The Pursuit of Happiness

Part Two

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Part One: The Marriage of Dr Henry Gent

Part Two: The Life of Frank Turner Gent from the death of his father to the beginning of his courtship

Part Three: The Courtship of Frank Turner Gent and Florence Barrington (1890)

Part Four: The Engagement and Marriage of Frank Turner Gent and Florence Barrington (1891)




Frank Turner Gent, c. 1876



c. 1876


Dear Fred,

If you have any desire whatever to go to Cambridge I will go but send me word where we must meet shall I let Sarah know or will you but I will write if even you do. I am not quite sure if I have the address so if do not write that will be the reason if Frank comes to Manchester we must get him two 3 collars you had better if you can get them cheaper Mr Whitehead is going away on Saturday will you let them at Cambridge know that we are coming this is poor dear Mary Sarah's paper if Frank does not come will it be right to send Joseph Henry alone for I could not be bothered with him on that morning. Frank his coll he will soil some of them while with you write soon so that I may know how to provide for we shall not be there till night I fear it will be awkward to get from your uncle's to Cambridge in time for the train like it was before but perhaps it was on account of being Sunday be sure to let me know soon your loving Ma E. Gent take no notice what J. says he is as bad



Marriage of George Frederick Gent and Sarah Warburton, 4th July, 1877


Henry Gent was not long outlived by his sister Mary, who was eighty two when she died in lodgings at Knutsford.



Nº 81

Knutsford Parish Church

Fees Funeral of the late Mary Gent

13th April 1878


The farm at Middlehulme had been in the Gent family since the 1750s. No Gents had lived there since about 1811 or so. Fred sold it in 1880 to Mr Thomas Brown for £4,000. Mr Brown also took over the responsibility of paying the annuity to Esther Gent for the rest of her life.



I the undersigned Esther Gent do hereby acknowledge that I have received from my son George Frederick Gent the whole of the annuity of twenty-five pounds per annum bequeathed to me by the will of my late husband Henry Gent and charged on estates in the township of Leek Frith in the county of Stafford called Middlehulme and Acre Head up to the twenty-ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one and that no portion of the said annuity is in arrears or unpaid. As witness my hand this seventh day of October 1881.

Signed Esther Gent

This is a correct copy of the original

Thomas Shaw Solicitor Leek 12th October, 1881

Annuity six months after decease of Henry Gent who died March 27th, 1875

[Copy of Mother's receipt to Mr Brown on Fred selling him the estate.]


Frank Gent started work in Manchester, I believe working in the jewellery business, some time after his father's death, commuting at first from Knutsford and then in lodgings. His mother stayed in the house at Ogden Terrace for six years after her husband's death, providing lodgings for Methodist ministers.


Statement of Money received and paid under Trust created by the Will of the late Henry Gent


June quarter rent received from J. R. Barling, Esq. 8 15 0







December Increased rent but paid for certain repairs 10 0 0










December Accepted £7 10 0 and certain fittings in lieu of balance tenant being bankrupt 7 10 0


August 12 Rent received from Ezekiel Blackshaw 7 17 6

November 12

155 15 0

Rent of Stable one day May 1st, 1879 5 0

156 0 0



March 28 1875 to April 30 1876

Board and lodging at Knutsford 57 weeks @ £25 per annum 27 8 0

October 1875 Railway fares Knutsford and Manchester 16 8

November 1875 Contract Ticket Scottish Equitable

Three months 2 10 0

Taken ill December 25th, 1875


May Contract Ticket Three months 2 10 0

April 30 to August 13 Board and Lodging at Knutsford

15 weeks @ 8/- per week 6 0 0

James Newhall water fitting 6 3 2

December quarter Reduced from Rent

Repairs done by Barling 2 6 9


August 14 to April 30 Board and Lodgings at Cretney Street

37 weeks @ 10/- per week 18 10 0

April 30 to July 30 Board and Lodgings at Knutsford

13 weeks @ 18/- 5 4 0

July 30 to December 24 Board and Lodgings at Pinder Street

21 weeks @ 8/- 8 8 0

August 29 Paid Bailiff for collecting rent 10 0

December quarter Paid Bailiff for collecting rent 10 0

December 24 to March 18 Board and Lodging at Pinder Street

12 weeks @ 8/- 4 16 0


Mar 18 to December 23 Radnor Street and Knutsford (cash advanced)

40 weeks @ 10/- per week 20 0 0

May 21 Thomas Jackson for Bricklaying etc 4 18 812


December 23 to February 17 Board and Lodging at Knutsford

8 weeks @ 10/- 4 0 0

February 17 to March 31 Cash advanced 6 weeks @ 10/- 3 0 0

April 9 Paid Hardcastle's Bill 15 0

Legacy duty on Silver Plate 1 6 1

March 15 Succession duty on house occupied by J. R. Barling, Esq.

