Sussex Archaeological Collections Relating to the History and Antiquities of the County, Volume 11

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Sussex Archaeological Society, 1859 - Archaeology

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Page 180 - It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Page 181 - Durrant, myself and wife, and Mr. French's family. After supper our behaviour was far from that of serious, harmless mirth ; it was downright obstreperious, mixed with a great deal of folly and stupidity. Our diversion was dancing or jumping about, without a violin or any musick, singing of foolish healths, and drinking all the time as fast as it could be well poured down ; and the parson of the parish was one among the mixed multitude.
Page 182 - We continued drinking like horses, as the vulgar phrase is, and singing till many of us were very drunk, and then we went to dancing and pulling wigs, caps, and hats; and thus we continued in this frantic manner, behaving more like mad people than they that profess the name of Christians.
Page 169 - tis melancholy consideration that mankind will inhabit such a heap of dirt for a poor livelihood. The country is a sink of about fourteen miles broad, which receives all the water that falls from two long ranges of hills on both sides of it, and not being furnished with convenient draining, is kept moist and soft by the water till the middle of a dry summer, which is only able to make it tolerable to ride for a short time.
Page 183 - at home — very piteous," and certainly deserving no pity. For, yet once more, onthe following Friday, the orgies were renewed at his own house, and then, he adds, "all revelling for this season is over ; and may I never more be discomposed with so much drink, or by the noise of an obstreperious multitude, but that I may calm my troubled mind, and sooth my disturbed conscience.
Page 190 - It being an excessive wet and windy night, I had the opportunity, sure I should say the pleasure, or perhaps some might say the unspeakable happiness, to sit up with Molly Hicks, or my charmer, all night. I came home at forty minutes past five in the...
Page 173 - I went to the audit and came home drunk. But I think never to exceed the bounds of moderation more.
Page 187 - Jones's a man with a cartload of milinery, mercery, linendrapery, silver, etc., to keep a sale for two days, which must undoubtedly be some hurt to trade ; for the novelty of the thing (and novelty is surely the predominant passion of the English nation, and of Sussex in particular) will catch the ignorant multitude, and perhaps not them only, but people of sense, who are not judges of goods and trade, as indeed very few are ; but, however, as it is it must pass.
Page 193 - There being at Jones's a person with an electrical machine, my niece and I went to see it ; and tho' I have seen it several years agoe, I think there is something in it agreeable and instructing, but at the same time very surprising. As to my own part, I am quite at a loss to form any idea of the phoeinomina.
Page 176 - I have," he writes on one occasion, " several journeys to go next week, which I must postpone, on account of her absence. But, alas ! what can be said of a woman's temper and thought? Business and family advantage must submit to their pride and pleasure. But tho...

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