Sunday, September 6 1761

In the morning my friend George Richardson called on me and he, together with Mr Hastings, breakfasted with me and then went away. Myself and one servant at church in the morning, where we had a sermon preached by the Rev Mr Chalice, curate of Ripe (Mr Porter preaching at Ripe) from the 6th verse of the 71st Psalm: “By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.”

Sam Jenner dined with me on a piece of beef boiled, six pigeons roasted, a raisin suet pudding, carrots and cabbage. After dinner we walked to Little Horsted Church, where we heard a sermon preached by the Rev Mr Philips, curate of Maresfield and Horsted, from Philippians 1:23,24: “For I am in a strait betwixt the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” The gentleman whom we heard appears to be not more then 20 years of age, though I suppose he is about 26. I think I never heard a finer churchman in my life, he being a good orator, and delivered an extreme good sermon, both for beauty of language and piety of thought.

From Horsted we walked to Framfield where we drank tea with my brother, who brought us going on our road home. I came home about 7:40. In the evening I read one of Tillotson’s sermons.

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