5 5 0

Fire Insurance 1878 18 9

Fire Insurance 1879 18 9

[Subtotal] 126 14 1012

Fire Insurance 1880 18 9

Fire Insurance 1881 18 9

June quarter 1879 Paid Bailiff for collecting rent 10 0

September quarter 1879 Paid Bailiff for collecting rent 10 0

Railway fares and other expenses for you and myself

attending Mrs Turner's funeral and hearing will read 1 0 0

Railway fares and other expenses for you and myself

on fetching silver plate from Leek 1 0 0

Special journeys to Knutsford collecting rent from

Barling and Blackshaw, examining repairs at various

times, and letting house, and getting agreement

forms and stamps and agreements signed;

Special journeys only charged 1 10 0

Receipt stamps, postages, commission on cheques,

small expenses and legal advice 2 0 0

Repaid Mrs E. Gent paid Thomas Jackson on account 1 0 0

Clothing, boots, hats, shirts, collars, neckties, handkerchiefs,

stockings etc Clothes repairing, boots repairing etc

@ 412 years @ £10 per year 45 0 0

Cash advanced at various times

Income tax year ending April 1876 8 9

ditto January 1877

ditto 1878

ditto 1879

March 15th 1879 Reuben Toft's a/c for repairs and for

September 8th 1879 new Double doors to yard 6 18 6

March to June 1875 One Half share funeral expenses etc

of our late father Henry Gent 10 0 0

One Half share probate expenses

including Valuation affidavits etc 5 13 812

[Total] 204 5 4


In 1883 Frank Turner Gent was just twenty five, and started a serious courtship, his first. This is the first letter, but he later destroyed every single reference to her name.



[13th March, 1883?]

[Salutation torn off]


I take this the first opportunity of letting you know, what night I shall be at liberty (in accordance with your request). I am going to Knutsford to-morrow, but I can meet you on Thursday evening if you can possibly make that convenient. If you can please fix the time and place most convenient for you, and I will meet you wherever it is. Please let me know beforehand whether you can meet me at the same time hoping it may be arranged.

Believe me

Yours very sincerely

Frank Gent


[Nº 1. the first]


Frank Gent saved this newspaper cutting, but crossed out whatever he wrote on it. It cannot have been his girlfriend, as their relationship did not end till 1887.



12th August, 1884[?]

Walton - Walton. - On the 12th instant, at St. Clement's, Greenheys, by the Rev. G. F. Holm, Thomas Herbert, second son of Thomas Walton, of this city, to Mary (Pollie), fourth daughter of George Walton, of Allostock, Cheshire.

[notes deleted; looks like: Knutsford]


Another newspaper cutting, this time showing that Frank Gent was in the habit of taking holidays. The Isle of Man was the setting for several holidays as a young man.



Mr Wm. Kelly, in the employ of Mr Heron, and a member of the Douglas Swimming Club, was the means of saving life at the baths on Monday. A gentleman named Frank Gent, belonging to Manchester, got upon his back in the water, and not being able to get his feet again, though he was within depth, was drowning when Kelly went to his rescue and with difficulty brought him out. Mr Gent was not ungrateful of the service rendered, and presented his rescuer with a handsome gold pin.



Douglas, 25th August, 1884


-On Monday afternoon a gentleman named Frank Gent, of Manchester, had a narrow escape from drowning at the Victoria-street Baths. It appears that Mr. Gent, who was not a swimmer, got on to his back and was unable to get up again. His struggles attracted the attention of W. Kelly, a member of the Douglas Swimming Club, and Kelly immediately went to his assistance and managed, with some difficulty, to get him out. The gentleman showed his gratitude to his gallant rescuer by presenting him with a handsome gold pin.



August 31st, 1884

To W. Kelly, Douglas, Isle of Man


Though it would be impossible for me to attempt to express my gratitude to you for the service you rendered me last week, I feel eager to assure you that I feel more than I can say, and that I shall never be able to thank you for the way in which you so nobly and unhesitatingly saved my life. I hope henceforth to have the honour of your friendship, and if you will give me one of your photographs I shall consider it a pleasure to look upon it and call your humane and generous conduct back to mind. I felt rather sorry to figure in your newspapers under the circumstances and yet I feel pleased that by that means your noble and gallant action has obtained the publicity which it justly deserves.

