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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4. Monday we dined at home; about 4 I went to the Raven to meete Mr Mayor, Alderman Lloyd, Alderman Mainwaring, Mr Peter Moreton &c. Commissioners for taking my answer about Feilder's businesse; about 6, my daughters called on me in the coach & we came to Peele; there Mr Dod pressed me much to forbeare suing his bond for money he owes me; that afternoone Mr Huet came to me to buy some hay at Sougham Massey, Mr Pickering to make me a visit & Alderman Symson about the money he owes me; we drank a glass of wine & parted.
5. Tuesday, Alderman Lloyd & Mr Robert Lloyd came to me about 4 o'clock to get credit at London for 50 li. for the aldermen. Mr Hall came to us to welcome me home; he dranke a glasse of wine, we all parted immediately.
6. Wednesday, Sir John Crew & Mr Sherwood, Alderman Lloyd, Mr Garancier & Mr Taylor & Alderman Mainwaring, Roger Mainwaring, their wifes, Mr Lee &c. & Mr Cokaine came & dined with me; they played at bowles till about 6 & presently after parted.
16. Saturday, I dined at Alderman Wrights, Mr Mayor, Alderman Mainwaring, Mr Minshall, yong Mr Wright & Mr Cokayne with us; then went to Alderman Mainwarings, thence to the Sunne with Alderman Mainwaring, Alderman Wright, his sonne & Mr Gleg & about 6 o'clock went back to Peele with my sisters.
19. Tuesday, Mr Roberts (cosen Robert's sonne of Barbican), one Fox, a Chester tanner & another (a stranger) came to Peele about 11; I gave them a bottle of mumme & sent Howseman to shew them the gardens &c; there was also Robinson, the painter, & Mr Cokayne's brother; about 12 came Mrs Booth, her 2 daughters & Mrs Swinton; they all dined with us (& Dr Angell); after dinner Mr Robert Davyes came, took a pipe & a bottle in the compasse then he, Mr Minshall & Mr Mainwaring went a setting & the other 3 men went away to Chester, also Robinson, Cokayne &c; Dr Angell went back to Oulton & Mrs Booth &c. to Chester; after supper cosen Whitley came to us (about 9) sate up till 10; then went to bed; he had bin drinking.
20. Wednesday, cosen Whitley dined with us & cosen .... Salusbury (who hath bin at Tangier & says he is an ensigne in Ireland); they sate drinking a bottle of wine in the compasse all afternoone (Mr Eyward with them); went away a little past 5 to Chester.
22. Friday, Mr Burrows came in the evening to trimme me; he brought yong Mr Radford with him; they went away about 7; as they came in one Mr Heath (a stranger to me) was walking about the house to see the buildings; he told me he came from Mr Davye's & was going there agen; onely came to see about the house &c; I asked him to come in & drink a glasse of wine, which he did (with Mr Burrows & Radford) & went presently away; that evening Dr Angell came to us & stayd all night.
26. Tuesday, Alderman Williamson & Mr Price, also Mr Dicas & his sister Anderton, came & dined at Peele; stayd till 6 at night; Dr Angell retorned that night; Mr Burrows came to let my daughter Charlotte blood.
27. Wednesday, Mr Meredith & his sonne came to Peele to cleare old accounts & to treate about buying wood at Shotwick; they dined with me, also Dr Angell, Mr Minshall & Mr Burrows; they took 2 or 3 bottles & pipes in the afternoone went away (after they had settled theire businesse & talked of Sir G. Booth's engagement, where Mr Meredith was &c.) about 6 o'clock; then came Mr Basnet the grocer (thinking to have found Alderman Edwards here); he stayd about an houer then went away with Mr Burrows; Dr Angell & Mr Minshall stayd all night.