The Diaries of Arthur Peck, June 1860
Audio footage of extracts from Arthur's diary
Read by Ian Fisher
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2nd June 1860
Very wet all day and night and cold. Joe went to meet David. I was blacking letters all day. Mr. Laugher came here. I went down to DB. She was at Capt. Robinson’s, got very wet coming home, rough night.
4th June 1860
Showery and cool. I was up half the night with teeth ache. I had teeth ache very bad all day. I was blacking letters. I and Jim fixed 2 old head and feet stones of Newman’s in Bayford Church Yard. I went down to DB. She came up here. We had a letter from Harlow.
5th June 1860
Showery and cool. Father went to London. I was blacking letters all day. Little Arthur had his neck handkerchief stolen off his neck by a girl coming from school. I had teeth ache. I went down to DB.
12th June 1860
Very wet and hot. I was cutting letters. Father bought an iron bedstead and some more things at Mr. Cane’s Sale. I went to meet DB coming from Hertingfordbury. Joe and Emma went to Town Hall to Dr. Mark’s Concert. We had a letter from David.
14th June 1860
Showery and mild. I and Joe were blacking letters at Hertingfordbury Church Yard. David and Patty went to Biggleswade to take some money. Mr Hickman died very suddenly. I went to Hertingfordbury, saw DB, she stayed there all night. I went down to tell DB’s mother.
17th June 1860
Very wet all day and cool. I went to Cowbridge all day, heard Mr. Spencer in the morning from the 18th Psalm, 46th verse. In the evening from the 12th chap of Hosea, 4th verse. DB stayed in at night, sadly. Father went to tea at Mr. Petty’s and came to Cowbridge at night. I stayed to tea at DB. Mother went to bed early, very queer. Very wet night.