Diary of a Resurrectionist Thursday 2nd January 1812

Thursday 2nd.
Went down to St . Thomas’s, got paid £7 17 6 for one adult open D. not. Came home, met by agreement at St . Thomas’s, did not go out, Bill not there, Came home again, at home all night.

That price, according to the National Archive’s currency converter has roughly the equivalent buying power of £267 (in 2005’s money). Bodies were worth a lot of money. Higher prices than this for a single body were known.

Other than this sale, there was not a lot of activity; there seems to have been a meeting but not work. Bill Harnett’s absence is noted.


About theresurrectionists

My name is Kirsty Chilton. I am a Medical Historian working in London and relentlessly searching for the body snatchers of 18th and 19th century London. Currently, the content of this blog is a personal project to repost and comment on the diary of 19th century Resurrectionist Joseph Naples 200 years from the time it was written.
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