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In Norfolk : May 21st, 1778

We all breakfasted, dined and slept again at Weston-
 I walked up to the White Hart with Mr. Lewis and Bill,
 to see a famous Woman in Men's Cloaths, by name
 Hannah Snell, who was 21 years as a Common SoldieR
 in the Army, and not discovered by any as a Woman -
 Cousin Lewis has mounted guard with her abroad -
 She went in the Army by the name of John Gray-
She has a pension from the Crown now of 18: 5: 0
 per Annum and the liberty of wearing Men's Cloaths
 and also a Cockade in her Hat, which she still wears -
 She has laid in a room with 70 Soldiers and not
 discovered by any of them - The forefinger of her right
 hand was cut of by a Sword at the taking of Pondicherry -
She is now about 60 yrs of age and talks very sensible
 and well, and travels the country with a Basket at her
 back, selling Buttons, Garters, laces &ampc.-
 I took 4 Pk of 4d Buttons and gave her- 0:  2:  6. 
At 10 o'clock we all went down to the River with
 our Nets a-fishing
At Lenwade Bridge we caught a prodigious fine
 Pike which weighed 8 Pound and a half and
 it had in its Belly another Pike, of above a Pound -
 We caught also there the finest Trout I ever saw
 which weighed 3 Pound and two Ounces -
 Good Pike and Trout we also caught besides-

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