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dine with the Buddens. [33]

It was a fine day and there is a splendid air, a little past Ryton; so we enjoyed our before-dinner walk – Leachman is mild, pious teetotal, shy, rather green, & I think a very little soft youth. He is not at his ease in company, & flushes a good deal –

Mrs Budden is a splendid woman – very pretty, very ladylike & very well informed, but like all ladys’ [sic], remarkably simple, about the ways of the world, & not a perfect acquaintance with logic.

Mond[ay] 23. To night attended a monster meeting at the lecture-room, about Harry Watt and Park, the men

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who were engineers in the Cagliari, & imprisoned by King Bomba. [34] There were very good speakers.

Wed[nesday] 25. To night Mr Paley came into my room late & told me, the District Bank had stopped payment.

Thursday 26. The account was but too true: a paper was stuck up on the door all day, saying that they were obliged to close, on account of financial difficulties: numbers crowded round to read.

In the evening I went with Liddle to hear Mr Bunning and him, play the opera of Othello. Bunning has great execution, but I don[’]t like

[33] Ryton is a small town 5.8 miles west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, south of the river.

[34] Henry Watt and Charles Park were engineers on board the steamship Cagliari. In 1857 their vessel became involved in a plot to free from captivity opponents of the King of Naples. They were captured and imprisoned. The Newcastle meeting attended by Jeremiah Head was called to petition the government to secure the release of the men. See London Daily News, 25 November 1857.

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