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 attende
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 m
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
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.