Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/26/3/0010
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
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16
1816
November
of boiled beef that made its debut on Sunday a warmed veal pie its third appearance
And potatoes and savoy cabbages ~ a very fine, mild spring like day – after tea read aloud pp. 206 of

HCL [Halifax Circulating Library] 18/22
Friday 29 November 1816

‘observations made on a tour from Hamburgh, through Berlin, Gorlitz,
‘and Breslau, to Silberberg; and thence to Gottenburgh. By Robert Temple,
‘author of two journies in Spain, a sketch of the Caracas, etc.
‘London printed for Robert Baldwin, 47. Paternoster – Row and J. Murray,
‘Albemarle strut. 1814’ 1 volume 12mo [duodecimo] pp.267.

Friday 29
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Had a long tho somewhat lazy kiss last night along prose just before getting in to
bed talked of the abuse I had had for romance enthusiasm flattery manner like those of gentleman
being too particularly attentive to ladies etc etc that in consequence I had rresolved to change
and had succeeded in becoming much more cool and cautious in my general intercourse with people and much
less lavish of cordiality and civility Anne fancied my letter to her mother rather an example of
this she pressed me very much to give her my shade when I found I could not refuse I said I
would if she liked me as well this time 2 or 3 years as now I asked her as usual if she loved me
she said yes I asked would she go to Silberberg with me she said yes we had been Last night reading
Samples account of his 11 weeks confinement in the fortress of Silberberg, near Breslow in Bohemia ,
having been unjustly apprehended and sent there as a spy by Lord Cathcart I said what leave
your country family and friends go to a dungeon brave charges the most favourable of which
would be madness and folly for me yes she replied just after we got in to bed I repeated
what really got to Silberberg with me / Anne / I should be like Emma I think myself what
π [Mariana] riors Emma the nut brown maid Anne yes after a moments ssilence surprised tho having
reason enough to believe what I heard I exclaimed Caermarthen would not say as much
Anne perhaps she would have more propriety myself no not that but she would not feel as much she
does not love me so much as you do Anne not more I think myself a hif I encouraged these
sentiments to grow reciprocal it would might prove a source of endless misery to us both I
must try to love you like a sister you almost make me waver must I waver Anne no
myself ah what would Caermathern say did she now see and hear me of fancy yourself in her place
could you trust me Anne yes I could myself what trust me in absence Anne I should trust to
your seeing me myself if I waver now what love is proof against time and circumstance against
temptation such as this Anne perhaps none but you must not waver alas I thought of
π [Mariana] the thought was reproach and agony and I shunned it as a scorpion I turned to Anne we talked a
few moments I asked her if after all this she would own being in love with me she said no she did
not like the term but clasped me in arms we kissed and fell asleep – talked for an hour before
we got up the old subject of the formers curvy behaviour of the girls etc it grew late and she
seemed to tear herself from me ~ All being nearly ready yesterday, Nantz and I were off by 11.
My aunt not sorry at heart to see Anne really going ~~ wrote a note to Hornby to order a pair of

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1816
November
black cloth boots and desire him to send his bill – wrote a letter to Miss Gill enclosing
£8 -3-6 to pay her bill of last February and sent them together with a letter to Miss Marsh and
one to Mrs Belcombe, thanking her for but refusing her kind invitation to go over to the music festival on
Tuesday and Wednesday Nantz behaved pretty well being less nervous than I expected – my uncle walked
to Halifax with us – Nantz again begged me to give her my shade – we sat at Northgate ½ an hour as
the Highflier did not pass till near 12 – saw Nantz well off – Only one young woman
inside – stayed at Northgate till near 2 / my uncle just now quite recovered of his illness / and got home
to dinner dawdled away the afternoon in talking to my aunt about the different merits of servants she saying
how much these here had to do ~ After tea read aloud from p.207 to 267 the end of Semplés Tour –
This little volume is interesting and entertaining written – the poor man is being apprehended
as a spy, seems to have been taken in altogether and very ill used by Lord Cathcart –
in as much as her quite deceived him as to his destination at first then allowed
him no opportunity of exculpating himself by writing to England and after all seemed
willing to persecute him –
The volume commences with a good description of Heligoland ‘It is an island
or rock extending from n.n.w [North North West] to s.s.e [South South East] nearly an exact mile in length and about a quarter
in its greatest breadth’ p.4 Its population is reckoned at between 4 and 5000’ p.16
There is by the way a description of the curious volcanic island of Fayal, one of the Azores ,
fixed upon in 1809 by the English and American merchants as a point of meeting during the operation
of our orders in council and the American act of non-intercourse – speaks of the basin of the
island he says ‘ Its circumference of about a mile is exactly circular. The depth about 600 feet,
and the sides nearly perpendicular. At the bottom are 2 small lakes, one said to be of fresh, and
the other of salt water’ p.17 ‘the island of Pico is separated from that of Fayal by a
Channel of 9 miles in breadth’ (he just afterwards calls it unfathomable) ‘its peak,
the loftiest of the Azores, rises to a height of more than 700 feet; on its summit covered with
snow, pale flames are sometimes seen’ p.15.
For Mr Semplés introduction to Lord Cathcart and his Lord ships unjustified conduct towards him Vid. pp.96 and sequence
For an interesting account of his 11 weeks confinement at Silberberg, a mountain fortress in
Bohemia to the S.W. [South West] of Breslau, whence it is not many miles distance. I make it out to
be between Reichenbach and Glatz. Vid. Chapter .7. p.138.
Before entering the old Palace of Sans Souci [Sanssouci], the favourite residence of Frederick 2 you are shown the
tomb stones of 11 of his favourite dogs, with their names engraved but no farther memorial
of their virtues. p.215.
Query of my own – Did Lord Byron, in imitation of Frederick, erect a tomb and monument to his dog?
The last book perused by Frederick. at the library of Sans Souci [Sanssouci] was Puysegur on the art of war. p.217.
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