Tuesday 31st March 1846

“The White Hart Inn situate in Whitechapel near Somerset Street was sold by auction for the purpose of being pulled down and having some extensive building erected on its site. This inn is recorded to have existed before the reign of Henry VIII. It was condemned 40 years ago on the occasion of the first floor having given way by the weight of the coffin in which the corpse of the landlady. There were many remains of antiquity.

The oldest house in Marylebone parish was this month pulled down to the ground.  It was an old fashioned white public house which went down steps and stood back from the street, the sign whereof was the ‘Rose of Normandy’, the back of which was formerly Marylebone Gardens.  The house is situate in High Street No 32 between Bowling Street and Devonshire Street.

This month was concluded the war with India, which has been in agitation for some time between the British and Sikhs and in favour of the former.  After which an agreement has been entered into for them to pay £1,500,000 to defray the expenses of the British in four yearly instalments, until which the British hold their Government in their hands.

Coals sold at Eccleston Wharf this month: 1588 tons.

Weather colder this month than any previous … though remarkably mild … .”

[Editor’s note:  The battles between the British and the Sikhs took place on 18-22 December 1845.  Nathaniel had first referred to them on January 28th.
No entry on 1 April]

Monday 23rd February 1846

“Settled with gang by daylight first time this year. Quarter before 10 o’clock this night the Park and Tower guns commenced firing in quick succession for upwards of a quarter of an hour. The cause thereof to us unknown. Express extraordinary arrived from India in which is stated that a long and severe engagement has taken place between the natives and the British, which is reported as yet is somewhat in favour of the latter. Great slaughter both sides. Many English officers killed among which is General Sale.”

Wednesday 28th January 1846

“Mr G Lea experienced a severe loss, the particulars of which are as follows.  Mr Lloyd called upon Robert Wright for his account amounting to 53 pounds odd, which he counted in silver.  When Mr Lloyd got home he found he had 10 pounds short which, supposing he left at Wrights, wrote to him about it, but Wright denied it and swore to it that he paid the full amount and was, or pretended to be, much offended.
—  ‘Remarks’: this seems to me a strange affair that Mr Lloyd should miscount to so large an amount as 10 pounds.  Had it been … might have been some excuse, but as it is as bad luck.  George Lea will be ruined by his love of company. —
The English public were … apprised of the defeat of the Sikhs in India with the loss of 65 pieces of artillery at … .  The battle was fought under the command of Major General Sir Harry … .”

[Editor’s note:  The English commander was probably Sir Harry Smith (1787-1860).  The battles took place on 18-22 December 1845, but communication of the news to England was slow.]

[Editor’s note: No entry on 29 January.]