Monday, April 4 1757

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…

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.

Thursday, March 31 1757

In the morning, Sarah and Mary Vinal breakfasted with us, and after breakfast the man and Sarah were married (I being the father to give her away) in the presence of a great many people. Mr French and myself signed the register book. After staying at Jones’s some time, Mr French, Mr John Vine Jr and Thomas Fuller came home with me and dined at our house off a piece of beef boiled, a piece of pork, a currant pond butter pudding and turnips. After dinner we went to Lewes with the man, for him to swear his parish. Mr John Vine Jr, John Watford, Thomas Fuller and Thomas Davy walked along with the man and I rode upon Mr Vine’s mare. We went to Luke Spence Esq, before whom he swore himself of the parish of Thatcham in the county of Berks. I accordingly took out an order to remove him and Sarah his wife to the said parish, Mr Spence sent to Lewes for Mr Fagg, who came and signed the said order, (while the order was a-making out, I rode up town, sending the foot people home). I called at Mr Spence’s as I came back and took the said order and examination. I came home to Jones’s about 6:45, where I stayed till about 12 o’clock. I paid and spent on the parish account today as under:

To Mr Porter’s fees0.10.6
Do. the clerk’s0.2.6
To Mr Spence and Fagg0.5.0

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, 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.