Friday 21st August 1846

“Annual bean feast amongst men at Eccleston Wharf comprising the master clerks (except myself only, not liking night feats which disorder the system and break the rest), weigher, carmen, wharfingers, screeners, lightermen, and some of the dealers’ men. The feast will be held at the Monster Public House, St George’s Place, over the wooden bridge, Chelsea. Ann Fox bought old edition of ‘The Whole Duty of Man’, with very good plates, at booksellers in Holborn for 1s 3d.”

Friday 14th August 1846

“Succeeded at last in getting ‘Johnson’s Dictionary’ 1786 at Mitchell bookseller, corner Wells and Charles Street, after having tried about 50 shops unsuccessfully.  … condition first rate, bound in russet leather … imitation of the same.”

Friday 22nd May 1846

“Mother very bad all last night. Poor old Granny Shepard called up to assist. This evening took walk with Ann about the Strand etc and purchased Ainsworth’s ‘Latin-English and English-Latin Dictionary’ dated 1761 (not having money sufficient in pocket, gave Ann one florin to get it me tomorrow) at old booksellers in Holywell Street, Strand.”