Diary of a Resurrectionist, Saturday 29th February

Saturday 29th
Met at St. Thomas’s at home all night.

February 1812 was also a leap year.

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Diary of a Resurrectionist, Friday 28th February 1812

Friday 28th
Met at Jacks Got 4 large 1 Small and 1 Foetus, Harps. Took them to the London.

6 subjects raised at Harps; 4 adults, one child and a baby. They were taken to the London rather than to the store at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

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Diary of a Resurrectionist, Thursday 27th February 1812

Thursday 27th.
Went to St. Thomas’s, sold the extremities. At night Tom & Bill got drunk at the Rockingham Arms, at Home all night.

Extremities were bit parts; limbs, usually. Tom and Bill Harnett were the drinkers on that night.

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Diary of a Resurrectionist, Wednesday 26th February 1812

Wednesday 26th.
Went to look out. Could not go out Jack and Tom got drunk. Ben’n  taken very ill.

A second night of drinking that week; perhaps Ben Crouch had become ill as a result of over indulgence. Naples doesn’t give any clues about the nature of Crouch’s sickness. He isn’t mentioned again for the rest of the month, though that does not necessarily mean he was sick all that time.

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Diary of a Resurrectionist, Tuesday 25th February 1812

Tuesday 25th.
At home all day, at Night met at Jack to go to Harps, the moon at the full, could not go.

The moon’s cycle was clearly important to Resurrectionists – the cover darkness provided for their activity was important. At this time, street lighting in London – gas lighting – was still rare. It had been first demonstrated in 1807, but it was not until April 1812 that the first company who would begin to provide some light to the streets was established. Moonlight was still the most constant nightlight.

Later in the diary, we will see Naples’ interest in the moon once more, in his moon chart.

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Diary of a Resurrectionist, Monday 24th February 1812

Monday 24th.
Bill Jack Tom and Ben’n with Nat Ure Getting drunk oblige to Come Home in a Coach which prevented us going out to Harps.

I have always assumed Nat Ure is a person, Nat being short for Nathan or Nathanial, but it could be the word nature, some expression I don’t understand. This entry refutes the stereotype of the drunken resurrectionist; drinking on the job was bad for the business.

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Diary of a Resurrectionist, Sunday 23rd February 1812

Sunday 23rd.
At Home all day and night.

Quiet night.

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