Diary 1706-8

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5 [May 1706]
I at home all Day fine and Plesant weather tho. not very hott

1 [June]
hops stand well & thers a likelyhood of a good cropp

14 [July]
I at Jon Blastons & at Maj: Gowers in Morn affr noon I wt to P Nichols to allow him a qtrs Rent for his repr ye house & ye sash windos home showry in morning fine plest wether in ye after noon

17 [August]
In ye morning I wt with G Conyers to Mile End & so home & at home al ye affr noon: fine warm weather

24 [August]
I at home all Day except at Change &c Windy and wet ether: Our wether Glass last night was almost at ye lowest at 28 In of stormy wet wether: ye wind high last night

29 [August]
I at home all Day except at Our nabor Locks & at Partridges in Cheapside & at ye barbers a fair & plest Day

2 [September]
Our maid Joyce went a Way being troubled with fits

3 [October]
I at home all Day Tho. brewed mead [i.e. with his own hops and with honey which he seeks out all over the city]

11 [October]
daughter Hannah has whooping cough

6 [November]
I at home afoar n after I wt to ye Qtrly mt at Devonshr house [Quaker Meeting House in the City] it lasted late by reason of a difference betweixt W Gibson &c

20 [Dec]
In ye morning wt to Counselr Martins abt ye house ever ye way & so home all Day…

21 [December]
In ye morning I wt to Counselr Martins abt ye title to ye house &c at noon wt to Ann Smiths: & affr n wt with my wife to ye wtSheaf in Ch[eap] Side & to Etoridges Coffe house & so home

22 [December]
In ye morning wt to ye Sergts Head Inn & called at n at bread St & went to Change to met Metcalfe & after wn to Etoridges Coffe house & to Drapers Gardins to spk with Kiffon & so home this Day very cold & a little snow

19 [January] 1706
…we Dined with TB & wife at ye Spring Gardin…

20 [January]
I at home at Day Tho: made two crowns of Mead fair & dry wether

22 [January]
Aron Atkinson came last nt to lodge at our house & this day his horse wt to ye [Friends'] Workhouse

9 [February 1706]
I wt this Mo with Ge Conyers to ye coffe house at Enfield & to ye Brook there & came back by ye new cut at Newington & met my W & Child by Cambry house

29 March 1707
I at home afoar n after went to Nuington town to see ye bees & with G. Conyers called to se ye hops at ye [Newington] Sp[ring] G[arden] & so home showry in foar n & windy

20 April 1707
aftr n wt to Joes coffe house & to ye [Friends'] mt for sufferings then affr wt to Nuington Green & met my bro at Nuington town & cald with my W & Childn at ye Chry Gardin & at ye Spring Gardin ye hops looked prity well at Sp Garden: & so home

Commentary

Peter Briggins of Bartholomew Close on the West side of the City was a hop grower and merchant who lived and worked in London. He was married with children who frequently accompanied him on his crop-viewing rounds. Briggins does not describe his dwelling directly and it is not clear whether he lived in a house. As in many diaries, details of the interior are incidental. He is more concerned with his business, though this is practised at home as well as outside it. These unpaginated extracts from the manuscript diary at London Metropolitan Archives show how his business activities shaped all aspects of household life and family leisure time both within the home and beyond it. His concern for his hop plantations in particular probably led him to keep the diary in the first place given the emphasis on recording the weather; he kept a weather glass at home for this purpose. In addition to this business, his faith as a Quaker, and his other income collecting rents on domestic property in the City, created a complex web of connections across the city during the first decade of the eighteenth century.

Themes

Labour

Dominant Representational Strategies

Elements

Dwelling

Type
Residential
Detail
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology
Specified Social Level
Middle

Activities

Type
Eating and Drinking
Intellectual, Cultural and Spritual
Detail
Cooking
Visiting

Rooms

Type
Other / Unknown
Historical Terminology

Inhabitants

Type
People
Detail
Children
Adults
Male
Female

Objects

Type
Equipment
Detail
Tools, Utensils and Appliances

Bibliography

Preston, Rebecca, Geffrye Museum Report 6.i, Diary Transcripts 1600-1800, 2004, pp.27-9

Direct Cross-References

Indirect Cross-References

A Record of the Mercies of God, or a thankful remembrance

Wallington, Nehemiah 1619; 1626; 1629; 1636; 1641; ;

Manuscript, RP1111

A Record of the Mercies of God, or a thankful remembrance

Wallington, Nehemiah 1629; 1632; 1641; 1643

Manuscript, RP1112

A Record of the Mercies of God, or a thankful remembrance

Wallington, Nehemiah 1630

Manuscript, RP1113

Diary 1706-8

Briggins, Peter 1706; 1707; 1708

Manuscript, RP1114

The Diary of Dudley Ryder 1715-1716

Rider, Dudley; Matthews, William 1715; 1716; 1939

Book, RP1115

The Diary of Dudley Ryder 1715-1716

Rider, Dudley ; Matthews, William 1715; 1716; 1939

Book, RP1116

The Diary of Dudley Ryder 1715-1716

Rider, Dudley; Matthews, William 1715; 1716; 1939

Book, RP1117

Dr. Swift to a Friend, who asked him which were his favourite Furniture

Monteage, Stephen ; Swift, Jonathan 1731; 1733

Manuscript, RP1118

Names
Briggins, Peter
Date(s)
1706
1707
1708
Country
United Kingdom
Historical Region
Southwark
City of London
Description
Format
Manuscript
Type
Diary
Genre
Biography / Autobiography
Publication
Copyright
This research was undertaken by the Geffrye Museum in 2004
London Metropolitan Archives
Location
London Metroplitan Archives (LMA) ACC 1017/2.
Record ID
RP1114