Saturday 7th November 1846

“Went to pay £10 into bank (Sir Claude Scott’s). Rode back to Wharf in the four-wheel chaise with Mr Lloyd, whom I met there – something uncommon, being the first time of riding in a vehicle of Mr G Lea’s. Had some baked mutton, potatoes and pudding when I got home – a very unusual dish with me, especially for the time of day – and afterwards pint tea at coffee shop, Compton Street, Soho. Office dial cleaned and repaired by Moginie, Brewer Street, Pimlico.”

Thursday 5th February 1846

“A letter directed to Mr Lloyd, postage unpaid, when opened proved to be a Valentine, supposed to be meant for me by my name being mentioned twice, or more, and which I suspect was sent by the nursery maid at Eccleston Wharf. If so, I feel obliged to her for directing it to Mr Lloyd, thereby saving me 2d. Her motive for so doing I know not, but she reversed the picture by sending an old house maid with mop and broom, thereby taking herself off rather than me. Bought five curious old prints at Miscellanous Repository in Princes Street, Soho, the subjects of which are as follows: a view of Privy Garden Westminster; a view of the Savoy from the River Thames; a perspective view of the new buildings at the Horse Guards; a view of the Foundling Hospital; a view of the Royal Hospital at Greenwich.”

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.]

Tuesday 6th January 1846

” — This evening, soon after 8 o’clock Mr Lloyd called me in to the private office and there entered into conversation in which he told me that Mr George Lea proposed to advance my wages to 20s per week, he being well satisfied with my conduct. In this course of which he gave me two glasses of port. By my word this is surprising news. — 
Buckled shoes toed and heeled 1s 6d.”

Friday 2nd January 1846

“Mr George Lea, accompanied by Mrs Lea and Mr Lloyd, started for Barnet this morning. Tasted of three different puddings this evening from Ann Fox. Took walk with ditto through Westminster Abbey. William Filkins, wagon carman, completes his 21st year.”