Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/26/3/0009
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]
14
1816
November
English feet
Ben Nevis the highest mountain in Scotland - 4337.
Snowdon, in Wales - 3,555.
Ingleborough in England - 3,200.
Croagh Patrick in Ireland - 2,666’
‘Mont Blanc is easily distinguished from amongst the other mountains / of which Mont.
‘Buet, of 9,984 feet in height approaches the nearest to it / when seen on this side’
(on the top of montanvert going from Chamouny) ‘ by the astonishing altitude to which it
‘rises, and by the vast body of snow with which its top and sides are covered to the perpendicular height
‘of above 4000 feet, without the intervention of any rock to take off from that extreme
‘Whiteness that gives name to the mountain unites in the circular form of its summit all
‘the majority that can possibly be imagined’ pp. 133 and 134
As for the causes of the goitres and idiots in the country of the Valais, what at
Geneva is considered as the best treatee [treaty] on the subject, is that by Coxe in his account of
Switzerland – Vid. What Bernard says p.148.
Coxe says it is owing to what in Switzerland is called Tuf, a calcareous deposit of
the water very like the incrustations at Matlock in Derbyshire which dissolve so
completely as not to lessen its transparency – Bernard p.149.
Monsieur de Saussure wrongly attributes it to heat of the climate and stagnation of rain – Bernard p.158.
A gentleman told the author / Bernard / he calculated the population of Switzerland. at 130.
the square mile . p.196. the author adds the following proportions of some other countries to Switzerland
‘China, the most populated country in the world of the same extent – 260 – to a square mile –
Holland, which has a greater population that any country of its limited extent – 275.
France as in 1792 - 174.
United Kingdom Great Britain and Ireland - 145.
Russia in Europe - 30
Iceland - 1’
‘I have been assured that in one part of the Canton of Appenzell, the population
‘amount to 562 per. square mile. It is one of the most secluded parts of Switzerland.,
‘and is famous for music called Ranz des Suisses’ p.198.
Berne contains 11,500 inhabitants p.226. Zurich, 14,000 a population exceeding that of any town of Switzerland
excepting Geneva –
From Calais to Paris 180 English Miles. P.12
Marchant in the last Edition of his Paris guide states the population at 580,000 –
No. of houses 29,400. Dutins Itinerary, published 30 years ago , states the population.
at 650,000 – Paris including all its suburbs is said to be eight leagues about p.24
‘in a building adjoining the cast is the famous town of Heidelberg, constructed by one of the Electors at the suggestion of his buffoon,
‘whose statue is placed near the enormous tun which can contain 326,000 bottles. We were told that the Jester (some will not allow him to
‘called the fool) assisted his master in drinking 18 bottles of the best Rhenish wine daily. the table where they sat near the tun is still shown .
‘the country about Heidelberg and Manheim is, from its fertility called the Garden of Germany ; but I have seen in Germany much finer districts’ p.266.

15
1816
November Thursday 28
9 20/60
11 3/4
Had a kiss both last night and this morning Anne and I had a good deal of conversation
just before we got in to bed she evidently seemed to wish to stay till after the musical
festival I said she ought by all means to go to it said if this was my house I would
not let her leave me these three months etc etc but that it was not that I did not feel myself
quite at home that I could not feel quite so much so with my uncle and aunt as I could have done
with my father and mother I gave no encouragement to the idea of her prolonging her stay but
very gently hinted advice to the contrary after all this we got into bed ~~
after breakfast my aunt (having some time ago promised to lend me eight pounds
to pay a bill which I have owed to Miss Gill mantua maker stone gate yorn since last February
and three pounds to pay a bill owing since that time to Hornby shoemaker blake street yorn) asked
me ‘do you still think of paying those bills’ yes I should like to if you please aunt
she then gave me 8 Halifax pound notes Rawsons ‘now mind and pay them and don’t go and let Anne
put the money in to the saving bank at York for you’ no of course not what can make you
think of such a thing ‘Oh I thought I heard Anne and you whispering about it last night at
tea and I don’t like fine ladies going about leaving their bills unpaid’ she gave me nothing
for Hornby but said as I did not exactly know the amount of his bill I had better order the
pair of black cloth boots I wanted tell him to send his note and my father would pay it when
he passed thro York on his way home from here after Christmas I know my aunt means
well and would do anything she could for me but I always feel that sort of manner often feel hers
and heartily wish I could do without being so much obliged to anybody ~~~ as Anne talked
yesterday of going today my aunt who cordially wishes her off was not happy to see her
come down stairs at 10 and dawdle about not having packed up anything as if she never meant to
go I of course felt awkward and tho I knew Anne was not expected at home and that she would rather remain
here to escape the bustle and expense of getting mourning for Mrs Smaller Anne Rickets that was
and going to the musical festival on Tuesday and Wednesday yet I hung aloof as well as I could
that Anne must see I did not wish her to stay my aunt bid me ask her if she meant to go by the mail
on the plea of having dinner earlier I did do so and my aunt herself also mentioned the thing to
her afterwards on this Anne made up her mind to take the mail and began to pack in good earnest
however after many pros and cons with my aunt I declaring that the mail would not take her luggage etc etc
it was agreed that she should be left to get all quite ready and then that I should tell her to wait till
tomorrows highflier Anne at once gladly consented and my aunt in the assurance of getting
rid if her in the morning (for if the weather was too bad walk she was to have a chaise to take her
to Halifax) seemed satisfied at the near prospect of Betty (who she said had so much
to do) being soon relieved my aunt walked down to Halifax the day passed of well poor Anne
delighted to have gained as it were by stealth the sight of me for a few hours longer at
dinner my aunt made an apology for making no stranger of Anne well she might there was the remainder a piece

This evening lent Anne two Halifax pound notes to pay the eexpenses of her journey home
Wednesday evening 10 December 1817 Anne repaid me this money ~ Death of Mrs Smaller, Anne Rickets that was -
DateNov 1816
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