Wednesday, August 13 1755

Called up about 6 o’clock. Wrote to Mr Thomas Friend to let him know my wool will be ready for sale about the middle of next week, and gave him the preference before another. Sent by Bonwick’s carter a crock of butter which weighed 39 lbs to Mr John Wilson, which I had from Mrs Cayley. About 6:30 I was sent for down to Halland to bring my bill. Went down with it and received of Mr John Greening 13.17.0 in full on account of the Duke of Newcastle to this day. Heard from the assize by Mr French. Two cast at the last assize now to be transported for 14 years and the boy tried this time, acquitted. At home all day. Paid for butter 3d. Read several numbers of the 4th volume of The Tatler. Gave away 1½d. Lent my horse to Master Marchant.

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.

Thursday, August 7 1755

Rec’d of John Vine Sr 6.1.0 on account. Went over to Framfield; looked on Mr Peckham’s wool. Bid him 2d per pound. At Halland twice. Paid for butter 3d. Paid for meat 10½d (to wit, neck of lamb of 3 lbs). This day drew on Messrs Margesson & Co., 30 days’ date, to Mr William Roase, dated tomorrow.

Saturday, July 12 1755

This day sold Mr Blackwell of Hawkhurst all my white rags at 27/- per hundred, and bought of him 12 couple of white pound and half-pound paper, 8 reams of midd[ling?] hand ditto at 4/-, 2 reams of brown cap and 1 ream of 2 lb ditto at 4/3. Paid Joseph Fuller 21d for a leg of mutton weight 6 lbs. Paid Mr Bulcock £3.7.8 in full for Messrs Masfen’s, the last parcel only excepted. He stayed and drank tea here. Paid Mrs Atkins in goods, 5/6, being in full for a crock of butter of 11 lbs which I sold for her. Paid for ½ lb butter and bread 3½ d. At home all day and very busy. Received of cooper Hammond 1 6-bushel bucking tub, £0.15.0.