28th February 1848
A stormy day, with showers of rain. Rose at 8am breakfasted at 9 & I was at home writing etc till 2, when I went into town to the Newsroom to read the papers, & I sat there till 5, & then came home. MA & I dined at 5.30, We had tea at 7, & I read to MA & wrote till We went to bed at 10.30.
A mild day and rained a little. The frost quite gone. Rose at 9, breakfasted at 10 and I was at home reading and writing till 1 when I went down to Newsroom to see the papers and afterwards walked up the St Johns Road etc and I was not back home until 5.30. MA and I dined at 6, had tea at 7 and I read out to MA until we went to bed at 10.30.
Saturday 1st January 1848
A very cold stormy day, like snow. Rose at 8.30 MA & I breakfasted at 9.30, and at 11.30 we went to town to the Market. I also went from thence to the News room but was at home by 2.30. We dined at 5.30, had tea at 6.30, & I read out the Pirate to MA till 10.30 our bed time.
Wednesday October 18th 1848
Very cold foggy unpleasant weather. Rose at 8, MA & I breakfasted at 9 and I was in wrting to John etc till 2, when just walked into the Road and back at 2.30. MA went into London but was back home by 4. We dined at 4.30, had tea at 6.30, I then read the paper etc, and at 10 we went to bed.
Charles A Young kept a daily diary through 1848. In this year his wife Mary Anne gives birth to their son, also called Charles. As a former military man his entries are sometimes rather regimented but I find it fascinating to glimpse the life of someone 162 years ago.
“A cold day but fine. Rose at 7.30 M A & I breakfasted at 8.30 & I was in at home till 12 when I walked out to Kensington & back. M A & I dined at 3 & at 5 I walked by myself to Brixton Church. I was back home by 6.30 & M A & I had tea at 7.30. I then read the paper & at 10.30 we went to bed.”