Saturday, June 20 1761

Paid Mr Howard at Hartfield 8/- in full for ginger-bread and sweethearts received by him today… My brother came over in the evening and sat with me some time.

About 11:20 my wife was taken with a strong convulsive fit which lasted some time. Dame Durrant and Elizabeth Mepham sat up with my wife, and I lodged at Dame Durrant’s. Oh, my unhappy misfortune. I shall lose all that is desirable to me in this world; my only true and sincere friend, a treasure of more value than all the riches this world can afford, she has ever been a virtuous and discreet women and to me the best of wives.

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