The Oldest Diary in the Collection Thanks to a chance acquisition, the collection of the Great Diary Project now covers a period of almost 300 years. In a recent donation to Bishopgate Institute, we discovered a pair of small, unprepossessing volumes, which contain an account of someone’s religious activities in the years 1735 and 1736. In minute handwriting, the writer documents a number of sermons he or she attended during those years. Meticulously recorded for each sermon are the date, location, preacher, text(s), and arguments. Most of the sermons were preached by Peter Goodwin, minister at the non-conformist chapel at [...]
12 February 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. 12 February 1853 Parliament met – Lord Aberdeen leader in the Lords & Lord J Russell in the Commons. Charlotte [the diarist’s wife] called on Mrs. Beasley with her rents – is still ill, the abscess discharges very much & she takes but little nourishment. Napoleon the 3rd Emperor of France married a young French Countess – we are strengthening the National Defences, in case he should invade [...]
2 February 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. Here, amid the usual mixture of the diarist’s home life and international affairs – in this instance the run-up to the American Civil War. 2 February 1861 An accident on the Southampton Railway – nr Guildford – Dr. Baly of Queen Ann St. Physician to Queen Victoria – who was in the train – thrown out & killed. Earl of Guildford died at Waldershare 88 yrs age – [...]
30 January From GDP/29 DS DS was born in Cardiff in 1918. During the Second World War she served in the forces. She kept a diary for a short while during the War. In this excerpt, she receives a proposal. 30 January 1944 B came home Cycled to Penarth, then had tea at home. He proposed to me.