I shall look forward to a letter from you with great pleasure.

Sin the M

B[elieve me]

Y[ours] S[incerely]



A holiday in Dorking for Frank Gent and his mother, visiting his Aunt Mary Ann, Uncle Joseph Williams, and his cousins Joseph Henry and Mary Sarah.



August 24th, 1885


Started to London 10.45. Trent Leicester Bedford. Arrived St Pancras 5 PM took Kings Cross bus to Waterloo, arrived Dorking eight, grand tea, moonlight walk at 11 PM. Tuesday up at 5.30 walk before breakfast. Went to Foresters' Fete Crystal Palace 10.50. Returned 8.25. Grand tea at 10 PM.

Wednesday up at 6.30, Aunt Uncle M. S. J. and Ma [?] went to Guildford, looked through Hospital built 1619, by Archbishop Abbott. Charming town.

Thursday Up at seven. 10.50 to London, Uncle and I dinner at Devonshire House, Bishopsgate Street, went from Bishopsgate underground to Inventions, 2.30. met Mr Page, Brighton, tea at Inventions, train London Bridge to Dorking at 10.35, home at twelve, met ladies benighted saw them home two miles, bed at two.

Friday Up 7.30, train to London at 10.15, Bus Charing Cross to St Pancras, Lunch, Group [?] photos taken


A year later, and another holiday for Frank Gent and his mother in Dorking.



August 19th, 1886 Thursday


10 AM Great Northern to Kings Cross, arrive five. Find a sandwich Marchmont Bernard Russell Square, Southampton Row Vouwn Place, Southampton Street, High Holborn, Broad Street, Gr St Andrew, St Martin's Lane, Chandos Adelaide.

Arrived Dorking 5.30. M. S. and J. H. met us. Grand tea. Walked out at night with J. Henry.

Friday 27 Up at six. Uncle Aunt M and I to London CX 9 AM. Saw soldiers at Whitehall. Trafalgar Square to Westminster Abbey, Westminster Bridge, Underground to South Kensington Colonial Exhibition Home 8.30 CX 9.38 Home at eleven, Supper bed twelve

Saturday 21st up at 7.30 Walked with J. H. to Westcott at eleven looked there church charming village B[ee]r at Prince of Wales Inn, home at one. Three o' clock, Uncle Mother J. H., M. S. and I went to Leith Hill, view of seven counties tea there. Home at eight. Tremendous walk. Very tired, went through the wildest wood scenery, came back by road through Chedleston [?] ten miles there and back. Saw Mag's Well, on way home, some healing properties. Walked through town Dorking Drum and Fife band parading and playing about the town. Took 12 oz Salts.

Sunday 22nd Up at six. Meeting in morning. Went up to Miss Squires, aged 88 and 90. Saw tobacco plant in bloom. Tremendously hot all day. Dinner at Three Tuns.

Monday 23rd Up at seven. Letters from Fred, wrote back. Dinner at White Horse 3 PM; went with Uncle Aunt and M. S. to the mansion and grounds of Rt Hon. George Cubitt, Esq., MP Denbies. Most sumptuous. All went to Mr Marsh to [?] to tea and supper. Saw all sorts of things, musical boxes, puzzles. Had galvanic battery. Home at eleven. Went at nine to the old house at home two gills arranged for trap to Hampton Court.

Tuesday 24th Up at 7.30, five of us U A MA JH and I took wagonette Hampton Court; through Mickleham, past Mr Bryant's lodge of Bryant and May fame, up Grincrack Hill, where a Stork [?] jumped over a wall 18 ft down of whose four legs [?] through Leatherhead, Oakshot, by Claremont Stop Coburg Arms Esher by Sandown Park racecourse Moulsley Hampton Court 12.45 row on Thames 12 hour with J. H. before coming home rest vexed. Started 5.30 through Kingston on Thames, Surbiton, Hook, Chessington, Cier at Royal Oak, Leatherhead, Home at eight, Great tea, all dull and vexed, bed ten.

