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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Tuesday 6th October 1846  

“Bought very nice book, ‘The Memoirs of George III’, at Miscellaneous Repository, Princes Street, Soho. Suicide of the Swiss Giantess this evening for particulars see next day. I knew deceased well by sight and spoke to her once in Leicester Square the 18th September last concerning a fire that then illuminated the skies and which was the last time I saw her. She was biggest woman I ever saw, standing about 6 feet 3 inches in height and proportionally fuller.”

Saturday 19th September 1846

“Saw the Swiss Giantess this evening – as I found since, for the last time – in Leicester Square, whereupon she spoke to me concerning the above fire.”


[Editor’s note:  The Swiss Giantess was probably appearing at one of many shows and exhibitions in Leicester Square. Nathaniel notes her suicide on 7 October.]