Henry Ashmole Diary Notes
Dress & Appearance
Thursday 11th February 1864; "Took 2 prs of boots to Spall’s to be soled, heeled & rep’d"
Tuesday 5th July 1864; "gave Maria one of my photographs"
Wednesday 14th September 1864; "Measured for a new pair of boots at Spall’s & sent 2 pairs to be soled & heeled"
Thursday 15th September 1864; "Had my hair cut"
Thursday 29th September 1864; "Went to London for sundry things. Called on Lewis, Soper & J.Brown. Had my likeness taken. Bought a meerschaum pipe"
Thursday 6th October 1864; "Wrote to London Photographic School to say that my likeness did not give satisfaction & would go up & have a fresh sitting in about a week or a fortnight's time"
Tuesday 11th October 1864; "Go to have my likeness taken afresh"
Wednesday 19th October 1864; "I was walking about London all the morning went to have my likeness taken again but it was too late in the day to succeed with it"
Wednesday 26th October 1864; "Go to London about Likeness … & could not have my likeness taken because of the dullness of the Day, returned by 5 train"
Wednesday 30th November 1864; "Went to London on business, had my likeness taken again"
Friday 9th December 1864; "My likenesses came from Pantheon for approval, we like them very well"
Thursday 14th January 1864; "Went to bed early"
Saturday 16th January 1864; "An off day"
Monday 11th April 1864; "I received a birthday letter from Lotty; it went to the Angel by mistake"
Wednesday 25th May 1864; " I had one of my double teeth out, very much decayed, drawn by Mr. O’Kelly Dr. Sullivan’s Assistant"
Friday 10th June 1864; "My eyes were very queer"
Wednesday 15th June 1864; "I staid at home all morning eyes weak"
Thursday 16th June 1864; "I spent the evening at home eyes rather queer"
Tuesday 21st June 1864; "Eyes bad"
Sunday 26th June 1864; "Went to Church in the morning & nowhere in the evening as my eyes were bad"
Friday 1st July 1864; "My right eye was bad in the evening"
Wednesday 6th July 1864; "eyes bad in the afternoon"
Saturday 3rd September 1864: "I have got a jolly cold & it affects my throat considerably & I am as hoarse as a ‘raven’
Thursday 13th October 1864; "Maria Ashmole came to dinner & keep house for me in my solitude"
Tuesday 15th November 1864; "I was precious sick in the Garden, just after Supper, but from what cause I know not"
Friday 17th November 1864; "I have caught a very disagreeable cold somewhere"
Thursday 1st December 1864; "Took medicine last night & consequently stayed at home all the forenoon… The Black draught & pill purged me ‘with a vengeance’ went no less than 4 times. Went to the Penny Readings in the evening; Miss M. was not there"
Thursday 25th February 1864; "Walked down to Reading Room, & accompanied Miss Mackey home"
Sunday 10th April 1864; "Miss M—very pretty"
Wednesday 1st June 1864; "Nothing particular going on during the day. Met Miss Mackey & Miss Wray at the Angel. The 1st time that I have had the pleasure of meeting Miss M. – in a private room, I like her much; quite an unexpected treat; I walked to the Cemetery in the afternoon; & escorted Misses M & W to Parsonage House in the evening"
Thursday 2nd June 1864; "Mother and I went to Miss E. Palmersons entertainment at the Reading Room. I was disappointed because Miss M-
Saturday 11th June 1864; "Went to Brandon Villa (Mr. Willett’s) & had the extreme felicity of … meeting Miss Mackey, had supper, talked and laughed & came home about ¼ to 11, rather late for me"
Thursday 16th June 1864; "Miss M. went home for holidays"
Thursday 7th July 1864; "Maria went to spend a week at Miss Mackey’s"
Friday 15th July 1864; "Maria returned from Miss Mackey’s where she enjoyed herself very much" after 5 weeks
Tuesday 19th July 1864; "Miss Mackey returned to resume her studies after 5 Weeks holiday or thereabouts"
Friday 12th August 1864; "Miss Mackey supped at Angel & I had the extreme felicity of walking home with her at 10.o’clock"
Sunday 14th August 1864; "Frank Gattey spent to-
Saturday 3rd September 1864; "Miss M. went home"
Wednesday 7th September 1864; "Miss Willett sent for me from Aunt Janes to accompany her home, I did so; & when I arrived there, to my surprise, who should be there but Miss Mackey of course as a matter of politeness I stayed and was requested to Supper & escorted Miss M. home"
Tuesday 20th September 1864; "spent the evening at the Angel where I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Willett & Miss Mackey"
Sunday 25th September 1864; "to Chapel in the evening, the two Miss Willets were there & Miss Mackey whom I had the pleasure of escorting home"
Monday 26th September 1864; "Had a very jolly chat with Miss M."
