de Mornay Davies Diaries
1903 - Extracts
"To Macs. La
well but has been very bad. Janie to see Johnston this afternoon.
Hugo to Archer St to get 1/ stamp for me, he was late at office
"No breakfast, have found two very large
pimples on my face and one on my neck" No tea at office.
Mother and Eveline came back from Bexhill. "
"To Macs in
evening and wrote something on a picture postcard to La in Gaelic
"Patience overcomes trouble"
"To Macs at
9 and called on Rippson(?) on the way and told him this was Hutchys
wedding day at which he was flabberghasted and in return for my
bit of news told me what H. had told him sometime ago that he
was going to keep 3 servants and a motor car got two letters
"To Lyric with
Hugo and saw Johnston act magnificently in "Othello"
stood all the time and sat at intervals. Johnston brought back
3 times at last act."
"To West Theatre
R.A.H with Mrs Bardon Winifred and a Miss Taylor and saw School
for Scandal which was very good."
February, Sunday 22nd February
Felt beastly at office
just before I left went to bed as soon as I got home.
Eveline to meet Dr
Chamberlain and to say night at St Pancras Hotel.
In bed with flue
wrote Frank putting him off Tuesdays meeting as I was ill
with flue. Wrote H.K.R and Richards as to letter to P. Percivall.
Still in bed with
flue. Doctor came but did not see him.
Got up today and
my dearest Eveline left for Brighton with Miss Withers who is
paying for her exes?. Dear Girl she deserves a holiday and I only
wish my dearest Mother and Doll could go too.
a good face smiled & laughed a me this morning in Tube
have seen him before"
"Put the photograph
(printed) of Johnston in a frame with my Dear Dolls assistance
& from whom I got the frame"
"Tea at office.
Tubed home with Richards & he walked with me to corner (having
no bike) & then back again after a maiden who we did not speak
to but only looked at. Dodged old Collins and waited for him at
Bank but he had the laugh of us he went straight home."
attacked with one of her pains"
Went inside St Botolphs,
Aldersgate & was very much taken with its interior"
"Had a cold
bath, coaled for kitchen & drawing room. Walked around City
from 2 to 3 to Paternoster Row & down Ludgate Hill & up
Farringdon Street & up steps to Holborn where I saw a girl
I fancied so followed her through to Smithfield where I left her.
Lovely day. Letter from Frank to say he could not come tonight."
. "Lovely moonlight night. Posted letter to Girlie
after sealing it at office."
Cold bath this morning.
I went to Bishopsgate & down Fish Street Hill and then upstairs
and crossed over London Bridge now being altered and saw the River
glittering in the sun. Went into St Saviours Southwark where is
a lovely electric organ with 4 manuals blown by hydraulic and
having vox humaine stop. Heard it played as it was being mended
and it is a fine organ. Tubed home with Richard.
Letter from Girlie
at last answering my last and asking me to meet her at 8.15 at
corner of Hereford Road (Westbourne Gr). Met her near Leinster
Sq. on left hand side (towards Sth Gardens?) and went down Ossington
Street to Palace Gardens and back and arranged to meet on Saturday
at 8 at NE Corner of Leinster Square. She is staying at No. 8
and has been in Town on and off for a year.
Going down Kensington
Park Road this morning, Richards whistled but I did not turn till
he called or hailed and I turned and found him running after me
and he had sighted me turning corner. He walked down from W. Kilburn
having left bike at H.P Station. To St Botolphs with Read
and enjoyed music. Rev W.F.D officiating saw him after and shook
hands. Set the office chimney on fire and put it out after collecting
a crowd and a bobby to the roof left 7.30 and it still smouldered.
Tubed home with Richards to Holland Park and he got bike.
Girlie asking me to meet her at 8.30pm but as I got home at 10.45
she was disappointed. Wrote her explaining and to say how sorry
"Mother has got me some boots but I was
very nasty about them, am going into Grove tomorrow morning to
My dearest Eveline
finished making a lovely shirt for me to wear on the 1st.
