In the morning arose and went over to Framfield. Came home again to breakfast. Then went up to Mr Vine’s with some goods for the audit and from thence to Sinden’s. As I came home, called at Mr Reeve’s, Mr Piper’s and Mr John Vine Jr’s for poor tax but found none of them home. After I came home, went up to Mr Vine’s again with more goods… I went down to Halland and received of Mr Coates in cash 2.9.0 for poor tax. I came home and went up to Mr Piper’s and received of him 4.11.0 for poor tax and paid him 14/1½ on the parish account; viz., 5/- for removing John Durrant, and 8/1½ for 39 lbs of cheese for Dame Burrage. I stayed and supped at Mr Piper’s and smoked a pipe and came home about 9:20.
As I came home, I found Thomas Cornwell and John Durrant had come home from their journey and brought bad news; namely, that they had let the man make his escape, but that they had left Mr French and Joseph Fuller to proceed on their journey with the woman, Dame Vinal a-washing for us today…
At home all the fore part of the day. Mr Edward Relfe and Mr John Aliot of Lewes called on me, both in liquor. They stayed and drank 2 bottles of beer with us. In the evening went down to Halland to balance accounts with Mr Coates, but he was not at home. He came home while I was there — in liquor — so I came away without balancing accounts. When I came home, I found Mr John Collison at our house. We balanced accounts, and there remains due to Messrs Margesson and Collison 17.16.0 in full (the £20 which I owe them for Mr Samuel Virgoe excepted)… Paid for 6 cabbage nets 4d. Gave Grace Grover 3d for Mr John Barnard, which I agreed to on the 3 Jan., 1756. Mr Collison supped with us and stayed all night at our house.
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.
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.
At Halland about 7 times; otherwise at home all day. Nothing more of moment, but I find I sell but little to Halland on the account I would not give Mr Coates 7d per pound for his West Country wool on the 1st instant, which I should have lost not less than 40/- by, had I bought it at that rate and fulfilled my other engagements. Paid for 4 doz of brooms 4/-.
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.
Paid John Fitness 8/9 in full for 6 corn hooks. Paid for bread ½d. Between schooltime carried up to Thomas Fuller’s 6 lbs of 6d sugar. Went to Chiddingly after schooltime to look upon Mr Hicks’s wool. Bid him 6¾d per pound for it. Paid Francis Smith in cash 18/2, which with £12.7.0 sent him by his boy the 29th July is in all £13.5.2, which he paid for me in London, as under (to wit)
To Margesson & Co. £13.0.0
To Crowder & Co. in full £0.5.2
In the evening went down to Halland to look upon Mr Coates’s wool, which was all West-Country, and because I would not give him 7d per pound for it he huffed me prodigiously.
At home all day except going down to Halland in the evening with some
Rec’d of Mr Coates £5.15.6 in full for the bill delivered the 21st instant. Wrote out Mr French’s bill for Mrs Virgoe. Paid Joseph Fuller for 13 lbs of beef 3/3. Paid for bread 1d. Except for going down to Halland, at home all day. Mr Coates informed me of the Duke’s being down soon.
At home all day Gave over teaching school for this week, being very i11. In the morning posted my day book. Wrote out Mr John Chatfield’s bill and my wife carried it home to Will Rice’s. It amounted to £3.7.8 sent Margesson and Collison in a tobacco box by Dann £9. Paid Dame Vinal for washing 9d. Paid Halland gardener 21d in full for cucumbers sold for him and 1 quart gooseberries.