Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

6.3.1663 (Friday 6 March 1663)

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6: went to Mr Butchers at Pannels ash in Castle Hedingham, whilst with him I spied fire in the lane, occasioned by a boy carrying a brand to kindle fire at his Masters house, (but whether wilful or occasional god knows.) this fired hamm in the lane, and that the corner of a barn, and the whole barn worth about 40li. burnt in half an hour. I coming in saw the danger of his great barn, and praying to god the wind a little wheeled which much tended to secure it, blessed be god, a wonderful answer of prayer, and by use of due means, all else preserved: Isay. 65.24. god answered while speaking.