Diary of a Resurrectionist Friday 3rd January 1812

Friday 3rd.
Went to St. Thomas’s, took the Foetus to the London, Rec’d. 10s 6d. Came back to St. Thomas’s Rec’d . £4 4s 0d., Went home, Met by agreement, Went to the Green got 5, Jack, Ben’n and me; Dan’l and Bill at home, took the above 5 to Barthol’w. At home all night.

A foetus is a baby’s body (as opposed to a small, which is a child). In modern money, the foetus was worth an rough equivalent of £17.00. The money later received from St Thomas’ was roughly equivalent to £142.63.

The Green cannot be definitely identified, because many burial grounds were known as the green or as a green ground, but possibly Bethnal Green.


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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