original diary cover

Soane kept a notebook during the building of Number 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, now his Museum. We will be publishing the entries day by day to mark the 200th anniversary of this build - follow this link for more details.

October 3rd 1812

Transcription & Scan

On Sat[urday] the 3rd of Oct[ober] Mr Payne informed me that Mr Good had had occasion to call on Kinnard for payment of a bill when Kinnard told him the hearing was to be on Tuesd.[ay] and this I communicated to Mr Brundret who judged it proper to write to Kin[nard] to say we should attend on Wed[nesday]. Kin[ard]. wished it to be on Thursday and it is to [be] observed that in the Morning Post of Monday the 5th of Octo[be]r there was a paragraph signed ‘the Ghost of Inigo’ (as I am told) stating the hearing was to take place on Thursday.

scan of sir john soane diary entry on October 3rd 1812


The above entry was obviously written retrospectively, probably on 5 October.  Soane’s Diary records that on 2 October, the previous day, he had Called on Mr. Leverton & Mr. Conant, called on Mr. Brundret respecting having Mr. Const and Mr. Alley retained. He was obviously busy deciding which lawyers should represent him in court. On October 3rd Soane’s diary records that he called on Mr. Brundret at 12 - went with him to Mr. Const who sets out on Monday for Stamford ... [presumably he is leaving town for Stamford in Lincolnshire and Soane needed to see him before he left].