(Boat Race Day)
My left eye bad with
a cold or something of the kind. Spent a charmingly miserable
morning and went to bed in Mothers room after lunch and
slept from about 2.45 to 5.45 or later. I got up at 6.15 and got
some lotion at Stephensons (chemist in Elgin Crescent) which
did it good, also bought an eye bath. Singing in the evening.
today and took Saffers for a walk to Kensington Square and into
Gardens and came back via Bayswater Hill."
Theatre to see "The Worst Woman in London" !!!! and
enjoyed it immensely and laughed a good deal at it when we (ie
Hugo and I) ought not to have done."
at two girls when I got out of Tube tonight and wish I had smiled
before and waved my hand when off train and they waved in reply"
"At office till
4.45 doing plan etc. Took parcel to Miss Hayward 20 Blomfield
Road by bus to Paddington Stn and then to New Theatre and got
there at 7.15 and stood till 8 and then stood all evening watching
"David Garrick" (Wyndham). Walked home because I had
to and came past Lyric to-night being last night of "The
Light that Failed" there as it goes to New Theatre on Monday.
Eveline and Doll with Do to M. Beaucaire at the Comedy.
Hugo called while I was out to say he was going to Weston with
Dr Ginns so would not come tonight."
"To the Castles
for supper as Miss Castle wrote us asking us for 6pm and we got
there at 6.30 having tubed to T.C.R and bussed from there to Parliament
Hill or near it. Castles sang all the evening and I sang "You
ask me why I love" and I think Miss Castle wanted me to sing
again by the way she pleaded I must say I like her very much.
A young chap and a tall one asked me the way to Knightsbridge
and I told him and then caught him up and took him to Ken.H.S.
He was of the 2nd Lifeguards.
My dearest Dolls
birthday she is 19 today. Played a four hundred game of Pills
at a saloon for the game with Clarke, Collins and Richard, the
latter being my partner we gave them 85 and lost. Tubed home with
Richards to H.P. Lucy in with a proposal for me as to a job at
£75p.a and so wrote Cecil E Wyatt. I would be at 792 Salibury
House at 10.30 tomorrow.
attended at 792 Salisbury House and spoke to Mr Wyatt who have
me letter of introduction to a Mr E Anderson at Messrs Lazenby
Bros and Paine of 5 Throgmorton Avenue EC. Called there at one
oclock but he was not there. Richards got out of the front
car of the train just as I came out of the other this morning
he stood me a drink to success of my venture stood me another
later on. I stood him one and had patty (meat) and piece of cake.
E then stood me another and later on Res stood me a lemonade.
Tubed with R. shook hands with Gertie. Walked to New Theatre but
did not see Johnson as I passed straight on to Bedford Square
but did (see) not him at all. Saw the poor little girl
I am sorry for and about 12.15 this morning I passed through Mortimer
Street and stood on the corner and I saw her coming alone and
I spoke to her and she asked me to walk a bit of the way down
Regent St, wh. I did and stood on a corner chatting and she told
me some of her troubles poor kiddie.
Reed took photograph
of me in Mr Hughs room and afterwards too two of a group
of J.D Vallamore?, Collins, Clarke, Dean and myself. In J.Ds
room. Stood Richards a drink in Ship shook Gertie by the hand.
and Doll and Sergeant, Katty and Miss Wakely and Frank came to
spend evening with us (Frank had been to opening of Kew Bridge
by the King as Sir Wolfe Barry was designer)"
took a fancy to Miss W. tonight and thought she looked very pretty.
I said goodbye to K (who is going away tomorrow) and Miss W at
69 Torrington Sq. W.C. then we four got last tube from B.M to
H.G. and I said goodbye
to them at corner of Archer St."
presides at the Royal Theatrical Fund dinner tonight at the Whitehall
Rooms, Hotel Metropole at 7.30. I drank his health in good old
English ale. Reed took Richards, Collins and I in a group (I was
in the middle sitting on a P.O. London Directory for 1900 on a
for walk I evening and after to the town and got provisions etc
for tomorrows outing on the River as Claude asked me to stay tonight
with him. Sang in afternoon "Sally in our Alley".
