Whit Monday 1st June 1846

“A very slack day owing to the Whitsuntide holidays. Coals sold only 24 tons. Met James Smith’s wife and son in St Martin’s Lane, having not seen them for a considerable time since. Surprising news from Granny Shepard this evening that her son John Shepard, who is my uncle, who has nearly completed his 43rd year, bathed today for the first time in his life at the Metropolitan Baths, High Holborn, opposite Southampton Street. Wrote a letter for Charles Waters to Viscount Canning for an order to fish in the ornamental waters of the Regent’s Park. Mr Edwards commenced travelling for orders for Eccleston Wharf – brought us one to begin with, though of very little account being low in price. (He was Morris’s former clerk).”


[Editor’s note: No entry on 2 June]

Sunday 22nd February 1846

“Rose early, 6 o’clock, owing to my physic working me. Went to coffee shop in Little Rupert Street, Soho, to read news of the week. Made for St Katherine’s Church, Regent’s Park, very early, arrived there at half past 10 o’clock. Doors not open, crowd of people waiting. Bishop of Hereford preached in aid of the funds for building the new hospital in Brompton, now building, for consumption and diseases of the chest. The Bishop delivered a rather able sermon: text Hebrews ch13, v16. After service a collection took place.  Church filled before 11 o’clock with people of the upper class. After dinner took afternoon walk accompanied by Ann. Wore half-mourning gown and new straw bonnet trimmed black, first time, in respect to the decease of the late Mrs Burns. Walked through Regent’s Park. Rain threatened, halted, held up again. Proceeded onwards over Primrose Hill and fields to Hampstead Church. Rain fell in torrents, rather wetted. Sat awhile in church; looked over some monuments and tablets. Proceeded homewards raining very heavy.  Ann got very wet, self fared better. — Got across the fields to a narrow lane with an archway over. Sheltered ourselves under arch. Got to wicked tricks. — Rain gave over, hastened home. Had pint beer and two biscuits at ‘St George’ public house in Hampstead Road.  Met old Dicky Andrews in Euston Square, right well looked he. Home and to bed etc.  Old Granny Shepard very poorly. Mr Liston, the celebrated comedian, died this day, in his 71st year, being born August 1775, and on Monday 30th (corrected to March 2nd) was buried at a quarter before 10 in the cemetery, Kensal Green.”


[Editor’s note:  Nathaniel added this note about the death of John Liston, the comic actor, some time after February 22nd, but Liston actually died on March 22nd and Nathaniel mentions the death again then. The burial took place on March 30th.]

Sunday 15th February 1846

“Morning rose at 7 o’clock and went to coffee shop in Windmill Street, Tottenham Court Road, to read newspaper. After breakfast went to the church of St Katherine, Regent’s Park. The church was so full that I was obliged to sit along north side of organ.  After dinner took walk to Tottenham Court Chapel Burial Ground and sauntered about the south ground for upwards of an hour. Went home, tea, and afterwards escorted poor Old Granny Shepard to Gower Street Chapel. From thence returned and met Ann in Tottenham Court Road and took walk with ditto up Hampstead Road to Chalk Farm Fields etc. Returned home though Regent’s Park etc rather lame from wearing a stocking much too large some weeks back, which still affects left foot. Took refreshment at Pump, corner of Newman and Oxford Streets – gratis. Clara Lea, eldest daughter of George and Anna Matilda Lea, this day completes her second year. Two persons whom I knew well by name, though not by sight, were deposited in their last resting place this day. The one was a Mrs Burn, late of Stephen Street now of Tottenham Court Chapel Yard, south side, the other a Mr Suttell, late coal dealer of Bell Street, Edgware Road, now of Paddington Churchyard, Paddington Green. He was aged about 75 years.”

Sunday 8th February 1846

“Went to the Church of St Katherine Cree, Leadenhall Street, for the second time. Sat on south side of church. After took walk with Ann Fox through Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. Got very thick in the mud where my companion left me to go up the hill myself. — Indeed we had a temporary fall out about her whim in not liking to cross the suspension bridges over the ornamental water to Regent’s Canal. However I met her in Tottenham Court Chapel Churchyard, where a reconciliation took place, but it hindered her from going to chapel for some motive of her own. — Made for home and had some tea. Ann Thomas paid us a visit and I had to lend her my company homeward to St James Street.”

Sunday 25th January 1846

“Wet morning. Went not to church in consequence thereof, but instead to Tillman’s Coffee Shop and read the news of the week. Boiled leg of mutton and turnips for dinner.  Afternoon, waited about Rathbone Place but to no purpose, therefore proceeded to Tottenham Court Chapel and Burial Ground, and there looked the tomb stones over, after which I met Ann Fox and took walk round Regents Park etc. Had pint beer and biscuits at public house in Great Portland Street. Got home just as the rain commenced. Ann Fox made me present of a very nice silk hand kerchief. Paid Granny Shephard for stockings, cloth for new shirt, and neckhand kerchiefs.”