6 June From GDP/32 Anon This anonymous diary was kept as a record of the services its writer attended in various non-conformist chapels in the City of London. This entry refers to a sermon preached on John Ch. 14 v. 22 (the Last Supper) at the chapel at Ropemaker’s Alley in Moorfields. Mr Farmer at Mr Goodwin’s Morn 6 June 1736: 14 John 22 Judas saith unto him (not Iscariot) How wilt thou shew thy self unto us so as not unto the rest of the world -
5 May From GDP/7 DG DG (born 1948) was a nurse in South London, who at the time of this entry was doing a course in Nursing Training. Here, she writes about the storming of the Iranian embassy by the SAS following the taking of 26 hostages by Arab separatists. The diarist’s husband, a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Diplomatic Protection Group, was on the scene when the embassy was stormed. 5 May 1980 B [the diarist’s husband] on 6am. D [the diarist’s son] & I up 10.30ish!! Tried booking hol again – no dice. Rang A! Washed all the [...]
4 May From GDP/7 DG DG (born 1948) was a nurse in South London. Here, she reflects on her domestic situation, and on the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. 4 May 1979 Overslept → 8.10!! Kids → school. WON THE ELECTION – Mrs Thatcher is first Woman P.M. in Western World!! Fantastic! → Bromley → R’s [a stable] – rode Horace out – good! Home for lunch [with] B [the diarist’s husband]. Hayes in pm. Drove E’s car back from Bromley for her!!
26 May 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 – [...]
3 May 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. 3 May 1851 1st – The Chrystal [sic] Palace in Hyde Park opened for the Exhibition by Queen Victoria + Prince Albert – fine day, many persons there. Wednesday – We dined with Mr. Brown + family – Mr. Brown + family came to see the Exhibition opened + spent afternoon with us. Miss Gilbert + Blackburne took tea with us. Sir G. Grey brt. Into House of [...]