The Diaries of Arthur Peck, December 1862/1863
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7th December 1862
Very fine and very mild. Joe gave the address to the School in the Corn Exchange. I had tea at DB. We went to Wesleyan Chapel in the evening heard a Mr. Tindall from the 8th chap of John 12th verse. DB had a bad headache. We went for a walk at night. Joe went to Ware at night. Mother to the Wesleyans all day. Not at 11 oclock. Father and Emma went to St. AndrewsChurch at night.
11th December 1862
Showery and cool. We were at work at home. Father went to London and back. Mother went to Watton stayed. DB went to Panshanger. Emma had teeth ache very bad. Fine night and cool.
12th December 1862
Very fine and cool. We were at work at home. Mr. Seabrook brought Mother home from Watton, and brought me 5d for dog Nelson, I gave him 1d and Joe 1d. I went out with G. Castle and his pony in harness for a ride. I went to Chess Club after. Very cold night. I had a cold and tired came to bed late.
18th December 1862
Very showery and mild. We were at work at home. Father bought a Bitch of Young Latteen for 1”6. Father went to Ware in the afternoon took some tools to be sharped. DB at R. Birch’s I went home with her. Fine night but windy.
8th December 1863
Very fine and mild. Windy. I got up at 6 went with G. Castle to Rush Green, with the dog, had a run with a hare no. I and Jim at work at Hospital. They finished papering our room. Father’s wedding day. Emma’s birthday. DB went to Cole Green walked here at night with Dorcas, we went to Corn Exchange to Dr. Mack and his little men. I walked but part the way home with them.
19th December 1863
Very fine indeed and very cool. Father went to meet David. I went to London, to Berrington & Topham’s, Engineers Bermondsey, for money no go. I went down to DB at night had a cold and fearful headache. We had a letter from Joe, at Bromyard, all right. Mr. Errington came in at night. Pris very queer, billious attack. I was very tired indeed.
25th December 1863
Very fine and very mild. I had breakfast at DB. Father went to Watton brought them all here. We went ferretting and coursing killed 1 hare at G. Akers Rush Green, no rabbits. DB out with Miss Scott in the morning I went down to her at night. She came to supper. Emma out to tea and supper. John better but tired.