Monday 1st March 1847
I hardly could make myself believe that I had to embark in a few hours for England. This long looked for pleasure was somewhat alloyed by the painful feelings I experienced in parting with dear Fanny, perhaps our last farewell to each other has been spoken. I had neglected to call on old Colonel and Mrs Shedforth and immediately after breakfast I drove up to Woolloomooloo to say good bye. Found the whole party, Mrs Stephen and Sophy included, at breakfast. They have requested me to find out Major Stadfish(?) in England, his address to be obtained from his brother in law Mr Powell at Cox of Greenwoods. On my return found Aunt Sophy, Mrs Forbes and Frank at Lyons Terrace having driven down to say good bye to me.
At 11 o’clock a.m. started for the ship “Sir George Seymour,” Underwood commanding (a native of the Colony).Fanny Wise and Frank accompanied me on board, also little Edith Manning and her governess Mrs Wheeler.
On my way there called on Mrs James Manning for a few minutes only, but being so great a favourite of mine I was determined to see her the last spare moment I had.
On reading the ship found an immense crowd of people on board, friends of the different passengers amongst them were the
Boydells Blaxlands, V.Dowling, Taaffe, Lambs, McKenzie 4 M.Bay, Walsh, Morey, James Manning, Gill, Robertsons.
Balcome Raymond, (Russell(?) 99th ) Edwards 58th.
The “Cornubia” Steamer towed us to Watsons Bay and then all our different friends left, returning by the steamer to Sydney. We were only to have remained till 10 o’clock (waiting for the Governor’s Despatches0 and the Coinubia Steamer was engaged to tow us out to sea as she proceeded on her trip to the Hunter. She came to us in good time and at first preparations were made to get under weigh, but owing to a dispute between the 1st Mate Mr Castle, and the Pilot Mr Jackson the latter refused to take the ship outside the Heads, and to our great delight we had a quiet night of it to commence with.
My fellow passengers consisted of –
Mr and Mrs Parbury and 7 children.
Mr and MrsTingcombe and 3 children.
Mrs and Miss McHenry
Mr and Mrs Hall and child
Mr and Mrs Davies and 3 children.
Seymour of the 99th
Mr Barnes, the Surgeon
Mr Castle 1st Mate
Mr Page 2nd Mate
I forget to mention that whilst seated at dinner a Bailiff (Brown by name) came on board and arrested Seymour at the suit of Bow, an Innkeeper of Moreton Bay, for 49. Everyone thought that we were to sail so shortly that he would necessarily lose his passage, very fortunately Owen (of the Firm of Carr, Rogers and Owen) came alongside in his yacht to the “Sylph” and offered to convey the disputants on her to Sydney, which offer was gladly accepted. Seymour returned late, having as he said, been locked up in an Inn for some hours, and was only liberated by calling out of the window to Percy(?) and Colin McKenzie who were passing at the time, they immediately became his Sureties. (Salting? Sailing? Shortly?) towards dark came on board, he looked very hard at me, thinking no doubt of his dispute with J. Manning.
Tuesday 2nd March 1847
The Pilot came on board early. We got very nearly to the Heads, when suddenly we were becalmed and had to drop the anchor again. At 4 o’clock we hove anchor, and in a few hours got under weigh and clear of the Heads when Pilot with three cheers left us.
Wednesday 3rd March 1847
Remained in bed, felt very sick, a very heavy sea in. Mrs Tingcombes little girl of 3 years old very ill from sea sickness.
Thursday 4th March 1847
Mrs Tingcombes child died in the morning from exhaustion, buried in the afternoon. All the passengers attending. The Captain and the 1st Mate had a dispute as to where the child died.
Friday 5th March 1847
Did not dine at table. It is rather too much of a good thing to have to dress for dinner on board ship. This idea of putting on a tail coat when you feel you are not half washed, but shaved, and feeling altogether seedy. I peered through the skylight at the party assembled, and sure enough they hall had tail coats on, but strange, in company they had forgotten to put on trousers to match. Some had tweed, fashion(?), and light cloth, and looked as though a set of (Jucbs? Scrubs?) as were ever collected.
Friday 5th March 1847
Had my dinner on deck, feeling too sick to dress. One of my Boojeregaa’s (Budgerigars?) died today.
Saturday 6th March 1847
Rainy today. No observation. Dined at table for the 1st time, and followed the abominable fashion of putting on a tail coat and colored (collared?), however, another of my Boojeregaa’s died.
Sunday 7th March 1847
Did not feel very well, remained in bed till near dinner time, 3 o’clock. Strong gails and squally. A very cold day.
Monday 8th March 1847
Remained in bed the whole day. Fine weather.
Tuesday 9th March 1847
Very cold. Got up at 12 o’clock and went on deck. A fine day. Played Whist after tea with Mrs Parbury as my partner, the Dr and Tingcombe partners.
Wednesday 10th March 1847
A very cold wind. Whales made their appearance for the 1st time. Albatrosses etc. Strong winds and squally, no observation. Double reefed top sails.
Thursday 11th March 1847
Thick hazy weather and very cold. Began Alisons History of Europe. Played at Loo in the evening with Miss Gardiner. Parbuy, Davies, Dr Barnes, McHenry and Seymour. Nearly all the passengers at table with exception of Miss McHenry, Mrs Hallen and Mrs Davies.
Friday 12th March 1847
Squally and thick misty weather. Very cold, lost another Boojeregaa today. I have only 3 of Wises remaining now. I expect that they were all very young birds, nestlings in fact, and not so like to endure cold and want of light. One of the Assistant Stewards regularly attends to them every day, and I also look to them constantly, so that as far as care is concerned they have abundance of it. Played Loo in the evening.
Saturday 13th March 1847
No observation. Strong breeze and misty. At midnight a perfect gale. Another Boojeregaa died, only 2 remaining. It must be the cold I imagine that kills them. And to guard against it I cover the cages at night with green baige.
Sunday 14th March 1847
A perfect gale today. With a head sea the top gallant Bulworks stove in and the whole cuddy under water. The Captain’s and Seymour’s cabins with 2 foot of water in them. All their portmanteaux desks etc washed from their fastenings. Lady Dowling’s also full of water. A great deal of baling out, the two Blacks Tommy and Jimmy of great use. Mrs McHenry’s and her son’s cabin very wet. The former up all night, their beds being saturated. I have the consolation of feeling secure from wet in my cabin, which perhaps compensated for the want of light or occasional unpleasant smells we experience between decks. Had so bad a headache that I went to bed before dinner. Not that I lost much for all they served up was cold salmon, the cook not being able to keep a fire in the galley.
Sunday 14th March 1847
We have two Sunday’s running. Having gained a day. Our Longitude being West. A fine day. Did not get up till dinner time, my head feeling giddy. Miss McHenry dined at table.
Monday 15th March 1847
A fine day. Played chess after tea with Miss McHenry, was beaten.
Tuesday 16th March 1847
Another fine day. Read Alison’s Europe. Loo in the afternoon.
Wednesday 17th March 1847
A very cold day. Played Vingt et Un in the evening. Sea rough, a little rain. Whist and Chess at one end of the table. Warm water for (grog?) introduced this evening. Dreadful close smell between decks arising from the Hide stowed below belonging to Tingcombe. Pumped about 2 barrels of oil from the hold.
Thursday 18th March 1847
Seymour amused the company with anecdotes of Mr and Mrs Slade of Moreton Bay. Played Whist in the evening with Gardiner, Lady Dowling and the Captain.
Friday 19th March 1847
Went to bed immediately after dinner with headache.
Saturday 20th March 1847
Did not get up till dinner time, 3 o’clock. Read(?) “Wives and Sweethearts” after dinner. To my surprise, Lady Dowling immediately called out to Mrs McHenry, for “Pray what have we poor widows to do.” I do not think she would say “No” to anyone who would offer.
Sunday 21st March 1847
Blowing hard. Prayers at 11 o’clock read by Mr Parbury. Mrs Davies gave birth to a son, upon the strength of which I presume, Mrs Davies got half (seas over?) in the evening. Gardiner (who by the bye is particularly fond of German sausages) had been in the habit of cutting off a few inches 1/3rd of a sausage, every night, and the Steward not knowing the delinquent, put a little Tartar emetic at the end of one of the sausages. Gardiner as usual this evening cut a piece off, distributed it to Seymour, the Doctor, and Mrs Davies to whom fell that part wherein lay the virtues of the Emetic.
Monday 22nd March 1847
A perfect gale. Seymour and I went in the Forecastle to see the ship go through the (crossed out – seas which really like mountains high) water – (light pencil, not readable) Played Loo in the evening. Gardiner taking likenesses. His attention to Miss McHenry unbounded. Seymour at fault with the Captain for helping the desert before he had given the word! A fearfully stormy night, Mrs McHenry and her daughter obliged to go in to Mrs Tingcombe’s cabin. Young McHenry slept in mine, in consequence of their beds and cabin being full of water. The Sir G. Seymour is a fast ship but a very wet one.
Mr Davies did not make his appearance today from the effects of last night, I presume.
Tuesday 23rd March 1847
Last night the Quarter boat on harbour side was carried away, also the hen coop wit 70 ducks, which happened to be in the boat. One of the chief mate’s Cockatoos died.
Wednesday 24th March 1847
Mr Parbury bet the Captain 10/- that he will not land the “Mailbags” on or before the 4th June. Mr Parbury also bets 10/- with the Doctor that we do not reach England in 100 days from the day we left the Harbour and Point Jackson.
Thursday 25th March 1847
A heavy sea broke in through the skylight in the Cuddy. Mr Tingcombe and got wet. A boogeregaa of the 1st Mate’s died.
Friday 26th March 1847
A heavy sea in. Rather cold, with occasional storms. Loo and Ecarté in the evening. Miss McHenry taking Lady Dowling’s likeness. Had a bad headache.
Saturday 27th March 1847
A beautiful day, all the Ladies on deck. One of Lady Dowling’s Cockatoo parrots died. Also a Boojeregaa of the Chief Mate’s. Had a touch of headache again today. One of the Doctor’s Boojeregaas laid an egg!!
Sunday 28th March 1847
Raining nearly the whole day. Cold and squally. Had Prayers in the Cuddy, Kingston reciting them. Had a capital dinner today, soup, salmon, jugged hare, champagne etc etc.
Monday 29th March 1847
Raining a little. Gardiner had the pleasure of tumbling into Lady Dowling’s cabin. Killed our second bullock. (Light pencil – Boy Parbury’s suggestion the Captain put tomorrows –)
Tuesday 30th March 1847
Raining the whole day. Whist in the evening. Seymour spoken to by Hallens, on account of his laughing into his throat.
One of the Chief Mates Boojeregaa’s died. (Le hungry?) ill from cold. Kingston had his cabin filed this evening with Seymour, Gardiner McHenry, the Doctor and myself. Got in a rage and requested us to leave. Seymour and I had a discussion on Pigotts and David Forbe’s quarrel at Cox’s at Mulgoa about the –, he blaming the latter. Miss McHenry informed me that George McArthur she heard was engaged to the next youngest (crossed out- Miss Priddle), hence why Miss Gore had been discarded.
Wednesday 31st March 1847
Lady Dowling discussing with me Frank’s and Miss Walker’s engagement. She says that Franks religious opinions weaned her affections. And another reason was his giving it (not? Out?) to his friends that he intended sailing for — instead of which he took lodgings in Sydney next to Dr Blands and there remained.
Thursday 1st April 1847
A fine day again, all the Ladies on deck. Lady Dowling the only one up after dinner. The Captain today sang out “The Bergahier?) in order to make April Fools of the party. Lady Dowling jumped from one side of the ship to the other and on to the (Forecastle?) as nimbly as a deer. Miss McHenry and (?) that cold on deck were also taken in.
Friday 2nd April 1847
A lovely day but cold, a calm. A ship seen to the Northward as though making for the Western Coast of America. Mr Gardiner and Miss McHenry gradually becoming more devoted to each other, every night at 8 bells he mixes her a glass of hot (nejus?) and with eyes beaming love, looks at her all the time she is sipping it. Many of the party wished to play Cards, but being Good Friday none of the Ladies acquiesced. Up to the present Gardiner (Gundino?) has been in total darkness in his cabin, today the Stern window of his cabin opened.
Saturday 3rd April 1847
During the calm, and the light wind afterwards, we only made 76 miles. A lovely day. The Doctor layed up with a lame foot, Chillblains. Tomorrow we hope to be in the meridian of Cape Horn. I made a bet with the Captain that we should see an See Bay before we came to the Cape, as yet his idea that we should not see any at all is correct. Gradiner and I sat up late talking of different Port Philip people, Mrs J. Manning we paired up to the skies. He tells me Talbot who came out in the “Alfred” went home to England deranged! He wrote a very sensible letter about his Cloak, of Wise recollects.
Played Loo in the evening. Every one made a rush at the Port, some rushed at Seymours
–ten, and he in defence in raising his man managed to break the shade of the Swinging Lamp. The Captain and himself wrangling about it. The former telling him it was (foolish?) and would fling the cards over board. The latter, “That he was – agree.”
