Monday, January 26 1756

This day paid Mrs Virgoe the 2.17.0 I borrowed of her the 20th instant. Paid for 6 bean nets 12d. The wife of Richard Heath was buried today. Sent my maid over to Framfield for a shroud for Mr Adams’s daughter. Martha Mepham dined here.

My wife went down to Mr Porter’s about 4 o’clock. I went down to her about 7 and found William Piper, his wife and brother there, as also Thomas Fuller, Mr and Mrs Hutson and Dame Durrant. We supped there and stayed until 5 o’clock in the morning, and I may I think justly say there was not one sober man in the company. I am sure I was not, for, finding myself in liquor I came home 1 hour or more before the rest. This is the first time I have been in liquor since Whitsun Tuesday, and I am sorry for this, though I know of no reason except, being in liquor, my wife and I lost at brag between us near or quite 5/-. We also gave the servants 2/6…

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