25th Wednesday Up at eight, wrote to Charlie, afternoon walk about town with Ma. 5 PM train to Brighton, found I had got in London train, changed at Epsom, rushed across platform to train which had just arrived, back in Dorking by 5.35. Went to Star and Garter till next train. Took 6.15 on to Brighton. Arrived eight. Telegraphed to Mother. Walked to St James Street. Walked along beach on pier, Beers, bus home at ten to 4, Shaftesbury Place. Supper, music, pretty dark girls Mr Page's sisters Bed miserable night

Up Thursday at 7.30 walked through market round beach to shop with Dick, Lunch eleven, went on beach, photos taken on tricycle, Met Moth, A, U, and M. S. at pier at twelve, on Beach till one, walked up to Dicks for dinner, Cold meat, salad, plum tart. 2.30 Aquarium. Saw mesmerized girl 4 PM, Electric tram along beach tea with Dick at shop 4.30 - five closed shop, walked about town, bus to Hove and Cliftonville saw shop where Miss Page at Hove Town Hall play Men of Harlech at 6 PM, walked back to Brighton, went through Gardens of Pavilion, State rooms, shut up at six. Went to place for drink built 1597, met friend of Mr P. bar, Mr P. came to station parting glass, met crew in tram. Dorking at ten. tea, Bed twelve.

Friday 27th Up at 7.30. Packed lunch eleven. Beer Wheat Sheaf. A and J. H. saw us off 11.47, CX, 1.15, Hansom to KX, arrived 1.35. 2 PM express home arrived four hours and a quarter at 6.15., tram home, by 7 PM.


Frank Gent's birthday was on Christmas Day: he would be twenty eight this birthday. The Darlingtons were old friends of the family from Knutsford, as were the Wagstaffes. Dr Wagstaffe was also a medical practitioner in Knutsford; he had four daughters, none of whom married, I believe. Fred photographed the daughters in the garden of the house in King Street, Knutsford, in 1870. A marriage was hoped for between Frank and one of the daughters, but did not materialise.

The letter seems to imply some relationship, referring to both Frank and Esther as being their sister. The Newhalls were certainly related, Esther's brother Joseph Lea Warburton married Mary Newhall, but Ann Darlington may be using the term as an expression of warmth.





Christmas Eve


My dear Frank,

I do indeed wish you Many Happy Returns of your Birthday May each year find you happier and brighter In this your life may be spent in pleasing the Lord and then all will be well However dark the day may be as we all have dark days in this life but man we know this is not our home for ever we are going on to a bright happy eternity if we prove faithful the Lord will be our keeper and make the way straight. So dear Frank cheer up you have a bright hope on your side. I know you are good and kind to your dear Mother and always as been so that God's blessing and your dear Mother [?] you as no one else can do and as I will do her very best to make you happy. God bless you with health and give comfort long to be a comfort to each other. I am so sorry to say Dr Wagstaffe is ill the Doctor as poor hopes of him he was taking ill on Wednesday I have to go as much as I can to be with them they sit up with him but as a woman near to call. I thank you so much for the pretty cards you have sent me I intended sending dear Frank a nice one but I have been kept so busy this last few days so please take the will for the deed this time.

My husband joins me in dear love we shall be very glad to see you dear Frank also if my dear sister can come to stay a few days we shall be so glad. Your kind letter was waiting for me when I got from Wagstaffes this forenoon I saw the one you sent to them but they are in great sorrow just now but I know you have their love. I am going down after tea I feel I must leave all if I can be a comfort to them God bless you all

I am your ever loving sister

Ann Darlington

I will let you know in a day or two


A long-standing friend of Frank Gent was Charles Starkie, librarian of the Athenæum Library in Manchester. Was this the 'Charlie' he wrote to while in Dorking in 1886? It is unlikely that he would be known so familiarly, though.



June 23rd, 1887


Dear Frank,

Herewith please find a copy verb. et lit., of Waugh's beautiful love-song. I have been so pressed with one thing and another or would have sent it to arrive by an earlier post.

Some time, when I have a spare moment I will copy you the next song entitled 'Mary'. But indeed the whole of his songs are well worth having, you could not do better than purchase the whole lot.

Yours constantly [?]


PS 'Umpire' Saturday.

Carolus Smiff

'The Goings on at Rusholme"


When drowsy daylight's drooping e'e…


Another holiday in the Isle of Man, but marred by illness, and lack of success with the ladies. Interestingly, many of his acquaintances from Manchester were also there.



