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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June 1. Sonday, we went to Tarvyn church where we met my sonne, Alderman Mainwaring & Mr Swetnam; they came and dined with us (also Major Done & Mr Larden); they stayed all afternoon (all but Larden); they went away past 6 at night.
2. Monday, Mr Mainwaring & I went to Chester, first to Mr Hunt about my businesse with Mrs Feilder, then to Dr Angell's to see my sisters (who were alone); about 1 o'clock we went to Alderman Wrights where we dined with my sonne, (being his Receipte Day); there dined with us Mr Mayor, Alderman Lloyd, Alderman Wright, Alderman Mainwaring, Mr Gleg, Mr Minshall, Mr Swetnam (& Mr Farington, his friend), yong Mr Wright, Mr Robert Lloyd & his sonne, Sir Willoughby Aston and Colonel Venables sate by (having dined before); after dinner Sir Willoughby, Mr Mainwaring, my sonne & selfe went into another roome; discoursed our suite against the jurors that presented us &c; went againe into the roome where we found Alderman Edwards, Mr Jenson & Mr Davyes (2 neighbour shoe makers); after a glasse or 2 of ale the company dispersed; my old coachman Hugh came to see me; I called him in, drank a glasse of ale to him then we parted; Mr Mayor & myselfe went to see cosen Mainwaring; the Alderman, Mr Jenson & Mr Brett came in; we dranck a bottle of wine & thence the Mayor & I went to visit Mrs Minshall where was Alderman Ince; we stayed not but went thence to Mr Jackson's where was Mr Murray and Mr Buck; then came in Frank Jackson, Alderman Lloyd, Alderman Mainwaring, Alderman Wright, my sonne, Swetnam, Minshall, Gleg & last of all Mr Hurleston; Mr Burrows trimmed me there; Mr Bradshaw brought Mr Mainwaring his sword; we parted about 7 (having read the newsletters) & went home to Peele.
4. Wednesday, Mr Gerard (the vicar) dined with us & Mrs Dicas & her sonne; before we had dined cosen William Minshall came to us; towards the evening cosen Whitley came; not long after came my sonne and Mr Richard Minshall; after supper we had 2 or 3 bottles of wine; betwixt 10 & 11 I left them & went to bed; I heard they sate up late.
5. Thursday, Mr Salusbury of Chester's sone came to us to goe a duck hunting with the other company; they went about 11 o'clock; Mr Mainwaring & Mr Minshall retorned in the afternoone; Mr Minshall & Mr Hurlestone went to Chester in the evening.
9. Monday, Mr John Davyes came to me about finding share in his light horse &c; in the afternoone (about 3) we went towards Peover & continued there till about 3 on Monday sennight (being the 16) during which tyme I referre myself to Sir Thomas Mainwaring his Journal; we came back to Peele about 8 that night.
20. Friday, Matthew Browne came to Peele; he put his bricks on fyer and with him Sam Shelley to treate about renewing his lease; then came Mr Lloyd (vicar of Northop's brother) with 24 bushells of oates, and with him, another [fo. 14r] man; I enquired his name, he told me he knew him not, he was a stranger, came out of Ireland that morning; he met him on the way, had a minde to see my house, was going up towards Knotsford, but knew him not; I thought it strange but, being in the hall when dinner came up, I asked him, with the rest, to sitt downe which he did eate sparingly, sayd nothing; after dinner after we had drunk the King's health he & Mr Lloyd went together; I, considering the strangenesse of the matter, (in these strange tymes) I desired Mr Shelley and Mr Browne to take notice that he was a stranger, that I knew him not nor had I any converse with him &c; I also bid Sam Hussey observe and note the same thing; Mr Shelley and Mr Browne went away betwixt 3 & 4.
21. Saturday, I went to Chester with my daughters; called at Dr Angell's, dined at Alderman Wright's with Streete, Mainwaring, Swetnam, Minshall; went to wayte on the Bishop, thence to Prayers; afterwards went with Dr Fog to his house (Mr Eyward with me) & about 6 o'clock to the Raven with Mr Minshall. (before I went to the Bishop I saw Mr Baskervile & Mr Adams & Mr Herle in their shops); at the Raven I met Mr Mayor, Alderman Mainwaring &c; Mr Baskervile, Mr Adams & Barroby came to us; the 2 first stayd not but a while; I gave Barroby a bill for 100 li.; there came to me Mr Shore, stayd but awhile; then came Mr Gleg & Taylor, Mr Lloyd (brother to vicar of Northop that sold the oates), with him Mr Higgison; after them Mr Parry (late under Sheriffe); Mr Lloyd made his apology for letting the Irishman come with him to Peele (the day before); that he suspected him; he would have gone back with him to Chester (although he pretended he had businesse at Nortwich & Knutsford &c.) but with much adoe got rid of him; he was afrayd he was a highway man or some bad man; when I came home that night I found Mr Jenkinson at Peele.
24. Tuesday, Mr Tomkinson went early away; Sir Thomas Bellott & Mr Mainwaring went to Chester; the Postmaster of Tarperley came to me for allowance for receiving letters &c. & Yates, a Chester slater, to be imployed by me in slating the kilne &c; they stayd but a while.
(14v June 1684) 26. Thursday, Mr Minshall & Charles Hurlestone came to us in the morning; they went about 11 with Houseman to look after yong pheasants; they dined here with Sir Thomas Bellott &c. and went home that night; John Edwards and his sonne in law dined in the compasse window & went away after dinner.
27. Friday, Sir John Crew, Captaine Hurlestone, Colonel Lee, Sir Thomas Bellott &c. dined here (also Mrs Spurstow & her daughter); afternoone Mr Griffith came to us & one Brooks, a minister, & after him yong Mr Kelsey; they parted in the evening.
30. Monday, Mr Mainwaring & I went to Chester, light at Dr Angells; dined with Alderman Mainwaring, whither the Mayor & Mr Robert Lloyd came to us; after dinner went with Mr Lloyd to Dr Angell's, and with my sisters, to see Mrs Williams & her sone; thence I went to Mr Burrows; dranke 2 bottles of ale with Mr Burrows, Mr Edwards & 2 or more in the outward roome; was trimmed in the inner roome; I asked Mr Burrows who one of the company was without whom I did not know; he told me he was Alderman Symson's sonne; I desired to speake with him & told him I received a message immediately before from his father by Mr Lloyd; I desired him to acquainte his father I would gladly end the controversey betwixt us in a friendly way; I would stay in towne 2 or 3 houers at the Miter or would be glad to see him at Peele & be with him; he promised to acquainte his father &c; I went thence to the Miter where I found Alderman Mainwaring; afterwards came the Mayor, Alderman Lloyd, Mr Gleg, Mr Lloyd, Swetnam, Mr Mainwaring, Mr Baskervile, Adams, Barroby & Mr Radford his sonne; the Londoners went presently away & out of towne; we parted about 7; I told Alderman Mainwaring & Mr Lloyd what past betwixt Mr Sympson & me about his father &c; Mr Higgison came there to us; he desired me to christen his child on the Sonday following.