Monday 29th June 1846

“Balloon went up from Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea. Saw it very plain in the Quadrant. Grand Review in Hyde Park this morning, His Grace the Duke of Wellington Commander in Chief.

The weather this month has been extremely warm and dry, things scorched up for the want of rain till the 22nd, since which we have had slight intermediate rains which gives hopes yet of a favourable harvest.

Coals sold at Eccleston Wharf this month: 908 tons 6 sacks.

The new carriage and foot road fronting Chelsea Hospital was opened the 16th instant: this is a decided improvement, being before so very narrow, and looking so confined.

St James’s Church Piccadilly has a new painted window being put in place of the old one which was very plain, having no stained glass. The present from without, though not finished, looks very showy.

There is now erecting a strong scaffold at the top of the Triumphal Arch, Constitution Hill, opposite Hyde Park Gates, and immediately fronting St George’s Hospital, for the purpose of erecting an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington, which will be very conspicuous from the Duke’s residence, Apsley House. It is expected it will shortly be erected.

This month has been unfortunate to our family for illness, my mother being very bad all the month and at one time not expected to live and still keeping her bed. My Uncle John Shepard has also had a severe attack of the lumbago in his back, which confined him to his bed about a fortnight, but from which he is now fast recovering, though unable to work. Myself have been very indisposed, having a stoppage in my bowels accompanied with a severe headache, which one time I thought would have confined me also, but have managed to keep my work. Granny Shepard has been nearly knocked up with attending on them, her son and daughter. It also fatigued M Ward very much having his rest broke every night by attending a sick wife, and also attending the bugs, which in their room in warm weather, almost devour them.”


[Editor’s note: No entries on 30 June or 1 July]

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Sunday 28th June 1846

“Rose at 5 o’clock and went to the Mechanics’ Bath, Little Queen Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, for first time this season and had a dip. Breakfasted and then went to Bow. Got there at quarter past 10 o’clock, took inscription off tablet in the church, stayed service time and dined at coffee shop in Bow. Left ditto quarter past 2 and strolled towards Poplar and Blackwall. Got too far off, walked side river towards home and took the steamboat from Poplar to Hungerford. Arrived home about quarter past 5 o’clock and had tea, and afterwards — Ann Fox came up, but I could do nothing with her having a plaster between her legs in consequence of the soreness there. — Uncle John Shepard much better this week, having attended his chapel morning and evening. Queen Victoria crowned eight years today – bells ringing merrily.”

Saturday 27th June 1846

“Mother completes her 49th year, and her fifth of her marriage with Matthew Ward. Sir Robert Peel and his colleagues tendered their resignations, which Her Majesty accepted, and sent for Lord John Russell to Construct a Cabinet, which he did accordingly.”

Thursday 25th June 1846

“The Corn Bill was brought into the House of Lords, where Lord Stanley was to oppose it, but after all the opposition was very feeble and the second reading of the Bill was carried by a majority of 47, the number being 211 to 164, and the great measure upon which the country looked for salvation was carried without a division.”