church again in the afternoon; the text in Galatians 4:4,5: “But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” The widow, James and Hannah Marchant drank tea with us. Thomas Davy at our house in the evening, to whom I read two nights of The Complaint, one of which was the Christian triumph against the fear of death, which must be allowed by all Christians a noble subject, it being the redemption of mankind by Jesus Christ. I think the author has treated it in a very moving and pathetic manner.

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