Monday 27th April 1846

The ‘Bet’ Barge sunk in the cut during the night laden with 42 tons Russell’s, Hetton, Wallsend, which with the late death of one horse, and lameness of another put us to … Mrs Nodes … .”

Sunday 26th April 1846

“Wet morning, went to Anchor Coffee House, Dean Street, and then to breakfast at home. After ditto went strolling about to find church and could not. Went in coffee shop, Snow Hill, and read news of the week. After dinner took walk through Seven Dials, where I bought a small oil painting on wood in plain gilt frame which I suppose to be Shakespeare. Had tea with Granny Shepard in Richmonds Buildings, afterwards went to 7 Chapel Street, Tottenham Court Road, to see the outside case to receive lead coffin which will contain the body of Mrs Ann Nodes, lately deceased, and which is of curious workmanship being one and a half inch oak, smoothed and polished with mouldings and plinth round the lid to fit, and four pairs of brass handles after the style of the Quakers. From thence went to see Ann at Mrs Kennington in Stephen Street. — There regaled ourselves a little unlawfully …. and kitchen. — Supped there – bread, cheese and ale, and returned home afterward.”

Monday 20th April 1846

“(From the Times newspaper) ‘Melancholy Event’. Died on the 20th instant in her 31st year of rapid consumption, Ann, the beloved wife of Mr Henry Oliver Nodes of No 7 Chapel Street, Tottenham Court Road. A former mistress of mine whose service I left about May 1842 owing to a misunderstanding arising between us, in which she called me a fool, to which I made answer ditto, hastily, but unmeaningly, and which insult she never forgave me, but had me discharged forthwith without notice but with a week’s wages instead.”