Holidays Thursday , August 11th, 1887


Fred called me up at 6.30. Walked to Office, cab called at nine. 9.30 to Liverpool, Bus to stage saw Mother on Sercombe boat, took Mona's Isle at eleven, arrived 3.30, Went to Waverley full, Falcon Hotel, Albany, Masonic, Knowsley House fixed here Falcon Cliff night met Miss Peachs, danced hot [?], walked me home at eleven, supper and music, bed one, Double bedroom live [?] Scots

Friday Up at seven Billiars morning, Drive afternoon, Dhoon, Glas Laxey, girl at Laxey, Teas Dhoon at Bay, Home at ten (paid teas) Bed at twelve

Saturday Up at 8.30 called on Miss Peachs, very cold. Decided to change digs, felt ill. Tea at Albany, Derby Castle at night crowded out, home at eleven, up till two with […] from Liverpool

Sunday Up at eight St Thomas Church, alone. Afternoon went to Laxey with Liverpool crew, girl with limp [?]. Teas at Commercial great dessert, home at ten.

Monday Up at seven, Siedlitz powder tea bed, Mr Bell went away and Miss Boden, Douglas head alone, Dks Villiers, Row for two hours in the sea with Mr Hart. Tea at six, Derby Castle at eight with Mr H. girls from next door there home supper eleven. Diarrhoea all day.

Tuesday Up seven, changed rooms, diarrhoea, steamer to Laxey landed by boats, trap to wheel, walked to top of Snaefell, five miles two hours and 14 walked up and down bare feet. Hart and I walked all way to Douglas Tea at seven H and E and Kip. Derby Castle night Miss Barretts Mrs Mr Jowitt Oakley home eleven

Wednesday Up at nine wretched night's rest. Took Miss Ashton to Douglas head, very wet, home dinner one. Asked her out in afternoon would not go. Miss Allsop and Miss Myers from next door, Graham Hart and I. Two hours sail in bay. I rowed. Tea at six Bought hats whiskey then Derby Castle at night. Miss Ashton there home at eleven. dance in drawing room. Mrs Jackson's girls played, Mr Hart and I smoked and had nip of brandy in my bedroom and cooled down till one.

Thursday 8.30, drinks with Mr Graham, Villiers 6 met Miss Whitman Bath private salt water shower Miss Whitman came to our house, dinner, row afternoon Miss Allsopp and another, Mr Allan, Yeoman and I, very rough thought we should never get back. Mr Hart went after so saw him off. Tea, Miss Whitman tried to get one to go to Derby Castle, would not, stayed in, Griffiths and I walked Miss Barretts along pier, said good night to girls next door Beer, bed at twelve. girl asked if I had any message for Miss Ashton. Wretched night. Dr Nesfield's son arrived talk with Miss Whitman gave me her return ticket. Bed twelve. Miss Burton about Rowles's.

Friday Boots woke me at 7.30, breakfast eight. King [fry?] at nine, good sail, nice girls on boat. Stout and bread and cheese on board Whiskey Chorlton Road at night seven Mr Clark 4 Mrs […]\ 212 Bed at 9.30 Head and chest bad with severe cold


Frank had left his mother at her brother Joseph's in Liverpool while he was at the Isle of Man.



5, Lisford Grove

13th August, 1887


My Dear Frank,

I hope you are enjoying yourself. We are having nice weather but very cold nights and mornings. This is a very nice pleasant place. We can see a long way like Dorking, so hilly at the front, fields at the back. I have been to New Brighton this morning, we have been somewhere every day. Joseph will not have had his holiday till this day week. They say you must call on me and go home together. You could come to Seacomb or Egremount but let us know which day and what time, you could walk from the latter in ten minutes but there would be your bag to carry. I am going to see Lizzy this afternoon. I have been expecting to have a line but you are enjoying yourself, and I hope you are with sensible, nice company, and will be better for the change. We may go to New Brighton for dinner to-morrow. We can come to the Isle of Man for 1/6d so we thought of coming for the day but did not know if we should find you in, which day you would go to Dublin, did ever anybody ever expect to sail for that money. Well Louie says you must come, they will be further off at Tue Brook from New Brighton but it will be a grand change. Now in dear love I am your loving Ma,

E. G.

All send their kind love.

Saturday noon.


1887 sees a surprisingly short holiday: overnight in the Isle of Man. Perhaps the bad weather made him decide to curtail his stay.



September 2nd 1887 Thursday

Left luggage at Brunswick Inn, Tram down Oxford Road.

