Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0104
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

From 10 25/60 to 10 3/4 partly got my breakfast while my aunt read my letters to IN [Isabella Norcliffe] and Marian — from 10 3/4 to 11 40/60 (at which hour sent off my letters)
wrote all the journal of today on the last page — read over and sent off my letter to ‘Miss Norcliffe Langton hall, Malton, Yorkshire
Angleterre (port payé)’ and to ‘Miss Marian Lister Shibden hall, H-x [Halifax], Yorkshire, Angleterre (port payé)’ — Told IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] not to count
upon my being at home before the 20th of August, but to come when she liked — my aunt would be delighted to see her — put my going
from home on the same grounds to her as to Marian — mention Mrs. and Miss Barlow going with me — all of us under orders from Dr. Tupper to go from
home — bid her direct to me poste restante à Genève — where I should like to find a letter from her, but will not expect one — shall
probably be there in ‘about 5 weeks from this time’ — Speaking of Geneva, ‘at all rates, I shall have my aunt in view, I know
‘not how much or how little, while at, and in the neighbourhood of Geneva — we fancy, she would enjoy getting out on the lake; and we
‘have had 1 situation, in particular, very strongly recommended — However, we may not after all, stay here where climate
‘has done such wonders; though, if, peradventure, we should move, it will be to no place which I have not previously seen — But
‘do not name this — ‘tis but a crude idea — perhaps ‘the baseless fabric of a vision’ which may have left no trace behind
‘when I have left the place we have a few times talked of — There is no necessity for us to wish to be better off than
‘we are at present’ — then give much the same account of my aunt as that given to Marian (vide the other side) — tell IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] if
she knows of any one writing to Mrs. Lynn (ask Mrs. Duffin) to have our best remembrances given, and say I received her letter but too
late to write to write to Dieppe, and thank her for her kind offer of taking a small thing across the water — hoped she arrived
safe in Northamptonshire — really interested about her — from 11 40/60 to 12 1/2 finished breakfast and read the whole of the paper —
Mary Preston (of Flasby) married to
the queen of Wirtemburg [Würrtemberg] affected by the hearty welcome with which she was received on landing the other day at Greenwich —
from 12 1/2 to 1, wrote the above so far of this page — mended my pen, and sat down at one to write to Miss Maclean a little more to M- [Mariana]
finished page 1, and 1/2 page 2 copied what I had written to Marian about my father’s stopping the felling and planting, and the mention I had made to her
of Geneva (vide the other side) — had just got down 1/2 my 2nd page to M- [Mariana] when Mrs. Barlow came at 1 50/60 to tell me about going or sending
to the Austrian ambassador (rue St. Dominique No. [Number] 107 Faubourg St. Germain) tomorrow for our passport, and staid till 3 35/60 — then went to ask
my aunt how she was — then wrote the last 3 1/2 lines, and from 3 3/4 to 5 5/60 wrote (small sheet) 3 ppages to Miss Maclean — account of my aunt and
myself in substance the same as that given to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] and Marian — but give her no hint about going to settle at Geneva, merely say if
she writes to direct to me poste restante expect to be there in about 5 weeks from next Friday — mention Strasbourg (to be
there on Tuesday evening the 19th) Basil and Schaffhausen and Constance — farther, our route not exactly fixed — shall do what we can in
the 6 or 8 weeks allowed — our passports ‘signed by our own ambassador, by the French, Austrian (for Italy, should we be able to take just a peep —
‘doubtful) and Sardinian ambassadors, and by the Swiss chargé d’affaires — Each one requires a day and a half — these matters
‘cannot be done at once’ — vide the last page for the following ‘Be assured I shall think of you, as I always do, perpetually and
‘affectionately — I never forget you, Sibbella, whatever be my occupations and anxieties — I feel as if we should meet by and by, and
‘always look forward to it with pleasure — we shall meet as we have never met before — our regard affianced and assured —
‘our sentiments mutually understood — the ceremonies and perplexities of acquaintance making have passed away; — and, if we
‘have not seen much of each other, we have written much to each other, and have lived so long together on paper, it never
‘occurs to me how few the hours when one and the same roof has covered us ...... Surely, I shall see you, by one
‘means or other, in the course of next year! — But whether here or there, or writing or not, you may count with certainty
‘upon my thoughts — I fear you will think this little sheet hardly worth postage; but be lenient to it for the writer’s sake,
‘who is for ever, Sibbella, your very faithful and affectionate friend — I will write to you immediately on my return — It is more
‘than I have promised to anyone else’ — had before said she must not expect to hear from me till my return — Dinner at 5 10/60 —
came to my room in at 6 3/4 — settled with George — read over what I had written to Miss MacLean and wrote the last 16 1/2 lines of the above
of today which took me till 7 1/4 — then looking over my imperial prepared my bedroom — Gave my aunt the black levantine Madame Huchez
made me two years ago which I have never worn once it buttons behind besides I now wear nothing but
merinos wrote rough drafts of letters to both my bankers went into the drawing room at 8 40/60 — have never
dressed all today — dined in my dressing gown with my new black velvet traveling cap on to hide the curl papers from 8 40/60 to 10 1/2
wrote out my accounts, and the index of from the 27th ultimo up tonight — but came to my room at 10 1/4, and finished it — no hair to curl — shall now 10 35/60 hurry into bed o. —

