Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

20.9.1663 (Sunday 20 September 1663)

document 70013990

Sept: 20. God good in many mercies, sad news of the Turks, spoils in Germany. gave thanks to god for gods mercy to Mr Richard Harlakenden the Justices brother. who lately came from Ireland, and, mounted on a young horse, he fell back upon and broke his bones in his chest. shoulder, neck. ribs, very much, and yet he walks about. I was struck by a cow on my face, and only a little hurt on the lip through mercy, this day divers of the ruder sort of people hearing, the statute of paying 1s. when absent from divine service is more than the fear of gods command.