Thursday, November 29 1759

This being the day appointed by his Majesty for a general thanksgiving to God for vouchsafing such signal successes to his Majesty’s arms both by sea and land, particularly by the defeat of the French in Canada and the taking of Quebec; and for most seasonably granting to us at this time an uncommonly plentiful harvest, my wife, self and servant at church in the morning. The text in the 23rd verse of the 50th Psalm: “Whose offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God,” from which words we had in my opinion a very excellent sermon.

During churchtime my brother William came to see me and dined with me on a light pudding, some broiled red herrings, turnips and potatoes. In the afternoon my wife walked down to Whyly to pay Mrs French a visit (there being no service appointed for the afternoon). My brother stayed with us till 7 o’clock, when I went down to Mr French’s. My wife and I spent the evening there, and also supped there on some rice milk, part of a cold leg of mutton and apple pie. We played at brag an hour or two in the evening; my wife and I won 14d. We came home about 10:20, and thank God as sober as I went from home. Paid John Streeter 9d for rabbit bought of him today.

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