Friday, May 15 1761

…We dined on a piece of beef boiled, a peas pudding. Mrs Browne drank tea with my wife. Today filled up a paper of indentures whereby John the son of William Gasston in the Cliffe is bound to Joseph Durrant and his son Thomas for 6 years, the money specified £5, signed and sealed in the presence of myself and Robert Hook, who were witnesses to the same; the time is to commence from Lady Day last past. I also signed a note from the father (that is, William Gasston) to Joseph Durrant, whereby he promises to pay him £5 at the expiration of 7 years provided the boy lives so long. At home all day my wife quite ill.

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