Diary of Ralph Josselin (Private Collection)

29.12.1676 (Sunday 29 December 1676)

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29. Mr Smith returned towards London satisfied in his journey with hopes of my Elizabeths love. god seen in inclining her heart, which was very awkward at first. my affections drawn from the hopes his sobriety and good nature gave(,) that grace and industry might meet to make him a good husband(,) for his estate was small. I had two lambs lived. lost my two first. god provide for me. the winter very hard.