More English Diaries: Further Reviews of Diaries from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century with an Introduction on Diary Reading

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SAMUEL TEEDON

HAD it not been for the references to William Cowper, the poet, which are contained in Teedon's Diary, it is doubtful whether the little memorandum book, covering October 17, 1791, to February 2, 1794, would have been preserved and certainly it would never have been printed. There is indeed nothing in the brief daily notes which calls for special comment. Teedon, however, is rather a picturesque figure. His correspondence with Cowper and Mrs. Unwin has also been preserved. He was a schoolmaster at Olney. Cowper lived there and subsequently at Weston near by. There is a manuscript biography of Teedon written by a contemporary, a Mr. Soul, a designer of lace patterns who lived at Olney, from which we gather that the schoolmaster was originally educated for the Church. Of Teedon and his assistant master, Mr. Soul says: "they deserved a popular and flourishing establishment. Their work however was not appreciated and in consequence they never rose above the condition of poverty." The assistant master, Eusebius Killingworth, who lived with Teedon, is referred to in the Diary as "Worthy" and seems to have been constantly ill:

Worthy so ill I was forced to dress him.

Worthy took a dose of sennae which removed his complaints in a wonderful manner.

Worthy ill with a swelling in his neck.

Worthy and Mammy both very ill.

"Mammy" is Killingworth's mother. She was part of Teedon's household; so also was "Polly," who, Mr. Soul tells us, "called Teedon her cousin; the common sense or

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • INTRODUCTION ON DIARY READING WITH NOTES ON MINOR ENGLISH DIARIES 3
  • LIST OF DIARIES ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. 33
  • SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES 37
  • Philip Wyot 38
  • Adam Winthrop 40
  • Margaret Lady Hoby 43
  • Lady Anne Clifford 49
  • Walter Powell 56
  • The Ishams - SIR JOHN, SIR THOMAS, AND SIR JUSTINIAN 59
  • Sir John Reresby 64
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper (first Earl of Shaftesbury) 68
  • Viscountess Mordaunt 71
  • Anthony Wood 74
  • Sir Richard Newdigate 83
  • EIGHTEENTH CENTURY 89
  • James Clegg 90
  • James Woodforde 92
  • Thomas Hollis 101
  • Nicholas Cresswell 110
  • Joseph Mydelton 115
  • William Jones 119
  • Henry White 133
  • Samuel Teedon 137
  • John Marsden 140
  • NINETEENTH CENTURY 147
  • Dorothy Wordsworth 148
  • Thomas Asline Ward 158
  • Colonel Peter Hawker 162
  • Thomas Rumney 167
  • Katherine Bisshopp (lady Pechell) 170
  • J. Vine Hall 179
  • William Kershaw 183
  • Henry Edward Fox (fourth Lord Holland) 190
  • Antony Ashley Cooper (seventh Earl of Shaftesbury) 195
  • Emily Shore 204
  • William Charles Macready 210
  • Miss J. 219
  • Ford Madox Brown 226
  • Charles Russell 234
  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 241
  • INDEX OF DIARIES AND CHRONICLES NOTICED IN THIS VOLUME 249
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