Sunday 4th April 1847(light pencil)
A fine day. Very nearly abreast of Cape Horn. Had prayers in the Cuddy. Mr Parbury reading them. In the evening had a long discussion on Freemasons. Lady Dowling introducing the subject by remarking that she had often tried to acquire the secret from some of her relations who had become Masons. One extraordinary thing was that her friends always appeared ashamed of themselves afterwards, and one she detected in washing the Carmine from off his eyebrows and fingernails. She added that she as a girl of 16 had had to know it, but of her young hurt and of 2 – she did not succeed then, she had given up all idea of knowing of the knowledge of the secret. – Gardiner brought out his Apron being a Grand Master (of St.Pauls?) – ignorant skipper. I find out that old Kingston was also a Freemason.
Monday 6th April 1847
Disturbed all night by some animal or another running over me, ditto my birds. On opening one of my drawers found that a Native Cat (which had been put on board before leaving Sydney) had quietly ensconced himself in a corner. Called to one of the Black fellows who immediately caught him, sent him up to the 1st Mate, who had vowed vengeance against the animal for having killed all his Boojeregaas at Sydney, and for having made many (allrry?) its diner. The animal unknown to the Captain was consigned to a watery grave. Seymour gave old Kingston today the (Intrepret? Name?) of “Jorrocks” after the famous racer in Sydney, on account of his walking perpetually on the Poop. The old fellow is fond of a good swig, and today he was seen with the wing of a goose and jugged hare on the same plate. He wished to have a taste of both, but was afraid whilst eating the one, the other would be helped away so he hit on the expedient of sending one Steward (John) for the former, and the other Steward (Spencer) for the latter which the two complied the contents of one plate into the other. Seymour declared that he “Jorrocks” was screwed “from drinking to much, and I think he was a little touched. He told the tale of the Captain’s Native Cat being thrown overboard. And much discussion took place between the Skipper, Gardiner, Seymour and myself. The (sanding?) – the cats were belonging to the ship and we declaring if we found them in our cabins we would kill them.
Thursday 6th April 1847
A very disagreeable day. Ship rolling and shipping a great many seas, the wind dead against us. Had a desparate bad dinner, no pudding to Gardiner’s and my anguish. MrHenrys cabin took flooded. Obliged to sleep in my cabin.
Wednesday 7th April 1847
A beautiful day. The wind a little more (tolerable?) the ship going her course. Lady Dowling lost her remaining Cockatoo Parrot. Gardiner’s Kangaroo died today the (?) brought work skinning it. Paid the Captain, he having won the bet, no icebergs having been seen on the voyage.
Thursday 8th April 1847
A raw day, the wind unfavourable. We were expecting to see land “the Aurora Island” but our ignorant Captain on seeing a fog bank called out to the men forward to “Point Ship” much to the annoyance of the sailors, who surely knew the difference, the 1st Mate also informing the Captain of his error. Seymour edifying the company with a recital of his adventures at Moreton Bay after Blacks. A trip to Ferriter to his Station with Dr (Vinper? Juniper?) and the fright of Who etc
Friday 9th April 1847
A disagreeable day. Played Loo in the evening. Seymour before going to bed angered (arranged?) to screw (secure?) himself. Had a disagreement at the Dinner table upon the Transportation question, the only one of our party against the motion was the Skipper.
Saturday 10th April 1847
Fine day, with occasional sleet storms, rather cold. At 6 o’clock a.m. a vessel in sight, bound we supposed for the Cape of Good Hope. Seymour sick and out of spirits.
Sunday 11th April 1847
A beautiful day. Prayers read in the Cuddy by Mr Kingston. The Captain lost a very beautiful Cockatoo Parrot – (Might take one of mine??)
Lady Dowling this evening told anecdotes of some of the old (Arbas?), two in particular as having been related (refuted?) by Aunt Sophy, one a dinner party at old (Nelis?), where two of the young Ladies went into the loft for the (aerent?) and were seen with their legs dangling in the air, the ceiling having given way. And the other of a Mr (Broadant?)
Monday 12th April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
Another fine day, occasional squalls. Mrs Hallen has never made her appearance since the first week having been suffering the whole time from sea sickness and — consequent in it. None of the Ladies have been to see her yet. Lady Dowling however asked me today my opinion whether she should offer to see her, is but the other Ladies of the party wishing to keep aloof. And Mrs Hallen was a Miss Larson (Lawson?). And there is a report that she drinks a little, and I expect the Ladies only make this a mere excuse in order to save themselves the trouble of going below. As for thinking it, lament their “ungainly(?).” I recommended Lady Dowling to go, for if Mrs Hallen should – one the passengers They will – to accuse themselves if great inhumain – . Lady Dowling agreed with me. Mr Castle the 1st Mate has been very unfortunate with his birds, he has lost his last Cockatoo, no less than three of them altogether and also 2 Cockatoo Parrots and 4 Boogeregaas.
Tuesday 13th April 1847 (light pencil, difficult to read)
A very (air) agreeable day. Ship rolling very much and heavy sea. A bad dinner as usual. McHenry under the Doctors hands with a swelling on the (back?) Loo in the evening, Seymour the loser. Gardiner has given up playing entirely now that is playing with cards with Miss McHenry. All the Ladies prophery a match between them. At all events he has paid her that attention which demands explanation.
Wednesday 14th April 1847
A beautiful day. Felt a considerable difference in the mildness of the weather. The Thermometer on deck 57°. Shooting at Cape Pigeons and Albatrosses the whole day occasionally at (Botles?). The Captain is a fairly acute shot. The only good thing about him. The 1st Mate very (savage, sage?) he says there is always a fair wind after the birds are shot.
Thursday 15th April 1847
Another beautiful day, but a calm. Caught 4 Albatrosses. Cleaning my gun today. Loo in the evening. Gardiner and Miss McHenry at chess.
Friday 16th April 1847
Another fair day, a contrary wind unfortunately Mrs and Miss McHenry breakfasted at table for the first time. Lady Dowling was – the only Lady who got up for breakfast. Saw Porpoises for the first time this voyage.
Saturday 17th April 1847
A fair day, just 7 weeks from the day I embarked. Seymour very unwell. No doubt Gardiner has been and done it as they say. That he has proposed and been accepted by Mss McHenry. He not only has the young Lady but also the brother on his arm perambulating the deck. He might have waited till he arrived in England, me thinks, for on acquaintance the young Lady is rather plain than otherwise, bad mouth, bad nose, bad teeth, bad hands, greasy hair, and has that most regular Australian peculiarity, the nasal drawl when bringing out the word “What.” I have not given a description of the dinners we generally have every day, take today as the average one of them, roast pork at the head of the table, bowl of fruits at end. Ham, mutton pie, stewed beef and soup. 2 Mulberry pies, 2 peach pies sheery(?). And almonds and raisons for desert. I cannot say much for the fare on board ship. The wine too is villainous. The Porter was out today. To show how niggardly they treat us. The pies are only half filled with fruit, today I helped two people and there was no more left in the dish. The breakfast we ate was very bad. The tea — of the worst description. Everything is so dreadfully cold that the dinners are not worth eating. I never will sail by a ship having so many passengers or so many children. The Stewards have more than they can do properly, there being a servant as well as a children’s dinner in addition to ours. And you are never waited on properly and everything dirty. The Cuddy room too is never for one moment – a table cloth over it for one meal or another and therefore you have either to go to your own cabin or on deck. All the passengers, Ladies included, left off the most of their warm clothing.
Sunday 18th April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
Another beautiful day, left off my warm clothing. Put on shooting coat, cotton socks and light (material?) Had a good service today. Prayers in the Cuddy read by Mr Parbury. The Thermometer in the Cuddy 57. Had a long argument on diamonds, ending by the Captain producing a pin which he professed was worth 15 guineas. Parbury produced his ring which we all considered of a better water (maker?). Bet with the Captain £1 that his was not as good as Parbury’s. James the Assistant Steward fell down whilst bringing in a tub of warm water, very unwell, obliged to be bled by the Doctor at night. Captain (embarrassed ?) whilst leaning against Lady Dowlings cabin door, almost fell in, and discovered to the scene, Lady Dowling laying her full length on her couch.
Monday 19th April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
A fine day, the wind still unfavourable. Lady Dowling gave me Fanny’s sketch of “Bush Life and the “Oliver Fry’s Answer: She got letters from William Forbes to Fanny I have addressed the following memorandum for Mr Fry has replied but in anything but a gentlemany or even wity manner, moreover I cannot help thinking from certain allusions he knew perfectly well who the writer was. In all events he would have heard from Mr Forbes or – or Mr – Maning. I intend – and must get Mr – to answer it.
Tuesday 20th April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
A fair wind today. Biggs, an apprentice about 20, came down the hatchway in the night for the grog, this morning of course drunk, and tried several times to through himself overboard. The Captain lashed him near the Cuddy in the lee and -very abusive to the Captain. Lady Dowling did not make her appearance till after dinner. Some said she had taken (disgust?) with the Captain for having stopped her glass of milk which she was in the habit of taking before breakfast. Copying Mr Fry’s Review of Fanny’s “Requisites for a Bushman’s Wife.” No less than 19 pages of letter paper. Gardiner more (sweet, tweed?) than ever today and saw himself and Mrs J – all seated on a sail which lay on the Poop, do doubt talking over their mutual affairs and future prospects.
Wednesday 21st April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
Another fine day. Lady Dowling not very well. Read Dews Theology but one by Dr V-y , a naseally publication.
Thursday 22nd April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
Beautiful day. Mrs Hallen made her appearance on deck today. The last piece of pork beef we had manner today. Saw a great number of whales near – afterwards. They came within 20 yards of us. Lady Dowling did not make an appearance at all taday
Friday 23rd April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
A beautiful day. All the birds in the ship put in the Quarterdeck, a very pretty sight, for nearly every know Australian Bird was there. Bronze Wings to Waryu Wayu Pigeons, –, Brilliant Bullers, Ground Parrots, green beeks, –, King Parrots, L-ys, Red Cockatoos, Cockatoo Parrots, Rosellas, etc etc. And in the evening in (open?) until ½ past 12 p.m., being a beautiful moonlight night. Lady Dowling confined to cabin.
Saturday 24th April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
Parbury was telling me today of a most extraordinary – that his wife’s brother (Robinson) died of in Sydney A immense hulk of fat, weighing 14 lbs had attached itself to the spine, a sort of fungus in fact. Dr Bland attended him, and had (–?) for an altogether different complaint. And that he could have cured him, had he known the nature of the disease.
A beautiful day. Lady Dowling still unwell. In the evening at 10 o’clock we all, Seymour, Gardiner, McHenry Hallen, the Captain and myself went on the Poop to (sit in the moonlight and stayed up till 10?).
Sunday 25th April 1847
Prayers read by Mr King(light pencil, difficult to read)ston. So warm today that most of the party had on summer clothing. Gardiner white trousers.
We are in the Southern East Trade at last. Tomorrow we expect to see Ionidas and — Vas Rocks. Claret is produced today for the first time. No bread today, nor is there to be anything else but (meat?), for the future. The flour is — — . So much for the Sir J Seymour.
Monday 26th April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
Another beautiful day. Lady Dowling came out today. The Colonial moselle introduced at table, very good thought of it. I was from a “(Lambert?) and Murphy” in Sydney. Seymour and the Captain had a fine – because Seymour simply turned the table (spoon) on one side of him, before the Captain said Lords prayer, he spoke angrily to him, Seymour replied “That he did not come on board a Merchant ship to learn manners.” We saw the islands of “Trinidad”(?) at passed 3 about 20 miles on East. This is a very great satisfaction to us, as it proves the correctness of the Chronometer, and that the 1st Mate Castles (who is really the Captain of this ship) proved his (Anty? Authority?). Miss McHenry and Mrs Tingcombe sat outside the Cuddy tonight singing, one of their (anots?) was the song most Mrs — used to sing. I do not know the name of it, but “Am I not fondly thine own,” seems to be the – of it. Had a desperate headache. We are on the lookout for outward bound ships, and the Capatin intending getting — — A great number of porpoises playing about. All the harpoons got — .
Tuesday 27th April 1847(ink)
Another fine day, squally towards evening. Before breakfast two ships were seen about 15 miles from us. Shortly after dinner two other ships were descried. We signaled each immediately. The jolly boat was lowered by Castle and they – and were sent by the Captain to see if they could provide any flour. Gardiner accompanied them. The first ship, the “Berhampore” from Liverpool bound for Calcutta, 42 days from port. The mate could only obtain 1 barrel of flour from this ship. Shorty after the second ship rounded our Stern and spoke us. She proved to me a Yankee, the “Leonore” also from Liverpool and bound to Calcutta, 47 days out. Castles went on board and got as much flour as was needed, the Yankee very polite, gave the Dr some whiskey. A great number of English passengers in one of them Sir George Gipps death mentioned. He died in February at Canterbury of disease of the heart. The accounts from Ireland, fearful in the extreme, people dying by hundreds. Flour very dear 10/- a bushel. Wrote to Fanny by the “Berhampore” Lat 18 South, Longitude 30 West.
