Friday, March 10 1758

In the morning I walked over to Framfield and breakfasted at my mother’s. I stayed and cut out for her 9 round frocks and dined there on some salt fish, apple pudding, cold beef etc… My wife paid 4d for 2 lbs tripe in my absence. I received of my mother 5/6 in full for Philip’s board, due yesterday. I came home about 1:50.

About 3:50 my wife went down to Mr Porter’s [according to a previous] invitation given us yesterday by Mr Porter; about 7:20 I went down. We played at brag the 1st part of the evening; my wife and self won 4/4½. We stayed and supped at Mr Porter’s on a shoulder of mutton roasted, a cold veal pasty, some fried veal, a cold ham, tarts etc. in company with Mr Gibbs and his wife, Mr Piper and his wife, Thomas Fuller and his wife and Mrs Virgoe.

After supper the old sport went on, such as: dancing, pulling off of hats, wigs, caps, shoes etc., with a variety of such-like frantic tricks, but no swearing or ill words, by which reason Mr Porter calls it innocent mirth. I in opinion differ therefrom, for I think it abounds too much with libertinism to be called innocent. Poor Mr Piper had a very great fall, but received little hurt. We stayed and breakfasted at Mr Porter’s and came home about 8:30, and I think not sober. My wife and I gave their servants 2/6.

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