Sunday 21st June 1846

“Rose at 7 o’clock, head aching, but not violently. Breakfasted and went to coffee shop in Dean Street, opposite Little Dean Street. Afraid to venture far, so went to Salem Chapel, Meards Court Soho, with old Granny Shepard – Mr J Stephens minister. After dinner strolled into St Anne Soho Burial Ground. One funeral stopped an hour. At home till 6 o’clock looking over maps. — Expected Ann to pay me a visit, but was disappointed. —  Afterwards took walk through Camden Town and returned by Pancras and the New Road. Met an old acquaintance by name Bill Worley, and the Revd Arnold White, formerly a minister of Tottenham Court Chapel. Mich and another fellow workman of Uncle John Shepard came to see him and afterwards wanted to see my curiosities, but made it too late. — Very much to the gratification of old Granny Shepard, who was mightily displeased at the thoughts of it. — “

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Sunday 1st March 1846

“Rose at 6 o’clock. Went to coffee shop, Broad Street, St Giles’s – read news of the week.  On my way thither met Jack Richardson in Oxford Street. After breakfast made for St Mark’s Church, Kennington Common. Though there early, yet so crowded I could get no admittance, so bent my steps to St Mary Newington and there stayed. Sat in free seat, west side of church and north end, close against pew 34. Afternoon, made a fool of by A F, after waiting about Soho for an hour returned homeward. Had visit from Mr Guest who did not stop long but took M Ward to his place of residence (King Street, Snow Hill). After tea took walk with A F through Camden Town etc. — Round Albert Road. Turned up road to the right leading to a wayside cottage through a private road leading through Hampstead. Overlooked by two policemen kissing. — Returned same way homeward and arrived thence a quarter before 10 o’clock.  Mother taken very bad with pains in the back, supposed to be rheumatism.”


[Editor’s note: No entry on 2 March]