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. Monday, Parson Davyes & another man came to offer land to be sold at Frodsham; Huson went towards Dysart; the smith went to Chester with him; Bedisford, Biddolph, Mainwaring &c. dined with us; Hardware came about 3; Mr Gerard & the clark came soone after, about the collection for the French Protestants; about 5 Biddolph, Mainwaring & I went towards Chester (Bedisford with us) in order to our journey to Dysart; we lighted at the Talbot & had a tankard of ale; there Holland trimmed me; we went to Jacksons, supt there with Minshall & G.Mainwaring thence I went to Angell's; Biddolph & I lay there, (2 Mainwarings went with us) Angell gave us a bottle of wine, sister Anne stayd a while with us.
3. Tuesday, we called at G. Mainwarings went thence before 7 towards Dysart; G.Mainwaring Minshall & Jackson overtook us on the Sands; we called at Flint; had a bottle of wine in Malby's Court; thence went to Holiwell, dranck at the well, gave money to the poore; dined at the Starre; there was one Chamberlaine (an old Cavilier below in the hall) he entered into discourse with me about the war &c; he went about 12 towards Mostyn (as he sayd) past 3 we went towards Dysart; came thither about 5; supt with Mrs Hughes & Mrs Edwards &c; one Mr Hughes (a neighbor) was also there &c; I went to bed about 11.
4. Wednesday, Sir John Conwey sent to invite us to dine at Bodrythan; I excused it; promised to see him in the afternoone; we went up to the lead & copper mines; we dined with Mrs Hughes &c; went about 4 to Bodrythan; Sir John met us at the gate, brought us into the garden house; there was (besides our company) Sir John Morris, his chaplen, another minister, Parry & one Price; we dranck above and below & walked till 8; then retorned to Dysart, there was also Mr G. Williams; we supt, I left them about 11.
July 5. Thursday, I went into the Taverne & to the church, spoke with the church wardens & Price (Mrs Mostyn's or Mrs Langford's steward) about theire encroachments on me in a seate in the church; also about a small dispute about a way; desired all things might be amicably settled among us; went thence to see what stock of copper oare there was in the warehouse; then went to my tenants (an ale house) to discourse with the miners, Parry, Williams & Hughes (we 4 dined with Mrs Hughes & Edwards) Biddolph, Mainwaring &c. dined with Sir John Conney; about 3 came Mr Wonne of Cop; about 4 came Sir John Conney, Biddolph & Mainwaring &c; we took leave & parted (homewards) about 7; Williams went with us, gave us a bottle of sherry at his house by the way; we dranck a bottle of white wine with G.Mainwaring & 2 or 3 others, (strangers to me) in Holiwell; but did not goe out of the coach; hasted away to Flint; came there about 9 (to Malby's) one Lloyd & an Excise man (both strangers to me) supt with us; I left them about 11.
6. Friday, Hugh Middleton & Pierce Baxter came to us; we had a bottle of wine & egs & butter to our breakfast; Middleton prsented me with a coppy of verses; I gave me a crown; the guide hasted us away; we past the ford & dined at Shotwick; Mrs Jackson brought us some provisions from Chester; I went to view the parke, wood, ground &c. in the afternoone; the rest went a hunting; Hocknell & Captaine Melsh came to us; we had 2 bottles of wine left; we dranck them & parted about 7; called at G. Mainwarings in Chester; had a bottle of sack; there was wife, sister, & Mall Ravenscroft; we went away about 8; came to Peele before 10.
7. Satorday, Ball of Burton & Dicas came to me; Ball offered to sell me his land; I told him I would consider of it; they went about 11; Bolton came for money for marling (& one Whitley with him) to measure the pitte; Whitley went away past 11; Bolton past 12; Huson went to Cotton & Chester; Biddolph & Mainwaring went abroad (they sayd) to fish at Trafford; came back at supper.
9. Monday, I sent Houseman to visit Sir William Aston; cosen Powell & her sister came to us; Hardware & his wife dined with us; the bricklayers & a slater came from Chester; also Wrench was here; Bolton & Whitley came againe about measuring the marle pit; Swetnam sent his man to visit us; G; Mainwaring, Minshall & Bret dined with us; after dinner came Salisbury with a periwig for Biddolph they went to bowles; G.Mainwaring & Minshall stayd all night; the others went about 7; then came Crew, Bedisford & Lee; supt, went away about 10.
