Wednesday 7th October 1846

“Miss Harriet Lea completes her 1st year. Suicide of the Swiss Giantess, Eliza Laurence, alias Madame de Lebzi, better known as the Swiss Giantess, supposed to have thrown herself from Waterloo Bridge yesterday evening as she was last seen alive about 10 o’clock on the above bridge. Her body was floating up the river near the Red House Tavern, Battersea, and was picked up by a lighterman (belonging to the Citizen Pier) named Rock this morning about 8 o’clock. In her pocket was a piece of paper upon which was written No 9 Short’s Gardens, Seven Dials, knock twice and ask for Emma. The last time deceased was seen alive in the neighbourhood of her residence was last night at public house Sherrard Street, Golden Square. She was 51 years of age, never married, had one son who did not live with her.”


[Editor’s note: No entry on 8 October]

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.”

Saturday 2nd May 1846

“Very unfortunate with our horses. The young mare taken suddenly ill while out with a load of coals, which makes the third that is queer, one whereof is in great danger. Woman committed murder by throwing her three children off Battersea Bridge, two perished, one saved.”


[Editor’s note:  Eliza Clark, a destitute woman with a drunken abusive husband, threw her children from Battersea Bridge, but was prevented from throwing herself off the bridge by a passer-by. She was found not guilty of murder on account of insanity and was detained.]

Easter Sunday 12th April 1846  

“Rose early and breakfasted at coffee shop in Cromer Street, Grays Inn Road. From thence proceeded to Islington to see Mrs Sirriker come from her residence and go to chapel, but missed being too late, it being 20 minutes to 10 o’clock, so made way through Ballspond and Kingsland to King’s Head Court, Shoreditch, and went to the chapel therein where the old lady was already seated. After service followed her across Old Street Road and through Hoxton in the direction of Islington where I left her and made fast home to dinner, whence I did not arrive till half past 2 o’clock. After dinner took walk with Ann through Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Brompton, Chelsea and Battersea to Wandsworth to see house in which Matthew Ward received his education. It is an old white house at the corner of Garrett Lane and the High Street and directly facing the Ram Inn. It is now a Ladies Seminary and is called Wandsworth House. Had pint beer and biscuits at the Antelope and rested a while till half past 7 o’clock, after which proceeded homeward through Battersea fields (a heavy shower coming we narrowly escaped a drenching), Vauxhall, Lambeth, Westminster. Home very tired and sore footed, having walked in all from 27 to 30 miles. Wore breeches without the gaiters this day, blue worsted stockings.”


[Editor’s note:  Nathaniel’s usual spelling of John Bunyan’s descendant’s name is Skirricker.]

[Editor’s note: No entry on 13 April]