DancingFriday 15th January 1864; "Went to a dance at the Manor at Little Ilford. H.W.Ashmole, Maria, Kate, Jenny, Bessy & myself all went, had a first rate night of it"Thursday 1st September 1864; "…to a dance at Mr. Willett’s at Barking in the evening; we all walked home & arrived here at about ½ past 2AM & I went at once for Dr. Sullivan to come & see Aunt Bessy who was suffering considerably from violent pains in her inside: she had no sleep all night. The poor partridges have been slaughtered to-day"Wednesday 7th September 1864; "We arranged about having a Dance once a month in the Bench Room at the Angel… Arrangements for dance at the Angel once a month. Mr. Willett is Treasurer to this monthly Ball Affair. Mr. J. Willett is MC; Harry & I are Stewards"Thursday 8th September 1864; "Mr. R.B. Willett’s birthday born 1812"Sunday 18th September 1864; " Robert Mullett came to bring his subscription to our monthly ball"Tuesday 20th September 1864; "Miss Anabell joined our monthly dance"Wednesday 21st September 1864; "Father went to the Crystal Palace…we picked our apples in the afternoon we got a clothes basket full…Miss Perry is to join our monthly dance. Miss Philpott came with her friend & she is not going to join us because of the ‘boys’. Father went on the Pneumatic Railway at the Crystal Palace"Saturday 8th October 1864; "Went to Aunt James’ in the evening, but it was rather slow work, we danced a little & ate walnuts &c."Thursday 27th October 1864; "…our first ‘merry meeting’ at the Angel in the evening. We had a first rate turn out I should think there were more than 40 there. Quite a case with JB & GJG danced 5 times together"Thursday 24th November 1864; "The Day of our next Merry Meeting. Miss Burmester, Miss Read, Dick Gadden & Ted Gattey were absent; Maria Ashmole so queer obliged to go to bed. Alfred Low, Lewis Soper & Uncle Woolmer (not Aunt Mary) came down to the Dance in the Evening…We had a very jolly 4 hours dance. BB danced 4 times consecutively with Mr. O’Kelly. J.B. not quite so strong with G.J.G. as at the last dance. I danced 4 times with Miss M (but not consecutively). A Low admired Miss Perry a good deal. (a first rate success, all enjoyed themselves amazingly)"Tuesday 27th December 1864;" Rose at 9 AM went to decorate room at the Angel for our dance on Thursday. Wrote to L. West, Mr & Mrs Willett's, Emma & Anne & Uncle Henry & Mr. Hogarth all came here to tea & spend the evening. Mr. H. stopped all night. We played cards & sang &c. J.H.B & Mr. H. got quite excited through the girls being here"Wednesday 28th December 1864; "Mr. Hogarth returned by the 9.30 train AM. Finished decorating the room. Mother, Willie, A, Maria, Aunt Jane & Bessie all went to the Manor & H.W.A. & I went in the evening; we had a nice little dance, but we came away at about 11 & Aunt James didn’t like it at all"Thursday 29th December 1864; "The day of our ‘Next Merry Meeting’. ..Father & Willie went to the Lyceum Theatre…We had a first rate evening, rather short of gentlemen, but about 14 or 15 extra came to it. Broke up at usual time"DebatingWednesday 2nd March 1864; "Debate at the Infant Schools; about Ottoman Empire: lost by 1 vote"Wednesday 27th April 1864; "Debate at Infant Schools. Mr. Tuck’s proposition that the opening of Museums on Sunday was prejudicial to the lower classes, the opposition was carried by a majority of 1. It was not so good a debate as we have had"Wednesday 15th June 1864; " …& to the Infants Schools to a Debate in the evening concerning ‘purchase in the army being disadvantageous’ Moved by W. Blewitt unanimously carried"Saturday 13th August 1864; "A party expected this evening…after tea, we had a little dancing & spent a very jolly evening"Tuesday 29th November 1864; "Mrs. Smith & Mr. Hogarth came in the afternoon spent the remainder of day here & returned home in the evening. Aunt Bessy & Jane; J.H.B. & B.B had supper here. I went to the meeting of the L & Debating Society, subject ‘Franchise’ I spouted for the first time. I opposed it. H.W.A. did not speak. The band of the 2nd Essex is a great nuisance during the Debate"Tuesday 20th December 1864; "I went to the debate in the evening brought forward by J. Hedger viz:- ‘that capital punishment is not justifiable’ on majority against the motion 4. Stayed supper at the Angel"DinnerFriday 30th September 1864; "Mother & Willie went to the Manor Little Ilford to Dinner & Father went to tea & returned in the Evening. I spent the Evening at the Angel’ "Wednesday 16th November 1864; "H.W.A. went to his Company’s Dinner. I took a stroll up town in the evening & back again to Supper. A most singular occurrence took place & that was G.J.G (accidently of course) called in here to see Father (that means Jenny) a very good blind. He had his carbuncle taken out this day (G.J.G I mean), he returned by last train"Thursday 17th November 1864; "The dinner that H.W.A. went to yesterday was the Cutlers’ Compant dinner. The 1st time that he has been to one. His uncle, Mr. W. Oldaker & Mr. J. Willett from Barking both went as they belong to the same company.EventsWednesday 10th February 1864; "Ash Wednesday or 1st day of Lent"Saturday 16th April 1864; "Nothing particular going forward"Monday 28th March 1864 Easter; "Grand doings by the Riflemen, started from Ilford at 6 of ½ past 6 o’clock AM"Friday 1st July 1864; "Fairlop Fair Friday"Thursday 2nd June 1864; Mother & I went to Miss E. Palmerston’s Entertainment at R. Room. I was much disappointed because Miss. M was not present"Wednesday 20th July 1864; "An Invitation to Mr. Hardell’s…had a splendid turn out at Mr. Hardell’s in the evening; above 100 there; at home about ½ past 12. The persons who composed our party were:- Mother, Willie, Maria, Emma & Annie Willett & self"Friday 6th August 1864; "Frank Ashmole & I went after [tea] to Mr. Fardell’s at Castle Rising Farm. We had a very jolly evening, they are such jolly people, & we all enjoyed ourselves amazingly, we danced, sang, smoked &c &c: got home by midnight"Tuesday 11th October 1864; "J. Oldaker as ‘drunk’ as possible, kicked up an awful row at the Angel the nasty disgusting individual"Thursday 13th October 1864; "Mr. Evanion’s Entertainment at Reading Rooms …in the evening & were very well amused although there was a poor attendance"Friday 4th November 1864; " Mary Low came to stay a day or two in consequence of them all being turned out at home"Wednesday 9th November 1864; "Lord Mayor’s Day. Prince of Wales’s birthday…in the evening went & played Billiards & spent the Evening at the Angel. B. Bartlett went to London to see the Lord Mayor’s show. Mr. Hatton died"Tuesday 15th November 1864; "Mary & Kate Low, Jenny & Bessy Bartlett, Lotty, H.W.A. & Frank Ashmole all spent the evening here & had Supper here"Wednesday 23rd November 1864; "Went to Mr. Willett’s in the evening for my tobacco"Wednesday 30 h November 1864; "Went to London business, had my likeness taken again; spent the afternoon at 22 Rathbone Place; sent the ‘Guard’s Walk’ anonymously …to Miss Mackey…."Monday 5th December 1864; "Mother went to London this morning also Aunt Jane & Jenny. Mother returned (bringing Lotty with her) by the 10 train. I spent the evening & had supper at the Angel in company with J.H.B."