This day called up early from my bed by the maid with the cleaning to prepare the house against Father his arrival and the feast tomorrow; then breaking my fast with my brother and sister in law, did discuss further my asking father for money tomorrow, the which George thought would be granted, although he did not want to be about when our mother found out and for what purpose it was, then we talked further of matters financial and he urged me to decide about the land A.C. has for sale out to Hornchurch, for the price is good and it yields upwards to lli. a year in income and that since A. has left England he needs all he can muster to cover his debts; since I will have a payment from the tanneries coming to me in a month’s time as well as rents from the properties in Clerkenwell, I will have more than enough to cover the cost; I will make an offer, the which George is happy to do for me; out to the armorer after breakfast with my man and my armor and they do say they will have the work done by Tuesday the which will include beating out the dents, leathering, and blacking it all anew both in and out to keep it from rust and kanker, and this they will do for xsxd. the which is a fair price for all the work that must be done;
then on again to the Exchange and found a very good band and falls and then to dinner at the Fleece and thence from there home; read from my book for a time and then about iiij. of the clock comes young Phillipes with a letter from cousin B. inviting me to come again soon especially now as Christmas is coming on; then did discuss further the Netherlands with Robert who is a very bright and perceptive boy and then supper and then to bed.
A.C. is Anthony Cooke a cousin of Luke’s on his mother’s side of the family. Luke owns some property and gets part of his living from the income they produce. If he can buy Anthony’s property he will supplement his income a good deal. Luke’s armor is looking pretty shabby after a season in the field but soon that will all be put to rights. He has found a nice band and hand falls (collar and cuffs) to wear on the big day, and cousin Francis wants him to come on by soon for more fun at Gray’s Inn.
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