Diary of a Resurrectionist, Wednesday 8th January 1812

Wednesday 8th
At 2 A.M. got up, the Party went to Harps, got 4 adults and 1 small, took 4 to St. Thomas’s, Came home went to Mr. Wilson & Brookes, Dan’l got paid £8 8 0 from Mr. Wilson, I rec’d. £9 9 0 from Mr. Brookes, Came over to the borough, sold small for £1 10 0, Rec’d £4. 4 0 for adult, At home all night.

Resurrected 5 (4 adults and a child) from Harps and went to Wilson and Brookes (with Dan’l) and collected 2 payments. Then returned to the borough (St Thomas’s, in all probability, with regard to the sales) and sold the small (child) and received another payment for an adult.

£8 8s 0d equates to about £285 worth in 2005’s money;
£9 9s 0d equates to about £320 worth in 2005’s money;
£1 10s equates to about £50 worth in 2005’s money;
£4 4s equates to about £142 worth in 2005’s money;

This is a rough equivalent total of about £727. In 1812, this was a lot of money; divided up by 6, if there are 6 members of the gang, it’s roughly £121 to each man, if divided equally (assuming all the gang did get a share in this), at a time when a nurse’s wage was a rough equivalent of £849.00 a year. And this for perhaps only 4 of the bodies the gang are dealing in.


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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