Thursday, September 2nd 10.30 Central, Bus to Pier Head, found Lancashire Witch not going. King O. at one, rather pitchy, arrived six. Tram to Albany, tea fresh herrings and cold ham Jk Thos called at seven, walked up to his place pouring wet sheltered in Grosvenor, he came to Albany sat upstairs, watched the storm, sea blowing all over promenade, noise tremendous. Jk went home at ten, I had slight supper, bed at twelve, front room, pinned curtains across window to stop draughts and noise, bad night

Friday Up at seven, walked to pier, breakfast at nine, walked about till eleven, Jk came down, drinks, Falcon and Old Shand, Good dinner at one, only six sat down. Took Prince of Wales new steamer at four home. Large handsome boat. stray breeze across our side, rolled frightfully all the way, went below out of the spray, felt bad for two hours, had cup of beastly tea, and had a good vomit of two minutes, felt all right, went on deck, cold, in Liverpool at 7.40, lad to carry traps 8.30, home, tram supper at ten.


This is the last letter which marks the ending of his relationship. It hurt him greatly.



the last

Sent 29th September, 1887


Dear [erased]

As you wish this subject to drop I now return you all your [erased - letters?] and shall thank you to return me mine which are still in existence for which I enclose stamped envelope.

Yours respectfully,



Fred and Sarah's children were John Henry, born in 1878, and Edith Mary, born in 1885.



c. 1888?


…shall not take a refusal from you or Frank. Tell Frank to mind and secure himself a good holiday this summer. I am not cramming for my Guildford examination yet. I am not going in for the one this April. We hope you are all keeping well. Give our love to Sarah also Fred and the children. I do not think I have any more to say just now. I mean to retire to my chamber soon for I feel very tired.

I remain

Your loving niece and cousin,

M. S. Williams


Another holiday, leaving his mother in Knutsford while he was away at Blackpool. He seems determined to have a good time, but, once again, wasn't a success with the ladies, and he admits to his own low self-esteem.



Wednesday, August 29th, 1888 Blackpool


Ma and I called Mrs Clark with box, out, took tram to town, saw ma off at Central to Knutsford. Met Mr Clark, took box to Manchester and Salford Bank, Mosley Street. Lunch, Smallman's. 12.40 to Blackpool from Exchange, arrive 3.30, raining, got digs at 12, Tyldesley Terrace, Beach, Nuttalls. Small company, not bad, lovely girls Winter Gardens at night alone, Bed at eleven, awake all night.

Thursday Up at seven, felt seedy, walk before breakfast. On pier all morning, saw Wildgoose and Miss [deleted]. Saw Johnson and daughters Porpoise in glass tank and sea, met G. Wildgoose, had lunch in Coltry [?] Road Drive with [deleted] and Wildgoose's to Lytham and St Annes afternoon. tea at six. Clifton Hotel etc. G. Wildgoose at night. Bed at ten

Friday On pier, very fine, saw [deleted] B[deleted] on pier did not stop at first. Spoke after, very cool. Afternoon nowhere. night bought present for children

Saturday Rained all day, very miserable, bit of poor music, Halifax girls, asked Miss Brennon to Winter Gardens at night, would not go, but she wanted to I found out after, Went out met Winchester went to Manchester Hotel, Winter Gardens, met G. Wildgoose, told him to remember me to [deleted] B. went and got Winchester lodgings, home at eleven, convivial, bed at twelve.

Sunday Very fine, stayed in in morning, met Winchester at eleven, beer at his lodgings, felt very bad and severe headache. Pier in afternoon would not go sail, tea with Winchester, home 8.10 train arrived house 10.30. Felt very bad often while away, sleepy and full blooded, yet woke up at 6 AM, always. Very low spirited at times, not much success with the - in house, as far as I in my usual pessimism can judge.


Another year gone by, and it's holiday time again, but this time with his mother, visiting relations and friends in Liverpool, with regular outings to New Brighton, including a trip on his own, with still no success with the opposite sex.



Tuesday, August 27th, 1889

Mother and I lunched in town. Liverpool by 12.30 to Uncle's at Tuebrook. Walk through Newsham Park Botanic Gardens and district with Aunt. Bed at one.

Wednesday Up at seven. Mother and I took train to Liverpool, back to dinner. Afternoon, tram and train through Mersey Tunnel to Tranmere, see Mrs Newhall and Wilkinson, tea, tram to New Brighton. Met Uncle and Aunt Liverpool at nine, supper at restaurant, Lime Street.

Thursday M and I walked to Liverpool, New Brighton at noon, dinner, met Aunt and Teddie, tea. Met girls from Kirkdale said name Johnson, home at ten.

Friday M and I walked to West Derby morning. I went to New Brighton after dinner, saw g-l-s, no go. Met Mr Allen, young fellow, 12, Rockville Street Rock Ferry, home from Central at 8.30, very nice out. Cost, with some pur[cha?]se £1-15-0