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.


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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