March 18, 1751

1751 March 18 (Monday).  Mr. Martyn and I chang’d Watches, mine being so much worn and having prov’d very expensive to me to keep it in repair; and he also having lately bought Lieutenant Ephraim Brighams — but I Suppose he can sell mine, but his watch being by him valued at 10£ more than mine, and the Chain 40/ I gave him Bishop Hopkins’ works,[1] Kennets Roman Antiquities;[2] and lively Oracles by the Author of the Whole Duty of Man.[3]  P.M. Mrs. Newton, widow here.  Mr. Abijah Gale and wife here.  She was Examin’d.

[1]Ezekiel Hopkins, D.D. (1634-1690), Bishop of Raphoe and Derry, was the author of numerous books.  Posthumously, there was published The Works of. . . Ezekiel Hopkins ... Collected into One Volume (London, 1701).  Two other English editions appeared by 1710.

[2]Basil Kennet, Romanae Antiquae Notitia; or the Antiquities of Rome (London, 1696).  At least 11 English editions had been published by 1746.

[3][Richard Allestree], Whole Duty of Man (London, [1658]).  Many other editions followed.  The Lively Oracles Given to Us (Oxford, 1658) was also published anonymously and in several editions.