From GDP/8 John Leeson
John Leeson (1803-1865) owned and rented out property in London. In his diaries, he regularly recorded a mixture of his business dealings, family news, and politics. The regular arrivals and departures of servants pepper these diaries.
26 May 1849
Elizabeth Norris [the diarist’s servant] better [from rheumatic fever] + able to come downstairs – very weak – her stomach not right – nothing that she eats stays on [sic] it. I therefore wished her to leave – which she did on Tuesday afternoon – cried – without a servant until Saturday. Saw servant – one very large + stout – engaged Sarah Jordan of CamdenTown, who came on Saturday. Very thankful I have one, as it is very uncomfortable to be without one.