Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0109
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

November Saturday 3
10 1/2
11 1/2
Lay in bed musing on the idea that just struck me of fitting up the red room and north room at Shibden as bedroom and
sitting room for my aunt, and making a bedroom for George in the hall-chamber Giving my father a hundred a year for the boa
rd of my aunt and her two servants and all owing her three hundred or that and fifty a year — then staid an hour talking to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] It is extraordinary that my bowels,
which had during my journey got so well that even the 3 days and 3 nights from Lyons did not derange them, should have begun to go
wrong by very little and little from the very day after my return so that this morning they are as bad as ever in the old way — Two or three little hard
knobs and no more the discharge too returns upon me not yellow and sharp as before but when sitting on the pot hangs down
in a long milky thread like pure whites ~ Ready for breakfast in wrote and sent a short note of inquiry after Mrs. Johnstone 35 minutes — Breakfast at 11 1/2 — Mrs. Johnstone called at
1 1/4 — went out with her at 1 3/4 to Bennet’s, rue Duphot No. [Number] 16, about a carriage — an English built, leathered up calêche there at
1700/. — Mr. Johnstone still ill in bed — they did not wish to give more than £30 — Bennet promised to suit them at this price —
very civil man — English man — can get no seasoned wood here — has his bodies built in London and sent over — then went with her
to top of Italian for slippers on the Italian boulevard and Au Gagne Petit for flannel for a dressing gown — the commonest 2/50 per ell, and not yard wide — too dear
and thin — then au passage Delorme to shew her the slop shop for a travelling gown, or anything she wanted ready made — then left
her at her own door at about 2 3/4 or 3 — we had promised to go to Bennets again to look at the carriage in an hour — she wished to see Mr. Johnstone
1st and would then go — I went to Mrs. Barlow meaning her to go with me — she had taken medicine, and was not quite well — sat with her
till 4 3/4 — then went to Bennet’s — Mrs. Johnstone had been there — a heavy looking carriage (they would be obliged to take 3 horses — the
family to whom it belonged had been obliged to do so) but in good order — on getting home sent George to look at it — at 5 3/4
sent him for Mrs. Johnstone who had promised to dine with us — she came at 5 55/60 — I had recommended Dr. Tupper, she sent for
him last night — in London — but there was Dr. Jones in the same house — he too was out, and much time lost in seeking him — then
asked the waiter to recommend any English physician — named Roberts the advertising apothecary of Place Vendôme, who
had given Mr. Johnstone something that did him good — Dr. Jones had this morning sent to offer his attendance — Mrs. Johnstone said that not able
to find him at the time, they had had Dr. Roberts — Dr. Jones wrote back to say he was not a proper person, not licensed, or some such thing,
and had been turned off by the embassy — I hoped Mr. Johnstone would do well, but, if not, recommended (according to Drs. Scudamore
and Tupper) Dr. Lathom rue de la Chaussée d’Antin No. [Number] 8 — Poor soul! her husband laid up — strangers to the country
its manners and customs — what a situation! we are all sorry for her — Dinner at 6 1/2 — not liking to be longer absent from her
husband, jumped up from table (uncomfortable enough) and was off (sent George with her) at 7 20/60 — sat talking or dozing on the
sofa in the evening — came to my room about 10 — fine day — o.. See line seven at the top of this page —

Sunday 4
7 1/4
12 40/60
wrote and sent off short note to Mrs. Johnstone to inquire after Mr. Johnstone and say I would call between 2 and 3 — from [illegible] to 10 8 3/4 to 10 1/2
wrote out travelling journal of 22, 23, and 24 October — breakfast from 10 1/2 to 11 — then wrote out, in this volume, Thursday 25 October —
Mrs. Johnstone called and sat with us from 11 1/4 to 12 1/4 — Mr. Johnstone much better but they still not up — she declines either of them dining with us today —
finish dressing — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] writing home while from 1 to 2 my aunt reads aloud a little with me of the prayers (leaving out the communion)
and I read aloud bishop Sandford’s sermon on we walk by faith not by sight — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] not ready to go out, had not done
writing — at 2 1/2 called for Mrs. Barlow out — then went to Mrs. Johnstone she and I went (walked) to the Champs Elysées
to see the humours of the birthday fête — a few drops of rain — the balloon a mere nothing floating above our heads —
nobody in it — Went to see the bearded demoiselle a native of Paris — really a curious mixture of man and woman
voice, hands, feet, and bosom of a woman, though black hair growing, apparently kept down by cutting, just above her stays — the place
she was in crowded — much amused — no other shew? — then went to see the ballet theatre — could not get a good view
for the crowd — then stood a while on a bench to see a fantocini — then sauntered up and down, lastly talking
unreservedly of the [illegible] Everybody laughed at Mr Duffins marriage would have been more respectable
if he had not married did not believe he would if there had not been some engagement those who seemed
her friends named the Cromptons spoke of her as if connected before marriage but she had never lis
tened to this she believed her sister Janes blow up was because she would not live in the house with Miss Marsh
both she and Eliza fancying they had seen them connected I observed on the improbability and absurdity of this
said surely I who had been so much with them ought to be a pretty good judge defended them really well advised

