Thursday 20th August 1846

“Old Walker, proprietor of the hotel, 33 Dean Street, Soho, corner of Queen Street, has had his house lately pointed down and painted, and has this day had a square lamp fixed, lit with gas, which till now has been a round one with tin top and lit with oil, and which was no doubt the original one put up when the house was built, which is about 160 years. This is an alteration which I am both surprised and displeased at as the house preserved its ancient look so like hotel and tavern of the 17th century. The proprietor thereof is very old both in years and fashion, wearing at all times a black suit with breeches and black stockings, and as I have heard saw Margaret Nicholson attempt to stab George III.”

Wednesday 3rd June 1846

“Saw old Mr Walker of Dean Street for first time – a very old man and dresses very old fashion.  He was present when Margaret Nicholson attempted to stab George III.  Bad works these holidays – men nearly all absent.  Odd men in, very drunk and very saucy – one named Whiffin, in answer to a question, told me to ‘Ax his ass’.”


[Editor’s note:  Margaret Nicholson, a housemaid, attacked George III with a dessert knife in 1786, and having been found insane was committed to Bedlam Hospital.]