Friday, April 1 1757

After breakfast I went down to Jones’s, where I stayed till near 12 o’clock, when we all went down to Mr French’s in order to set the people off to carry home the man and his wife. They set off about 1:20; viz., the man and his wife and child, Mr French, Joseph Fuller, Thomas Cornwell and John Durrant. I came home immediately and dined on the remains of yesterday’s dinner. Very busy all the afternoon. Mrs Atkins drank tea with us. In the evening Thomas Davy at our house, of whom I received 1.5.7 in full. Gave Mr French in cash 5.5.0 to bear the expenses of the journey. In the evening read 2 papers of The Monitor lent me by Mrs Atkins.

Wednesday, March 30 1757

In the morning about 4:30 I went down to Whyly and called up Mr French and informed him of what I had done. He and Sarah Vinal, the man etc. breakfasted with us. After breakfast, the man agreeing to marry Sarah, we then set off for Lewes in order to get a license; viz., the man, John Watford, Joseph Fuller Jr and myself and Mr French, who met us at Mr Sam Gibbs’s. We accordingly got the license at Mr Michell’s, Mr French being the bondsman for Tull. Also Mr French was sworn that the girl had lived in the parish for 4 weeks last past, and the man also that his parish was Newport in the Isle of Wight. We dined at the White Horse on shoulder of mutton roasted, a piece of pork boiled, greens, a butter pudding, cake and pickles. (My family at home dined on the remains of yesterday’s dinner with the addition of a piece of pork boiled and turnips). I received of Mr Michell in cash 13.18.3 for poor tax for his Grace the Duke of Newcastle.

We came home about 5:45. Spent on the parish account today as under; viz.,

At Martin’s as we went0.1.5
Do. At Lewes0.5.6
Do. At Martin’s0.0.8¼
To a ring0.1.6

A thorough wet day. I called in Lewes at Mr Madgwick’s, Mr Rice’s and Mr Bennett’s.

Tuesday, January 25 1757

After breakfast Mr Jeremiah French came into our house, and we agreed to go and talk with Elizabeth Day and Thomas Lewer, which we set off in order to do. But as we were going alone, we heard that Elizabeth Day was not in the way, upon which Mr French asked me to go into Jones’s, which we accordingly did and spent 2d apiece. Just as we were coming out, we saw Dame Dan and her daughter Day pass by, whom we called into Jones’s and talked to. [We] informed her of our intentions to remove her if she does not go out of our parish before Tuesday next. We then went to Thomas Lewer’s, but he was not at home; so we left word of our intentions with his wife. We came back again to Jones’s (for it is, I think, impossible to get Mr French by a sign post). We had not sat long before we saw John Jones the overseer of Waldron ride by, whom we called to and talked with about Elizabeth Day. He says their parish no ways desires her to intrude on our parish, but had much rather she would come home. So it’s plain the fault of her living here is her own. We spent 12d on the parish account… When I came home again, I dined on some sausages and hog’s puddings. In the evening marked up 4 dozen hoses.