Sunday 26th July 1846

“Rose at half past 5 o’clock, breakfasted, and proceeded for Richmond. — Met Ann in Dean Street waiting to see me. Accompanied me as far as Westminster Bridge where I parted with her. — At half past 7 o’clock through Lambeth, Battersea, Wandsworth, East Sheen to Richmond, where I arrived half past 11 o’clock. Made for church first place and took down a few inscriptions in church and churchyard. Met Miss Kershaw, governess to Miss Manodes, near her residence Vineyard Lodge, returning from chapel with her little flock. Saw not Miss M A N amongst the number. Ate my dinner at the ‘Artichoke’; afterwards walked to Richmond Hill and, after tramping about till half past 4, made for home different road – through Kew and over the bridge, along waterside to Chiswick (saw 20 minutes to 6 o’clock Hogarth’s tomb second time this season), Hammersmith, Fulham, Brompton, Knightsbridge – home where arrived as the clock was striking eight.  Out twelve and a half hours, walked about 30 miles. Granny not being home, I took a further walk meeting Ann, and walked another two, making 32 miles. Ann Thomas came to see Mother this evening and I spent quarter an hour with them.”

Sunday 8th February 1846

“Went to the Church of St Katherine Cree, Leadenhall Street, for the second time. Sat on south side of church. After took walk with Ann Fox through Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. Got very thick in the mud where my companion left me to go up the hill myself. — Indeed we had a temporary fall out about her whim in not liking to cross the suspension bridges over the ornamental water to Regent’s Canal. However I met her in Tottenham Court Chapel Churchyard, where a reconciliation took place, but it hindered her from going to chapel for some motive of her own. — Made for home and had some tea. Ann Thomas paid us a visit and I had to lend her my company homeward to St James Street.”

Sunday 11th January 1846

“Morning, wore knee breeches for first time. A terrible bother we had to get them on and make them meet at the knee and button. Started for St John Southwark fully equipped (costume, beginning uppermost: high-crowned broad-brimmed hat, black frock coat, strait-collared waistcoat with brass buttons, drab breeches with covered buttons and silver buckles at knees, speckled worsted stockings, shoes with straps and buckles to the same, white neckhandkerchief with plain fronted shirt); but found that I had been to the church about three weeks previous, viz St John Horslydown. Returned home through the City, Clare Market etc, rather quizzed by some but minded it not. Afternoon, bullock’s heart for dinner, after which I took walk with Ann Fox to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens etc, returned home to tea about half past 6 o’clock. Eliza, otherwise Ann Thomas, came to Richmonds Buildings for a short time after which I accompanied her to an acquaintance at 101 Chancery Lane. There was I kept waiting half an hour after which I accompanied her to her home, 22 St James’s Street. Pretty good sweating, walked in all about 22 miles.  Met Mr Perry, father of the now celebrated John, in Newport Market.

— Paid into bank 20s, making total £15.– “

Wednesday 7th January 1846

“Purchased small book for accounts to extract from the newspapers for this year, at Miscellaneous Repository, Princes Street, Soho, for 4d. Mrs Marshall of second floor gave birth to a daughter this morning early. … Parcel home from Ann Thomas, cook at 22 St James’s Street. … Cheese … etc for Mother.”

[Editor’s note: No more entries until 10 January.]