The Yankee reports having seen no less than 15 sail crossing the line together, we are therefore very likely to meet more ships.
The Dr got rather –.
Wednesday 28th April 1847(light pencil, difficult to read)
Every one nearly reading the English newspapers. The Dr felt rather headachey from the Whiskey. After breakfast saw another ship, about 4 miles, we hoisted the Union Jack, and she showed in return Dutch Colours. Rather squally today with now and again a shower of rain.
McHenry confined to his bed, since blistered by the Doctor. Another beautiful Cockatoo Parrot (belonging to Mr Kingston’s servant) died today. Some of the sailors sing – interest any of the — — in the lower -s. Tonight (brought?) – to them in the forecastle singing – again ” etc. “Alls Well” – a–.
Thursday 29th April 1847
A fine day, very oppressive the heat. Did not dine at table today not being very well. Two ships were seen to the Leeward of us before dinner, supposed to be (American?) and one very large, they after dinner 7 miles off., — or C– , they arrived at the conclusion from distinguishing 3 windsails on board. Mrs Davies made her appearance on deck the first time since the birth of her child. About 10 o’clock p.m. the Captain pointed out a light in the distance, which must have been the light of the (Romende?) of some type or another.
(3 months of light pencil written pages – not legible. )
Friday 30th May 1847
A fine day but hazy. Saw, however, vessels today, one to the Leeward before lunch. The ship to the Windward of us just before dinner. The Thermometer in Tingcombe’s cabin 82°. Lady Dowling in a great anger with the head Steward. Her lamp went out, and she requested him to fill it again but he made answer that the lamp was too warm, her Ladyship immediately jumped up in anger and took it off himself and attempted to light it herself.
Saturday 1st May 1847
A fine day, saw two vessels today, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon with the latter we exchanged signals. She was an American. Today some observations were made with regard to old Mr (Running’s?) deficiency and a comparison of young Mc(Zugrid’s?) conduct paying (passing?) in further, death etc (?). I differed in thinking he was worthy of so much praise, in as much as the not having a livelihood he had was – offer of his Father’s Creditors – the Reff Station at – and rating and – – of his robbing the – To this I made – to far from this that he –. Mrs Tingcombe in a very abrupt nasty manner – asking me who my authority to which I replied “Myself.” (Fanny and Wise had mentioned Mr — — in question or I took it upon myself to say this). She then in a most ungrateful and -ly manner said “I beg to deny it.” However she on hearing me mention that his Aunt lived with him, acknowledged she referred to a more distant period when he lived by himself. In the evening I spoke Tingcombe telling him that I was excessively annoyed by Mrs Tingcombe so abruptly contradicting me at a public table without reason, and that I hoped it would not occur again. That as a Lady of course her imputing the – to me in so palpable a manner could not be taken notice if other than by mentioning it to her husband and requesting him to prevent a recurrence of it.
Tingcombe said he would speak to his wife about it, but that he did not understand his wife wished to impute any mistatment(?). Only the thought that a (dereing, dremy?) young man should not be robbed of his due praise, that her authority was the Bishop. Flying Fish seen for the first time. The Doctor too unwell to come to dinner.
Sunday 2nd May 1847
A fine day, but I can – advise anyone to – cabins below. The heat in – intolerable. I hardly though my scuttle is open. Had Prayers in the Cuddy read by Mrs Parbury. — — .
The Doctor better, did not get up till dinner time.
Davies got rather tipsy.
Monday 3rd May 1847
Fearfully warm, the ship hardly going her course.
The Doctor, Gardiner and myself and the two young Parbury’s finding it so insufferably close in our Cabins below, determined to have our beds brought up and layed on the Caddy floor.
Reading the whole day – of Sydney ‘Atlas.” Which Gardiner had brought with him. I hope Wise will not forget to subscribe to it or send it to his Governor so that I may be enabled to have a sight of it.
Tuesday 4th May 1847
The Captain’s Cockatoo which loose all over the ship, bit off the leg of a “Bullen Bullen” Parrot belonging to Mr Castle. Also one of the toes of my young Cockatoo Parrot.
Wednesday 5th May 1847
Reading Alison’s Europe. Mr Parbury lost one of his Boogeregaas. Also Mr Kingston. Also the Doctor. Everyone in fact who has any Boogeregaas has lost one or more. There are however – 18, the Captain 35 and Castle 11.
Thursday 6th May 1847
Very warm, Thermometer 87°. Occasional heavy showers. We expect to cross the Line tomorrow.
Friday 7th May 1847
Heavy rain towards evening. At 12 o’clock – 20 miles north of the Line. The Captain gives 33 days from this before we reach England. Played Whist in the evening with Parbury, Doctor, and Mr Kingston. 2/6 – 1/- point – Kingston got 8/6 much to Seymours disgust.
The Doctor told me that he knows B.C. Harrison at Yass, that he formerly lived in Maitland and from thence ran away with a Butcher’s wife called Murphy, and went to (San to Land?).
On looking over my clothes today I missed the parcel David entrusted(?) to my care. Viz the shoes and gloves by which I was to know Mrs D. Forbes. I presume Fanny will sent it me through E. Manning by the –.
Saturday 8th May 1847
Pouring rain part of the day. Castles ordered all the geese and ducks to be turned out on the Quarter deck that they might have the benefit of the, and enjoy it. They did certainly
Sunday 9th May 1847
Had prayers in the Cuddy read by Kingston. Another wet day. Portuguese Men of War (the Nautili) floating all around the ship.
Monday 10th May 1847
A fine day. Unfortunately a calm again. Sharks swimming about in all directions. Before breakfast the sailors caught one about 6 feet long. Many of the passengers not having tasted shark the Steward was ordered to have part of it dressed. Seymour and Hallen partook of it with repeated avidity. Few of the Ladies took a mouthful each and of them like it. Lady Dowling, Mrs Tingcombe- and as they made no — doubt enjoyed it. Played Loo as usual in the evening. Seymour is very much on the path of making – that is to say if he cannot – he very often does not follow suit but keeps his trump till the –, he had done this once this evening, — playing the ace of trumps, I cautioned him not to make a revoke. Strange to say instead of following – instead of playing “hearts” he followed my ace of -s with a 9 of – and when I played a second trump – came with a King of Hearts that he ought to have played in the first instance. We had agreed if anyone was caught – he should be fined 5/- besides his Loo. As Seymour would not play, we all simultaneously threw out our cards and played no longer.
Portuguese Man of War (the Nautili) floating around, a bucket was lowered and two brought up for the edification of the Ladies. One of the little Parburys touched one of them and applied his finger to the – afterwards, great pain from it for a long time. Lady Dowling – the party with talking in a scientific manner as to where the “Nauticulum” was etc. After dinner, fearing she had made one an array expression, she asked me whether it was a –. I told her no but that I would give her the real meaning which I did by copying out the expression from Alexanders(?) Fauna(?), “a fly — of various animals of theLinnaear class Veames.”
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Tuesday 11th May 1847
Raining the whole day. Another calm which is very provoking. Ringworm discovered to lie on the heads of the young Davies’, much to the horror of the mama’s on board, but more particularly felt by Mrs Tingcombe.
Gardiner and Miss McHenry now are looked upon by us all as engaged. He never leaves her an instant. He — — with the most perfect — and as he is anything but a good – I thin Mrs McHenry will find him anything but an agreeable son in law.
Wednesday 12th May 1847
Rain the whole day, in the early part of the day we had a capital breeze which no doubt is the forerunner of the North East Tradesl. Reading the “Mysteries of London.” Made a bet with Mr Davies that we would not land the mail bags in 28 days from tomorrow (10/-.) The 9th of June is the day.
We have caught during the last few rainy days about 10 tons of water, although not good enough for drinking, it does for the sheep, cow, etc, as well as for cooking —- The cow we have on board is a famous milker, although her calf was killed shortly after we sailed, the animal has never failed in giving us as much milk as we require. Slept in my own cabin tonight.
Thursday 13th May 1847
A fine day, we are all highly delighted at being no longer becalmed. During the night we averaged 8 knots an hour, and we are likely to keep this favorable North East wind for some days.
Innumerable Portuguese Men of War floating about. I must account a rather laughable farce that took place. Lady Dowling had obtained one of these Nauliti, and had it kept in a bucket all night. The bucket got upset and the Poop was of course covered with the disjected parts of the Portuguese Man of War, the sailor in consequence or the circumstance in walking upon the deck without shoes and some got stung on their feet severely. Too many are limping yet from the effects of it. The Carpenter’s Mate got drunk. Lady Dowling expressed – – to me as feeling very much — want of proper respect – that she might reckon – and myself in preventing – – not that I thought that – – that I was entertained by anyone. The fact that Lady Dowling is rather too familiar and now and again bring out – – breaking (maines, manners?) which neither herself nor her audience understand. After some time I think that Mr Tingcombe and Mrs Parbury are rather wanting in proper attention, considering Lady Dowling’s position.
Friday 14th May 1847
We made a capital days run. We have still a strong (windy?) breeze and it is likely to continue. Played Loo in the evening, a winner. Kingston and I had a discussion on the following point, whether 80 (yrds?) of fencing put up in a circle would contain more land than 80 yrds of fencing in a square. I of opinion that the circle would contain more, he contra.
Saturday 15th May 1847
Did not get up to breakfast. Hallen and McHenry had a few words about a glass of beer which the latter was in the act of having with Gardiner when Hallen came up and giving them a bit of his mind. Loo in the middle of the day as well as in the evening. Gardiner the loser
Sunday 16th May 1847
Did not get up at all today, having taken a severe cold. The effect of which I feel in every bone of my body. Davies had a row I am told with Mrs Tingcombe and Mr Parbury, about allowing his children to play with theirs and endangering the operating of the ship which they have in their –, the (hayworn?). Mr Parbury threatened to hit them, and Mr Davies informed him he should strike him if he did so. –. Mr Tingcombe went into the – to complain, the latter remained — –
Monday 17th May 1847
A beautiful day, the weather –. Played Loo on deck. Gardiner in great rage about losing 2.15.
In the evening a great row between the Captain and Gardiner and McHenry. The Captain calling Gardiner a liar, and that he would not believe a word he said, even on his oath. In quo ques in return McHenry also calling the Captain no gentleman a Bounce, and – he would not dare to call him a liar on shore. The origin of the dispute in consequence of the Captain ordering light out.
Tuesday 18th May 1847
This day 7 years I left England for New South Wales. A lovely day. Thermometer 76°.
A long argument at dinner on waltzing and the very objectionable manner in which some of the Officers danced. Many think(?) at this time. Mr Parbury very much opposed to it, Seymour mentioned that a waltz on the verandah, afterwards it called by one of the Offices “Verandah screening.”
The ship is undergoing the process of having all the Battlins, shrouds, ropes etc tarred, also the yards, in another week they will begin to paint her so that on arrival in the Docks she may look smart and shipshape.
Lady Dowling counted up the old maids in Sydney. More than she thought, Miss Jacob l—.
Wednesday 19th May 1847
The Doctor told me he was passenger on board the ship in which Mrs George McLeay went out to New South Wales, and that the Captain, old Malland, and herself were particularly intimate. She is sister of Mayor Jonns (Timms?) of Port Macquarie.
Thursday 20th May 1847
Another beautiful day. Lady Dowling told me to my surprise that Captain (Rossn, Rofn?) was evidence in Queen Caroline’s trial, and that he was one of witnesses who answered “Non inreendoz” to nearly all the questions put.
They have begun to scrape the sides of the ship preparatory to painting her.
Loo in the evening. Gardiner the loser to the amount of £5.
Of Florida I suppose (?) seaward in great abundance still, from the – some painting the back of the ship, others clearing away hay which was near the Cuddy. Loo in the evening.
Saturday 22nd May 1847
The Captain was the first to discover a ship in sight upon Leeward of us about 11 o’clock.
At 2 o’clock we were near enough to exchange colours, she proved to be the “Lady Coledom(?)” from Trinidad bound to Greenwich. Lady Dowling rather annoyed at being – by Mr and Mrs Tingcombe, Parbury’s — said Demerana was not an island, and they reversed(?).
Sunday 23rd May 1847
early this morning another large vessel seen. We hoisted our colours but were unable to make her out. We expect she is the “Johnston” which left Sydney a week before us. We soon left her, as quickly as we did the “Lady Colbrook” yesterday. Mr Kingston at dinner got in a great rage with Gardiner on account of his — — . He appealed to the Captain to put a stop to it remarking that if was childish and ungentlemany. Mrs McHenry who was sitting between Gardiner and Mr Kingston must have felt very awkward. At all events she looked so. Gardiner — — .
Hallen and Mr Castle had a dispute about opening a — — way in his lower – cabin where some of the Cuddy stores are kept and not calking up again. — —
The Doctor’s ‘Bullen Bullen” – fell down from the perch in — — he was quite well half an hour before.