Mrs Johnstone to write from Nice to take her some present to volunteer a visit and let nothing prevent their going
on their return said Mrs M had behaved honorably about money matters Mrs Johnstone knew all this ssaid that she had congra
tulated on the marriage honestly for in an interested point of view no harm could come or at least her
uncle could hardly have done better if he married at all yet did not know if they wished to see them for would
not ask them in summer for it was pity to leave their cottage then would not ask them in winter because it
was not the season to [illegible] cross the water ~ at first on their fathers misfortunes Mrs Duffin was their natur
al protector never asked them to his house how different was their uncle by marriage could never
forget this but did not wish to think of it now it was over ~ left Mrs. Johnstone at her own door at 4 3/4 — then having
met Mrs. Barlow’s porter who said she was waiting for me on the terrasse d’eau, went all round the gardens in vain —
Several pieces of cannon brought on the terrasse d’eau and fired from there — then went and sat an hour with Mrs. Barlow, and got home
at 5 10/60 — had dinner at 5 1/2 for IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] to go and see the fire-works — took MacDonald as a treat to her, and off in a fiacre at 7 1/4 —
called for Mrs. Johnstone the people of the house civilly offered us places in the windows of their top story, and we dismissed the fiacre and went there with Mr. and Mrs. Johnstone
waited some time — the fire works tolerably good — began about 7 3/4 from the pont royal and over in about, less than 1/2 hour — might have seen
them to greater advantage — the chambre des deputés beautifully illuminated but soon enveloped in the smoke of the fireworks —
Mr. Johnstone a great deal better but looking very ill — giddy with the exertion of having gone upstairs — walked back, and got home at 8 1/2 —
came to my room — from 9 to 11 40/60 wrote 3 ppages to Miss MacLean well written — very affectionate — properly so — aff anxious about her
health — saying little about my journey — much pleased with Mrs. Falconet — would not fix abroad almost ‘sighed to think that
‘she had left her family and her country to marry and to live in Switzerland — I could not wed my heart to stranger, or to stranger-
‘land — I would not fix abroad for all that ever yet has charmed my eye — our native country is our natural home, and not all
‘of us can love another better — ‘Tis to flit about and sport it for the summer’s Ran; but when the spirit seeks to be at rest, may
‘it return to its own kin, and may the air it breathed at first be that it breathes at last!’ hope she ‘will not
‘find me spoilt in any way by living or by travelling abroad’ — I shall always be to her the same in regard etc. etc. —
Discharge while on the pot this morning as yesterday bowels quite wrong could do nothing not even little
round bits felt the discharge this afternoon but it is ssimple leucorrhhea told Mrs Barlow this afternoon I was bad as
ever and did not think Paris agreed with me she is a little in the same way we both suffer from indigestion o.. —
fine morning — a little rain between 3 and 4, and between 8 and 9 — Began tonight to take about dessertspoon full of brandy in 5 or 6 waters (cold) just before getting into bed, on account of my bowels —

Monday 5
6 50/60
10 50/60
Sending clothes to the wash — Talking to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] — Breakfast at 9 1/4 — read over and sent my letter written yesterday to ‘Miss Maclean
of Coll, 5 North Street David Street, Edinburgh, Ecosse, port payé’ at 10 1/4 — at 10 25/60 IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] and I off in a fiacre — took
up Mrs. Barlow and Mr. and Mrs. Johnstone, and drove to the conciergerie — saw it with the ticket Mrs. Barlow got us the other day —
the Johnstones went home in a fiacre — we went to the prefecture about IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] passport — then sent George home, and went to no. [number] 33 rue Bouloi, and took the
whole coupé for IN. [Isabella Norcliffe] this day week — 50/. per place — thence to the hall au bled by the rue du Four entrance close to
which the doric column which IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] wished to see — handsome fluted column — thence to Giroux — there on IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] account looking at
and buying 1 thing or other a very considerable time — a nice little Établi de menuisier (set of joiners tools) for 60/.
Left IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] to go home in the fiacre at 2 1/2, and Mrs. Barlow and I walked to the palais royal — had petit patès, then Huchez’s about M-’s [Mariana] things, then to Mrs. Barlows
for a few minutes then to Quai Voltaire no. [number] 13 to buy little pocketbook for M- [Mariana] then home [illegible] walking up and down under
our windows Disputing on the old subject of π’s [Mariana] not returning her call annoyed and vexed as usual ~ Got
home at 5 1/4 — Dinner at 6 — came to my room at 10 — fine day — a little small rain about 3 1/2 but not for long —
otherwise fine day — The brandy and water did me good last night? bowels very tolerable this morning —

DateNov 1827
Extent1 page


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