Thursday 29th September 1864; Had the pleasure (casually of course) of going to London with Miss M – she took a 1st Class ticket but preferring Company; went in the 2nd with me. I put her into an Omnibus … & she went direct home"
Friday 7th October 1864; "Miss Mackey’s day for returning to her vocation. She did come home & went to Brandon Villa in the evening".
Sunday 9th October 1864; "Went to Barking Church in the evening. Miss M. was there. I had the pleasure of walking home with her"
Monday 10th October 1864; "saw Miss Mxxxxy"
Sunday 23rd October 1864; "I went to Chapel in evening & saw Miss B home, had a chat with Miss M"
Thursday 27th October 1864; "our first ‘merry meeting’ at the Angel in the evening…more than 40 there. Miss M went & I saw her & Miss Jenny home"
Sunday 30th October 1864; "I went to Chapel in the evening & for a little walk afterwards with Miss M"
Sunday 6th November 1864; "I went to meet Miss M at the mail train who, of course, was much obliged"
Friday 18th November 1864; "Wrote Miss M about going to Barking Church on Sunday evening"
Sunday 20th November 1864: "…in evening. We all went to Barking Church & I had pleasure of walking home with Miss M – who was also there accidently of course"
Thursday 24th November 1864; "The Day of our next Merry Meeting… We had a very jolly 4 hours dance…I danced 4 times with Miss M (but not consecutively)"
Friday 25th November 1864; "went to see Miss Mackey off by 4 o’clock train & returns tomorrow"
Monday 28th November 1864; "Miss Mackey & Miss Perry came to tea & spend the evening; we played ‘Loo’ &c … in the evening I had a bilious attack come on. Had a very jolly evening with Miss M – the first time she has been here. I have not heard how Father & Mother like her, but I feel confident they do so"
Wednesday 30th November 1864; "Went to London on business…sent the ‘Guard’s Walk’ anonymously with L.2’s kind regards to Miss Mackey…I think my ‘carte’ may perhaps be a success this time…Lotty is the only one that knows anything about me sending the ‘Guard’s Walk’ to Miss M"
Sunday 4th December 1864; "Miss M went home yesterday & returned per Mail train this evening & I met her. I told Miss M that I sent her the ‘Guard’s Walk"
Thursday 8th December 1864; "I saw Miss Mackey home"
Saturday 10th December 1864; "Miss Mackey & Miss Perry came to tea… Jenny also (who has a bad hoarseness) also came to tea. We played ‘Loo’ & Vingt et un in the evening & had a little music & singing &c Miss M plays well. A . Low came down by 8 train of course we saw them safely home"
Wednesday 14th December 1864; "I heard that Miss Mackey was going to leave Miss Burmester’s for good this day or tomorrow"
Thursday 29th December 1864; "Miss Mackey came to stay at the Angel a day or two"
Sunday 31st December 1864: "I fetched Miss Mackey from the Angel & 8 of us went to Barking Church. Miss M came here to supper & I saw her safely back to the Angel at 10PM"