Monday 24th May 1847
The Verdi – in sight till about 11 o’clock when — — and at tea time we were near enough to signalize, we made our – and found she was the “Margaret -lly” but the sun having set and there being no longer sufficient light, we were obliged to remain in doubt as to where she sailed from or whither her destination. — — we all thought she was the “Trafalgar” of our ship. The Captain and Mr Castle had a dispute, the former sent the Steward for the (cottons, cabins?), Mr Castle said he did not know where they were: and this answer was given because the Steward did not or could not take the trouble of looking for them and this reply was deemed impertinent by the Captain, after sending to enquire of the Chief Officer. I have taken to drink Claret lately, and I find it agrees better with me than any other time. It is one of the greatest farces to see Tingcombe and Parbury – the scene of — — each other’s wives. “Mrs Parbury may I have the pleasure of talking some with you,” improbably followed by Mrs Tingcombe may I have the pleasure of -ing — with you.” — — (illegible – refer to diary)
I have never given the character etc of my different fellow passengers, and for fear I may forget them when I land I will commence and to begin with Tingcombe. The man I took a great dislike to on first sight. Vulgar, — to presumptions if he does, the shape of his head proves him to be a curious prying sort of fellow, and the squeaky cachamonations which I suppose must have called laughing makes me feel inclined to — him. It is a most fortunate thing Parbury is on board for he is unable to free himself the -ns which he otherwise would have done, had not there been a greater than he on board. He is therefore critical to play second fiddle. The most part of the morning he devotes to chess with Parbury. The remaining part then Lowering about his wife — — — and is way of -y dancing the Polka whilst carrying the baby. He is nephew to Lethbridge who lived at Craig End. He is also partner of Watkins of Parramatta who has a store there.
Tuesday 25th May 1847
A beautiful day, exceedingly warm however, and worst of all a calm! The ship we signalized yesterday evening we see again toady to the Leeward of us. We also saw another ship to the Windward of us, but too far off to signalize her. Dolphins in ab-tions. All hands today washing – and astride(?) the ship, some painting.
Very little seaweed today. Gardiner, however, placed himself in the mains chains all day fishing for it. He reminding me of my -ing over a — .
Seymour today mentioned that Woodford (who lived with the Broughams(?) at Griffin(?)) was at Winchester with him and there went by the name of “Jeremy Dillaben (Dilldlen?) in consequence of his Airlyt(?) dealings.
I was forcibly reminded of Miss Beecham while watching the Boatswain with his whistle. I do not know what has come to Seymour lately, but he seems very much out of spirits. His friends in England do not expect him, and I think he anticipates anything but a pleasant meeting with them. Every night now he takes a late glass of grog, and is quite stupid from the effects of it, and quarrelsome.
I yesterday gave Tingcombe’s description, now for his wife. She is a pert, vulgar – tempered woman, has a great idea of herself and every thing — — dresses in very bad taste gaudy colours, and has her petticoats to short, as to be positively indecent. She is a regular wasp, full of venom and spittle, and to use Lady Dowling’s servants expression, she “exactly – of a soldiers wife.” She is a particular friend of Mr Blocome (Bloxome?) of the North Shire. I do not like her, nor do, I think, anyone on board does unless the McHenrys. Her peculiar habit too, is that of exposing her foot and ankle to the public gaze, being impressed with the idea of having a very pretty one. Heaven save the (mouth?)!
Wednesday 26th May 1847
A perfect calm at one time. A little before dinner we signalized the ship we saw to the windward of us yesterday. She was the “William Russell” from Para-io to Liverpool with cotton, sugar, out 23 days today. The jolly boat was lowered and Mr Castle, the Doctor, McHenry and Gardiner went on board. They did not return for a couple of hours or more. Mr Castle purchased a gaudy coloured McCaw and a Marmoset Monkey for 30/-. Gardiner purchased two little Marmasets with grey heads for 3. The Captain of the “William Russell” (bought?) a little lime juice and vinegar, and we in return asked – – — the boat did not come up back (?) till after 8 o’clock. The moon was shining brightly and as her light caught the sails rendered the “William Russell” a very pretty object. We did not lose our game of Loo, but played as usual the evening, but beginning later.
Thursday 27th May 1847
Made only 40 miles, very light winds now. The “William Russell” kept in company with us all last night, and all today, not being further apart from each other then a few miles. Just before dinner the jolly boat was lowered and Mr Page and the Doctor went over to her. The Captain was invited to dine with us but declined. The Doctor purchased Guava(?) of the –. From him as well as Pineapple and some –. He brought back to –. The Captain of the William Russell says he will beat us on our passage home. He gives himself 20 days for them and the “Sir George Seymour” 30 days. We all wrote letters in the event of such being the case. I wrote to dear Grace and one to Mr Hibbert.
Seymour and Gardiner at Loo had a tiff. Gardiner dealt for Seymour out (but?) without his permission, turned up a card and refused to be Looed, Seymour also refused to pay it as Gardiner had taken up the cards without his agreeing to it. Gardiner is a very (passionate?) person and does not play in a gentlemany way at all.
Friday 28th May 1847
The “William Russell” still in sight till about 4 o’clock, when we ran clean away from her. We aw another ship on our starboard quarter early in the morning, but by lunch time she was not visible. During the evening the breeze had freshened so much that we were going at 11 knots.
Purchased from the Captain a vial of Jelly Pineapple jam. He – 8/9 first and charged me 12/-.
It was rather chilly this evening on deck, so much so that I put on my great coat. At Loo we were all very much annoyed at Gardiner’s conduct, he turned up a card whilst dealing and refused to put his Loo in. I had myself a turn over a few minutes before. He, however, chose the excuse of the wind from the skylight above blowing if over and left the table without paying. We are all determined not to play again with him till he has – and apologized to the table for his conduct.
I had a tiff with him in the — – -and the evening he wanted to borrow — – (as the Doctor and Castles did the night before) — —
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I pity Miss McHenry’s fate very much if she becomes his wife, his bad temper will break her heart.
The Doctors cabin full of water having shipped a sea – – all his boojeregaas drenched. My (curtains?) also had a sea inform the scuttle having been left open. Everything – fortunately.
Saturday 29th May 1847
A beautiful day, Thermometer 65 only, a very chilly night. We had a splendid breeze al though, and ran 216 miles. Early in the morning before we were up two ships were seen in the offing outward bound, and at dinner another ship, also outward bound under close reefed topsails, while we were carrying all possible sails with stern sails set. Bought a type of Guava jelly from the Captain 12/- containing 3lbs I think.
In the middle of the night the Doctor called up, one of the sailors having been given something to drink in pain which has nauseated his stomach — — for two hours the man did not own up — .
Lovely moon lights.
Sunday 30th May 1847
A lovely day, and a fine breeze. We are carrying M-yals and stern sails and going 9 knots. We made 234 miles. Last night Lady Dowling gave some wine very indiscreetly to the sailors, several of them got drunk, and the man at the wheel was discovered steering in an exactly opposite direction to the -d one hence to go. Lady Dowling did not make an appearance at all today.
Prayers as usual, read by Mr Parbury.
Another vessel seen about 10 miles off whilst we were at dinner, and just as we were going to bed we passed one, like ourselves, homeward bound within half a mile, we were going 11 knots and passed her like a shot.
Monday 31st May 1847
About 5 o’clock this morning, heard the Captain signal “Land on the Lee Bow,” went on deck and had a beautiful view of the Island of Coovo(?), one of the “Western Island,” the sun was just rising at the time, the only people that had curiosity enough to make them get up were Parbury, the Doctor, Tingcombe, and Davies. We made a most splendid days run, 2409 miles, and if we can only keep the wind we have 8 days more will bring us to old England, perhaps less. A very cold day, and a thick fog in the afternoon. They painted the bridge of the ship today, everything on board nearly, the hen coops, and even the 3 – on the Poop. Loo in the evening as usual. The way the buckets are made is worthy of notice, instead of iron handles, they have a piece of rope passing through two of the staves which keep it a few inches higher than the –.
Tuesday 1st June 1847
We ran more than 200 miles today, and very prospect of keeping it up. Lady Dowling made some extraordinary allusions to her – husband – in dress wearing stays etc. And what astonished me more than any thing, was her saying she once dressed herself as a Naval Officer and surprised all her sisters and brothers in Newington. (querry whose uniform was it?). This story is as good as the one Miss Mitchell tells of herself and the Miss (Dixons?) putting on Captain (Whartons?) full dress and damaging the epaulettes. Seymour screwed the evening. A ship seen before dinner but the fog so thick that she was soon out or sight. Parbury tells me that Mrs McHenry is rather uneasy about Gardiner not having made the proposal yet, and therefore is not quite pleased with them being so much together, his hand generally clasping her etc.
Loo in the evening.
Wednesday 2nd June 1847
The wind alas no longer fair, dead against us. Up very early this morning, no wind at all. Holystoning had dicks (ticks?) today, anything but pleasant. Not very well today, took medicine. Seymour screwed again today. This jailing of his is much to be regretted, otherwise he is an agreeable gentlemany fellow, most perfectly good natured, and has a degree of eccentricity about him which keep us in a natural state of laughter, whenever he is absent from the table we are dull. He is however, very fond of telling a story over more than once, and sometimes 7 or 8 times. Whenever he alludes to Pratt, the Paymaster of the 99th or Mrs Hare (blade?) of Morton Bay he will tell you the same story. Mrs Hade by the bye left him in her will 600 depending on her –. She was a proud — — that she is very egotistical talking much of his different relatives. — (illegible – refer to diary)
Thursday 3rd June 1847
The wind against us and – by a heavy head seas on. Very cold indeed. Seymour in bed nearly the whole day from the effects of yesterdays (38rb up?) at tea time.
On time for Loo and both he and I absent. Engaged the whole day drawing a sketch of the Cottage at Demondrille the 4 -s. I intended it for Wise’s sisters, he having some time ago asked me to sketch it.
Friday 4th June 1847
The wind still foul, and a heavy lead see on. Very cold, very much like the weather we had around Cape Horn. Just before dinner we came up into a large Dutch ship, signalized her and found she was the “Delft” from Batavia to Rotterdam out 97 days. She asked us our Greenwich Line, we left her astern in a few hours. Mr Castle lost one of his red Cockatoos. The ship is still infested with rats, and one forced his way through the bars of a bird cage in which was a bird of Hallens. He (the rat) could not get out and the bird (a parrot) pecked him to death. A novel –, and says much for the sagacity and pluck of the bird. Seymour says that Pigott of the 99th decryed (decoyed, delayed?) Miss Mornock to his quarters and of course her fame is destroyed.
Saturday 5th June 1847
A very cold day, and the Thermometer in the Cuddy 56. Early in the morning 3 homeward bound ships were in sight, and before dinner there — — (illegible – refer diary) we exchanged numbers – and found she was the “Passley” (Papley?) from (Calcutta?) bound to Liverpool 125 days out. Mr Parbury saw also schooner, and after dinner two outward bound ships were seen, making in all no less than 9 ships that we have come up with today. James, the Assistant Steward, was sent forward to work as a sailor, in consequence of his being seen repeatedly drunk, even when waiting at the Cuddy. What -ted the question was his spilling the soup over Lady Dowling and Mrs Parbury. He was formerly the waiter at Petty’s. Loo in the evening. Seymour the lucky player tonight. I forgot to mention that one of the outward bound ships hoisted her colours whilst we were signalizing, the “Tapley.” She was a foreigner, from Lubeck. We were indifferent as to whither bound or any thing else relating to her and therefore passed onward. McHenry and the Dr had some sharp words with each other at Loo, the upshot is that McHenry never plays when the Dr is playing. McHenry however, is an ignorant young fellow, childish in the extreme.
Sunday 6th June 1847
Early this morning two ships in sight and after breakfast two more, one we imagine to be the “William Russell” which we signalized some few days ago. Had prayers read by Mr Kingston. After dinner waked up and down the Poop talking with Lady Dowling and various other people.
Monday 7th June 1847
A calm today. More ships in sight today, one of them we signalized – our old friend the “William Russell” –
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Thursday 8th June 1847
The wind most fortunately changed today, although we are going only 3 – – still we are going the right way with stern sails set. 4 ships in sight, one the “Wm Russell” We signalized one of the others after lunch, the “Lady -” or rather she signalized us first by showing her Ensign and then her name. She was unable to make out our signals and we were therefore left in ignorance as to her destination, we even considered she had troop on board, from seeing so many people in the Forecastle and Quarterdeck, all dressed in white frocks and praying caps. At dinner time another ship hove in sight, we hoisted our colours but she was not inclined to signal and sailed on without showing what country even she was of. We imagined her to be a North American liner. After tea ship on the Lee Bow, was sang out, but being engaged playing Loo, did not see her myself. Had a long argument with Parbury on the propriety of saying “Signalizing” a vessel, he says that “to make signals” is the correct way, and that the other is to be applied only in the sense of a person distinguishing himself. Gardiner agrees with me, and to prove that I an right instanced the two French verbs “Signaler and Signalizes” and “se Sginaler” to signalize oneself.
