Sunday, December 17 1758

Myself only at church in the morning; the text in Joshua 24:24: “And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.” We had a brief read for a fire that happened in the parish of St John’s Wapping in the county of Middlesex whereby a widow woman and her two daughters are reduced to the extremest want and poverty, their loss amounting to upwards of £1340 beside the ground-rent of the premises, which was £20 per year, and 30 years more to come of the lease, that with rebuilding the same it must still add to their losses. I gave 3d to the said brief. We dined on a roasted pig and bread sauce.

In the afternoon my wife, self and servant at church; the text the same as in the forenoon, from which words we had a very good sermon. In the evening Mr Francis Elless and Thomas Davy at our house, to whom I read 2 of Tillotson’s sermons.

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