Saturday, January 2, 2010
Sat Jan 2 1768: I called on a poor man in the Marshalsea whose case appears to be uncommon. He is by birth a Dutchman, a chemist by profession. Being but half employed at home, he was advised to come to London, where he doubted not of having full employment. He was recommended to a countryman of his to lodge, who after six weeks arrested him for much more than he owed and hurried him away to prison, having a wife near her time, without money, friend, or a word of English to speak. I wrote the case to Mr. T who immediately gave fifteen pounds, by means of which, with a little addition, he was set at liberty and put in a way of living. But I never saw him since. And reason good, for he could now live without me.