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[Page 96]

Got up a charade, the word Bridewell, made a dwarf behind the curtains, & exhibited a woman[’]s face on my knuckles. There was a pretty girl there a cousin of Miss Stewart[’]s, named Burran, I was rather smitten with her.

Thursday 5th. Oldknow got a fortnight’s notice on Saturday week, & to-night he gives a goose supper to his friends[.] I accepted the invitation but it was so wet I could not go; I can’t say I was sorry. He is discharged thro’ slackness.

For a bit of fun the fellows in our office advertised in the N. D. Express, for a good, steady engineering draughtsman, and today we got all the applications

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into the office & read them[.] There was one from D. Ramsay, one from Dick Rapier, & one from Berkeley besides several others.

Sat[urday]. Nov[ember] 6 [struck through] 7 Mr Wright came down to-day & expressed himself much pleased with my drawings; in fact he thought they could not be better.

Last night I went to hear Gavazzi on the Inquisition, he was very fine.[27] Rode home with the Anguses of Gateshead who also gave me a lift from Goddard’s the other night.

To-day I took my first lesson from Liddle on the flute [28], he blew me up for not taking more care of my instrument recommended me to buy an opera – I Puritani [29]; & gave me

[27] Alessandro Gavazzi (1808–1889) was an Italian preacher and supporter of Italian independence. A report of his oration on the Inquisition may be found in the Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury for 7 November 1857.

[28] John Shepherd Liddle is listed as ‘professor of music & organist’ in the Post Office Directory of Northumberland and Durham, 1858, p.125. He lived at 26 Oxford Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

[29] Vincenzo Bellini’s opera I Puritani was first performed in London in 1835. Arrangements of “favourite airs” from the opera for piano with flute accompaniment ad libitum were soon published and found favour with domestic music makers.

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