Sunday, July 15 1755

At church in the morning; the text, the 12th chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews, l4th verse: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” At church in the afternoon; the text, 3rd chapter Matthew, 17th verse: “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” After churchtime my wife and I went to Mr William Piper’s. I there received of Thomas Braizer the 21/- I lent him the 9th instant. Mr Slater came there to us. We stayed and drank tea. Came home about 8 o’clock. Found Ann Slater at our house. Read the first book of Paradise Lost between churchtimes went to bed about 11:25.

Sunday, June 9 1755

Thomas Turner’s former house in East Hoathly, East Sussex. Mar 2019

Myself and brother at church in the morning; the text in the 30th verse of the 18th chapter of the prophecy of Ezekiel: “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.” We had a brief read for the relief of the Philippine colony in Turkish Moldavia for about £2500. I collected upon the brief 2/6, and 6d I gave myself makes together collected in the whole on this brief 3/-.

Bett Carman dined with me on some cold roast beef and green salad. Myself, brother and servant at church in the afternoon; the text in the 6th and 7th verses of the 5th chapter of the Book of Job: “Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward.” Mrs Carman, Bett Carman and my late servant Mary Martin (who came to see me between churchtimes) drank tea with me. In the evening Thomas Davy, myself and Thomas Durrant took a walk to see Sam Jenner, who is very ill with an ague. Came home again very sober about 9:20.