Friday, September 25 1761

After breakfast walked up to Mrs Piper’s; from thence John Piper and I walked down to John Cayley’s, where I bought his hops at 2 guineas per cwt and I gave him 10/6 in hand. Those hops are in joint partnership between Joseph Fuller and myself… In the afternoon I walked around Mrs Virgoe’s wood to examine the fences. I drank tea at Joseph Fuller’s… In the evening Mr Thornton smoked a pipe with me.

Pretty busy all day. But who can imagine my inward anguish of mind? How do I daily and hourly find the loss of the most valuablest of wives.

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