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Forebears behaving badly

Three diary extracts

By Ian Irvine   August 2009

Georgian binge drinking Thomas Turner, a prosperous shopkeeper in East Hoathly, Sussex, writes in his diary (22nd February 1757): “About four P.M., I walked down to Whyly. We played at bragg the first part of the even. After ten we went to supper, on four boiled chicken, four boiled ducks, minced veal, sausages, cold roast goose, chicken pasty, and ham. Our company, Mr and Mrs Porter, Mr and Mrs Coates, Mrs Atkins, Mrs Hicks, Mr Piper and wife, Joseph Fuller and wife, Tho. Fuller and wife, Dame Durrant, myself and wife, and Mr French’s family. After supper our behaviour was…

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