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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2. Sonday, I went to church with my daughter; in the afternoone went to the Greyhound, after sermon; with Bruens, Hardware, Traverse &c; read the Deans news, which he sent by his servant; left them presently (my daughters staying in the coach) went home, met Angell at Aston, being sent for to Chester.
4. Tuesday, Hunt, G.Mainwaring Bridges (a stranger to me) Sherwood, Gamull, Jackson & 2 more from Chester dined with me; they went before 4; Angell retorned; Hardware, his wife, sister & her husband came to visit us; stayd till past 5; Sir Philip Egerton's man & Sir William Aston's came to see us.
5. Wednesday, Huson went to Chester; Angell to Utkinton; a man came with a letter from Dysart & Mr Davyes man about William Davyes debt: about 11 a man that lives about Tarvyn Sands brought me a Warrent: to send my 2 Militia horse to Chester &c; which I ordered immediately to goe but they could not that evening.
7. Friday, I sent Delves, John Griffith &c with 27 oxen to Malpa faire; Huson followed them in the afternoone; in the morning he accompted with the tenants of Moldsworth 8. Satorday, I sent Houseman to Chester, he retorned at night; soe did Huson & Griffith.
10. Monday, Bruen, G.Mainwaring & Jackson dined with us; after dinner Hardwar & Davyes came to us; they all went about 4; onely Hardwar stayd till 6; Ankre came about the money is owes & Davnport, about wyer.
James II leaves London 12. Wednesday, I went to Chester, Sister Angell with me; I dined with her; G.Mainwaring came to me; we went to the Penthouse; then to the Ship, the Mayor with us; there was also Anderson, Wright, Farington, Eaton, Murray, Broadhurst, Wilson, Oulton, Recorder, Parry, Winne (that brought the Parliament Writs from London) & some others; we parted past 5; the Mayor, Murray & I went to the Sunne; the Governor came to us (I having sent to him before by Farrington & Anderson, to let me have some of my armes to defend my House); Byron came with him; they went before 8; Johnson, Thame & severall others were also there; some of us supt; we went to the Penthouse to visit Alderman Anderson, who commanded the Citty Guard; there were great nombers with him; also Leeming, the late Recorder; we left them past 11; I went to bed at Angells.
13. Thursday, I went to the Quire prayers; then with G.Mainwaring to Hunts; then to the Governor in the Castle; met Colonel Gage & some officers, in the lower ward; they went with me to the Governor; but stayd not; I dined with the Governor; also G.Mainwaring & Captaine Byers, who was Captaine of the Guard; the Governor orderd me some armes for defence of my House; I went thence past 1; he parted with us at Glovers Stone; I and Mainwaring visited Hunt; then I took leave at Angell's; called at the Penthouse; the Mayor, Captaine Hunt & Thomas Griffith went with me to Jacksons; G.Mainwaring came to us; we had 2 bottles of wine; I went away about 3; came home by 5.
14. Friday, Mr Sherwood dined with me; went away before 2; Sir Robert Cotton's servant: called to visit us in his way to Chester; my buttler went with him; about 4 my daughter Mainwaring & children retorned from Peover.
16. Sonday, I went to church at St Peters, in the morning, with Sir Robert Cotton; we dined at the Mayors, with Sir Richard Reeves, G.Mainwaring, Sparkes, Hilton &c; we went to the Penthouse at 4; Cholmely, J. Egerton, Oldfield with many aldermen & cittisens were there; one of the Irish males were opened; Reeves & Bridges were also there; the maile had been opened before it was brought to the Mayor; no States letters were found in it. we went thence to G.Mainwaring (Cholmely, Egerton, Oldfeild with us) stayd till past 10.
17. Monday, I dined at Angells; went to the Penthouse at 3; the Mayor sent the Recorder, my selfe & G.Mainwaring (Cotton went with us) to Lord Derby to the Castle who came to towne that afternoone; the message was to desire his Lordships excuse that the Mayor did not leave the Citty in that confusion to waite on his Lordship: in the Castle & to know if his Lordship would please to come to the Penthouse about his oath of Alderman that the Mayor & Aldermen might be there ready to entertaine him; his Lordship sayd he would consider as to his oath of Alderman but seemed unsatisfyed that the Mayor did not come himselfe to waite on him &c; we retorned to the Penthouse; then to the Sunne; there were many Aldermen, cittisens &c in the severall places; Sir John Crew, Aston, Cecill Booth came to towne that morning, dined with G.Mainwaring; were in the Penthouse till about 8; went thence with Hunt to his house.
