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. Tuesday, Mainwaring went about 9 towards Chester; my daughters & I followed past 2; Johnson & Deane came about 5, stayd not; about 9 (whilest at supper) came 2 Mainwarings, Parry & Streete, then Croxon; went past 10.
5. Wednesday, Griffith came from cole pits; Joseph, with provisions from Peele; went presently agen; Done went to see ground at Lach with the coachman; at 11, I went to the Penthouse to make 3 freemen, retorned before 1; Byron, Streete, G.Mainwaring, Cratchley, dined with us; after diner came Basnet & 2 others; went all before 3; Huson came past 4; at 5, I went to the Penthouse to make a freeman that came from Knotsford; at 7, I went to Reeves at Boughton; there was 2 Mainwarings, Deane, Cratchley, my daughters, cosen Mainwaring, &c. we retorned past 9; Murray came at 10; stayd not; 2 Dones were with me, past 10 about leasing; I left them to Huson.
6. Thursday, I sent Houseman early to waite on Lord Sidney; 2 Mainwarings, &c. went to meete him; past 9 Sheriffe Burrows came with a complainte against Coe, Strong came about his accounts; at 6 Lord Sidney came to towne; I went to the Penthouse & (with the Aldermen) to wayte on him; past 8, he came to my house (with Smith, Coote, Poultney, Governor &c.) & supt, went past 10, the rest at 12.
7. Friday, I went, past 12, to take leave of Lord Sidney; Byron, Paris, & Morgan came home (& dined interl.) with me; also G.Mainwaring, his wife, & family, Cratchley & his wife, Johnson &c. went past 2; Mainwaring went about 4, with Lord Sidney, to Whitechurch.
8. Satorday, I went to the Penthouse past 11; retorned at 2; G.Mainwaring, Streete, Edwards, Lloyd, Williamson, Adams, &c. dined with me; Byron came at the end of diner; all went before 4; about 5 came Johnson & G.Mainwaring; about 6, I & my daughters tooke coach; came to Peele about 8; Mainwaring & Ensign Jackson came about 9 from Whitchurch.
10. Monday, Griffith & 3 carts went to carry hay at Lach; Gerard & his wife, 2 Granthams, 2 Wrights & one wife; Edwards & wife, Briscoe, Ely, Anker, Mrs Smith & sister & Ensigne Jackson dined with us; after diner came Jackson & Bradshaw; went to bowles; all parted in the evening; onely Ensigne Jackson stayd all night.
11. Tuesday, Mainwaring went to Namptwich; Houseman (& Ensigne Jackson) to Chester; Alderman Streete's brother came with a man, questioned for selling ale as a foreigner; went agen before 11; Sefton also came to the same purpose & retorned presently; sister Sidney came to Peele about 2; Houseman retorned about 9.
13. Thursday, widow Cookson dined with us & paid 20 pounds in part of rent; Houseman retorned about 5; I went to Kent's past 6; there was Sydall, Rowe & severall others of the tenants, payd some money to Houseman; daughters & sister came for me home, about 8.
14. Friday, G.Mainwaring, Johnson, Deane & Cratchley came to Peele, at 11; dined, (bowled interl.) retorned at 6; past 8 cosen Whitley came; Houseman went & retorned, from Frodsham & carts, from Lach.
15. Satorday, I & daughters came from Peele past 12; to Chester before 2; dined at G.Mainwaring's; Streete came after diner; at 6, I went to the Penthouse to make a freeman but was not done; he not being qualifyed, the deputy Recorder came thither, took his oath of Alderman & gave us a treate; there was Streete, G.Mainwaring, Lloyd, Edwards, Williamson, Sheriffe, Treasurer, Coroner, &c. I went home past 9; Morgan came & stayd with me an houer & Parry.
16. Sonday, was not at church (Mainwaring retorned from Dedington interl.) Morgan dined with me; after diner came Byron, Belamy & Ensigne Jackson; went at 2; Gregory came past 5, went before 6; after supper came Recorder, Kinaston, G.Mainwaring, Johnson & Deane; parted at 10.
17. Monday, Mr Duncombe (one of the Lord Justices of Ireland) came to towne, before 9; I & Mainwaring went to visit him at his lodgings (at Jackson's) about 12; retorned presently; Parker came to me past 10 (being sent for) about taking the oath of Common Councellman; also Mr Sparks (past 12); Gray came to me & Dob & Johnson, &c. about severall businesses; Sparks dined with me; G.Mainwaring, Mercer & Jackson came after diner, went about 3; Lord Rivers' keeper brought a buck; another from Peover, a 3rd from Shotwick; Mr Duncombe made me a visit.
18. Tuesday, I went to the Penthouse; past 10 to the Assembly at the Common Hall, past 11 dispatched & retorned past 1; the Assembly dined with me; about 2 Lord Capell came to towne; I went to the Penthouse & with the Aldermen to wayte on him, past 6 sent hime a present of wine & sugar from the Citty; his Lordship entertayned us very obligingly, we left him past 7, retorned home.
