Wednesday 7th October 1846

“Miss Harriet Lea completes her 1st year. Suicide of the Swiss Giantess, Eliza Laurence, alias Madame de Lebzi, better known as the Swiss Giantess, supposed to have thrown herself from Waterloo Bridge yesterday evening as she was last seen alive about 10 o’clock on the above bridge. Her body was floating up the river near the Red House Tavern, Battersea, and was picked up by a lighterman (belonging to the Citizen Pier) named Rock this morning about 8 o’clock. In her pocket was a piece of paper upon which was written No 9 Short’s Gardens, Seven Dials, knock twice and ask for Emma. The last time deceased was seen alive in the neighbourhood of her residence was last night at public house Sherrard Street, Golden Square. She was 51 years of age, never married, had one son who did not live with her.”


[Editor’s note: No entry on 8 October]

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Sunday 26th April 1846

“Wet morning, went to Anchor Coffee House, Dean Street, and then to breakfast at home. After ditto went strolling about to find church and could not. Went in coffee shop, Snow Hill, and read news of the week. After dinner took walk through Seven Dials, where I bought a small oil painting on wood in plain gilt frame which I suppose to be Shakespeare. Had tea with Granny Shepard in Richmonds Buildings, afterwards went to 7 Chapel Street, Tottenham Court Road, to see the outside case to receive lead coffin which will contain the body of Mrs Ann Nodes, lately deceased, and which is of curious workmanship being one and a half inch oak, smoothed and polished with mouldings and plinth round the lid to fit, and four pairs of brass handles after the style of the Quakers. From thence went to see Ann at Mrs Kennington in Stephen Street. — There regaled ourselves a little unlawfully …. and kitchen. — Supped there – bread, cheese and ale, and returned home afterward.”