February 1. Thursday, Kinaston, Parker, Leech & another came & complained that 4 strange women sold goods in towne privately & at under rates &c. Streete & G.Mainwaring came to us; I sent for them but refusing to come sent a warrant for them; they appeared (& Croxon with them with the masters of them) & all things were accomodated; she promising to sell no more in towne; G. Mainwaring, Jones & Key dined with me; Adams took the examination of a soldyer about one Mrs Sarah (a poore distracted stranger that had bin some time in the Citty) Warmingham came about the keeping of the Roods Dee; they all went by 3. past 4 I went to the Coffee house; there was G.Mainwaring, Treasurer, Johnson &c. then to Angells (with Treasurer) there was sister Lettice,Crofts, Bellots &c. then to the Ship; there was Colonel Smith, Blake, Paris, Murray, G Mainwaring & Treasurer; the officers went about 8. G.Mainwaring, Treasurer & I parted past 9. Adams was with me. I signed an order to let the cittisens know that the sldyers were to march on Satorday that they should look after money due to them..
February 2. Friday. Treasurer was with me about the Keeper of Rood Dee; many cittisens about money that soldyers owed them; the Almes men dined with me; also Smith, Blaake, Paris, Murrey, Gibs, Morgan &c. parted past 4. went with me to the Penthouse; stayd there till past 6, when they went; I went thence to the ship with G.Mainwaring, Streete, 2 Sheriffs, Treasurer, Lloyd, Edwards &c. parted past 9.
3. Satorday, went to take leave of Smith at Jackson's; then to the Penthouse; thither Smith came to take leave &c. had much trouble about carts for the march of the soldyers; Alderman Ince complained of for obstructing that matter; retorned home neare 3. Lloyd, G.Mainwaring, Kinaston & Adams dined with me; I went to the Coffee house past 4. then to the Penthouse; there we met about carts &c. Murray came to us; further informations against Ince about obstructing the carts &c. parted pas 7. I went to the Ship (the Deane came about a collection for.poore French at Neston interl). Recorder, Streete G.Mainwaring, Anderson, Parry, one Shirley (an Irish Gentleman that came when Dr Gorge came to us; he went post for Ireland, parted about 12.
4. Sonday, was not at church; church wardens came about 2 for the collection for the poore French at Neston; G.Mainwaring in the evening, stayd not.
5. Monday, Alderman Allen came with a bill of Rogers which I accepted; severall people about severall businesse; Griffith from Peele; Claxon, Fletcher, Charles Griffith &c. after diner came G.Mainwaring with 5 of the company of Fishmongers with complaints; then Bridge & some Dyers to complaine of some of theire company; then G.Mainwaring & Johnson & Fletcher; they all went before 7.
6. Tuesday, Brisco came about the complains Leen s made against him; & Adams with Comberbach letter &c. & other papers; Johnson, Hand & Fletcher came about 1; stayd till 2. the Overseers of the Poore came for my contribution; I sent them (by Brock) 20 s ; Fletcher was with me againe after diner ; also Adams; past 8 I went to G.Mainwaring Hempthorne & Clayton came to us. parted past 10.
7. Wednesday, went to the Penthouse past 12. retorned at 2. Streete, Minshall & Loyd dined with us. Lee came at diner time but sate by, had dined before; parted at 4. then I & Minsahll went to visit Mr Hurleston; then to the Penthouse at 5. thence with Streete to the Ship, past 7 Adams came to us; then Cratchley & Wright; Knowles came to get a boy out the House of Correction (stayd not interl); we parted past 9.
8. Thursday, Alderman Streete came to me with the draught of a letter to Mainwaring but stayd not; Grantham came, I left him going to dine at Angells (with my daughters) there came the church warden of St Oswald's & Pack for a warrant to remove some strangers out of theire parish; we went then to Lady Bellots, they were all abRood, then home I found Salisbury there, he went presently, then Bolland & Barrand (a constable ), they stayd not long; past 8 came Cratchley, G.Mainwaring & Minshall, went at 10.
