Letters by Candlelight: An Original Victorian Diary
A book for sale by by C.L. Bennett. This is an original handwritten diary beginning in the year 1861, when Queen Victoria was on the throne in England and Charles Dickens was at the height of his fame. It was found by chance in a dusty attic in Cambridge, England and is full of fascinating historic detail. The writer was a young gentleman called William Holmes-Carter. He was from a rich family of Nottingham Lace Manufacturers but he himself lived in lodgings in Clifton, Bristol, where he worked as a managing clerk in a solicitors. He later moved to another solicitor's practice in Pembrokeshire and then when his brother passed away he decided to take over his brother's business in Sheffield. The diary is a personal account of everything that happens to him over a four year period and his thoughts and feelings.