Thursday, Oct 9 1755

Lent Mr Richard Stone, doctor, in cash 5.5.0, for which he gave me his note of hand… This day gave Henry Vine 2d for going to Framfield. This day wrote an agreement between John Watford Jr and Sarah Thunder, wherein she hires part of John Watford’s house at 5/- per quarter, to be paid quarterly, and she to pay the window tax. On failure of her paying it quarterly, she is to go out of it at a quarter’s notice. N.B.: she is to enter upon it the 11th instant. My brother Moses came over after dinner and stayed till 5 o’clock. He drank tea with us. At home all day and busy. My wife very bad with the rheumatism. Paid John Cayley 6.6.6 in full for the bill I received of him the 24th September 1755 on Weeks, for which I gave him my note of hand, but now took in.

Thursday, October 2 1755

Gave Henry Vine 2d for going over to Framfield. About 5 o’clock my brother Moses came and called me to go to Lewes to meet the Manchesterman. Rec’d of Mr Isaac Hook 1.1.0 in full. Spent the evening in part at Mr Hook’s, Mr Scrase’s, and part at the White Horse. Paid 2d for the turnpike. Paid for supper and wine 12d, went to bed about 12 o’clock.

Sunday, August 10 1755

This day the public day was at Halland. The 2 judges came from Lewes and dined there. There was on the whole but a small company. I was there about 4 times. I came home the last time about 9:20 with several of our parishioners, a little matter enlivened by liquor, but no ways drunk. Paid 2d for bread. Not at church all day, neither looked in any book all day except The Tatler. My wife after dinner went down to Halland to see the turtle [for soup?]. Our maid went to Framfield; was gone all day. Ed Smith called to see us in the evening.

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.

Tuesday, July 15 1755

Sent Francis Smith by his boy £10 which he is to pay Mr John Crouch for me. Paid Master Elphick in cash 3/6 and in goods 6d, which together is 4/-, for bringing my hay from Framfield. Gave two of my scholars, for helping in with the hay, gingerbread value 2d. Paid for bread 2½d . At home all day. Mr Slater and Nanny came back from Lewes about 9:10. Mr Peter Martin called on me.

Monday, July 14

About 3:45 I set out for Lewes; got there 4:50. Called Mr Stephen Fletcher, servant to Mr Samuel Ridings, and balanced accounts with him and paid him £16.14.0 by bill on Messrs Margesson and Collison, 30 days’ date, which with goods I have agreed to return, value £6.11.6, is in full to this day. I bought some goods of him and came home about 8:20. Spent 6d. After dinner Mr Slater and Nanny set out for Lewes. Paid John Jones 2d for Mr Slater’s horse. At home all the day after the morning. This day was played in the Broyle a cricket match, Mayfield against Ringmer, Framfield and St John’s [in Lewes], which was won by Mayfield with ease. This day received of Rippington’s boys 6d in full for a week’s schooling, ended Saturday last.

Tuesday, July 8 1755

Mr Elliott from Warbleton called here in the morning to speak with Mr Collison. Mr Collison came about 10:30. Paid Mr John Collison in cash £27.10.6, which according to my account balances the cash account, and there remains due on the goods account £32.16.1. Mr Collison stayed and dined with me and went to Framfield about 2:10. Rec’d of Rippington’s boys 6d in full for one week’s schooling, due on Saturday last.