Sunday, February 5 1758

In the morning myself and two boys at church… After Mr Porter had taken his text I went and searched John Jones’s, but found no one there but his own family, and then I went back to church. We dined on a piece of beef boiled, a plain suet pudding, Savoy greens and turnips. Our servant and two boys at church in the afternoon. After churchtime Mr Thomas Osborne and his son Thomas came and assured us they would come on Thursday next and jointly enter into a bond to save harmless this parish, and also to pay the expense we have already been at.

In the evening Mr Burgess, Master Hook and myself went and searched Mr Burgess’s and Potter’s barns, and also William Eldridge’s house, but found nobody. After I came back again, I was sent for down to Jones’s. When I came, I found it was Mr Cooper at Watling and John Elliot at Hartfield that sent for me. I stayed there about an hour with them and came home about 8:40. Thomas Davy at our house in the evening. Spent at Eldridge’s 2d, but would not drink for it.

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