Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/26/3/0003
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]
November Tuesday 5
8 3/4
Had my hair cut in the morning. and collected and wrote down my notes from Sarrazius history of
Spain and Portugal inserted in my journal of yesterday – Damp and threatening in the morning and rain in the afternoon.
After tea read aloud pp 136 of
- HCL – 13/16 Fri 8 November 1816
‘Secret Memoirs of Napolion Buonaparté’ proceded by an historical
survey of the character of the extraordinary personage founded on his own
words and actions. By one who never quitted him for 15 years, second edition
To which is added an account of the Regency at Blois and itinerary of
‘Buonaparte, from the period of his residence at Fontainbleau, to his
establishment on the Island of Elba. London Printed for Henry Colburn
Conduit Street and Longman, Hurst, Rus, Orme and Browne, Paternoster Row
‘1815’ 1 Volume 800 pp. 420. Besides a preface of pp. 18

Wednesday 6
Before breakfast constructed 20 sentences of chapter 30 of Neilsons [?]. Walked down to Halifax to meet the
Manchester mail at 1 o’clock expecting Anne Belcombe on her way to York from Fieldhouse – but was
disappointed. A thorough November day with a good deal of smallish or mild rain at intervals. After tea read
aloud from p. 136 to 264 of Secret Memoirs of Buonaparte

Thursday 7
11 3/4
Dr Alexander breakfasted with us on his way home from Halifax to Wakefield. Walked to Halifax to
see if Anne Belcombe was come by the mail. Disappointed again – In the afternoon read 20 verses of chapter
of the acts G.J. Anne arrived by the evening coach at the Union Cross and got here about 7. She brought
me a kind letter from Mrs Harriet S. Belcombe and one of from M – [Mariana] Lawton. With a couple of white muslin morning
waists made by π [Mariana]. Anne looking well. It snowed and was stormy all the way as she came
From Manchester to Halifax – almost all the corn out and a great deal still to cut – some looking green –
Nantz went from Newcastle to Manchester in the Prince Cobourg or rather after my example on
the box with the coachman. Left N at 5 and did not get to M- [Mariana] till 20 minutes before 11 in the morning.
The coach now runs between these 2 places every day in the week but
Just before tea/ waited till 7/ read aloud from p. 264 to 336 of the ‘Secret Memoirs of Buonaparte - on
getting up in the morning found the ground covered with snow an inch or two thick. The 1st we have
had this year – or rather- this winter. The day fine.

Friday 8
12 1/2
Had a letter from Miss Marsh, Micklegate York, telling me among other things, that Eliza Belcombe
had got home again and a letter and small parcel from Mr Fisher, Petergate York containing a curious rosary
sent me by Isabella from Einseidlin in Switzerland. Vid a little below the middle of the 4th page of
Isabella Norton’s letter from Berne recieved Monday 7 October 1816 Nantz and I walked over to Pye Nest and sat with
Miss Edwards an hour. On our return, met my Aunt Anne at Mrs Veitch’s and got home to
dinner at 3. In the course of conversation Nantz told me M- [Mariana] now thinks it would have
been better if C- Charles and she had gone to Lawton tête á tête after the wedding. Anne and I lay
awake last night till 4 in the morning I let her into my penchant for the ladies.
Expatiated on the nature of my feelings towards her and hers towards me. Told her

that she might not deceive herself as to the nature of my sentiments
and the strictness of my intentions towards her I could feel the same in at least 2 more
instances and named her sister Eliza as one saying that I did not dislike her in my heart
but rather admired her as a pretty girl I asked Anne if she liked me the worse for my candour
etc. etc. she said no kissed me and proved by her manner she did not. We went great lengths as we had
Often done before such as feeling her all over pushing my finger up her etc but still did not get
to the last extremity. I asked her several times to let me get nearer to her and have
a proper kiss. She seemed as if she would by no means have disliked it but as if she thought it right
to refuse which she did very languidly. I not wishing the thing did not press it very eagerly
but let her alone after a few squeezes I talked a good deal of nonsensce rather libertinish
but she certainly did not dislike it. I do not admire but rather feel a sort of disgust for
her. She is not nice and her breath is disagreeable. However her manners made me feel desire
and had she not been π's [Mariana] sister I should instantly have closed with her and taken what pleasure
I could get. The day has been very fine. A strong frost and excellent walking. After tea read
aloud from p.337 to the end of ‘Secret Memoirs of Buonaparte’. This is the most interesting work I
have read for long. The writer declares he shall never be known unless he chooses. He
confesses himself of the number of those who have warmly denied the work, but yet I should think it
contains much internal evidence of its author that can hardly be mistaken by any one
intimately acquainted with the court of Napoleon. I should like to see his ‘Historical Memoir
concerning Buonaparte’ which has already gone through 6 editions of 6000 copies each. page.1 of the memoirs
He denies that the French wounded were poisoned at Jaffa by order of Buonaparte. They
died of the plague in common with the inhabitants. Page 7 of the memoirs. Our own countryman Dr Wittman
who was on the medical staff of the British mission that went from England to Constantinople and thence
To Egypt in 1809 is of the same opinion as published in his travels which came out, I think, in 1812.
The death andof sincere repentence of Monsim the spy from whom emanated the letter giving an account
of a private conversation at on the merits and demerits of
Buonaparte and his military genius which causeed the arrest and execution of the Duke D’enghien page 59
The Duke shot at the Castle of Vincennes between the hours of 2 and 5 in the morning of the 21st of
March 1804 page 128 Buonaparte the sole plotter of the thing and inexorable in spite of the team
and entreaties of Josephine – Before the business he had formed to himself a plan of recalling the
Bourbons to the throne of France and soliciting for himself the guarantee of the powers of Europe
to the formation of Lombardy into a kingdom to be settled on him and his heirs
‘It was not M Armand Caulincourt who directed the arrest of the Duke D’enghien, he was
unacquainted with the secret of General Ordiner’s mission’ page 129
Josephine is throughout the work spoken of most highly. The author says of her ‘I would here
give some anecdotes of her if I did not know that Mr B- D- who is much better informed.
DateNov 1816
Extent1 page


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