Tuesday, August 12 1755

Sent Messrs Margesson and Collison by Frank Smith, paid to him in hand, 13.10.0 and returned them at the same time as under:

6 susis at 21d              0.10.6

3 do. at 24                   0.6.0

1 Doz linen                 0.5.0

1 doz do.                     0.6.6

1 doz do.                     0.6.9

1 doz do.                     0.7.9

1 doz do.                     0.8.0

L doz do.                     0.9.0

1 doz do.                     0.10.0

                                    £3.9.6

This day Mrs Virgoe dined with us on a shoulder of venison. Mrs Vine Jr drank tea with us in the afternoon. At home all day. Paid for bread ½d. In the evening read part of the 4th volume of The Tatler, in which I find some very agreeable stories, in particular one wherein a beautiful and virtuous young lady is ruined by a young debauchee and a sordid parent, his father.

Saturday, August 9 1755

At home all day except at Halland 3 times. S. Gibbs sent me a shoulder of venison; gave his man 12d. Paid Joseph Fuller 2/6 for 10 lbs of beef. Samuel Elphick Jr brought me 2 rabbits for a present. Paid for bread ½d. This day the Duke of Newcastle came to Halland about 7 o’clock in the evening. Paid for butter 3d.

Wednesday, July 30 1755

At home all day. Paid for bread ½d. Left off school at 3:40. About 5 minutes before 4 my [wife] went to Whitesmith to see the mountebank. Bought a packet [of patent medicine] which cost her 12d. She came home about 10:45. Mr Taylor, Messrs Heywood and Blake’s man, called on me. I paid him by a draft I drew on Messrs Margesson and Collison for £4.11.0, 30 days’ date, in full.

Wednesday, July 23 1755

At home all day. Paid for bread 3½d, for butter 3d, for a sheep’s heart 1½d. Paid John Jenner at Hailsham, hatter, £1.16.0 (as under) for 3 hats at 18d, 3/6 and 4/-, received this day (to wit):

By balance of account          £ 0.5.9½

By goods                        £ 0.18.2½

By cash                            £ 0.12.0

Gave him orders for 3 boys’ hats at 13 and 22d and 6 men’s at 2/- and 2/6. Rec’d of Dame Russell, wife of Ed Russell, 5/- in full for the heirs of Mr Thomas Thompsett deceased, as under:

Russell debtor to Thompsett                     £0.11.0

Thompsett dr. to Russell for ½ cord wood  £0.6.0