Saturday, July 4 1761

Mr Snelling stayed and breakfasted with me and went home in the forenoon. I dined on some green pea-soup and a piece of pork and green peas. Dame Fielder drank tea with me. At home all day and thank God pretty busy. How do I more and more daily find the loss of my wife to be great; how do I severely know the want of her in the careful and regular management of my family affairs, which are not now conducted with her conduct, prudence and good economy! No they are not, therefore her loss to me is as I have oftentimes said before an invaluable treasure — a treasure which (had it pleased God to have spared her life) would have been daily improving.

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