Early Nineteenth-Century Diaries of an English Solicitor [Manuscript]. Chapman, Thomas. Memorandum Book for 1804, No. 1. [Richmond, Surrey, England].  pp. [And] No.1-Memorandum Book for 1806. [Richmond, Surrey, England].  pp. Three printed leaves (of interest tables and 1797 holidays) laid in. Octavo (7" x 4"). Plain wrappers with manuscript titles, remains of front wrapper of 1804 book laid down on recent paper. Light soiling and considerable rubbing, wrappers partially detached, some wear to spine ends and corners. Moderate toning to interiors, slash holes to a few leaves in 1806 book and wear to upper corners of first two leaves of 1804 book with minor loss, edgewear to laid-in printed leaves. $1,500. * Thomas Chapman was a Richmond solicitor and the father of Edward Chapman, the bookseller and publisher of Charles Dickens. These two diaries have entries concerning professional and personal matters. The professional entries include evaluation of property, mostly in London and Surrey. Personal entries include the birth of his son, Edward, "Friday 13th January  Mrs Chapman Confined in Bed, a fine Boy born about half past 5 - O'Clock in the Evening - Gave Mr. Smith for attending her - ?3," and a visit to the theater, "Tuesday 24th January  Went to Drury Lane in the Evening and saw the Comedy of the Wife of two Husbands; and the Entertainment of Cinderella - Paid for Myself and Mr Barrett 7/10 - Slept at Wills's Coffee House."
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