Mrs McHenry is next on the list of those I wish to give a description of, a poor harmless unoffending woman, a native of the Colony and — — as circumscribed as her daily walks on the Poop. She very seldom draws out anything and when she does it is sometimes one or another, she however does the maternal as David Forbes would say, and watches Gardiners and her daughter Jane’s movements with Lynx eyed sagacity wherever they seat themselves the old lady brings herself to an anchor. She has a look in her – to pretend she is reading but ever and anon you see her eyes armed with spectacles looking first at the lovers and then at those who may be in the Cuddy, much as to say “you see his marked attention.” Verily Mrs McHenry, Gardiner’s conduct has been too remarkable. He has signalized himself, and if he ever marries your daughter he will be a more honorable man than I take him for.
Wednesday 9th June 1847
The favorable breeze still with us. We made 131 miles today: we cannot be more than 500 miles from England now. And if an – Easterly wind does not set in on the Chops of the Channel, we may soon be there God grant it. Several people today writing letters, Seymour for a wonder one of the. This evening old Kingston and Hallen did nothing but watch Gardiner and Miss McHenry on their love making, and if what they say is correct Gardiner deserved to be horsewhipped by young McHenry. These whisperings that are afloat will do the Lady infinite harm I am afraid. Talking of Gardiner I may well sketch him at –. At first I liked him, and thought him a gentlemany agreeable fellow, but of late I have changed my opinion and think him the reverse. His conduct I think on Miss McHenry’s case far from meritable to either part, then again his – most villainous, he does not – – passions, about – – even when playing chess with his – he told her he was enjoying – –
This evening at Loo, Seymour retired from the table determining to lose no more the night before he was in great rage because the Dr could not play, at remarked that it was a great shame that he as a winner did not give him a chance to recover his losing £6. The Dr has now declared that he will not play any more, he says he is winner of about £5, but I think he must have won at least 10. I have lost up to today 3. Davies paid me 10/- I won from him, this being the day when he saw the Mail would be divided.
Thursday 10th June 1847
A foggy drizzly day, and the wind again Easterly, not a great deal however and from the appearance of the sky we anticipate a change for the better I think. The Steward told me today that old Kingston only paid £60 for his cabin which is opposite mine, if this is the case it is bad of Underwoods charging £86 for mine. Two ships in sight today, both homeward bound.
Friday 11th June 1847
A rainy misty day, and very cold. Thermometer in the Cuddy 56°, with door closed. Did not get up to breakfast. The wind in the night shifted and we have been very nearly going our course. At dinner time saw two ships, one very near and passed astern, she wrote her Longitude and Latitude on a piece of board, which — corresponded with our dead reckoning. Not having had an observation today. The name of the vessel, “The Maitland” did not signalize the other one. The Dr showed me the ships manifest, in which the passengers money paid to the different paid by the different persons on board is put down. And it was some satisfaction to learn from this that I was not paying more than either Kingston or Gardiner. The Steward has therefore been under a delusion. At 9 o’clock this evening we – the lead line was lowered, and we were found to be in soundings, 5 fathoms. Lady Dowling in high spirits, I believe she has actually preserved some of the – as a specimen, she being very fond of curiosities. Played Loo as usual, a winner of £1..10. We had no dessert today, having made a “clean sweep of the whole toto” as the Captain called it. Not a biscuit even remaining, we shall be soon reduced to – commons too, we killed our last pig today.
Saturday 12th June 1847
Very hazy this morning. At breakfast a fast sailing little craft passed under our stern, supposed to be one of the Mediterranean clippers. It would be impossible to note down all the ships that were visible today, 25 were counted from the Poop, and had any one gone aloft a great many more might have been seen. After dinner land seen, and the light house on the Scilly Isles called St.Agnes could plainly be discerned with the glass, some saw it with the naked eye. I cannot describe the delightful sensations I have in anticipating a meeting with my friends and my family – – was informed to enjoy it. I hardly can believe it a reality. Some of us are telling of landing at Brighton. Seymour goes on with the ship to the Docks, he is regularly hard up of the few pounds (6) he brought with him he lost at Loo. He honored some money today however from the Captain. Tonight was our last night of Loo. At the end of the evening we had a game of -(Finjkt?) in which Lady Dowling, Mr and Mrs McHenry, Mr Parbury, Mrs Davies, Seymour, Gardiner, the Captain, McHenry, Charly Parbury – — and myself put in 1/- each a game. McHenry 2/- for his share and he and Lady Dowling were left the last to fight it only. McHenry — — however McHenry also agreed to go halves with Gardiner and he therefore has to pay him 6/-.
I won 9/- by which has very nearly made me quits at Loo. I have only lost — — altogether, although — — McHenry I understand has lost 4 and, Gardiner nearly £4 and Seymour £6 or £7. D–
Sunday 13th June 1847 (pencil – very light – mostly illegible)
About 5 o’clock the — — along side. – and the only intelligence was O’Connell’s D–.
Prayers read by Mr Parbury. I do not know what Wise will think of my not having flown from the ship in the way of – he could have gone no (doubt?). At dinner time a steamer passed close to us, steering as though for Southampton. We fancied she came from one of the Chanel Islands. I wanted the Captain to speak her to see if they would take a passenger but she was too far ahead. We hope to land tomorrow. In the evening we were of the Isle of Wight and could plainly discern dry land. — —
Monday 14th June 1847(pencil – very light)
Great preparations made this morning for landing. A pilot boat had put off to us and the Pilot had agreed to take those who wanted to land at Folkestone for £1 each. Parbury, his wife and family and Gardiner and Seymour and myself were the only ones who took advantage of the opportunity and most gladly –. We left the good old ship with three cheers and after a couple of hours sailing in a celebrated “Deck P-s” we placed our feet on English – once again. Words can not express the intensity of delight experienced. We were all descrying some new thing that we had not seen since we quitted old England – there is Elm, or there is a -ed gate etc etc were uttered by us all. We experienced no trouble at the Customs, the Officers thereof went through the forms of searching and as to searching the (persons?) they never proposed it. If they had they would have found many letters — — after getting our traps through, adjourned to the George where we had a very – and excellent lunch, everything so fresh and beautifully clean.
At 4 o’clock we started by Rail for London and arrived at a little before 7 – Parbury left us at – soon arrived in – we drove to the Collonade Hotel near the Opera House and had not the slightest idea where my – were, but immediately went to — Mr and Mrs Hibbert, and I was delighted to see Aunt Mary Anne, Aunt Charlotte were living not a stone’s throw B-St and arrived just at 8 o’clock. They had been expecting me and George had been to — thinking I might possibly land there. Of cousins delighted to see me. Stayed with them till 12 when I took a cab and went back to the hotel. Gardiner, found him in the Coffee Room. Seymour was absent.
Tuesday 15th June 1847
Breakfasted at – with Gardiner and Seymour and left immediately after. Called on Edward Wise at – engaged a Customs Agent to manage the business of passing the goods – meet him on Thursday at the Docks. I have got lodgings in an – in Marylebone St.
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Wednesday 16th June 1847
Called on Dr Wilson — —
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Friday 18th or 19th June 1847
Perberton Hodgson called on me and we went together to see Mr (Dobson?) who is living in C— St with her uncle Sir Peregrine –. I never saw her looking so well, beautifully dressed — — introduced to her cousin Miss (Lathwell?) who puts me in mind very much of Miss Callander. Pemberton Hodgson drank tea with us.
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Sunday 20th June 1847
Went to Church with Grace and Aunt M.A. Afterwards Grace and I took a stroll together. Dined at Mre OK Mannings with Edward Wise.
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Monday 21st June 1847
Drank tea with Dr Wilmot, met a Mr – a most beautiful, and powerful – was shown us by the latter.
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Tuesday 22nd June 1847
Mrs and Miss Wise and I have arranged to call on Mrs (Morrison?).
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Wednesday 23rd June 1847
Called with Aunt Mary Anne and Grace on Mrs Wise, she is staying at —- —
Early in the morning called with Mrs Wise on Lady Dowling who is staying with —
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Thursday 24th June 1847
Mr and Mrs Cuthbert called today to ask Charlotte to go with them to the Opera which was gladly accepted notwithstanding she had —
I dined at Mr Hibberts, gave us a capital dinner and delicious wines. –
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Sydenham Russell and P Hodgson called on me today. Edward Wise dinned here and in the evening Mr and Mrs Wise drank tea.
Miss Newhouse dined here. As she was the most — Captain Newhouse —
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Sunday 27th June 1847
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Monday 28th June 1847
Went to –
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Tuesday 29th June ? 1847
Wrote to Fanny on part of Grace’s letter.
Wednesday 30th June 1847
Went to the City with George. Called on Mr (OVe?) Manning and went with him –
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Thursday 1st July 1847
Went to a meeting of – Montgomery Martin in the Chair. Saw Cunningham — — Sir Thomas Myers
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Wednesday 2nd July 1847
House of Commons. William Scott, Pantheon. Called on Mrs and Mr —
Mrs Wright (of Jamaica) drank tea with Aunt C., mother of Miss Wright that Wise —
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Saturday 3rd July 1847
Walked out with Aunt M.A. to Regent St. – the letters by the “Medway” arrived. — us as it is unfortunate I did not take my passage in her.
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Sunday 4th July 1847
Went to the Church – whilst we were absent Mr Blair called on Aunt Charlotte. In the evening Mr and Mrs Wise –
Monday 5th July 1847
Woke this morning with a very bad cold which promises to be a disagreeable English one. Aunt Mary Anne went out for a drive with Mrs Hibbert, and while she was out my cousin Louise Dowman called to be introduced to Grace and the –
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Tuesday 6th July 1847
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Wednesday 7th July 1847
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Thursday 8th July 1847
My cold very bad —
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Friday 9th July 1847
Did not go out at all today. Grace writing to Fanny. Miss Newhouse drank tea.
Saturday 10th July 1847
Called on Grace and Mrs Wise. Found her and Miss Wise, the former much better. Received today letters from Wise of 10th March (came by the St.George relative to my drawing on himself and W. Manning and the amount of 300. Called with Aunt M.A., and Grace on Lady Dowling, saw her and her son Arthur Ritchie. Lady Merewether called to ask any of us who wished to go with them to the Opera to hear “Jenny Lind.” Charlotte, it was arranged should go. An hour after hour an excuse came to day unfortunately in her absence the seat had been filled up by her cousin.
Sunday 11th July 1847
Dined at Sir – Merewether’s ( –Place, Regents Park), the only person besides himself, wife and daughter was a nephew, brother of Feanas Merewether in Sydney, a Barrister. He is employed as a junior in the Bank of Australia Case. Fearfully warm the weather just like that of Sydney at Christmas.
Monday 12th July 1847
Wrote to Wise. Sydenham Russell called on me, wished me to pass tomorrow evening with him. Warmer than ever I think.
Tuesday 18th July 1847
We were to have gone today to the Kensington Gardens to hear the Band.
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Monday 19th July 1847
Went immediately after breakfast into the City to attend a meeting on the subject of (steamer?) to Australia via Sydney. -Col Torrens, Sir – Captain Denham, Montefiore, Mr – there. They proposed to carry the whole wine (line?) there instead of only – of the wine (line?) from India to Australia. Called on OKe Manning to see whether average of the — — me to dinner on Thursday –. Walked the whole way home from Cornhill to Bulstrode St. A little rain today.
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Went in a cab, called on Mrs Wise with Grace and Aunt Mary Anne together. Did not see Mrs Wise, not being very well, but Mrs —ing and Annie Wise. We saw (man?) there assume a walked back by the Coliseum and afterwards went to see the Diorama in Park — , a view of St Marks, Venice. And I was many were dissolving views (?) The find we saw was St. Marks by Daylight – gradually the light was obscured and the scene of — the-being so naturally introduced that — —
Grace and myself took a walk afterwards up and down –. On our return home found Harry Shute from Gloucester. A Mr and Miss Isaac called, Jamaica people I believe.
Wednesday 21st July 1847
Early breakfast. Harry Shute called. George accompanied him up. Grace and I and Aunt Mary Anne, Aunt C., and Charlotte went to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, there were a great number of people there. Amongst them Mrs and Mr Manning, and her husband. The picture I admired the most was by Stanfield. The subject “French Troops (1796) Fording the Mergra, Sarzana and the Perrara Mountains in the Distance.” This was the gem of the collection. The Sculpture I did not admire at all, nor did I think much of the Room where the drawings and miniatures were exhibited. Whilst busily employed gazing at the pictures a great sensation arose in one of the rooms from the fact of a loving couple being discovered by Parents of the Lady, the latter having a few days ago eloped with the gentleman.
We stayed nearly 4 hours and were completely done up for Grace and I had walked the whole distance both there and back, as I came out of the National Gallery met Edenborough but being with Grace, I could not make myself known.
Thursday 22nd July 1847
Mrs Chetwode was expected by Aunt Charlotte the whole day, from Leamington, and Miss Newhouse dined here to meet her. She, however, did not come up and all here very anxious, imagining that something bad happened to the train. Grace and I went for a stroll after dinner down Bond St, Regent St, and then home by Manchester, Portman, Bryanston square near –.
