1843

21 February 1843 [In Morley, II. 629]: … Last night I received an account of the death of my old friend Mary Hays (turn­ed of 80) One of the oldest of my friends  A very worthy woman in her day she had a sort of popularity, that is with those who could tolerate a warm friend of Mrs Wollstonecraft. She was very liberal in her opinions and had stuck fast in them like good Mr Rutt  especially in her love for the Americans. She had for many years sunk in obscurity and lived in a boarding house at Lower Clapton. I had for many years seen but little of her, but I retained a regard for her & her death puts an end to all memorials of my residence in London before 1800. She had ex­pressed a wish that I should attend her funeral next Saturday of which Mr Hays informed me but which I have been forced to decline on account of the Univ: Coll: Council Meeting. I wrote both to Mr Hays and to Mr George Wedd. …


25 February:  A busy day  Early in bed I wrote a long letter to my broth­er giving him an account of the week and before I set out on my day’s business I received a satisfactory letter from him. I had a call from Prof: Key of which I shall have occasion to write more probably. At a little after 10 I set out and went first to Jones’s to order wine for Monday and then I took an omnibus to Clapton. I arrived early and went at once to Mrs H: Rutt’s and chatted with her till near one when I went to Mrs H’s late residence. (27th) The two Mr Hays were there and Mr Geo: Wedd and with them I drove to the Abdy (sic) Cemetery in Newington  The service of the Ch: of England was read in a surplice but the ground being unconsecrated the reader could not have been a clergyman. The sister and friend we were carrying home was scarcely alluded to during the drive but much was said of Jos: Wedd by John Hays. He would not give £100 to save his brother from ruin and Geo: Wedd did not contradict him. This led to a history of past occurrences. Geo: Wedd said his brother had lost by him on different occasions in all under £700 and had since refused him money when in the deepest distress  Other facts referring to the avarice of Wedd Nash and J: W: were related and I stated the history of Mr Nash’s will and of my having broken off all acquaintance with W: N: in consequence. We returned to the house. At three I went again to Mrs Rutt’s where I dined and spent the evening till past 8. Mr Rutt had been attending a funeral at the same cemetery and he brought him with him back to dinner 2 young men Tomkins & Smith both students of University College. They were sensible young men the afternoon was chearfully spent in controversial talk. Old Mr Rutt and his sister slept in in the evening. He is an intelligent old man  College affairs talked of. I left early in order to call on the Sievekings but they were not at home. Rather early at home in consequence, having taken an omnibus from Islington.