5th April 1940

Went over to Chelmsford this afternoon. I went across to see the Horse Sale ... Cart horses were going well, but small ponies were only making £5-£6. There was a Thorough-bred hackney pony, which started at £2.10 and finally made £4! What a wicked shame that such things should be. ...

After this I went to see Emmison [then the Archivist of Essex Record Office], while he showed me some of his treasures. Restoration work and research are still going on quite normally in the Record Office.

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