Thursday, July 30 1761

Balanced accounts with Mr John Gosling and paid him 1.5.0 in full. I dined at Master Durrant’s on a shoulder of venison roasted… In the forenoon went down to Mr Coates’s and delivered to Mr Perry the Duke of Newcastle’s account.

Very melancholy is my present situation. I see by repeated instances that to continue my trade as I am it will not do, for there is no dependence upon servants and to think of marrying again is what I have no thoughts of; no, not so long as the image of my dear wife is almost continual in my thoughts. May it ever be in my thoughts and have that effect upon my mind as to make me studious of performing every good work through the power of God’s grace.

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