Sunday, January 15 1758

My whole family at church in the morning had a brief read this forenoon for the parish church of Ellenhall in the County of Stafford; the sum £1053 and upwards. I collected on the same 17½d, and 1d I was to put for Mr Burgess, and 1½d I gave myself makes collected, on this brief in all 20d. We dined on the sheep’s head and bell boiled and some turnips.

Charles Diggens called on us after dinner, but did not stay. My whole family at church in the afternoon; viz., my wife, self, 2 boys and servant… After churchtime Mr Porter and I distributed the money, the gift of Mr Atkins, as Mr Porter and I agreed on Wednesday last. But James Emery, John Durrant and the widow Smith not being there, Mr Porter kept 4/- for the widow Smith and James Emery, and I also kept the 5/- for John Durrant. We signed the brief in the church. My wife and I drank tea at Mrs Atkin’s and stayed till near 7 o’clock, Thomas Davy at our house in the evening, to whom I read part of Sherlock on death.

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