This brief note from mr. Barker concerning his oxen.
E were supposed to leave to pick up the new ox today. The fellow who was going to meet us asked that we put it off for a week. Mixed feelings, the weather was supposed to be bad and I do not want to risk an animal or make him uncomfortable, but I really want to get to introducing the animal to the others and get on with the training. Worked George with James yesterday moving a round bale.
mr. Barker at Mansker's Station with,
what appears to be, a very clean Maggie.
I will, upon this coming Saturday, travel up to the Kentuckee region to the Talbott Tavern (built in 1785) for dinner and drinks with friends. I look forward to having several daughts of the fine dark beer brewed by mr. A. Guinness.
Mr. Guinness founded his brewery in 1759 when he sign'd a 9,000 (Yes, you read correctly fair reader, nine THOUSAND)-year lease on an unused brewery at St. James’s Gate, DUBLIN. It costs him an initial £100 with an annual rent of £45 - this includes crucial water rights. The brewery covers four acres and consists of a copper, a kieve, a mill, two malthouses, stabling for 12 horses and a loft to hold 200 tons of hay.
There is also a trade fair to be held just a few extra miles to the Northeast of the tavern that I have decided to attend, not because of any over abundance of funds mind you, but merely to have a look at what is to be had. I have so little restraint, that such excursions are often the source of my financial ruin.