Sunday, 6 September 1863

Rose earlier ― & packed the 2nd ― & 3rd Lithographs. Nos. 6 & 7.

Resolved to go to Ann’s Grave ― so at 10.30 set out to walk. ― fine morning. By Russell Square & Guildford Street ― & then looked at 38. Upper North Place ― Gray’s Inn Road ― tho’ the numbers are now changed & it is one or two hundred & something. On by the Prison, & Middleton Sqre. & then by Cloudesley Square ― to the house dearest Ann died in. ― Then, past 1. Trinidad Place, Liverpool Rd., where the Doctor ― Rose ― lives. So ― by all Islington ― Arnold’s house all pulled down, & through Holloway, every spot marked with un/gracious memories. Lo! the old lime trees are gone! ― the row of houses built on each side, & “Bowman’s Lodge” itself all marked to come down. I would have given a good deal to get in ― but ― Sunday ― all shops were shut ― & no one about. I then walked up to the Cemetery ― & found the grave again ― never having observed before it is close to John Sayres’s!


So I returned ― & crossed the Archery & walked to Crouch End ― but the E. Woodthorpes were not at home. Back again ― & up all through Highgate ― but there was not place to feed in ― so I walked back again to “Bowman’s Lodge.” Then, I went a good way up the 7 sisters road, to 21 ― Belle-Vue Villas, where one Barlow lives, referred to on a board as to the leases &c. &c. But they said “no business on Sunday Sir on no account!” ― so I retired: & at the corner got into a Bus & came to Charing Cross ― thence in a cab home by 5.30.

Dined at the Blue Posts.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]



Filed under 1863, Diary Entry

2 responses to “Sunday, 6 September 1863

  1. Valerie Wadsworth

    What a sad Sunday.

  2. My mother remembers Sundays as always being similarly gloomy. Know those walks and they weren’t short or easy. Poor Mr. Lear!

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