On This Day: 2 July 1708

On this day in 1708, Thomas Bowrey’s wife, Mary, paid Elizabeth Searle £5 for five weeks’ board (about £150 per week today).

Elizabeth was the wife of Captain Andrew Searle from the prominent family of Epping, Essex. From Bowrey’ s Papers, Andrew and his son, also Andrew, appear to have been friends of the Bowrey and Gardiner families. At one time, Bowrey was involved in trying to mediate between father and son.

What is notable about this receipt is that it is a someone charging a friend board while they were visiting with them. Would you do this?

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