Sunday 25th October 1846

“Chillblains getting very troublesome obliged to use onion and salt to them. Wore worsted stockings for first time this season. Went through the Temple and round the church and through the churchyard. Copied into scrapbook Latin inscriptions over door in Farrars Buildings as also one within the railings surrounding the church. Went inside and saw Knights Templars brass effigies. This I believe is the first time I was ever inside the Temple Church. From thence to St Mary Aldermanbury, Bow Lane. Rained very heavy all the way home, at times so violent that I was obliged to put up at different times. Beef sausages for dinner. A duel of an afternoon. Stopped at home translating Latin and taking to paper some particulars of Granny Shepard’s family from her own words, of which she tired and waxed wrath with me for bothering her so. — Had Ann up in evening as usual. — Afterwards took walk — with ditto — through the City by Fleet Street to St Paul’s churchyard and then returned home whence I arrived half past 9 o’clock. White puppy fell overboard in the canal and was drowned. Mr Richard Latham completes his 43rd year (a fellow clerk at Eccleston Wharf).”


[Editor’s note: No entries on 26 or 27 October]

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]

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.”