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An account of the most remarkable passages and alterations of my life, being borne on Sunday May 11 1642 in the parsonage hous in the parlour at Wonston, where I livd and learned of my Father till the yeare 1651 with out any remarkable thing, then we went to Hunton to live where I went to schoole to my father till 1655 then John went to Winton Ma: 14 when my Brother Edward died, I was at home till 1657 then I was at Winton at schoole with Mr Kirby and borded at Mr Fiffelds 20 of November 1658 my Father dyed and I was a little at home and went a little againe to Winton to school till after Easter and was designed to goe to London to be an aprentice but then Richard Cromwell being out and times unsettled I was at home with my Mother till Michaelmas 1659 then went to Crawley to live with Mr Tomlins and stayd till the begining of 1661 a yeare and ½ then came home and was there in order to fitt me for a place for a Justices of the Peace his cleark, but got none till October 1661 then went to Mr May of Coldry and there I lived till February 1666, about 5 yeare then I went to London and first I lodged at Mr Eaglesfields by Warwick house near Chayring Cross at Lady day removed to the Harrow in St Martains Lane, stayd there till after Whitsontide then went to Mr Davis’s in Charles Streete in St James’s and in August 1667 I had the small pox lay there till near Christmas and was at Mr Mays New house in St James’s and took care of his things and was a Month or more in the House, then went from there and lodged in Long Acer about a Month or 6 weeks then by the helpe of Mr Winsloe got a place with Mr Halford at Wellham whither I went in March 1667 at Michaellmas we went to Stockerston and I livd there till Michaellmas 1669 then I went thence in October to live with Mr Cockain my Lord Cullens son at Harborough and boarded at Mr Herrns till Midsomer then Mr Bury bough[t] a house in the Lower end of the Towne and there we stayd till [?Eas]ter 1674 and then we went away [illegible words] at Rushton till [illegible words]
Thursday, 19 August: Half an houer after 5 I took Coach at the King's Armes in Leadenhall Streete, about 9 bayted at Hart Streete, about 11 came to Ingerstone dined there with 2 gentell men and one woman after at 12 came out and about 4 stayd at a towne <Keldon> 8 miles shorte of Colchester, and came thither a little after 6 to the Three Crownes where I lay that night.
Monday, 1 January: Performed my devotion within doeing things till after 11 at prayers at Lothbury within performed my devotion within puting things in order, till neare 5 went to Bowe and there was no prayers there having beene a Sermon the afternoone went to see for my wife at Champnyes and mett her just come out nobody being at home, came home at prayers performed my devotion etc.