9. Friday, Brereton came to me about toll corne; Corbensham about Post letters; the gardener from Peele, Minshall, Angell, Mariot & Cratchley dined with me, sister Sidney &c. I went to the Penthouse past 4. to the Ship past 6, there was 2 Lees, Angell, Mariot, Edwards, Loyd, Cratchley, Kinaston, Minshall &c. we parted about 10.
10. Satorday, Huson came at 11. I went to the Penthouse at 12, retorned about 2. Minshall. G.Mainwaring, Morgan & Adams dined with me; Lee came after diner; parted past 4. severall came to me about businesse; Minshall of Bechin to pay rent. Done about money he owes; Wright to take land at Shotwick; Fletcher about stone for the Hall; Kirk & his sonne to be my chaplaines, the Bakers about the sample of corne; a messenger with 8 Acts of Parliament from London; about 8 I went to the Ship, there was Nat[aniel] Lee, Lee of Booth, G.Mainwaring, Morgan, Minshall &c. we parted about 10.
11. Sonday, I was not at church; Morgan dined with us; at night came Mariott, Minshall. Morgan & 2 sisters, supt; then came G.Mainwaring, parted about 10.
12. Monday, I went to the Penthouse past 11 to the Court before 1; retorned about 2. G.Mainwaring, Recorder, Streete, Lloyd, Edwards, 2 Sheriffs, Parry, Adams dined with us; we had businesse in the afternoone parted all before 6. the treasurers with us but stayd not.
13. Tuesday, Deane came to see me; then came Done, then Lloyd to be hyred as my Baylyffe; Done & Key dined with us; also sister Lloyd & Sidney; I went to the Penthouse about 6 there were severall Aldermen [fo. 170r] February 13, Sheriffe, (Recorder, inter)Treasurer,Wyborne, &c. upon the occasion of being the Anniversary of theire Ma[jestys coming to the Crowne. we had wine &c. parted at 9. Houseman went Peele in the morning.
14. Wednesday, Houseman retorned from Peele past 8 & went to Shotwick; sister Sidney dined with us. at 3 I went to G.Mainwaring ; there was was Key; I retorned at 4. I sent Acts of Parliament to Streete, Wilcox, Edwards, G.Mainwaring, & Ince; G.Mainwaring, his wife & sister supt wih us; then came Johnson; parted about 10. Roger's man came from Ireland with a letter.
15. Thursday, Mrs Hurleston & Lee came (about 10) to speak with me about Rogers being arrested at their suite; stayd not long; G.Mainwaring came but stayd not; also Adams & Cratchley, I gave them order for an Assembly tomorow; Anderson came about a petition to the Assembly for ground to build a stable; yong Kirke to be my Chaplaine; I mentioned the schoole of Tarvyn to him; Angell was with daughter Charlotte; the officers brought me account that they summoned an Assembly; in the afternoone came Mrs Hurlestone & Llee then Taylor, Booth, Powell, Huson; at last Hurleston himself. G.Mainwaring about discharging Roger; Edwards & Deane about Plate for the Race; at 9 I & G.Mainwaring went to the Recorder; retorned about 12 16. Friday, went to the Penthouse to an Assembly, retorned neare 3, Streete, G.Mainwaring. Loyd, Hand, Parry, sister Lloyd & Sidney dined with s; parted about 5; Huson & Houseman. retorned from Shotwick.
17. Satorday, I went at 12 to the Penthouse, retorned at 2. G.Mainwaring, Lloyd, Kinaston & Adams & sister Lloyd dined with us; after diner came Gray, Jordan., Jackson, & Isack came to me about the Chappell, Prichard about a lease at Shorley; the bakers for the samples of the corne.
18. Sonday, was not at church, Huson went home; Morgan dined with me; Angell , Marriot & G.Mainwaring came past 7. went before 8.
