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.

Tuesday, March 29 1757

In the morning John Hesman, John Watford and myself drew out my pipe of cider. They both breakfasted with us. Paid Mr French the guinea borrowed of him yesterday. Mr Will Rice came today and bought of me 2 coats and 2 waistcoats and stayed and dined with us…

In the afternoon Dame Martin came to our house and informed me that the man William Tull, whom Sarah Vinal has had a child by, was at their house today, upon which John Watford, Thomas and Joseph Fuller and myself went in pursuit of him; Thomas Fuller went round by Chiddingly and called at both the public houses there and then came to us at Edward Martin’s. We then went and took a view of who there was at both the ale houses at Whitesmith, but found no one that answered to our description of him. We then proceeded to Mr Will Funnell’s (where the man had formerly worked) who informed us that it was likely he might be at Mr Guy’s (a place where he had also worked) and accordingly we found him there in bed, whereupon, telling him our business, he very readily went along with us. In our road home we called at Mr Funnell’s and stayed about 1 hour. Then we proceeded on our journey home where we arrived about 11:15 and supped at our house. Thomas Fuller, John Watford and my own family sat up all night. About 2 o’clock the man made an attempt to get away, but was disappointed. We then called up Thomas Durrant, who sat up with us the remaining part of the night. N.B.: I spent 5d in pursuit of the man.

Monday, August 30 1756

In the morning sent my maid up to Thomas Fuller’s to borrow his horse to go to Mayfield upon. He accordingly lent me one. About 8:30 Joseph Fuller came and called me by agreement, and we went to Mr Porter’s to ask his opinion whether we should pay Tester’s debt to Savage or not. He gave it as his opinion that it would be best for the parish to pay it and that they were highly to blame not to have paid it before. From Mr Porter’s we went to Mr Coates’s also to ask his advice, which was just the same as Mr Porter’s, with this addition; -viz., to call a vestry on Sunday and to register every person’s name that assents to it or that dissents from it.

About 11:20 Thomas Fuller and I set out in order to see a cricket match at Mayfield; viz., Mayfield against the county (or the pretended county), but there was not time to play it out. The county got the first innings 52, and Mayfield headed them 18. Then with 4 of the county out in the 2nd innings, they got that 18, and 14 ahead of Mayfield when they left off. I won 6d and spent 12d. We came home to Thomas Fuller’s about 10 o’clock, sober. But before I could get home I was a little high, which proceeded from what I drank there. We dined at Mr Porter’s on what came out of the parlor (they having almost dined there before we came in); viz., the remains of a leg of mutton boiled, a shoulder of venison roasted, a fine plum pudding, carrots, turnips etc… My brother Richard came over in the morning and breakfasted with me…

Wednesday, November 12 1755

At home all day. Paid for butter 3d; paid for milk ½d. Rec’d of Joseph Fuller 1 bullock’s heart worth about 8d. In the evening went down to Mr Porter’s to talk to him about Mrs Virgoe’s affairs. Paid Elizabeth Mepham by Lucy Mepham 5/- for the making of 10 round frocks. Finished posting my day book in the evening.

Saturday, October 11 1755

At home all day and busy. Paid for part of a neck veal weight 4 lbs, l4d. Rec’d of Joseph Fuller 3 tod 20 lbs of wool at 7d, 3.7.8. Rec’d of Richard Carter by wool and money 5/- in full for making a bond for him in April last. This day weighed of my wool; to wit, 334 fleeces, weight 20 tod 20 lbs, which I have sold to Messrs Reeder, Cox & Co. at 19/- per ton. Paid for butter 3d. This day I left Mr Samuel Virgoe’s shop and I owe him l¼ years’ rent, 12/6. Paid Francis Smith… in full for money he paid this week in town for me [including] … for stamping Samuel Elphick’s indentures, 0.3.6… Rec’d of Mrs Mary Virgoe the 27/ lent her the 8th instant. My brother Moses came over and helped me pack my wool.