Sunday, June 20 1756

My brother Moses came to my father Slater’s about 9:10. We breakfasted there. Then my father, wife, brother, self and my sister Ann Slater went to church where we heard a sermon preached by the Rev Mr Davis; the text in Matthew 11:29,30: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We dined at my father Slater’s on a leg of tag mutton boiled, a piece of bacon and greens and a plum pudding. I agreed to take of my father Slater about 6 pieces of poking at 20/- per piece. After dinner Mr Bachelor came down to my father Slater’s, and with him we left my mother’s mare in order for him to dispose of it the best manner he could. At the same time he lent my brother a horse to come home upon.

Samuel Slater came to bring us going on our road as far as Coman’s Hatch where we had a bottle of cider and ¼ of brandy, 5¼d of which I paid. From thence we came to Witch Cross where I called to buy a rabbit for Joseph Mepham, but there being none, we had a half a pint of red wine, which my brother paid for. We called also at Mr Rose’s at Danehill, but he was not at home. We came to Chailey about 6:10, it being 4 when we set out from Hartfield. We stayed at Chailey about 2 hours and came home about 10:25. I bought of Mr Beard 4 pieces of poking at 20/- per piece. Left my wife at Hartfield. When I came home I found T. Davy at our house, who lay there all night. Bought at Chailey a rabbit, which cost me 8d. Our maid dined at home on a piece of pork and a piece of the neck of veal.

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