What is the meaning of this phrase "without my host, they proved but so so"?
In 1774, the Rev. John Newton comments on his previous attempt to keep track of the attendance in his congregation. He wrote:
"I was as busy as a cackling hen, in counting them up. But with regard to some I have reckoned as the saying is 'without my host, they proved but so so,' and I have had but few to count for this twelve month past."