Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

20.2.1676 (Sunday 20 February 1676)

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Feb. 20. weather dry and cold. leg not so much swollen as formerly. it heals not. sometimes painful. dressed but seldom. my heart full of troubles from my family, and somewhat from my debts, and cumbers. god is my joy, and he I hope will order all for good(.) this day my heart alarms itself to delight in god and his ways my only comfort(.) a wonderful decay of trade and so of traders, corn cheap. hard with poor for want of work and rich for want of money: a fire upland burning down a small cottage of Henry Abbott .