19. Monday, Grey, Jordan, Isack & Hughes came about the Chappell; Johnson for a passe & money for a poore seaman; Mouson & Hall came to me about the Rood Dee. then Treasurer & Garrat about the same; Hilton came with a letter from Hardware; Captain Dore (from Ireland) dined with me; Donald trimmed me; Hatchet & Tudor came about constables accompts for money due to them; past 4 I went to the Coffee house, G.Mainwaring, Wright & Deane stayd awhile; Basnet came but stayd not; Kinaston, Street & Spark came; we parted about 6; Sparks came home with me about Mr Farington's transferring his place to his cosen Croughton; I took tyme to consider of it20. Tuesday, the Lieutenant & Ensigne of Hickman's company came to me; stayd not; I went to the Penthouse past 11, there were many other Comissioners for the Tax; I took the oaths, signed warrants & retorned about 1. Dore & the other 2 Officers dined with me, also Streete, Edwards & the schoolmaster of Tarperly; I went to the Penthouse againe past 2; then to the Rood Dee (to the Races) retorned agen to the Penthouse (Lee in the coach with me) about 5. there we stayed with Streete, G.Mainwaring, Lloyd, Edwards, 2 Sheriffes, 2 Treasurers &c. till past 8. had the musick with us; Broster came from Peele21. Wednesday, Adams came about the letters to the agents (at London) for the Tax; after diner came Kinaston & his brother & Morgan; also Hand, Johnson, Gray & Sparks; they went about 5 or 6. Morgan supt with us, he & I went to G.Mainwaring past 9; retorned about 11.; 22. Thursday, Buckley came about his Bill (Sefton about the serjeants place interl), Sparks & Mrs Farington about her husbands place, Morgan, Key, sister Lloyd & Sidney dined with us; Streete & 4 or 5 of the company of Smiths came about a refractory Brother, a woman came about her husband being arrested, though he had Lord Brandon's (now Lord Macclesfield's) protection; Adams was with her.
23. Friday, Houseman went to Shotwick about timber; some joyners with him; retorned at night; Jas Morgan went to G.Mainwaring after supper, parted past 10.
24. Satorday, I went to the Penthouse about 12; retorned past 1; Morgan & Key dined with us; past 9 I went to G.Mainwaring; his son & Johnson was with him (Lightfoote paid 10 li. his brother was with him interl) I retorned past 10; Eward ? one Prichard came to take a lease of Sherley.
25. Sonday. was not at church; in the evening came a Captaine (one Horford) from Ireland with a letter from Roger; stayd an houer; I supt at G.Mainwaring; there was Johnson, his wife, daughter &c. then came Payne & Anderson (& Morgan interl) parted all past 9.
26. Monday, G.Mainwaring came to take his leave on his going to London; the Treasurer about Sir Thomas Stanley [fo. 170v] February 26, to write to him a letter about the Citty's money he owes. Danold trimmed me Morgan & Thomas Whitley, sister Lloyd & Sidney dined with us; widow Cookson with the servants; past 3 came Streete & Captaine Berk of Liverpoole & a Presse Master about pressing of men; stayd till past 4. I told them I could give no other assistance; but, if there were complaints on any part I would doe my duty in order to composing them.
27. Tuesday, Morgan came past 11. Captaine Burk came to me about 2, stayd not;.Morgan & sister Lloyd dined with me; Johnston came after diner, but stayd not; Payne came past 12 to be excused from being Assessor; about 5 I went to the Penthouse about the taxes; there were severall Comissioners; we signed warrants &c. retorned before 7; Huson went hence towards Peele or home in order to his London journey; Sparke came past 7 about Mr Farington; Johnson after supper, stayd an houer.
28. Wednesday, I sent to Salisbury. he came to me about Mr Farington's place; Brereton came to me about the toll Barley; then Charles Griffith; Sparkes & Croughton about Sword Bearers place; a cittisen came to desire leave to arrest the yeoman of the Penthouse. I sent for him to give him notice of it; 2 constables came about theire disbursements; Mr Jones to enquire what Mainwaring wishes about his Ensignes place promised him, he dined with me; also sister Sidney & Thomas Whitley; after diner came Alderman Streete, Wilson, Brooks & severall from the forest; Streete about the Scavengers, then Parsons to complaine of Fernehall about engrossing the Salmons ?; then Fletcher; all went about 5. about 6 came Pointon to get some imployment; after supper came Johnson & Deane; then Sparks & Croughton (then Gray interl), parted all past 9.