Saturday, August 22 1761

…In the morning my brother Sam Slater came to see me and dined with me on half a calf’s head and a piece of bacon and carrots boiled. Paid a grandson of Thomas Fuller’s 3/4 in full for ½ dozen candles received by him today. In the afternoon rode as far as the Nursery with my brother. Called at Mrs Browne’s and Mr Coates’s. Came home about 7:20.

I am as it were quite distracted with trouble. I hardly know which way to turn or what course of life to take. I have lost the best of wives and companions and I think my relations (for they; can hardly merit the name of friends) seen quite estranged and stand as it were at a distance from my trouble… [20 words omitted].

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