Tuesday January 29th 1856The Subscription Newsroom at the White Horse Inn was a favourite place for John to read the papers – the lurid details of the Palmer poisoning trial, perhaps, or a little of the Tory periodical, the Quarterly Review – to meet friends or even, as in May 1856, to clean his gun.
Went to Office at Noon had a walk with Jane & Lizzy & Joe a mile up Topcliffe road & round by Milby At Night went & read Blackstone at H Carrass’, before tea After tea went again to Carrass’ with Joe had a rubber at wist Uncle Hirst came for Sophy. Joe & I got out at the back door & went to the Newsroom
Saturday January 3rd 1857John’s older brother Tom had been home for a few days over Christmas, and clearly John was very angry with the Sedgwick brothers for the breach of hospitality – Tom had not been asked in to the house when he called on the Sedgwicks during his brief stay. Perhaps the doctor’s household was in some disarray – Dr Roger Sedgwick died in early April. At any event the “regular split” did not impair their relationship – they remained friends for life.
Went to Office Returned to Breakfast. At Noon went to Capes’. At Night I went to Newsroom Met Leond Tom & Jim Sedgwick there Leond & I had a regular split because our Tom called at their house once when he was here & would not go again because he was not asked in he did not see the Doctor. Called at Henry Carass’ Read Shakespeare