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.
4 December 1847
Monday – Jane Plours left Mother’s service + she was without a servant on Tuesday + Wednesday and had to do all the work of the house.
Wednesday evening – Ann Brown, Uncle Day’s old servant came to live with us.
Thursday – Mother taken ill with a cough + cold – kept her bed on Friday, Saturday + Sunday + got worse. Mr. French attended her.
Richard [the diarist’s brother] came to town on Thursday + stayed until Sunday when he went home again.
Mother had quantities of phlegm on her stomach + lungs + which she has not the strength to spit up. Breathing difficult – Head aches.