[The following excerpts from vol. 40 of the diary are taken from the Sussex Archaeological Collections, XI, 199-200.]
Mr Blake’s rider called on me and he and I rode together to Lewes, when I think I [saw] the finest horse-race that ever I [saw] run on that down or any other. There [were] four horses started for the purse, £50. There was a numerous, but I think not a [b??iant], company. I came home in company with Mr Francis Elless, about ten; but, to my shame do I say it, very much in liquor.