Roger Whitley's Diary 1684-1697 Bodleian Library, Ms Eng Hist C 711. Originally published by [s.n.], [s.l.], 2004.
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Ap: 1st. Tuesday, Wakefeild the plasterer (& a laborer) came to worke; Finchet brought the rent of Kelsall; after dinner came John Hussey the Peover gardner with some money for Morgan Whitley but stayd not; also a man of Tarvyn for money for curing ? Harison's head; & Mrs Hardware to visit my daughters.
3. Thursday, the Sheriffs Bayly brought me a Summons to be of the Grand Jury; about 10 came Morgan for money Hussey left for him; went againe about 12; about 5, Crew & Sherrard came to see us; went againe before 7; one Anker & yong Grantham came about buying some cowes; Wakefeild was not well, I brought him in & gave him a glasse of sack; a woman came from Mancote to see daughter ill: her mother nursed her.
5. Satorday, went to Chester, lighted at Wrights, went to the Penthouse, demanded my Armes of the Mayor; he ordered the delivery of them; met the Governor at the doore of the Talbot; had a short discourse with him in the streete; went to Angells & cosen Mainwarings; then to Charles Griffiths; dined there with Streete, Parry, Comberbach, Jones of Lleece, Morgan,&c. after dinner came Lloyd & Edwards; then Ephraim Bennet(Jones & Comberbach & Parry interl); Streete went first, the rest stayd till I went, neare 7.
Ap: 9. Wednesday, Mr Thomas sent his man with a letter to borrow money; I sent him 2 guineys; one Grice, & another came about changing lifes in Bellis, his lease at Shordley; Harry Siddall brought me a fatt oxe from Sir William Aston; brought it home; the tenant: of Avanly came to desire my carte to carry some corne to Shotwick.
10. Thursday, Burges (the woodman) was with us to discourse of Shotwick wood; Delves, &c. & the tenant of Avanly came againe about sending his corne to Shotwick; Huson went about 12 to Shotwick, Chester, &c. Mr Streete came about 12 about the lands Mr Jones would sell near Northop; dined, & retorned past 2; about 3 came Glasier, Lloyd & Cratchley about Mr Glasiers debt; proposes to sell the land; they went back about 5; past 7 Gerard came to see me; stayd not.
12. Satorday, Huson went to Chester; Houseman to Namptwich to meete the Judges & conduct them to Peele; Hussey & the coachman came from Peover; Morgan from Chester; he went to meete the Judge; about 4 came Gerard to see me; & the Sheriffe of Flint to speake with the Judge; about 8 came Judge Trenchard, Hopkins; William Minshall, &c. stayd all night.
13. Sonday, we were not at church; Scranmore, Sir John Morgan the Sheriffe, Streete, Cumberbach, Crew, Dick Minshall. cosen Whitley, severall others dined with us; the Deane came about 5; supt, went about 11; but I left them at 10.
14. Monday, Sherrard, Ned Morgan, Angell, G.Booth, Llee,&c. dined with us; past 2, came the Sheriffe & severall with him; also the Deane; about 3, the Judge, Sheriffe,&c. went to Chester; Hocknell & some others stayd till 4; the Deane & cosen Whitley till past 5; the Sheriffe of Flint went about 6, in the morning.
15. Tuesday, I went to Chester, lighted at Wrights, met Lee there; went with him to Angells; then to the Judges, dined with them & Duckenfeild, Williams, Crew, Captain of the Guard, Lee, Hopkins, Oliver, &c. past 3 they went to the Court; I called on Ned Burrows, then on Mrs Mainwaring; thither came Mrs Kenrick, Mrs Hunt & another woman; also D. Minshall; he & I went to Jacksons; there was Wright, Farington, Kynaston, Lawton, Lee, & some other officers that came with recruites, &c. I left them past 6; called at Ephraim Bennets; there were severall soldyers & horses apointed to quarter there; but they, having no accommodacion, were persuaded to remove; Sir John Crew alighted there, stayd awhile with Bolland, &c. we went away past 7; Sir John in my coach; we parted on Gibbet Heath; I came home about 9.
19. Satorday, I went to Chester, alighted at Wrights; saw him & Lee of Darnehall; Robinson came to me about some money he pretends due to him & another about money owing Mr Lewes Williams; Lee & I went to Angells, then to the Judges; dined with them at Scranmore's; with Crew, Sir Jos: Allen, Hopkins, Streete, &c. went with Streete (past 3) to Mrs Mainwarings; then to Jacksons; there was Kinaston, Johnson, Pemberton, Minshall; Colonel Langston came late; I left them neare 7; was awhile (about 5) with Sir William Aston & Mr Booth in the dining roome; where they were about the militia businesse; Morgan Whitley went home with me in my coach; Alban Gray spoke with me at Jackson's; but stayd not.
21. Monday, Jordan came to speake about work; afterwards Alban Gray came to me about making brick, & dined with us; & the churchwarden about a Parish ley; Morgan, Huson, & Gray went to Chester about 3.
24. Thursday, one Mr Bruen (a lame Gentleman, & poore) came to Peele; I found him in my kitchen, (I suppose) expecting some charity; he & Davenport, the wyerman, dined in the buttry, &c. Hardware sate with me an houer in the evening.
Ap: 25. Friday, a man brought me a letter from Mr Leeke, & retorned presently with an answer; about 5 in the afternoone Mr Tomkinson's brother (& another with him) brought me a letter from Mr Tomkinson desiring me to recommend his brother to the Commissioners of Excise for an imploymt; I promised to write to Mainwaring & my sonne; & they retorned about 6.
29. Tuesday, a man came about shearing the sheep; another man from Chester about a tenement in Mouldsworth; Sir John Crew, his lady, Cockaine & his wife, Church, Mrs Offley, her 2 sons & Mrs Aston dined with us, went away about 6.