Manuscript journal recording personal devotions. Spitalfields? 1808.
Manuscript in ink. Landscape 16mo (115 x 90 mm), pp. , no title-page, written in a neat hand throughout, in contemporary sheep, original brass clasp (restored), lacking the endpapers, worn at extremities, the front board lettered in ink ‘Diary 1808’.
A manuscript pocket journal of religious devotions in an unidentified hand, written between 21st June and 10th July 1808. The author carefully transcribes bible passages, presumably the subject of the daily sermon, and then elaborates on them. This diary appears to be a record of all the sermons attended over several weeks and the author’s personal reaction to them. Of interest is the mention of clerics by name, including of Rev. William Goode (1762-1816) and Rev. W. Wilcocks, who we know to have been active at the time. William Goode was an influential evangelical minister who preached at Christ Church, Spitalfields, between 1807 and 1810 and it is interesting to surmise that this is the private recollection of a member of the congregation, whether done from memory or hastily scribbled at the back of the church.