Sunday, April 9 1758

Myself and nephew at church in the morning, my wife staying at home on account of her taking physic… We had a brief read for fire; the sufferers were John Hilton and ten others of the township of Nokk in the County of Salop, whose losses together amounted to the sum of £1439 and upwards. I collected on the said brief 21½d, and 1d I was to put in for Mr Burgess and 2d for Mr Elless together with 2½d I gave myself makes collected in the whole on the said brief 2/3. After churchtime I went into Mr Porter’s, when we both signed the brief. I received of Mr Porter 12d in order to carry some gingerbread etc. with me tomorrow to distribute among the boys when we walk the bounds of this parish against Chiddingly.

We dined on some boiled veal and the broth of it. After dinner I called Thomas and Joseph Fuller, also Thomas Fuller Sr, and we all walked together to Waldron Church (there being no service at our church this afternoon by reason Mr Porter preached at Laughton). …We, being too soon, went into the public house and spent 1½d each. Came home in company with Joseph Durrant and Thomas Fuller Sr. We called at John Cayley’s and drank 1 bottle beer. Came home about 5:10. In the day read part of the New Whole Duty of Man, and in the evening Thomas Davy at our house, to whom I read part of Sherlock on judgment.

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