Friday, December 21 1759

About 3:10 we arose to perform our task; viz., some of the ancestors of the Pelham family have ordered that on this day (forever) there should be given to every poor man or woman that shall come to demand it 4d and every child 2d and also to each a draught of beer and a very good piece of bread. My business was to take down their names while Mr Coates paid them, and I believe there were between 7 and 8 hundred people relieved, of all ages and sexes, and near 9 pounds distributed, besides a sack of wheat made into good bread and near a hogshead and a half of very good beer. I came home about 11:20, having received my groat among the rest.

My brother stayed and dined with us on a light pudding, a piece of beef boiled and potatoes, and then went home. Relieved the following poor persons today with 1d each and a draught of beer; viz.,

1.Francis Turner16.John Durrant
2.Widow Trill17.John Elless
3.Richard Braizer18.Richard Prall
4.Ann Hood19.Susan Swift
5.Edward Babcock20.Richard Heath
6.Widow Day21.Dame Burrage
7.Will Eldridge22.John Streeter
8.James Emery23.Widow Cain
9.John Dan24.Thomas Ling
10.Widow Cornwell25.Robert Baker
11.Thomas Dallaway26.Richard Vinal
12.Sam Jenner27.Will Henly
13.Thomas Tester28.Will Slarkes
14.Will Sinden29.John Hesman
15.Mary Heath30.Roger Vallow

Paid John Cayley 8/- in full for 16 lbs butter received by him today. Gave John Jenner’s son 6d to his Christmas box.

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