19 .they parted neare 4, first Capell, then Dunsomley, Steward went with my daughter to waite on Lady Capell, that night, at 7; I went (with G.Mainwaring )to the Ship; there was Colonel. Monroe, a parson that was in Berry, Boccust, Mainwaring, Minshall, & another; I left them at 10.
20. Thursday, I & Mainwaring dined with Capell; then I went to visit Boccust; there was his wife, Anderton & his wife, Havers, &c. I went home before 4; past 7, Boccust, Bucknall, Havers, Ayleworth, G.Mainwaring, came to me; we parted past 11; Colonel. Munroe complained against Denson.
21. Friday, I & Mainwaring dined with Duncombe; there was Steward, Byron, Orrory, Compton, &c. we left them at 3; met Lord Lanesborough (2 Blackbornes interl.) in the streete with others; saluted them, stayd not; came home before 4; Huson came past 6; past 7, I went to Lord Capell's (he was abRood) then to Boccus & with him went to the Ship; there was 2 Mainwarings, Streete, Deane, & Johnson; Mainwaring & Johnson went first; them came Norris, his brother & Clayton, Francis inshall, parted past 10.
22. Satorday, went to the Penthouse at 11; settled the businesse betwixt Monroe & Denson &c. retorned past 1; 2 Norrises, Clayton, 2 Mainwarings, Streete, Minshall dined with me; parted at 4; Bakers came at 6 for example of corne; Lord Capell sent a gentleman with his newsletter; I went to wayte on the Bishop; then home; Adams came past 7; then Recorder, Johnson & Streete; parted about 10.
23. Sonday, I went to church, no company at diner; about 4, Lord Capell & Landsborow came to visit; then Mr Duncombe, Lord Orrery, Steward, Compton, Byron &c ; I wayted on Lord Capell & on his lady; Mrs Hurlestone was with her; I went to the Raven & to Jackson's; saw Jackson at the doore; the Lords & Gentlemen were all abRood; came home before 7; supt at G.Mainwaring's with Mainwaring, Johnson, his wife &c. after supper Bochust & Bucknall came, parted at 10. G.Mainwaring came in with me, stayd till neare 11.
24. Monday, Lord Capell came to take leave of me; I afterwards went to take leave of him, his lady, Duncombe & Bochust, &c. Foulkes, Morgan & Huson were with me about 9 (about sister Whitley's businesse); the 2 last went to Mold; I went to the Penthouse past 11; dined at home; Byron came after diner, took a pipe with Mayne, went before 3; at 6 came Browne, Colgrave, &c. about constables of Handbridge; then Streete; he went with me to Alderman Ince's & Mainwaring; we went to see the monument at next doore, then to the Alderman's; there was (besides us) Lloyd, Edwards, Williamson, Prescot (& Sharpe for a while); we all parted about 10.
25. Tuesday, Streete, Hadley & a Plommer came to me; then Fernehagh & Jordan; Gray came at 12; no strangers dined with us; past 2 Adams brought the Assembly to shew me the entry of our late proceedings & orders; Morgan came about 4, stayd awhile; past 6, I & daughters & sister Sidney took coach; stopt awhile at the Crosse; Johnson, Kinaston & Deane brought us wine; stayd not; came home before 8; Mainwaring came at 10.
26. Wednesday, Crew, his lady, Manley & his, Lancaster, Wheateare & a frind of Crew's dined with us; went before 4; at the same tyme Mainwaring, his wife & 3 granddaughters went to Peover; Jackson came from Chester after diner; went when the others went; Houseman came from Mold; Morgan Whitley came at 6.
28. Friday, Morgan went early to Chester; also Griffith & his 3 carts to Lach (or interl.) Shotwick soe to Dysert; S. Hussey brought me Hatherton rent; dined with me; Hales & Anker dined with Huson in the buttry & went to view the lands at Moldsworth; Anker desiring a lease &c.
29. Satorday, the coachman went early to Lach; Hardwar's man brought me a letter about the money my son owes him; yong Grantham came for money for corne, dined with Huson in the buttry; in the evening Adams & Cratchley came from Chester, went about 7; past 8 Mainwaring, my daughter, &c. came from Peover.
31. Monday, Huson & Houseman went early to Shotwick; Mainwaring, about 8, to Chester; 3 or 4 neighbors came about Mr Davyes' businesse; Thomas. Wright from Hatherton about a leese; past 11, I, daughter Mainwaring, her daughters & mayde went to Chester; they stayd at the Bars; I lighted at Penthouse; there were 3 or 4 Aldermen but no businesse; I & Mainwaring dined with Streete; Edwards, Lloyd, &c. came after diner; I left them about 4; (Jones came about his businesse interl.) went in the evening (past 7) to the Ship; there was Mainwaring, Streete, Edwards, Recorder, Deane, Kinaston, Johnson, Jackson, &c. we parted neare 11.