Friday 23rd July 1847
After breakfast George and I went out first to Soho Square to (search?) some cheap music, then into Long Acre to look at carriages, and lastly to St. James’ Park in order to see the Queen go in State to prorogue Parliament. We took a stand near Horse Guards and had a capital view of Her Majesty and the whole pageant. Not that I was impressed with the grandeur of the scene, for it appeared (taisdey?) in the greatest degree. The horses too I was disappointed with, particularly the Black horses of the Horse Guards. The ones I liked were the 6 in the Lord Chamberlains carriage just before the Queen’s carriage. After this George and I indulged in an ice at Verrys (Verneys?) in Regent St.
On reaching home found Mrs Chalwode and her little girl – of Grace and Charlotte preparing to go to the Coliseum. I was too tired to go but George went with them. Shortly afterwards Mrs Boyle and Mary paid us a visit and Mrs Boyle not altered but Mary very affected. Miss Newhouse next came in and then Dr Wilson to let me know of the loss of the “Sovereign” Steamer. Then came Mrs (William?) Manning and Miss Wise and last Captain Lake so that we had a regular levee. Captain Lake and Miss Newhouse dined with us. In the evening music and singing. Captain Lake is a great friend of Major Shadforth’s. Heard of the arrival of the “Walmer Castle” — — what has become of the “Eweretia”(?) I wonder.
Saturday 24th July 1847
Captain Lake breakfasted with us. And George, he and I went immediately afterwards for a stroll first of all to the Tailors, then to his hatters in Bond St, and last to Niedle (Neiole?) the famous Paletor maker in Regent St. Ordered one of these – coats by Captain Lakes recommendation. George and I went afterwards with the Captain called on Edward Wise, he was out. Then at the office of the Daily News, in the purpose of reading the Sydney Herald of 27th March which brought the sad news of the loss of the “Sovereign” from Morton Bay to Sydney, unsuccessful however. Wrote to Major Shadforth who is staying at Weedon and is a great friend of Charles Lakes.
Sunday 25th July 1847
Went to Church in the morning. Afterwards took a walk with Grace to call on Mrs Wise, saw Miss Wise, Mrs and Mrs (W?) Manning and Ms Wise who came up from the Isle of Wight yesterday. They were under the impression that the “Sovereign” steamer was the property of Mr Edye Manning. Grace and I took a short cut across the Regents Park from the Gloucester Road coming out near Park Crescent.
Sydenham Russell called, very anxious to hear some account of the wreck of the Sovereign Steamer. He has asked me to an early party on Friday, but as I am going to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday I have not given him an answer, leaving it an open question.
Monday 26th July 1847
Had a letter from Major Shadforth telling me he would be in town on Wednesday at his Club “The Army & Navy,” St. James Square. Captain Trevallyan called on me and after remaining half an hour I accompanied him to the Railway Station near London Bridge. He being on route to -y, he has invited me (when I am a married man) to go and stay with his mother at Enmore Park near Bridgewater. On my return home went to see the diorama in Regent St, also “Venus Altering. Also the Moorish Venus, and last Mrs Eliza Armitage “the fattest woman I ever beheld 445 lbs weight.
Saw Mr and Mrs Barnes in Fleet Street waiting the man who went to inspect the Custom House accounts in Sydney. I met him at dinner once at Government House.
Captain Dobson called. I did not see him. He says they leave town on Thursday. I shall therefore be unable to see Mrs Dobson before she leaves. He brought a ticket for admission to see “Joames’ Museuno” (?)
Tuesday 27th July 1847
Went with Aunt Mary Anne in a cab to Nine Elms and went from there by Railway to Gosport en route to the Isle of Wight. Passed through Clapham Common, Wimbledon, Kingston, Weybrooke, Farnborough, Windfield, Basingstoke, Andover, Oval(?), Winchester, Bishopstoke, Fareham etc, a distance of 88 miles which we accomplished in about 4 hours. I then took a cab and drove to the point whence the Ryde Steamer started from every hour to the floating barge. Found the steamer crowded, for tomorrow and Friday are the two days named for the Regatta at Ryde. It is expected the Queen will honor the place by her presence. On reaching the pier (half an hour) found Louisa Wise, Edward Wise, and a cousin of theirs, Miss Wise waiting for us. Mrs FitzWilliams was delighted to see Aunt Mary Anne and myself. And I was surprised to see her so well. Aunt has a room in the Wises’s house, but I go to the Crown Inn.
Wednesday 28th July 1847
Breakfasted at the Inn. Immediately afterwards went to the Wise’s. We all determined to go to the Regatta today. And at 1 o’clock started for the Pier where we had a capital view of the whole scene. Aunt Mary Anne, Mrs FitzWilliam sat in wheel chairs. Edward Wise, his sister Louise and his cousin Miss Wise and myself walking. Introduced to some friends of Mrs FitzWilliams, the (Pross’s? Ross’s?). They were at Cowes and one of the brothers is Swedish Consul. We including to Mrs Ross’s and Miss Ross walked up to the Wise’s to lunch and afterwards returned to the pier. At night there were fireworks near the Yacht Club House. Miss Wise, the cousin, and young Ross went with Dr Brown and a large party to witness it. I stayed behind. Louisa Wise playing and singing. She plays pretty well, but I cannot say much for her singing. Aunt got robbed of her purse and the contents 18/- by a pickpocket. The Queen unfortunately was not present on the pier. Saw Love, formerly of the 28th but now of the Rifles.
Thursday 29th July 1847
Breakfasted at the Wise’s at ½ past 10. Had lunch and at one o’clock started for the steamer that left the pier at ½ past one. Edward Wise accompanied me as far as Gosport and then left. Went from Gosport to the Railway Station in an Omnibus. Not so long a train as we had on leaving London on Tuesday. Found it fearfully dirty, quite as bad as the though a dwelling by a Coach or a dusty road. One of my fellow passengers turned out to be a brother in law of Boydell (Roydell?) in the (Pattisen?) I have forgotten his name however.
Found that the “Eweratta” had arrived and that there were two letters for me, but which Grace had forwarded on to me to Ryde, not thinking I should return so soon.
Miss Newhouse drank tea with Aunt Charlotte.
Friday 30th July 1847
Had a very late breakfast. A friend of George’s, a Cambridge man, Maddy by name dined here. In the evening they both went to Vauxhall. I drank tea with Sydenham Russell. There was a dinner party. I met Mr and Mrs Griffith, (rtero?) of Sydney. Music and singing by the Miss Russells, they play pretty well. Miss Russell sings vilely, the only other person whose name I knew was a Mr Law. The others I was not introduced.
Wrote a long letter to Fanny and sealed it with a letter from Grace to (Markell?) etc.
Saturday 31st July 1847
Received the letters expected from the Isle of Wight, one from Fanny dated 13th March, the other from Wise, a Duplication of Authority to draw on 300. Fanny mentions that they were starting that day for Demondrille. Captain Dobson called for a few minutes to say that they were just starting for Somersetshire. I hastened to Cavendish Square in order to say good buy to Mrs Dobson, found them just getting into the carriage.
Called today with Grace on Mr Munro who is staying with Mrs Matthew Scott in Devonshire Place. He has invited me to pass some time with him at (Devonshire Place?). He told me he had seen Talbot who came from Port Philip, also Cameron, James Manning’s friend.
Maddy and George went to the Opera to hear Jenny Lind. I could not go with them as I had been invited to dine at OVe (William?) Mannings. I met Edye Manning (who says he was 131 days in his passage, and was treated very badly, short of water and provisions, and actually had to kill a goat he put no board himself). Sergeant and Mrs Manning and Mr and Mrs B (Bruce?) and a Mrs and Mrs Newham, Mr Hutt, ex-Governor of Western Australia, Mr Wise and myself. Edward Wise came in in the evening. Mrs Wise much better.
I forget to day that George and Maddy were disappointed last night and did not after all hear “Jenny Lind.” They have, however, give them (and in fact all those who went to the Opera last night) two fresh tickets which will admit them on Thursday gratis. This is a very fortunate thing.
Miss Carr called this evening on Aunt Charlotte. Very anxious about her brother in Australia.
Sunday 1st August 1847
Had the commencement of a cold and prevented going to Church. George and Maddy also stayed at home. An insufferably warm day.
Monday 2nd August 1847
Layed up with a violent cold and could not (go?) out. Wrote a letter to McEvoy at the “Hanovarian,” Covent Garden to ask him to breakfast here tomorrow. George Pinnock went by Aunt Mary Anne’s, regard to (Fareham?) for her intending to return next Thursday. Aunt is staying at the Alleyne’s.
Tuesday 3rd August 1847
Went with Grace and Aunt C and Charlotte to Lincolns Inn Fields to see Sir John Soanes Museum. What pleased me most were 8 pictures by Hogarth, painted in the year 1734, “The Rake’s Progress,” purchased by Sir John Soane for 570 guineas.
Models in cork of Pompeii as they appeared in 1820.And a sarcophagus discovered in 1810 by Belzoni in the Valley of Babaa el Maloth, purchased by Sir John Soane for £2000. It is made of Oriental Albaster and transparent when the light is placed inside it. Rossellini considered it to be the Sarcophagus of Menphtah who reigned in Egypt about 1580 BC. A beautiful statue of a Nymph by Sir Richard Westmacott. View of a Vale of Chamonis by Turner: A View in Venice with Rialto also of the Great Canal, both by Canaletto. 4 paintings by Hogarth under the title the “Election.” They were purchased of Hogarth in 1753 by David Garrick for £200, and purchased off his widow by Sir John Soane for 1650 guineas. A large fragment of the Antique Altar.
McEvoy breakfasted with me early this morning. After we came in from seeing the museum Mrs E Edward Wise called, the former to know if we would go with him to Kew Garden tomorrow.
Wednesday 4th August 1847
Grace and I went out after breakfast, went to several shops about procuring a Box at the Opera for tomorrow night. We obtained one at Cramers in Regent St. (Possibly?) it seats 4 and we are to pay 6 guineas, but two more can be squeezed in on payment of 10/6 each that making 7 guineas altogether. Thinking Edye Manning would take two I called on him at his Uncle’s, and he has agreed to make one of the party, and to dine with us tomorrow.
Thursday 5th August 1847
Lady(?) Cramer of Beale just up and that it was impossible to let us have the Box at the Opera. We were therefore all much disappointed. Edye Manning dined with us but left us with his son who came after dinner with Henry Manning for Astleys(?). George Pinnock and Charlotte Pinnock accompanied by Henry Manning went to hear “Jenny Lind.” They are going to chance the Pit for it. Grace did not like going through the crowd so we agreed to remain at home together and wait for another possible opportunity. Aunt Mary Anne Grant and (George?) arrived by the Railway from Fareham, interrupted dinner. Pouring rain today.
Friday 6th August 1847
Sydenham Russell called after breakfast, he wanted me to call with him on Lady Dowling. She has changed her residence to a place near Regents Square not far from Grays Inn, we could not find her abode and Sydenham Russell walked on with to the Temple thinking he would find Ritchie but he was out. Went to E. Wise’s, found Mr Wise closeted with him. Russell went home in an Omnibus intending to have a look at the fat woman in Regent St. Mr Wise and I walked home at 1 o’clock, as we went down the Strand turned into the Lordher(?) Bazaar, I was tempted to try my luck at the Wheel of Fortune, put in 1/- three of four times and pulled out a prize of 8 each time. Near the Temple I met Molle, very glad to see me, introduced him to Mr Wise and E. Wise. In the evening Mrs Annie Wise and Henry Manning drank tea.
Charlotte and George delighted with the opera last night. H. Manning had to pay 15/- for his Pit ticket.
Saturday 7th August 1847
Mr Wise breakfasted with us and he and I went afterwards to Edward Wise’s at the Temple, talked over the New Squatting Act. Edward Wise went with me to the Office of Bank of Australia to speak to Mr Millithen(?) about drawing for £300. Found him in, very polite etc. From this place we both wrote letters for Sydney, he to W. Manning, I to Fanny. I go by the “Raymond” today. A little rain today. Henry Manning dined with us and he and I went afterwards to the Princess’s Theatre to hear P. Matthews. I was very much amused in particular “Used Up” is most admirable. If Wise looks at his Illustrated London News he will see a capital description of it. On of the others was “He Would –.”
“Each Closing” and another “A Cunning Case”. Half an hour after we were seated in the Theatre a lady accompanied by a little boy entered our Box and sat immediately between us. Her voice was so like Mrs Houghton that I requested H. Manning to converse loudly about Port Philip and to use the name of Campbell to see if it would attract attention. Strange to say it did not, I therefore turned to the little boy and asked him if his name was Campbell. When to my Lady friend said no, it was Houghton, I then asked her if hers was Houghton too, and found it to be so, and she no less a person than Mrs Houghton my Clifton friend. She was delighted to see me. She says Mrs Lyne Campbell and Anne Maria are at Southsea, also the Ver–. I am going to call on her shortly, No.49 Park St, Grosvenor Square. She has got the same old (job?) foot-man as of yore, he knew me again for having so often let me in to visit the fair Anna Maria. I used to see the rascal regularly.
