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The Diary of a Village Shopkeeper 1754-1765

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Thomas Turner (9 June 1729 [OS] – 6 February 1793) was a shopkeeper in East Hoathly, Sussex, England. He is now most widely known for his diary.

Turner kept a diary for eleven years of his life, the first surviving entry of which is 21 February 1754. The diary served a number of purposes, including as an accounting book, a record of legal and property dealings, a place for religious reflection and as a means of describing Turner's everyday life. The failure of his marriage to live up to Turner's expectations is a frequent cause of low mood.

Turner ended his diary a few weeks after his second marriage, to Mary Hicks (1735–1807), on 19 June 1765. The final entry, on 31 July, states that 'I begin once more to be a little settled and am happy in my choice'.

The diary has never been published in full. David Vaisey's edition retains about one third of its content. The edition also includes a family tree, short biographies of the diary's major characters and a list of all the reading material mentioned by Turner.

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Added value:
Illustrated with Engravings by Miriam MacGregor
Author(s):
Turner, Thomas & Vaisey, David(editor)
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
second printing 1999
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
443
Publisher:
Folio Society

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Thomas Turner (9 June 1729 [OS] – 6 February 1793) was a shopkeeper in East Hoathly, Sussex, England. He is now most widely known for his diary.

Turner kept a diary for eleven years of his life, the first surviving entry of which is 21 February 1754. The diary served a number of purposes, including as an accounting book, a record of legal and property dealings, a place for religious reflection and as a means of describing Turner's everyday life. The failure of his marriage to live up to Turner's expectations is a frequent cause of low mood.

Turner ended his diary a few weeks after his second marriage, to Mary Hicks (1735–1807), on 19 June 1765. The final entry, on 31 July, states that 'I begin once more to be a little settled and am happy in my choice'.

The diary has never been published in full. David Vaisey's edition retains about one third of its content. The edition also includes a family tree, short biographies of the diary's major characters and a list of all the reading material mentioned by Turner.

Added value:
Illustrated with Engravings by Miriam MacGregor
Author(s):
Turner, Thomas & Vaisey, David(editor)
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
second printing 1999
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
443
Publisher:
Folio Society

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