Saturday, 10 January 2009

Thomas goes to London

This is where Thomas’s book really begins. I think the previous pages were filled in to avoiding wasting paper!

Feb 4th 1738 Thomas Tye went up to London in Mr James Waddel’s waggon from Mansfield and cost me in expenses and carriage of box £1.8s 6d and gott to London Feb 4 1737/8

Paid Carriage of my box to my lodgings in Little Tothill Street Westminster 1s

17th Went to see St Paul’s Church Wispering Gallery & up to the Cupola 2/-
Eating 6d.

Thomas, aged 25, had come to London for business reasons. As well as visiting St Paul’s which must have been a wonder of the age, he dined in a chop house, bought books, most expensively a leather bound bible (18/6) and visited one of the coffee houses where London merchants met to do business as well as consume the then very trendy coffee. Even that was quite a journey from his Westminster Lodgings, being in Chelsea!

St Paul's is one thing which Thomas would still recognise in modern London

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