Friday, September 26 1755

At home all day and busy. Mrs Rice and her daughter drank tea here. Paid Mr Edward Lashmer for 18 lbs 6d sugar, 8/9. Paid Francis Smith in cash 14.3.6, which with the £10 I gave him the 22nd instant makes 24.3.6 and is in full for money paid in London for me this week (to wit):

To Messrs Margesson and Collison        24.0.0

for 6 alphabets of round hand copies    0.3.6

Thomas Davy here in the evening. Stayed and went to cribbage. I lost 1 gallon of pears valued at 1½d. Borrowed of Thomas Davy in cash 5/-. George Richardson called on us in his way home from Dallington.

Thursday, September 25 1755

To send for next week as under:

3 prs boys! worsted at 10d, 12d and 11d

6 prs pink and red yarn at r*

6 prs boys’ welsh at 1

6 prs men’s worsted at 20d

1 woman’s shroud hca and nca*

2 men’s ditto nea *

2 sheets nca *

1 boy’s ock & oca * Paid Mrs Virgoe 7/6, which with 5/- paid her the 17th instant ls in full for the 12/6 borrowed of her the 12th instant. Paid for bread 1d. George Richardson called on us in his way to Dallington. Wrote to Edward Russell for the balance of his account. Moses came over in the afternoon. Rec’d of Joseph Fuller Jr 1.4.5 in full for a greatcoat. Paid for 2 stone of beef 4/-. Paid for butter 3d. Joseph Fuller stayed and smoked a pipe in the evening. My wife read the 20th and 21st numbers of The Guardian to me, which I think extremely good, the first of which shows how indispensable a duty forgiveness is and the last how much mankind must be delighted with the prospect of the happiness of a future state.

*abbreviation unknown

Monday, September 22 1755

Paid Francis Smith in cash 11.13.3 for money he paid for me in London as under:

To Otway                                  10.0.0

To Stiller in full,                      1 4 0

Pd tor 1 pr shoes and 1 pr pumps        0.9.3

Gave Francis Smith in cash £10 in part of money he is to pay in London for me this week. Doctor Snelling called on me and ordered a poultice of conserve of roses, and about 6 gr of camphor in each poultice, to be laid to my eye, with purging twice a week with sal glabuler [Glauber salts] and manna. George Richardson called on me. I gave him 1¼ yds silk and silk to have a bonnet made, all value n c o [?]. Mrs Diggens called on us. Moses came over after dinner to see us. Paid for bread etc. 2½d. Very busy all day. Thomas Nicholls at work for me today.

Saturday, September 20 1755

At home all day. Paid for 18 lbs of worsted 1.19.0 and for a wrapper 18d, which I bought of one Robins of Cranbrook in his road from the Fair to Cranbrook. Mr Slater, my brother Moses and Nicholls dined here. Mr Slater went away about 6 o’clock. My mother sent me by Moses in cash £12, which is in full for my draft No. 249, which I drew for her the 15th of August. Paid Moses 18d for 6 dairy brushes he bought for me at Lewes. Rec’d of Robert Hook 1 pr shoes, 5/6. Rec’d of Joseph Fuller 1 breast mutton 8½d.