Friday 3rd April 1846

“Thomas Oliver, a British boxer of the old school, but better known by the name of Old Tom Oliver, has taken a shop at No 1 Little Ebury Street, Pimlico, to sell coals etc and had the first ton from our Wharf today to begin with, though I knew not who he was till informed by coalheavers. He seems to be between 60 and 70 years of age and is now stakeholder and ring keeper in important battles.”

[Editor’s note: Tom Oliver (1789-1864) is referred to in Miles’s ‘Pugilistica’ (1880) as a greengrocer of Pimlico and Chelsea.]

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