10. Tuesday, Biddolph was not well, sent for Dr Angell, who dined, went about 4; G.Mainwaring went past 6; Minshall stayd all night; Sherlock & Robinson brought some sheldrakes from Wallesy, stayd all night.
11. Wednesday, Biddolph, Mainwaring, Minshall &c. dined with us; after dinner came Adams of Chester; went with them a fishing in the evening; retorned about 7; Hardware & his wife came to see us; stayd not.
12. Thursday, cosen Powell & her sister went early; also Mainwaring to Namptwich; past 3 Biddolph his wife, daughter Charlotte &c. went towards Elmhurst; Minshall went with them towards Namptwich; Mrs Done went home.
94v July 1688 July 14. Satorday, I went to Chester (after dinner) with Mainwaring, his wife & sister Sydney to the funerall of cosen Doll. Ravenscroft; we lighted at Angells; there Holland trimmed me; I went to G. Mainwarings to speake with Taylor & Huson; thence to the next doore to the funerall; thence to the church; after sermon I went to G.Mainwaring's; we had a bottle of wine; his wife, sister, cosen Morgan, Mrs Birkett, Mrs Cratchley being there; then came daughter Mainwaring & sister Syd they stayd not, we followed them to Angells, took coach prsently, soe home, (past 9).
22. Sonday, I went to church in the afternoone, my daughter & Wood with me; after sermon they stayd in the coach, whilest I went with the Deane & Gerard into the Grayhound to reade the Deane's news letters; I left them at 5; ???? came for Gray's money; sister Angell came to Peele about 6.
23. Monday, Huson & Griffith went to Mold faire; about 3 came Lady Crew, Spurston, Harleston & Done; about 5 came Sir John Crew, Stephens, Bedisford, Mainwaring & Minshall; the women went after 6; then Bedisford; past 7 went Crew & Stephens; Minshall stayd all night.
24. Tuesday, Mainwaring & Minshall dined with us; past 3 they went abroad; about 6 I went to Ashton, met them & Traverse there; went with them to Bromleys; stayd there 1/2 houer; Mainwaring came home with me in the coach; Minshall walked after us; Traverse went home; Mrs Robinson & her daughter came to Peele; she supt with us; stayd all night.
25. Wednesday, Mainwaring went to meete Lord Delamer at Altringham; Robinson & her daughter went to Chester; Minshall went after them, about 10 a bayly served me with 2 writs from Maders; Neale came to look to my lame horse; no company all day (but the masons wifes to see them) Mainwaring came home late after I was in bed.
26. Thursday, about 9 came Jackson with a letter from Morgan Whitley for a 100 li. for the Major of the Irish Regiment which I deliverd to him; he retorned (Kent with him) past 10; G.Mainwaring dined with us, retorned past 6.
28. Satorday, Leeke went with me to Chester (sister Angell & Sydney retorned thither the same day) we alighted at Jacksons, there was Streete, Wright, Mainwaring, Minshall, Harleston in the parlor; I went up to Huson who was sick; there was Roger Brereton, Deane & others; Holland trimmed me; we dined in the big roome; Mainwaring, G.Mainwaring, Minshall, Wright, Traverse, Leek &c; after dinner came Streete, Balsh, Taylor &c; Major Connaght came to speake with me below about a bill of exchange &c; he gave me a bottle of wine; stayd not long; Mainwaring, Leeke & I parted about 7; came to Peele before 9.
30. Monday, G.Mainwaring & Kenrick (with theire wifes) dined with us; also Streete, Edwards, Leeke, Travers, Balsh & the Irish major; the men bowled till 7, then went away; Kenrick & the women went at 5; Leek, G.Mainwaring & Balsh & Jackson stayd all night; I left them at 11.
31. Tuesday, Mainwaring G.Mainwaring, Balsh, Jackson, Leeke went to Badely; the butler to Shropshire; Davye, Crosby & another Chester shoemaker dined with us; went about 3; then came Nurse Presbery & her husband.