Pages 14 and 15 of Jeremiah Head's diary

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Diary of Jeremiah Head, railway engineer for Robert Stephenson and Co, part founder of Fox, Head and Co
Head, Jeremiah

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[Page 14]

may say I have been free from dispeptic [sic] sensations.

About a month since was informed of George’s intention to go into the church.[7] I wrote a long remonstrance, stating my fears that he did not know what he was about, but his answer was that “he would rather be a clergyman on a hundred a year than ever so rich a merchant[”]. Miss Dixon was married to James Richardson five weeks since, I was grooms [sic] man: they are just home from Scotland & I spent a very pleasant evening at their house. The other evening Miss Dixon, that was, looked very well I thought her très belle. Howard told me the other day that he & Mr. Wright had given Beckton 25 pounds for allowing them to look

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at the tenders for the work for the new Jarrow furnaces. This had enabled them to raise the amount of their tender in some cases, thereby putting money into their pocket. Was this honest? I think not.

I broke a blood vessel, while bathing a few weeks since. Was astonished to find myself spitting blood: it however only continued for about an hour after & I have never felt any inconvenience since.

Am reading Todd’s [“]students guide”. I think it a very useful guide.[8]

Have just stuffed my left side, bottom jaw wisdom tooth with gold, & the next stump with gutta percha.

[7] George Frederick Head, the younger brother of Jeremiah. He would be 20 years old at the time of writing.

[8] The Rev. John Todd (1800-1873) was an American Congregationalist minister whose popular work of moralistic advice The Student’s Manual first appeared in the USA in 1835. An edition of the book was published in Edinburgh by Nelson under the title The students' guide designed by specific directions to aid in forming and strengthening the intellectual and moral character and habits of the student.

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