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... 1668- DEGREES9. January rst. Up, and presented from Captain
Beckford1 with a noble silver warming-pan, which I am doubtful
whether to take or no. Up, and with W. Hewer to the New Exchange,
and then he and I to the cabinet-shops, to look out, and did agree,
for a cabinet to give my wife for a New-year's gift; and I did buy
one cost me 11, which is very pretty, of walnutt-tree, and will
come home to-morrow. So back to the old Exchange, and there met my
uncle Wight; and there walked, and met with the Houblons, and
talked with them -- gentlemen whom I honour mightily: and so to my
uncle's, and met my wife; and there, with W. Hewer, we dined with
our family, and had a very good dinner, and pretty merry: and after
dinner, my wife and I with our coach to the King's playhouse, and
there in a box saw "The Mayden Queene." Knepp looked upon us, but I
durst not shew her any countenance; and, as well as I could carry
myself, I found my wife uneasy there, poor wretch therefore, I
shall avoid that house as much as I can. So back to my aunt's, and
there supped and talked, and staid pretty late, it being dry and
moonshine, and so walked home, and to bed in very good humour. 2nd.
Up, at the office all the morning, and at noon home to dinner,
where I find my cabinet come home, and paid for it, and it pleases
me and my wife well. So after dinner busy late at the office, and
so home and to bed. 3rd (Lord's day). Up, and busy all the morning,
getting rooms and dinner ready for my guests, which were my uncle
and aunt Wight, and two of their cousins, and an old woman, and Mr.
Mills and his wife; and a good dinner, and all our plate out, and
mighty fine and merry, only I a little vexed at burning a new
table-cloth myself, with one of my trencher-salts.2 Dinner done, I
out with W. Hewer ...
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