With Castles to Paddington
and cab from there to Slough where I met a Mr Brickwell (Host)
and a Mr Kenyon and to his house and got a loan of a pair of flannels
from Castle who took bus from Slough to Windsor, where we took
two punts and went downstream and lunched near second lock from
Windsor and had tea opposite Dachet. The down again and up again
where Horace Kenyon waited for the others then we had tough struggle
..from Windsor to Slough changed into a last mainline
train and got into Paddington about 10.30 went back with Castles
to Hampstead and stayed the night.
My dearest mother
left for Bexhill on Sea by 3.20 train.
God Bless the Dear Girl and preserve her through this year especially
but I know he will.
My dearest Mother
came home: she wired us to meet her. Dolly to theatre with Dow,
Frank and Laugher and Sergeant. Met them on the steps though they
had sent wire to say Doll would not be home. My dearest Mothers
Got permission from
Mrs Hugh and went to British Museum Stn (Tube) and met Willie
there (so I need not have gone) waited for Doll who turned up
at 11.20 (I got there at 11.10) Tubed home by myself. My dearest
To Cathy in evening.
No office as in bed with a bilious attack. Had a cold bath this
evening. Mother getting better. Richards very kindly brought up
my screw. Got there about 7.50pm. Sat with Cathy on their sofa
and took two kisses as I got upto go to Post Office for her. Tried
again when she had her hair down outside her door but no use.
Arranged to got to the theatre tomorrow evening.
notes 28-10-1906) (Originally pencilled in shorthand)
To New Theatre at
11pm after walking to Bedford Square and seeing lights only in
the basement. New Theatre only out at 11.25 (second Mrs Tanqueray)
Saw Mrs Patrick Campbell about 11.48 and did not think much of
here was accompanied by two gentlemen in evening dress
to Hansom in Charing X Rd. She went alone.
Worthington with R and one with Clerk in Ship"
August (on separate sheet)
Met Dora outside
20 L. St exactly at 8 and went into Park with her. After sitting
for ½ hour on one seat went to other side of Serpentine and got
seat looking on to the water. Had a coffe and biscuits and jam
at Lyons in Old Broad St and had a coffee and 3 chocolate wafers
for lunch at Lyons in Crown Court as I took sandwiches to office.
Walked through Bedford Square at 7.40pm. Bus to Museum Street.
Got pursued by a man of a rotten description. Bus from Chapel
me at about 1.0 that he was going home to Norwood in a few minutes
but told hi I should not be ready to go yet and he said he would
come round. I told him to comeupstaris to Room 2 which he did
shortly after and introduced him to Richards and then he sat down
at Collins side of the table and drew a plan for my direction
when I got to Norwood. Went to Charles Hart; Bootmaker for tennis
shoes then to Lyons. Found Sammy and Gillham (poor woman fainted
at London Bridge Station twice). Train 2.37 to Norwood Junction
got to Crofton Lodge all right changed and had a ripping
game of tennis with Claude and after tea played 7 sets till 18.5
when it was quite dark. Sat up till 1.0am (Sunday morning). I
stayed night with Castles.
Read up to August
"Had a touch
of toothache at office this morning but it had completely gone
by lunch time."
Wakeley and Auntie Doolie to tea."
Brought home 1902
1903 London National Telephone Directory see the
Marquis of Londonderry Earl of Rosebury and the Duke of
Devonshire are on the "Phone". Lunch with Sammy, J.O.C
and Gilham and played Matador. Saw Shepherd at N.H.G and went
down in lift and had a bit of a tiff with him over the window
like the fool I was felt rather irritable though. Saw a
girl with another as I went to Youngs. I spoke to some months
ago now looked for and found her in Church Street and saw
her go into Dukes Lane. Went after her and she looked round
and I went across and she recognised me, she introduced me to
her friend (Miss Murphy) who left us then I put my arm around
her waist and a nice kiss and stood on the corner and arranged
a meeting for Monday at 7.30 Young Street or Tuesday if raining
Good good very good. La was very enthusiastic about my
dear old Mothers singing and when Mother came downafter
all others had gone to bed I was not enthusiastic enough myself
and did not express enough how I liked it.