Don’t we all…

3-5 May  From GDP/58 - Mary Ann Williams (née Prout) Mary Ann Prout (1861-1923) grew up in Cornwall. Here, she records illness and death among the children in the family of her future husband, James Bennetts Williams (whose diaries we also hold ref. GDP/57), as well as her feelings when her offer of help did not meet with the results she had expected. Wednesday 3rd May 1882 Father went to Perran today. Mother went down to Post Office to send a Telegram to Mr Bunt and J.B.W. told her that he received a Telegram from Bristol saying that Laura is [...]

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Legal Ghosts

21 August  From GDP/52 GF GF (1901-1982) was a young barrister in London at the time this diary was written. Here, he records a session with a session of ‘table-turning’ similar to a Ouija board when he was on holiday in Axminster. 21 August 1926 I came over here this afternoon to stay for a few days with the C [family]. Bathed in the morning with the V [family] and P who is with them. The sea was roughish & the bathing good. Lazed all the afternoon and then took a bus here. Mrs L is here, but Major L [...]

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Not an avid viewer

3 October  From GDP/30 WK WK (born 1932) was a reporter on the ‘Times’ in the 1950s. He was on the proving flight of the De Haviland Comet 4 airliner, which marked the first regular jet-powered trans-Atlantic passenger air service. Here, he gives his impressions of New York the day after his flight. 3 October 1958 Visited very briefly UN bldg., and met EB, our N.Y. corr. Heard a few words of a debate. Then we (i.e. Comet party) were entertained to lunch in Overseas Press Club. P.M. 2 of us (who hadn’t seen NY) were taken round on a [...]

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