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70                 Glimpses of Our Ancestors.
marryed in the parish church of Charlwood, by Mr. Hesketh, the rector. She was truly my own choice, and I am extremely well satisfied with it; and do verily believe that for truth and sincerity, kindness and fidelity, humility and good nature, she has few equals. I am sure none can exceed her; and I pray God to continue us long together in health and prosperity, and to crown us with all those blessings which he has promised to those that serve Him, and walk in His ways." One of the entries of the journal tells us that on Nov. 18, 1703, " My wife went to London in the Ryegate stage-coach," and whilst there occurred the great storm chronicled by De Foe, and by which, amongst other places, Brighthelmston was "miserably torn to pieces," and many of its fishing boats lost, with their crews.
A considerable portion of Leonard Gale's journal is occupied with records of family calamities in the deaths of the children born to him. Indeed, in all these old diaries and journals a striking feature is the ravages of death amongst children and young people. The small-pox had something to do with it; but there is good ground for concluding that bad drainage lay at the root of the mischief. Leonard Gale outlived all his sons, only one of whom, in fact, lived to man's estate. The family became extinct, in the male line, in the third generation from the Kentish blacksmith. In the female line there are still descendants of it in the Blunt and Clitherow families.
The memoir of Leonard Gale closes with an account of the marriage of his daughteró" A woman," he says, " of excellent accomplishments, and who will, I doubt not, prove an ornament to her sex, to her parents, and the family she is grafted in." She married James Clitherow, Esq., and received a portion of £8,000, and had £1,200 a-year settled on her and her heirs, " of which £6oo per annum is for her jointure."
Though the bride was so well provided for, the wedding was a sober one, and offers a strong contrast in this respect to modern nuptials. As Mr. Blencowe says, " No carriage with four horses and smart post-boys in those days was
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