Sunday 25th October 1846

“Chillblains getting very troublesome obliged to use onion and salt to them. Wore worsted stockings for first time this season. Went through the Temple and round the church and through the churchyard. Copied into scrapbook Latin inscriptions over door in Farrars Buildings as also one within the railings surrounding the church. Went inside and saw Knights Templars brass effigies. This I believe is the first time I was ever inside the Temple Church. From thence to St Mary Aldermanbury, Bow Lane. Rained very heavy all the way home, at times so violent that I was obliged to put up at different times. Beef sausages for dinner. A duel of an afternoon. Stopped at home translating Latin and taking to paper some particulars of Granny Shepard’s family from her own words, of which she tired and waxed wrath with me for bothering her so. — Had Ann up in evening as usual. — Afterwards took walk — with ditto — through the City by Fleet Street to St Paul’s churchyard and then returned home whence I arrived half past 9 o’clock. White puppy fell overboard in the canal and was drowned. Mr Richard Latham completes his 43rd year (a fellow clerk at Eccleston Wharf).”

[Editor’s note: No entries on 26 or 27 October]


Sunday 11th October 1846

“Morning went first of all to St Paul’s Cathedral and took down in scrap book the inscription on the statue of John Howard, the celebrated prison visitor. From thence went to church of St Mary Aldermanbury. A prayer offered up for the suppression of the approaching famine or otherwise sarcity of food which at present threatens this country – also a sermon for the aid of the suffers by the late disastrous fire at St John’s Newfoundland. No collection was made today but it was given out that a visit would be paid to all the parishioners in the ensuing week. 200 houses are reported to have been destroyed by the devouring element, the inmates of which are houseless and the climate there very severe; destruction of property is computed at a million sterling. Wet afternoon stopped at home looking into Latin Dictionary, progressing but slowly. — Had Ann up in the evening. Got to our old tricks. I spent a little seed up her petticoat. Very narrow escape of being caught by Old Granny Shepard as they must have met on the staircase. — Practised a little Latin till quarter before 10 and went then to rest.”

[Editor’s note: No entries on 12 or 13  October]