Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/26/3/0004
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]
4
1816
November
‘Than myself in preparing an account of her life – I know not how the 1st years of Madame de
‘Beauharnais were passed, but if they resembleed the last 15 we shall have the history of a
‘most accomplished woman page 81
Some very interesting memoirs of the trial and banishment of Moreau in 1804
A very interesting account of Pichegru strangled in the conciergerie by 4 Mamelukes who,
Monseur de L- told his friend the author were shot the very next night on the plain of
Grenelle near Paris. Page 167
Some very interesting anecdotes of the Imperial espionage - One particularly is of Madamoiselle D-
a great beauty who had the heart to be reclaimed – to virtue – to love in turn and marry for real
affection the man she was sent to ruin, the Sieur Schustler of Prague in Bohemia page 256
Towards the end of the volume some anecdotes of the battle of Austerlitz – During the battle 20,000 men
taking refuge on an island in a lake were engulphed by order of Buonaparte who
observed to an artillery officer that it would take too much time to destroy them by cannonade –

Saturday 9
9 1/2
12
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Talking to Anne almost all the morning telling she should either be on or off that she was acting
very unfairly and ought either to make up her mind to let me have a kiss at once or change
her manners altogether. I said she excited my feelings in a way that was very unjustifiable
unless she meant to gratify them and that really that sort of thing made me far from well as
I was then very sick languid and uncomfortable not able to relish anything I had eaten
my breakfast or meals well either this morning or yesterday I told her however that
she might not deceive herself about the nature of my regard that my plans for the
future were fixed and that I was engaged I asked her if she would come and see me saying
I would behave better and quite differently to her then she made no answer but cried she
would certainly like to have me herself but such is her fondness and such her readiness
that I am sure without much pressing she will soon take me on any terms Nantz sat down
to write to Mrs Steph but being nervous and unable to get on, she had only written 4 or 5 lines
when I took up the pen, filled the paper – thanked Harriet for her letter to me by Nantz
gave a sort of reluctant consent to her calling her 1st girl Mariana Percy and sent the
[spirt] to the post – Last night very stormy – both rain and snow – the ground covered thicker than
yesterday morning. Then melting during the day, made the roads so dirty, we did not stir out –
After tea read aloud pp. 71 of ‘Researcher Concerning the Institutions and Monuments of the ancient
‘inhabitants of America with descriptions and views of some of the most
‘striking scenes in the Cordilleras! written in French by Alexander de
‘Humboldt and translated into English by Helen Maria Williams. London.
‘published by Longman Hurst, Rees, Orme and Browne . J. Murray and H. Colburn
‘1814’ 2 Volumes 8vo [octavo] Volume 1 containing pp. 411 Volume 2 pp. 322 of which pp. 16 are an index
of the authors and works quoted and pp. 79 styled a ‘general index to Volumes 13 and 14
of authors quoted is 239!!!
Halifax Circulating 14/18
Volume 1 read Thursday 14 November 1816
Volume 2 read Wednesday 5 January 1817

5
1816
November Sunday 10
9 10/60
1 1/2
Had a kiss both last night and this morning All went to church in the morning stayed at home
In the afternoon tea read aloud 2 of Horsley’s sermons A fine frosty day – was in bed so late on
account of standing, dawdling and talking to Nantz love and nonsense.

Monday 11
9 1/4
12 20/60
L
Had a very good kiss last night Anne gave it me with pleasure not thinking it necessary to
pretend to refuse any longer Wrote to M- [Mariana] in the morning, finished my letter after dinner and sent
it to the post by the barber – after tea read aloud from pp.72 to 201. of Volume 1 of Humboldt’s Researches.
Last night very stormy – the snow an inch or 2 deep on the ground this morning when I got up –
Snow at intervals during the day – very cold and the evening very windy and stormy –

Tuesday 12
9
12 1/2
Had a very good kiss last night Staid talking and dawdling in the drawing room all the morning
After dinner Nantz and I walked to the library – called at Northgate – got back to tea – for about half
an hour before tea was talking to Anne upstairs reminded her of my being engaged etc.
she said I wanted to make a fool of her and if she had more resolution she would not kiss me again
I told her she would never repent anything but that we could not always go on as we did now
Spent the evening looking over a very nice colletion of minerals and 19 pretty little coloured views
of different places that N-s [Norcliffes] have seen sent me by IN [Isabella Norcliffe] from Berne by Mrs Copley – the parcel
from Nether Hall near Doncaster/ Mrs Copley’s place / charged 4s – Fine day – roads very dirty –

Wednesday 13
9 ¼
1 20/60
Made a trial for a kiss last night and did not succeed had a good one on a second trial very
soon after had a long conversation on the nature of kisses Anne said she sometimes
felt odd when I looked at her but that when I was so very near her that is when I was getting a kiss
it was rather pain than pleasure but that she knew when I was happy and said my feelings were very
warm she asked if I thought the thing wrong and if it was forbidden in the bible and said she felt
quere when she heard Sir Thomas Horton mentioned I dexterously parried all these points
said Sir THs [Sir Thomas Horton’s] case was quite a different thing that was positively forbidden and signally
punished in the bible that the other was certainly not named besides Sir THs [Sir Thomas Horton] was proved to be a
perfect man by his having a child and it was infamous to be connected with both sexes
but that were beings who were so unfortunate as to be not quite so perfect and supposing
they kept to one side the question was there no excuse for them as it would be hard to deny
them all gratification of this kind I urged in my own defence the strength of natural
feeling and instinct for so I might call it as I had always had the same turn from infancy
that it had been made known to me as it were by intuition that I had never varied and no effort
on my part had been able to counteract it that the girls liked me and had always liked me that I
had never been refused by anyone and that without attempting to account for the thing I hoped
it might under such circumstances be excused I mentioned the wickedness said to be
practised by girls at schools but explained how this was quite different such as making
use of instruments named the girl in Dublin who was obliged to have a surgeon to extract
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