Wednesday, December 23 1761

I dined on the remains of yesterday’s dinner. At home all day and very little to do. My brother came over in the afternoon, but did not stay. Rec’d of Joseph Fuller 1 buttock of beef and suet, 2 stone 2 lbs. A prodigious wet day. Paid Tulley a patten-maker at Buxted 6/- in full for pattens etc. bought of him today. A thoroughly melancholy time; trade dull and money scarce, taxes being extremely high, and the farmers having neither money to lay out or to employ the poor.

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