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276               Glimpses of Our Ancestors.
So that masters and mistresses had their domestic troubles even in the days of the Commonwealth! It speaks to the kindheartedness of the Rev. Giles Moore that, immediately after the above, he records, " I marryed Thos. Dumbrell and Mary his wyfe gratis; and I gave him on his wedding 8 stone of beefe (16s. 8d.), a hind qr. of mutton (3s. 4d.), and a lambe (7s. 6d.), besides butter, wheatt, and fewell." So that Thos. Dumbrell and " my mayd Mary" had made their peace. There were, doubtless, " extenuating circumstances."
As the Rector of Horsted Keynes married one of his men, so did he bury another. "I payd John Dawes his halfe yeare's wages, £2 10s. On the 7th of March he dyed, and I buryed him on the 10th in the ground on the south side next to the yew tree."
The above, we presume, were in-door servants. Out-door labour was better paid. Ecce signum : " I payd John Warde for 4 days work about the garden in setting it to rights, 6s. 8d., and for 5 dayes worke in clearing out 5 trees growing about the glebe, 9s." This rate of payment, taking into account the higher value of money at the time, was as high as that of the present day, and much higher than that to which it fell in the succeeding century.
There is one kind of labour which the Rector of Horsted Keynes had to pay from which we are free in the present day—at least, in the form in which he was mulct. "I payed John Ward in ready money at the Parsonage, 10s., hee having gone out in my arms for 4 days. For the harm he received in my service at the muster I gave him 5s."
The latter part of the foregoing entry explains the earlier. John Ward was not carried out for an airing by the Rev. Giles Moore, as the phraseology might imply, but took his place in the yearly muster of the Militia. Thus even the clergyman, in those days, was obliged to attend drill, or find a substitute. This entry occurs periodically in the journal. Nor were humbler people exempt, as we see by the following:—"8th
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