Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

8.10.1665 (Sunday 8 October 1665)

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Oct: 8: To thy goodness we own it with praises that we are preserved from the smallpox in our town and plague in the country. which is hot at Ipswich. Harwich a 100 dying in 3 weeks. their graves fill the churchyard already, and have called for a new burying place; at Colchester it spreads exceedingly this week buried. 188. fears of Cogshall. - Halsted. Feering. certainly at Kelvedon upland, Braintree, and yet Colne, sinful Colne spare, my soul records thy kindness with meltings for thy mercy; in the midst of this sadness London begins to clear up, an abatement of above 700 this week also [5720. 4929.] and Spains King dies that gives our merchants a wonderful bay market so that god finds out ways for our subsistance. god good to me in the word(.)

Widow Tibbald and I evened all our reckonings, and she still owes me 10li. for which she is to give bond and on payment of it before April next I promise to give her 20c. of hay.