Wednesday, February 17 1762

After breakfast I rode to Lewes, where I went for to get some things for Mrs Porter; I came home about 2:20. My brother stayed and dined with me… A truly melancholy time; hardly anything to do, and it is impossible to get any money owing to me, so great a state of poverty abounds among us. I think there is too great reason to fear that it proceeds from a too free indulgence of that bane of private property LUXURY.

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