June Tuesday 12
6 25/60
11 40/60
3/4 hour dawdling and trying on my pelisse to see how to manage my watch round my neck — whether to have a pocket for my
clasp knife, pencil, etc. or not — then finished dressing — went out at 8 55/60 — bought beef at Rolland’s and stationary at the corners of the
rue Richepanse, and got back at 9 55/60 — from then to 10 1/2 breakfast — went out again at 10 40/60 to the bank — having to send George back for
a moment, went into the coiffeur’s next door to us — Would cut hair at 1/. and 1/50 chez moi — would give lessons at 2/50.
in hair dressing — 10 lessons would surely be enough — cela depend — but 15 lessons at all rates — for George or MacDonald
got 1001 francs in silver and 75 napoléons for which paid an agio of 9 francs (for the gold) — Mr. Phillips gave me my letter
of credit drawn by Laffitte and company on Hammersleys, addressed to the bankers of the former at Geneva, Berne, and
Florence, for £100 — hope I shall not want much of it — In returning called at the Droz’s — Madame Droz had just
had a warm bath — in bed — too weak to speak — fever every morning — but better in an evening — will come to us
to tea this evening with Monsieur Droz if well enough — but not to expect them certainly — sat near 1/2 hour with Monsieur Droz he advised
my having an address to bankers at Milan, St. Gal, Basil, and perhaps 1 or 2 more places in my letter of credit — always useful — the best sort
of letter we could have — if we passed through Neuchatel his friends would be glad to see us — Got home again at 11 55/60 — saw my
aunt — out again at 12 5/60 — over the pont de Louis 16 to the Austrian ambassador ‘Ambassade d’Autriche’ in large gold
letter over the porte cochère, rue St. Dominique No. [Number] 107 Faubourg St. Germain — Thence (got our passports immediately) to the “Ambassade de Sardaigne’
même rue, No. [Number] 67 left our passports to be signed — To send for them tomorrow à midi — Thence along rue Bourbon, the
Quais, crossed the ponts St. Michel and au change — bought basket on the latter to carry our provisions on the journey — bought a loaf of sugar and 6 lbs.
raw ditto chez Chevalier rue St. Denis No. [Number] 16. (1st time of going to this shop) — bought cherries (the 1st we have had this year) etc. à la halle —
then to the passage du Caire — got my umbrella now covered with brown silk — this man is said to be one of the best in Paris —
they cannot then cover an umbrella well? — then along the rue neuve Eustache through the place des Victoires — sent George to Bertrand’s
thence to go home, and myself turned into the palais royal — told Nalin to come at 4 to cut my hair — bought small pencil — ordered stay laces
and spoke about altering the visière (abat jour) of my travelling cap in the rue St. Honoré — called at Mrs Barlow’s (out — not
returned — Jane confirmed by Bishop Luscombe at the orature — all the neighbouring clergymen (about a dozen) present, and about
50 young persons confirmed — had bought a bunch of roses (only 2 stems) at the palais royal — left them on the table for Jane —
Got home at 3 40/60 — wrote notes of the morning on a loose scrap of paper Staid a few minutes with my aunt — Nalin from 4 to 4 50/60 cut and dressed my hair —
Mrs. Barlow and Jane came about 1/4 hour before he had done — and Mrs. Barlow staid with me till 5 25/60 — Dinner at 5 50/60 5 3/4— Left the
dining room and came to my room at 7 3/4 — from then to 10, settling with George and settling all my accounts, and writing notes of
today on a loose scrap of paper and preparing my bedroom — How lucky the Drozs did not come — I should not have
got my accounts done — Went into the drawing room at 10 (staid talking to my aunt 1/2 hour) and came back to my room at 10 1/2 —
o.. — thought of M- [Mariana] all the day — thought what she would think on receiving my letter about 1 a.m. — Had no time to write her
even a line or 2 —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 58 1/4° at 7 1/2 a.m.
63 1/2° at 10 1/2 ——
64° at 10 1/2 p.m.
finish morning
very fine day —

Wednesday 13
6 50/60
12 1/2
Bowels tolerable — Half hour cutting toe and ten minutes cutting fingernails Look over my carriage boot-box
for stuff for MacDonald to mend my stays with and for things to take with me to Switzerland — began to wash and dress at 8 50/60
Waited sometime for my stays Dawdling over 1 thing or other — from 10 25/60 to 12 breakfast and read the whole of the paper —
sent off George at 11 1/2 to the Sardinian ambassador for the passports and with a little Note to Mrs. Barlow to ask whether she would go
to the Swiss consul or I, or if George could manage — looked after the man (Monsieur Troffard, Marché d Ageusseau No. [Number] 3)
who came at 11, and went away soon after 12 to take down the baldaquin of my aunt’s bed on account of bugs — full of them —
here has all along been the mischief — the whole thing taken away by a tapissier whom Troffard went for — from 12 to
12 1/2 wrote all out but the 1st 2 lines of yesterday, and so far of today — then did my hair — counted out 800 francs and took them to my aunt
while with her in the drawing room (the door wide open) in came Dr. Tupper at 1 5/60 — staid a few minutes with them, tied up
the money — quite at ease though in my dirtyish dressing gown — MacDonald wanted to know if Dr. Tupper thought she ought to be
bled — said Dr. Tupper had best see her — so left them all, and came to my room, desiring Dr. Tupper to call in to speak to me before he

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 65° at 7 40/60 a.m.
77° at noon
my new F standing on my marble chimney piece
quite in the shade 71° at noon.
very fine morning
very fine day —
DateJun 1827
Extent1 page


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