William Byrd of Westover in Virginia Esq.
William Byrd II of Westover

Thursday, November 8, 1711

I rose about 7 o'clock and read nothing because my wife was preparing to go away home. I neglected to say my prayers and ate boiled milk for breakfast. About 9 we went to the Governor's who showed me his speech. I entreated for Gilbert but could not prevail. I drank some tea till about 11 and then went in the Governor's coach to the capitol where he made his speech to the Council and Burgesses. Then I started a project of paying the ministers in money and laying 3 shillings more on tobacco and everybody was pleased with the reason of it. About 2 o'clock I dined with the Council at Marot's and ate mutton for dinner. Harry W-l-s walked from hence to Jimmy Burwell's and back again in less than three hours for a wager of two guineas, but was almost spent. I took a walk to see the College and the Governor's house and in the evening returned to the coffeehouse where we played at cards and I won 20 shillings. I returned home about 10 o'clock where I said my prayers and had good health, good humor, and good thoughts, thank God Almighty.