As Wise and myself were walking up Threadneadle St saw Dangar(?) who kept the stores at Moswell B–.
Sunday 8th August 1847
Went to Marylebone Church. Raining very shortly after we came out.
Monday 9th August 1847
Raining off and on today. Went in a cab to Cramer’s in Regent St, took a Box at the Opera Covent Garden to contain 5, price 3 guineas. Went from thence to call on Underwood who lives at (Olives?) ten Mile End Road., an – way off from this. He was not at home but I saw his wife, a very pretty girl indeed but rather vulgar. He had asked me to drink tea with him on Thursday. I went to say that I intended going to the – Opera that night. In the evening Henry Manning called and drank tea.
George went out after dinner and got a Box for Thursday evening to hear “Jenny Lind” for 6 ½ guineas containing 6 persons.
Tuesday 10th August 1847
Raining a little today. Sent a ticket for the Opera this evening to Miss Wise. The other ticket H—-g took and Grace, Charlotte and myself were to make up the remainder. But however, as the carriage came to the door, Dr Wilson sent a ticket for a Box for 3 at the same Opera, and George and his brother determined to take advantage of it, to go also. They took Charlotte from us and that, we had only 4 in our box. Grace, Miss Wise, H Manning and myself. The Opera was “La Pazza cadble? (amore?)” The chief performers were Gusi, Madame Bellini, Mlle Alboni, a new singer this season, Jainburicci(?), Mario, Merini. We were in third tier, No.77. Aunt C in the 2nd tier, No.54. The Ballet I did not think much and was tedious, we did not leave till 1 o’clock. The carriage we ordered did not come and we were obliged to take the first cab we came to, Miss Wise, Grace and I in the one and the rest in another. Had supper on our return, and then Henry Manning escorted Miss Wise home.
Aunt heard today from Mr Partridge, having just arrived from the Continent.
Wednesday 11th August 1847
Mr Arnott called this morning, Aunt Charlotte having written to him about the choice of a piano. Went to the Temple to see George Wise, found Mr Wise there who inclosed in a letter of his to G.F. Wise a business letter of mine with reference to drawing £300. Walked home with Mr Wise and on our way went into the (Hunteran?) Museum in Lincoln Inn Fields. Saw many curiosities the American sloth, several fossil remain, and one most perfect specimen of the animal itself. Saw all the sketches of his jut giant O’Bryne, measuring 8 feet. Saw a great deal of mummies both Egyptian and Peruvian. Skulls of different natives from all parts of the world and etc etc. Mr Wise knew the Matron of the place, Mrs Daniel, widow of a Clergyman who married for his house, formerly a Miss Lyons.
Mr Wn and Henry Manning drank tea. The former left soon after. Sydenham also came, he for the purpose of going to the Lyceum Theatre with me, but being so tired from last night deferred going there to another time.
Thursday 12th August 1847
After breakfast went with Grace and George to Broadwoods, Great Pulteney St, Mr Arnott (Ancott?) with us there and tried several of the pianos. One he strongly recommended, a cottage price £53. Not decided however good. I went in to the City afterwards called on E. Wise and went with him to Bank of Australasia for the purpose of drawing bills on Sydney. The only thing I accomplished was the getting of proper Stamp Bills. I saw Mr and Miss Wise at the E. Wise’s, the former start tomorrow for the Isle of Wight and by them I sent Mrs FitzWilliams a couple of P-s. On my way to the City met Sir Thomas Mitchell, stopped and spoke to him, he is living in Suffolk St, Pall Mall.
This evening we all went to Her Majesty’s Theatre to hear “Jenny Lind.” Our party was of Aunt Mary Anne Grant, Aunt Charlotte, Grace, Charlotte and myself, also Edye Manning, who came up from Exeter today preparing for it. “Il Imnambula” (Il Masnadieri by Verdi?) was the Performance and certainly “Jenny Lind” equaled all the praises that I had heard of her. The last song was must enchantingly sung by her “Ah mon guinge amore pensios” It is this “Do not Mingle” that Aunt Sophy – the other performers were Madame Mari, Sign Luigi. Lablache, Sign Gardoni and Sign Rublii. The Ballet was “Alma” in which Cerito, Tigloni and Rosali appeared(?), very pretty indeed and far superior to the Ballet at Covent Garden Opera. Mlle Rosati we thought very much like Mrs James Manning. I pointed out the likeness to Manning and he agreed. I need not add that the Lady in question was very pretty. We had a very good Box, No.95, the third tier and in the centre of the house. Aunt Mary Anne enjoyed herself very much, and E. Manning declared he had not had such a treat for 17 years.
Friday 13th August 1847
Went into the City with George. Went to the Bank of Australasia. Left my Bills there for acceptance. Went also to a Pianoforte maker “Tolkien” in King William St. There Edye Manning purchased a piano yesterday for £25. Saw this one and several others at the same price. Some for less. They sound very well now, the only question is will they last, especially in a warm climate?
A Mrs Wilson called today. Her husband is a Music Master of some eminence here and through Miss Carr has offered to select a piano for me by which means £15 per cent is taken off the price.
His wife was a Miss Elliston, daughter of the (Zzaqada?) (Lee?) who thus caught (taught?) all our family dancing (during?) in former days.
Saturday 11th August 1847
E. and H. Manning called today. Invited them here on Monday evening. Went into the City to the Bank of Australasia, accepted my Bills for £150 and gave me a cheque for the amount on Smith Payne & Co. Paid £20 to E. Wise the sum I obtained from him on landing. Bought some pineapples, some 1/6 a piece, others 3/- and 2/-. Left my card on Sir Thomas Mitchell. He lives very near Charing Cross.
Went with George after dinner to the Lyceum Theatre in the Strand. The pieces performed “John Bull” the “Sergeants Wife” and “Honest Thieves.” One of the worst theatres I ever was in, it would have been a disgrace to Sydney men. The Theatre itself not half as large as the Victoria and the performances infinitely worse. The only one I have had since I have been in England.
Sunday 12th August 1847
Did not go to Church. Afterwards walked with Grace and Aunt Mary Anne Grant to call on Miss Gould in Bryanston Place. Not in town unfortunately.
Monday 13th August 1847
Raining a little in the morning and again late in the evening. Aunt Mary Anne and I went out in the middle of the day. Walked to Storr and Mortimers Ltd, famous jewelers in New Bond St. Bought my wedding ring here and the one made for Grace.
Edye Manning and his brother drank tea, also Sydenham Russell, music and singing. The former go to Belgium tomorrow to see their mother and father.
Tuesday 14th August 1847
Sydenham Russell called just at breakfast, afterwards he accompanied me into the City, went to London Docks and on board the “King William” which sails for Sydney on Friday. Underwood who commanded the “Sir George Seymour” is in command. We had lunch here, while we were departing Ritchie came aboard. Russell left me. In Leicester Square and joined me again at the Pantechnicon near Wilton Crescent. I went there with him to look at the carriage – for his mother having a little carriage on sale there, however in inquiring found it had been sold the day before for 20. There were hundreds of other carriages, but they struck me as being very dear and by no means well made. Coming out caught a glimpse of Mrs Houghton as she passed. Sent a letter to Frank by Underwood.
Wednesday 15th August 1847
Raining till 12 when it cleared. Went for a walk, called on Sir Thomas. Mitchell, also to the warm Baths near Suffolk St. And to the (fauiny? Family? maid?) called “Nesbitt” in Wijeure(?) St. On my return found Sir Thomas Mitchell’s card, he having called on me. Aunt had a letter from Mrs Partridge asked her to “Breakspear” next week. I accompany her there. I had a call from Mrs Dobson.
Thursday 16th August 1847
Grace and I went for a stroll into the Baker St Bazaar, saw a carriage there nearly as good as new £45 which we both liked very much.
Bought “Coffee Abin(?) at the Bazaar for £1.12. Went also to a Picture frame maker to have Aunt’s paintings mounted.
Caught in a storm, rain.
Friday 17th August 1847
Went for a walk with Grace and George, went to the Panoramas in Leicester Square, saw the “Himalaya Mountains,” also “Cairo” and “Athens.” Called on Mr Hibbert, not at home.
Saturday 18th August 1847
After breakfast called on Mrs Houghton in Park St, Grosvenor Square, not at home. From thence to Peats the Saddlers, and then to the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly. Saw the B— S -Africa and he was of – exactly like the Policeman Dr Superintendent, not worth seeing. Just as good seeing the Australian Blacks went all to see the “Mysterious Lady” who tells you what you wrote on a piece of paper and other stupid things. The man ( the husband) shows very curious tricks with cards etc.
Sunday 19th August 1847
Raining and prevented going to Church in the morning. In the afternoon Grace and I went through Portman Square and then home by the Earl of Westminster’s Residence in Upper Grosvenor St. Very cold today, a chilly wind. Called on Mrs Hibbert, did not see her. E. Wise drank tea this evening.
Monday 20th August 1847
Called on Sir Thomas Mitchell with E. Wise, stayed nearly a couple of hours there, he waiting extra all from the work his is about publishing. A very cold day indeed. Grace and I took a stroll down Regent St.
Tuesday 21st August 1847
Lady Dowling and Ritchie called. I was out. Went with George to an auction at 82 Wimpole St, bought a sofa and an easy chair for 11.13.0.
Great sensation created in Paris by the murder of the Duchess of Praslin, the Duke I supposed to be the culprit. He wished to marry his Governess, and so got rid of his wife. He was Chevalier d’Honneur in the Household of the Duchess D’Orleans.
Wednesday 22nd August 1847
Walked to Pall Mall to the Emporium(?). In the evening, took a stroll with Grace, called on Miss Newhouse, found her at dinner, did not stay in consequence.
Thursay 23rd August 1847
Wrote to Mrs Dobson. Aunt Mary Anne, Charlotte, myself and Aunts maid started at 12 o’clock in two cabs for the Euston Square Railway, the North Western, en route to the Partridges. We passed through Willesdon, Harrow, Barley, and stopped at Watford, 17 ¾ miles from London, (left at ½ past 12 and reached 9 minutes after 1 for 3/-.) From Watford we took a carriage and drove on to Breakspear being 7 miles distant, we passed through a lovely country, and the pretty village of Rickmansworth where Hodgson’s father resides. We reached Breakspear just in time for lunch. Mr and Mrs Partridge of course very glad to see us. Admired Mrs Mainwaring who just preparing to go as we arrived. A Mr Fanshaw is staying here, a jolly old fellow. After lunch Charlotte and I strolled around the grounds, the garden, and wended our way through a pretty little narrow lane which carried us through the yard. Breakspear is a very old mansion, beautifully situated and boasts the most splendid trees I have seen since I arrived. The place is well stocked with game, and we hardly walked a yard without pheasants or hares crossing our path. Mr Partridge has invited me to go there in September for some shooting.
Shortly after our arrival Mr St.John (the Bolingbroke family) and his son came. The old fellow drawls in his dotage and his son very affected, he knew Dennison and Westterly (Wootterly?), and was at Winchester with Lance (Lane?) the Barrister.
Had a capital dinner, amongst other good things a haunch of venison, the dessert although numbering several varieties of fruit, was decidedly inferior to the Australian. The Melons (green flesh) not worth eating, and the apricots not to be compared to those of J. Mannings. Neither the Pears nor the apples, the grapes (hothouse) were the best -. In the evening we had Whist. Mr Partridge and I, and old Fanshaw(?) and Mr St.John partners, they beat us fearfully. Old St John a first rate player.
Friday 24th August 1847
Breakfast at ½ past 10, just what I like, a delightful country house breakfast which lasts an indefinite time. And each one talks over what is to be done during the day. Walked with Mrs Partridge and to a small farm about a mile distant, saw her poultry, her cows, her pigs (some Earl Radhorns(?) breed) exactly like the white ones at Demondrille. Afterwards took a stroll with young St. John in to the Park, looked at some cattle Mr Partridge had purchased for fattening. Thought them very inferior to what I had expected in the English breed. I did not like them so much as many we have at the Station, the sheep too were Southdown. And a few – little welsh sheep for consumption at home. Aunt Mary Anne, Charlotte and Mr St. John went for a drive to Uxbridge. Whist again this evening. Mr Partridge and I v Old Fanshaw and St John. They beat us again.
Saturday 25th August 1847
I had determined to go up to London today and yesterday they ordered a carriage from Uxbridge for me. After breakfast we all went down with Mr Partridge to look at some South Down ewes, 200 of them for which he had paid 2 a fleece, very nice ewes, not apparently swale, saw also some steers and heifers in the same field. Did not like them, pot bellied I thought. They do not feed their cattle in pastures during the winter but keep them in a yard feeding them with hay etc, and this is to prevent them from spoiling the grass by trampling it too much. After lunch started for West Drayton, passed through Uxbridge and changed my conveyance, for a (dray?) horse affair. One of my horses (kneeling?) from Uxbridge drove to West Drayton, 3 miles where the Great Western Railway passed. Left by the – at 25 minutes after 3 and reached Paddington at 4, a distance of 14 miles. On arrival found them all out except George and he and I took a stroll down Regent St.
