Thursday, June 29 1758

…In the forenoon I wrote out Mr Coates’s bill. We dined on some beans and bacon and a raisin suet pudding. In the afternoon my wife went down to see Mrs French. This day we had a rejoicing by ringing the bells etc. for a victory gained over the French by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick near the lower Rhine, the particulars of which are not yet arrived, and Mr Coates this day gave me an invitation to come down tomorrow night to see him in order to rejoice there on this occasion. I think this is not the proper way of rejoicing on such occasions, for I doubt there is little thought of returning thanks to Him that gives success in war. But I think it is more probable to be guilty of what we know not to be right by getting in liquor and being guilty of indecencies thereby.

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