Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0103
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

Lawton hall, Lawton, Cheshire, Angleterre (port payé) — then from 1 1/4 to 1 50/60 breakfast — Interrupted between 11 and 12 (20 minutes or more) by the
woman from the country — besides strawberries, cream cheese, butter and eggs, bought a fine capon at 4/50 — Mrs. Barlow came at 1 50/60 — had got our passports done with at the prefecture — her late servant Thérèse died yesterday in an hospice at Versailles — Mrs.
Barlow went home to order about her dinner at 2 3/4 — finished dressing partly while she was here — gave directions about my pelisse mending etc. etc.
went out at 3 1/2 — direct to Mrs. Barlow she went with me to buy bacon and mutton, then to the Sadler (rue de la paix No. [Number] 21) about
the havresacks — to return them both and Mrs. Barlow to have 2 portmanteaus — thence to passage du Caire about my umbrella — Bouchée very civil —
will recover it — thence to rue des Lombards No. [Number] 1 — bought tea — thence to Quai Voltaire No. [Number] 15 to ask the porter to tell the charbonnier
to bring us charcoal tomorrow morning — thence home — left Mrs. Barlow at my own door, and came in at 6 1/4 — went into the cellar —
25 minutes giving out wine — Dinner at 6 3/4 — the capon excellent — Left the dining room at 8 1/2 — prepared my bedroom —
settled with George and my accounts and wrote the last 5 1/2 lines which took me till 9 25/60 — went into the drawing room at 9 3/4 — cut
curling papers while talking to my aunt — came to my room at 10 25/60 —

Saturday 9
6 50/60
11 35/60
Bowels pretty well — at my desk at 7 3/4 (took my draught — few minutes before 9) — from then to 10 35/60 wrote out the heads (short) of Thursday lecture — cut open the
Annuaire (almanac) read or skimmed over its contents — calculated the value of a myriametre = 6 miles 376 yards
English and read this mornings paper — breakfast from 10 35/60 to 11 10/60 — from 11 1/4 to 11 50/60 finished dressing — saw my aunt for 3 or 4 minutes
and then went to the lecture (the 10th) — got there at 12 1/4 — the lecture began (Monsieur Tremery explaining the nature of the siphon) — over at 1 35/60 —
Monsieur Tremery’s assistant gave me the address — went direct to Deleuil, rue Dauphine (opposite the pont neuf)
No. [Number] 24 bought a little ‘thermomètre de comparison’ that is one side of the tube shewing the degrees of Fahrenheit, the other
of the centigrade — fixed in a mahogany case — price 10/. (asked at first 12/. but said it was au juste at 10/.) — sauntered
back along the Quais and went to Perrelet’s and then through the gardens, and went by rue Florentin to Mrs. Barlow Madame Galvani and Mr. Cary with her —
sat talking after they went — she had seen Dr. Tupper who had chanced to say he had sat 1 1/4 hour with my
aunt on Wednesday — she had talked the whole time — he had never once contradicted her, though she had said some things he did not
agree about — She might survive me — she had no killing disorder — She was a tough old lady he wished Mrs
Barlow had been there to see how well he behaved she would have admired him for it — got home at 5 1/4 — Dinner at 5 25/60 —
told my aunt Dr. Tupper said she might survive me — I do not think she likes him much, though time must flown quickly with
her on Wednesday; for she said he had only staid a few minutes (vide bottom of page 196) — Left the dining room at 7 1/2 — settled with
George — wrote the last 11 lines — told Perrelet I was I did not see him when he came the other morning — he came to tell me
what he had heard of Monsieur Tremery — the substance of which was that he performed his experiments very well, but was not
‘profond — pas savant’ — Monsieur Perrelet will lend me when I return (said I was going from home) 2 very nice works
on horlogerie — looked at the sizes of some little watches thinking of ordering 1 for M- [Mariana] he did not advise a
very small one — and a good one would cost about 1000/. — then said I, I had better have a chronometer at once — yes!
he thought I had — I then said, I would not, as I had thought order a watch to give to a friend of mine, but order a chronometer for
myself — to be done in 2 years — perhaps said Perrelet it may be done sooner — perhaps, but I am not certain yet,
I may give up my shop, and confine myself wholly to making philosophical instruments — this chronometer will cost
upwards of 2000/. — the exterior to be ‘tout à fait simple’ — perhaps the cost will be 2200 or 2300 francs —
Monsieur Arrago’s lectures on Astronomy at the Observatory (1st lecture at 2 p.m. yesterday) given gratis — many English
would be there the old French man told me on Thursday — I must attend them if here next year — had just written the
above at 8 1/4 — wrote out my accounts prepared my bedroom — went into the drawing room at 8 3/4 — wrote out heads of this mornings lecture
came to my room at 10 — 1/4 hour counting over my money —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 51 1/2° at 7 1/2 a.m.
62 1/2° at 11 3/4 ——
58° at 10 p.m.

very fine morning
very fine day.
very fine evening

Sunday 10
6 40/60
11 40/60
Bowels pretty well — dawdling and contriving about managing my things for the wash — at my desk at 8 1/4 — took my draught at 8—
from then to 10 writing out in 2 little new books skeleton, — may almost complete washing bills (every numbered and charged that is at
all regular) from tomorrow to September 17 inclusive — and wrote her out, also, a list of every thing separately, with its French and English
name, and the price we pay for it — breakfast from 10 5/60 to 10 3/4 — then 10 minutes explaining to my aunt about the little washing books — she
really looks quite well — then till 11 35/60 finished dressing — then wrote out Literary Index from page 188 to 199 of this volume then from 12 25/60 to
1 read the prayers and epistle and gospel leaving out the liturgy and communion service — read with difficulty — my throat a little inclined to be sore —
feel a cold at my chest — and with all rather biliously inclined — felt a bad cold coming on yesterday — but tallowed my nose, put a
black silk handkerchief round my throat and drank a tumbler of cold water just before getting into bed last night, and this seems to have prevented

