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.

September 28th 1812

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Monday 28 Sept[ember] 1812. Attended at Bow Street pursuant to notice, with Mr Wetherill. Present: Read , Bi(?), Leverton, J. White. Kinnard stated that the witnesses were not there, and was therefore allowed to withdraw his information. Mr W[etherill]. objected but was overuled

NB. Sept[ember] 8 Kinnard wrote to say he should lay a complaint before two or more magistrates. He continued silent until Sat[urday]. the 26 Sep[ember]. When he sent the summons for Monday the 28th. Q[uer]y. how did it happen that he was not prepared from Sep[tember]. 8 to the 28th?

scan of sir john soane diary entry on September 28th 1812


This entry relates to Soane’s appearance at Bow Street Magistrates' court, summoned in response to Mr Kinnard’s ‘notice’.  Amongst the names mentioned, Mr Read was one of the magistrates, whilst J White appears to be the architect John White junior.  Soane's diary for this date merely states that Kinnard withdrew his notice & the hearing was adjourned. However, it also notes that he called on Mr Spiller and the architect John White jnr. (the latter mentioned as having attended the hearing), perhaps to rally support for his case.