Now and then there are little comments in the margin. Some are about friends, others about national events. This is one of the latter
12 Jan 1759 Fryday the princes of oringe dyed & ye people went into mourning 28th Jan.
Thomas's spelling continues eclectic,though the "ye" has a thorn not a y and should be pronounced "the". The " Princes of Orange" was Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, the eldest daughter of George II and wife of the Prince of Orange (it is through her that William & Mary ruled Britain). More about her here. Below is her portrait.