THE WESTMINSTER GAZETTE, 25 SEPTEMBER A HAMPSTEAD
For some days Holmes came and went at all hours in this attire, but beyond a remark that his time was spent at Hampstead
, and that it was not wasted, I knew nothing of what he was doing.
If John finds Hampstead
too far for him from London, of course we must move.
They took one of them yellow buses over there," answered the man; "them that go to Hampstead
I hear they are the most picturesque in the world"; and so she had a sudden interest for Hampstead
, and Hornsey, and found that Dulwich had great charms for her, and getting her victim into her carriage, drove her to those rustic spots, beguiling the little journeys with conversations about Rawdon and his wife, and telling every story to the old lady which could add to her indignation against this pair of reprobates.
Our young gentleman's first words informed me that his discoveries, concerning the wicked Colonel and the Diamond, had begun with a visit which he had paid (before he came to us) to the family lawyer, at Hampstead
During the past year I had not managed my professional resources as carefully as usual; and my extravagance now limited me to the prospect of spending the autumn economically between my mother's cottage at Hampstead
and my own chambers in town.
Why,' says her friend, 'he had been at Hampstead
to visit a gentleman of his acquaintance, and as he came back again he was set upon and robbed; and having got a little drink too, as they suppose, the rogues abused him, and he is very ill.
It was not unusual for those who wended home alone at midnight, to keep the middle of the road, the better to guard against surprise from lurking footpads; few would venture to repair at a late hour to Kentish Town or Hampstead
, or even to Kensington or Chelsea, unarmed and unattended; while he who had been loudest and most valiant at the supper-table or the tavern, and had but a mile or so to go, was glad to fee a link-boy to escort him home.
He went through Islington; strode up the hill at Highgate on which stands the stone in honour of Whittington; turned down to Highgate Hill, unsteady of purpose, and uncertain where to go; struck off to the right again, almost as soon as he began to descend it; and taking the foot-path across the fields, skirted Caen Wood, and so came on Hampstead
General Chairman--Member Pickwick Club], entitled "Speculations on the Source of the Hampstead
Ponds, with some Observations on the Theory of Tittlebats;" and that this Association does hereby return its warmest thanks to the said Samuel Pickwick, Esq.
This was Cecil James Barker, of Hales Lodge, Hampstead