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Lawrence Rawstorne’s diary entries for December 1687
i at Preston, and at Penwortham my Aunt Oldfield & my wife wth mee
2 at Preston & at prayers & at Coffeehouse & at Ancor but stayed no
3 at Preston & at prayers
4 at Preston Church heard Mr Birch & received the Sacraemt. & heard a stranger afternoone
5 at Preston & at prayers & at Daniell Dunsters & Mr Pattens & Johns
6 at Preston & at prayers & wth. Sr. Will Pennington at Mitre & at Ancor after dinner, hee went for Moncaster, spent 3s that day wth. m
7 at Preston & at prayers & at the funerall of yong Nicolas Stdall Mr Birch preached
8 at Preston & at prayers & ‘ith evening at Ancor wth Mr Langton spent is
9 went to Penwortham wth my Aunt oldfield & my wife & was at Boathouse wth my Brother, Dr Worton, the Parson & curat & Mr langton spent is 6d & gave the Boatman 6d in all 2s
i0 at Preston & at prayers, gave the Barber Bostock for cutting the childrens haire is. for shaving my selfe 6d.
ii at Preston. & at prayers & the Church there heard Mr Birch & Mr Gregorie
i2 at Preston & at prayers & at Margret Wildings wth Mr Bellingham &. both Mr Pattens & Mr ffarrand spent 6d.
i3 at Preston & at prayers; John the sonne of Nicolas Rishton baptised and the boyes declaimed, dyned at Daniell Dunsteres, was at John Crabtrees & at Mary Rigbye’s spent 6d gave ‘ith schools to Exfer Sudell 2s-6d.
i4 at Preston & at prayers
i5 at Preston & at prayers & at Coffeehouse & at Daniells & Mr Pattens spent 6d.
i6 at Preston & at prayers & at Mrs. Bushells & Mary Rigby’s wth Mr Greenfield & Mr Will Patten & Mr Langton
i7 at Preston & at prayers & at Mar: Wildings wth Mr Exfer Parker & Mr HodgKinson & others, & at Peg Swanseys wth Mr Johnson Mr Bellingham Mr Winckley Mr Chaddocke & Mr Newell spent i0d:
i8 at Preston Church heard Mr. ffarrand 2; ’twas a showry stormie day
i9 at Preston & at prayers & at Mary Rigbyes wth Mr Bellingham Mr Winckley Mr Hebson & Mr Newell spent 9d.
20 at Preston & at prayers & went to Penwortham, Mr Winckley wth mee left at tables 1s-6d-
2i at Preston & at prayers, paid Serjeant Welchman who collected the Curate’s wage – 5s for a pair of stockings 3s-6d was at Radcliffs & the Ancor at eating a barrell of oyster & spent is-6d there & 6d at the other, Mr Bellingham Mr Johnson Mr Hodgkinson Mr Chaddock Mr Langton & others.
22 at Preston & at prayers & at Mr Bellinghams & Mr Pattens & my wife
23 at Preston & at prayers & at Coffeehouse & at Margret Wildings wth Mr Andrewss & Mr Hurst spent 4d
24 at Preston & at prayers & went to Penwortham
25 at Penwortham & the Church heard Mr Gregory
26 went to Preston dyned wth Mr Mayor, was at Serjeants [pett] & after wth Mayor my brother & others at Cutlers & at Peg Swanseys & returnd
27 at Penwortham & ‘ith evening at town end wth my brother & parson
28 at Penwortham & Boathouse & my brother & Parson Mr farrand Mr Creston
29 at Penwortham & went to Preston wth my brother, ’twas the day hee gave in ‘s answer to a Bill exhibited by Mr Gorsage, & retun’d
30 at Penwortham
3i at Penwortham, & at Robins wth Mr Mayor & severall others that dyned at Penwortham that day.