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 57° at 8 a.m.
66° at 11 ——
68 1/4° at 12 1/4 p.m.
64° at 10 1/2 ——

very fine morning —
fine day —
very fine evening

the cold from being very bad as yet — sat talking to my aunt, and came to my room at 1 25/60 — from then to 3 40/60 made out and wrote out
last week’s summary — settled all my books — counted over my money again — it was counted over right last night and I have [illegible] 9 sols
too much these and the 2 sols too much last week make me have lost since 1 January 32/50 instead of (as on Sunday 20th ultimo) 33/55 —
I cannot understand how I either lose or gain in this way — it is quite a riddle to me — However by this regular weekly reckoning
I cannot get very far wrong without finding out how it is by and by — from 3 3/4 to 5 5/60 wrote 2 1/2 ppages (Smallish sheet — Dutch
paper) to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] Dinner at 5 10/60 — Left the dining room at 6 40/60 — from then to 9 25/60 finished the latter 1/2 page 3, and the ends of my
letter to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] and wrote rough draft of letters to Messrs. Hammersleys, and Mr. Briggs desiring the latter to give my commissions to Whitley
for Journal books etc. — hardly know how to manage it — so uncertain when IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] comes — then [illegible] finish the making out the washing
bill for next week — Go into the drawing room at 9 40/60 — further explained the washing books — to MacDonald also — wrote out
memoranda of things to be done tomorrow — came to my room at 10 25/60 — o.. —

Monday 11
7 5/60
11 20/60
Bowels pretty well — washerwoman came at 7 35/60 — not [illegible] ready of for her — then settled with her — from 8 25/60 to 10 25/60 added a few
lines of crossing to my letter to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] to say that, on 2nd thoughts, I should desire Whitley to send the parcel to Fisher’s
to wait there till she picked it up on passing through York — then copied all I had written to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] about her coming
here, and my going from home, to M- [Mariana] and wrote 3/4 of a page to M- [Mariana] very small and close — then wrote 3 ppages and the ends (small sheet)
to Marian — giving my commissions for Whitley 2 journal books as usual 300 ppages at 7/6 one 8vo. [octavo] cashbook
as last July (bound in sheep, red) about 280 ppages at 4/3 — a couple of the little red leather cashbooks I have
always had, and 4 quires ‘thin, china, whity brown curling paper and Alison’s and Thistlethwaites sermons to be sent
to Whitley from Shibden — Mr. Briggs to pay Whitley — ‘I was not a little surprised to find from Mr. Briggs’s
‘last letter, that my father had completely set aside all the orders I so anxiously gave about Trough of Bolland
‘wood, and the cunnery plantation — my uncle thought there were too many sycamores in the trough of Bolland
‘wood — so did I — I particularly wish the Cunnery plantation to be planted with forest trees (oaks very especially) and shall
‘be much obliged to my father to explain his reasons for stopping all that I so particularly told him of before leaving home, and to
‘which he then made not the least objection — I am always grateful to my father for his opinion and advice, and always ready to do
‘anything in the world I can to oblige him, therefore wonder that he did not ask you to explain to me why he thought
‘it better to stop William Keighley — Of course, I can conclude no other than that William Keighley was going to do what my
‘father thought would be better let alone; but, then, it would surely have been best to tell me of this, and give the reasons
‘why — one may build at anytime — planting, or, at least, rearing woods, is the work of years; and I cannot
‘calculate upon having many years to spare’ — Let my aunt hear from you soon — I shall see Geneva before my return —
‘A situation near there has been much recommended to us — I shall look at it — But we are very well where we
‘are, and shall not move for any trifling inducement — Probably, we cannot be better off, all things considered, than at
‘present — But there is no harm in looking about one’ — vide page 1. say I am ‘going from home for a few weeks for change of air — not
‘that I am exactly ill, but I am not quite well, and feel that Dr. Tupper is right in ordering me to go somewhere or
‘other, anywhere to amuse myself, and shake off the anxieties that have never left me since my uncle’s death — Thank heaven,
‘however, I am now comparatively at ease — my aunt has consulted Dr. Tupper, to satisfy me that her assertion of
‘being quite well of herself, is true — His report is even more favourable than I could possibly expect; and we must beg you
‘to give our best remembrances to Dr. Tupper Kenny, and tell him, that he has proved quite right — Change of climate has
‘done what medicine could not; and my aunt may really be reported well, though, of course, not hoping to be able to run
‘about again as in her teens — She may be a great deal better as to her limbs; but, perhaps, it is more probable that she may not
‘and that, in the course of a few years, she may not be able to move much without assistance — Yet she may still be in
‘health, and may enjoy life for a great many years to come — Her countenance is good, her eye sprightly — she really looks
‘well; and not expecting, or, according to Dr. Tupper, having the least apparent reason to expect any change, it seems as if a
‘a huge mass of lead was off my mind; and when travelling has rummaged me up a little I am persuaded, I shall be perfectly myself
‘again — Remember I am not absolutely ill, but not well —’ mention setting off on Friday — being at Strasbourg on Tuesday the 19th then Basil, and Schaffhouse the rest not quite fixed —
DateJun 1827
Extent1 page


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