18. Tuesday, I went with the Mayor to Lord Derby in the Castle; much company there (as Cholmely, Egerton, Shakerly &c;) in our retorne in the outward ward; I met Colonel Gage, saluted him (having asked Lord Derby's & Governor's permission soe to doe); he spoke to me about his goods, horses, liberty &c; I told him I had no power he must attend directions from above; I dined at Jacksons with the Mayor, G;Mainwaring, Birket & others; Sir James Poole & his Lady sent to speake with me above; there were severall Popist prisoners [fo. 100v] 18: with them; the businesse was, to speake to the Mayor for Sir James, his parole etc; we went with the Mayor (at 3) to the Penthouse; Lord Derby, Grosvenor, Brooks, Cholmely, 2 Egertons, Shakerly & many Aldermen, cittisens & gentlemen were there; they were entertained with wine, bisket &c; Lord Derby produced a Declaracion, for adhering to the P: of O: for our Religion, Laws etc: it was signed by severall contrey gentlemen, my selfe &c; the Mayor & Citty refused it; resolved to addresse (as they had acted) apart; they stayd not long: that night the Mayor & severall of us, went to the Ship, parted about 10.
19. Wednesday, I dined at Robert Anderson's; daughters, sisters, Mayor, G.Mainwaring, Angell with us; I went thence to the Quire; about 6, to the Sunne; there was Booth, Hemthorne, Bridges, Fernhall, Hunt, Recorder, Mayor, G.Mainwaring, Kenrick, Vanbrug, Anderson & Greg, 2 Glegs & many more with us; it was agreed Booth should desist his pretensions to be member of Parliment.
20. Thursday, I dined with the Mayor, Grosvenor, Leeming, many Aldermen & cittisens & there wifes with us; went to Jackson's at night; Mayor, G.Mainwaring Johnson, Deane, Basnet, Farington, Cockane & many more with us; Captaine Gerard (a prisoner) desired to speake with me above; the Mayor consented, I went to him (there were 3 more with him); the businesse was to get theire parole; I told it to the Mayor; I left them presently; we parted below about 10.
21. Friday, Colston trimmed me; G. Mainwaring & Birket came to see me; I dined at G.Mainwrings with Crew, Stephens, Mayor &c; went to church to christen his child past 3; called on Thame to see Mr Johnsons house; supt at G. Mainwarings with a vast nomber of people (men & women) parted betwixt 9 & 10.
22. Satorday, I visited Crew at Hunts; went to Shakerly about my armes; Vanbrug was with him; on my retorne, called on Crew & Stephens, they dined with me at Angells; I retorned homewards with my daughters about 3 &c; Crew went out of towne with us.
23. Sonday, the ways were soe bad I could not goe to church; the Mayor sent me a coppy of Secretary Middletons & Lord Delamers lettres: I sent Huson to him & G.Mainwaring, he retorned late; Crew sent a servant to visit us.
26. Wednesday, Sir William Aston sent me a lettrr about the election of Chester, that there would come some freemen from Warington &c; I sent Harper to Chester with venison; Hardwar called in the evening; stayd not.
28. Friday, I sent Hickson to G.Mainwaring to know what was to be done about the Election; he retorned about 11; G.Mainwaring Jackson & Fernehall came from Chester to dine with us; also severall of our neighbors, viz: Hardwars, Traverse, Grantham, Gerard, Bunnell &c; from Tarvyn; Worthington &c; they all went , about 4; G.Mainwaring & the Chester men, about 5.
29. Satorday, I sent Huson to Chester; Crosby to invite the tenants of Kelsall & Mouldsworth to dinner with us on Monday; Sir William Aston sent his man with a letter about the election of Members of Parliment.
31. Monday, sevrall of my tenants from Kelsall. Moldsworxth, Mr Gerard Bolton and another from Tatenhall dined with me; they went at 5; 2 hardwars came about 2, went past 3; H. Parry came from Dysart; Pemberton, hsi sonne & another from Warrington; stayd all night.