Took fresh lodgings from today at 23 Welbeck St.
Thursday 26th August 1847
A little rain in the morning. Grace and I went for a walk before dinner through Grosvenor Square, Hyde Park, home by Piccadilly, Curzon St, Hill St, New Bond St, Vere St. Welbeck St. Rather a chilly wind blowing. Miss Newhouse and Aunt Charlotte went for a walk after dinner, the former drank tea.
Monday 27th August 1847
Australian letters arrived from Philip of 28th February, and one from Aunt Sophy of 20th March to Aunt Mary Anne Grant. Aunt Charlotte very much discomforted fancying that Philip was undergoing the greatest privations. I received 2 atlases, one 27th March, the other 8th April. Went for a stroll after breakfast to Charing Cross, bought home studies for Grace to copy in crayons. After lunch she and I walked to the National Gallery, and were much pleased with the Exhibition of the Pictures by the old Masters. The Embarkation of Queen of Sheba, Claude, Ecce Homo, Correggio, Iasanna and the Elders by Caracci, A Land Storm, Gaspar Poussin, Ruben’s Chateau, Rubens, Spanish Peasant Boy by Marillo, The Marked Cat by Gainsborough, The Blind Fidler by Wilkie, The Banished Lord by Sir Joshua Reynolds, The Marriage a la Mode in six pictures by Hogarth, the Palace of Deo by Steinwyck, Grand Canal Venice by Canaletto, The Plague of Ashdod by Nicholas Poussain, The Judgment of Paris by Rubens, Insama and the Elders by Guido Reni, Portrait of a Jew by Rembrandt, View of Rotterdam by Swick, Evening with Cattle and Figure by Cupp, and Woman Bathing by Rembrandt. A Great Gale at Sea by Vander Velde, The Misers by Tenisens, St. John by Murdillo.
Tuesday 31st August 1847
Wrote a long letter to Fanny. Grace also wrote .
Mr Wilson called.
Wednesday 1st September 1847
Went with Grace and George to the British Museum, found it closed, and not be opened till the 8th. We then returned and went to the Baker St Bazaar to look at carriages and furniture. Looked at papering for the rooms at Demondrille and purchased £5 worth.
Thursday 2nd September 1847
Went with George to the Baker St Bazaar to attend the sale of carriages, employed a coachmaker to bid for me but the carriage I wanted went higher than I wished.
Mrs OVe Manning and her sister Mrs Faircloth called, going out of town on Saturday.
Friday 3rd September 1847
Pouring wet day and did not go out.
Saturday 4th September 1847
Paid £28 for a cab Phaeton purchased at the Baker St Bazaar, made by Baxter, Piccadilly. Placed it with a Coach Maker (Fage Fuje?) to be done up. Took Grace to look at it and went with her from thence to Broadwoods to see some pianos that Mr Wilson had selected for our approval. The young Evans’ spent the day here and George took them to St James’s.
Sunday 5th September 1847
Went to Church in the evening, afterwards a walk with Grace through Grosvenor Square, Brook St, South Audley St, and home, the rain obliged us to return. Met Miss Osbourne(?). Hale (son of Hale of Gloucester) called today, his brother Richard is out South Australia.
Monday 6th September 1847
A few showers in the afternoon. Walked to Cramers in Regents St to get some new music for Grace. Afterwards walked out with Grace and Aunt Charlotte, went to the coachmakers to look at the carriage I bought, from thence to the Pianoforte makers (Sketcher) in Mortimer St, and thence in a cab to Broadwoods, looked at the same pianos we saw on Saturday.
Miss Gould called whilst we were out, also some friends and connections of Aunt Charlotte, the Rennalls and Miss Creighton who has a brother in Port Philip.
Tuesday 7th September 1847
Grace and I went for a walk, called at Mr Wilsons, Connaught Square, about the piano. Not at home, but saw the daughter. Went afterwards to the Pantheon and then to the Soho (rangers?) and last to Walkers (Wellers?) the music seller in Soho Square, purchased a good deal of music here.
Wednesday 8th September 1847
Raining the whole day. Grace practicing ditto. Having got a great deal of music at Wallaces. Ordered the newspaper to be sent every day. Heard of W. Sloane Evan’s marriage with some lady in Exeter.
Thursday 9th September 1847
Miss Osborne called, also Mrs Frelland (formerly Miss Lake). George and I went into the City to Theadneadle St (near the Bank) for the purpose of seeing Mr Smith about Grace’s money.
Mrs Hibbert called today.
Friday 10th September 1847
After breakfast Grace and I strolled into the City as far as St. Pauls Churchyard. We took a cab as far as Cramers in Regent St and walked the whole way afterwards. Lunched at Verney’s in Greatspur St. We went for the purpose of looking at Ladies’ dresses, but Grace was not so taken with them as I. Had a letter this evening fro my Aunt Downman. Miss Newhouse spent some time here today we found her just preparing to depart but she kept lingering for two whole hours after. Saw Fletcher of Gloucester in Regent St.
Saturday 11th September 1847
Mrs Lake called today. Grace and I called on Mrs Wilson, Connaught Square about the piano her husband looked at for us at Broadwoods. Saw Molle as I was driving past in a cab.
Sunday 12th September 1847
Went to Church in the morning. A rainy day. Grace and I strolled out for a short walk before dinner.
Monday 13th September 1847
Raining the whole day. Grace dined at Mr G. Heath’s(?). I escorted her there and back.
Tuesday 14th September 1847
Wrote a long letter to Fanny, grace added a few lines. Aunt Mary Anne and Charlotte returned from Breakspear at 3 o’clock. I went as far as Charing Cross today with Molle
Who I accidentally met, as we were walking by the Quadrant I met Daniels just from Sydney, he married I believe a Miss Lavine, a short time ago, asked him where he was living and he replied “I and living at Father’s or rather my late Father’s residence” much to our amusement. Met Mrs Houghton’s man servant, who told me my card had been mislaid and that the Houghton’s were anxious to know my address. Gave him my car. Edye Manning called.
Wednesday 15th September 1847
Edye Manning called today. Molle also called to give me his address in Paris “Rue de la vie de la ace.” Introduced him in due course to both Aunts and cousins, very forcibly struck with the likeness of Fanny’s picture by Nicolas, on going up to it, he exclaimed “My gracious, how like.” I invited him to pass the evening with us but he excused himself on the plan of packing for tomorrow he starts for the Continent, added to which he mentioned that two Ladies drank tea with his wife, strange to say the Miss Gostlings relatives of ours, sisters of the present Dr Gostling of Doctors Commons. Grace, Charlotte and I went to call on Mrs Partridge who came up to town today and was staying at Everaly Hotel, Albemarle St, Piccadilly. A very cold day.
Miss Newhouse dined here.
Thursday 16th September 1847
Raining nearly the whole day. Aunt Charlotte and Charlotte went out however for a stroll. Mrs Edye Manning and E. Manning called today and the latter to be introduced. Had a letter from Mrs Houghton. Bought some limes for spirits.
Friday 17th September 1847
Miss Osborne dined here. Rained the whole day.
Saturday 18th September 1847
Changed my lodgings, went opposite to No.16 Bulstrode St. Walked to Charing Cross afterwards went with Grace and Charlotte to look at the carriage.
Sunday 19th September 1847
Did not go to Church. Went for a walk with Grace in Hyde Park.
Monday 20th September 1847
Raining again today and in the afternoon went into the city to Bank of Australasia to — a Bill – Sydney. Saw Millikin and drew for £14.0. nettt £14..16..8.
Met a man I knew in Clifton, formerly Bater, a relation of Captain O’Driscoll’s.
Tuesday 21st September 1847
Went to Cornhill, called on Marshall (?), not in. Then the Mechi’s purchased razors and stop (slop?). Went to Bank of Australasia, found that the B-had drawn yesterday had to be drawn again. They would not let me have the £30 clear, but included the discount in that sum, very provoking besides having the stamps spoiled. The amount only £123. Mrs Edye Manning called, she goes to Cheltenham today.
Wednesday 22nd September 1847
Went into the City after breakfast. Went to Somerset House to the Nay Office Department to see about the allowance of any spoiled stamps and requested to call again tomorrow. Called on Marshll in Brick Lane about providing a box to Australia, saw him. Met an old school fellow today, a man named Bernard, who was also at Cook’s office.
I walked nearly the whole way to the City and back only taking a cab from the Haymarket home. On reaching home went out again for a stroll with Grace down Regent St, and as far as the Quadrant. Some rain today.
Thursday 23rd September 1847
Grace and I went into the City together, walked as far as the Haymarket the took a cab. Called at Somerset House, a great difficulty arises as they say I must swear that the spoiled stamps have not been not(?) in my possession. This I must do as the Bank of Australasia is marked upon them, they however, say if the fresh ones are produced they will allow for the spoilt ones. I afterwards drove to Bank of Australasia, left the spoilt stamps with the Clerk requesting that the new Bills might. (?) We went to Somerset House as the office requested of me. Whether Millikin will do this is doubtful. On leaving Austin Friars the horse in the cab we were in tumbled down and broke both his knees, Grace very nervous. With Grace to see the Royal Exchange, afterwards looked at some white bonnets for Fanny. And then went to St. Pauls Cathedral, saw several very fine monuments erected to the illustrious men of former days, Nelson, Sir Thomas Beton, Sir John Moore, Abercrombie, Lord Rodney, Cornwallis, Gillespie, Howard the Philanthropist, Dr Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Lord Heathfield, Sir Ashley Cooper, Lord Holde. We did not go all over the Cathedral feeling it very cold! The price they charge is ridiculously extravagant, every one pays 2d admission into the mere Cathedral, and 4/- per head to see all there is to be seen. Grace and I for the sake of variety passed through St. James Park near the Duke of Yorks Column.
Friday 24th September 1847
Wrote a letter to Fanny. Aunt addressed a few lines. Grace, Charlotte and I went over Westminster Abbey, a most interesting time we passed amongst the tombs of Kings and monuments for illustrious men who flourished centuries ago. The Cathedral itself a most magnificent pile and were it not for the excessive damp and chilliness of the place I should be tempted to visit again and again. Amongst the most interesting of the tombs were those of Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots, James 1st, Heny VIII who added considerably to the Abbey. Tombs of several of the Crusaders, Edward the first (son of Henry 3rd) . Edward 3rd, Richard 2nd, Edward 6th (grandson of Henry VII). Saw also the Coronation Chairs, with the stone brought from Scone on which the Kings of Scotland used to be crowned. Garrick, Goldsmith, Warren Hastings, Henry 3rd, Henry Vth, Ben Johnson, Milton, Lord Nelson, Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Cloudesley Shirell 1707, a marble statue of Lady Catherine Walpole, 1st wife of Sir Robert Walpole afterwards Earl of Oxford 1737, Geoffrey Chaucer, 1400.
Saturday 25th September 1847
Grace and I strolled into Regent St, then to Soho Square to purchase some music. Young Gilmore Crans(?) dined here. Very hazy(?) giving directions to the Flint makers, having ordered some new ones.
Sunday 26th September 1847
Went to Church in the morning. After lunch went for a walk with Grace through Regent St by the Duke of Yorks Column into St James Park, around by the Palace into Hyde Park, along the Serpentine and then across to Cumberland Gate, home.
Monday 27th September 1847
A very cold day. Took a stroll down Regent St with Grace in the search for a white bonnet for Fanny. On our way met Captain Westmacott. Called on Mr Hibbert, gave me some Jamaica Peppers for planting.
Tuesday 28th September 1847
Had a great number of Sydney letters from Fanny, 13th March, 6th April, 10th April, 27th April. Called with Grace on Dr Wilson. Went for stroll into Regent St.
Wednesday 29th September 1847
Wrote to Fanny in answer to letters received yesterday. Went out for a walk with Grace, a very cold day in fact we found it so very disagreeable out that after taking one turn in Regent St we quickly returned home.
Thursday 30th September 1847
It was so cold a day with a disagreeable fast wind, that neither Grace nor I went out the whole day.
Friday 1st October 1847
Went out for a stroll with Grace. Went to Hewitts for almonds and afterwards to Charing Cross to purchase some Mintz (chintz?) for the sofa cover. Went to Storr and Mortimers in Bond St, purchased a ring for 18. Purchased Bentley Miscellany in which is “The Overland Journey from Sydney to Port Philip” not well written. Scanned over Leichardt’s Journey seeing it in the shop I went to.
Saturday 2nd October 1847
A thick misty day, went to the Temple to see if E. Wise had come home. Afterwards went for a stroll down Regent St with Grace. Got a – Bath. The young Evan’s spent the day here. George and I dined at Mr Hibberts, no one there except his brother, old John Hibbert. Purchased some wine bottles for Wise.