Saturday, May 9 1761

…Lent Mr Laurence Thornton in cash two guineas, for which he gave me his note of hand payable to me or order on demand… A most melancholy time. Never did I know trade so dull. My wife, I hope, somewhat better. Many are the afflictions I have labored under, but I doubt not but they are ordered by the divine Providence for our good, and God grant me grace to make a right use of them.

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