Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0011
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

and she withdrew it she saw me to the outdoor I leaned forward to give her a kiss she held back this is a little coyne
ss on her part which will wear off I took no notice but came away leaving her evidently well enough pleased
with the prospect of our getting on well by and by I had told her I should be glad when she was nearer to us we could
manage many things better if she wanted a manservant she could have George she could have Galignani’s
paper after my aunt had read it etc. etc. Got home at 6 7/60 — dinner did not wait for me — dinner at 6 20/60 —
the porter’s wife came at 7 40/60 and staid till 10 1/2 — I understand her much better than I did, and I really think she does me
good — I ask her all sorts of domestic questions, and learn much in this sort of way — came to my room at 10 40/60 —
wrote the last 11 lines which took me till 10 55/60 — Fine day, but the coldest we have had — o. ~

Friday 3
6 50/60
11 10/60
In my salon at 7 40/60 — writing out the different Gilbert’s prices of different groceries and taking grease out of my sleeve with the eau de Cologne till 9 — from then to 10 1/4 (at which
hour breakfast) making additions to my letter to Mr. James Briggs and looking [over] my journal of the latter part of my stay
at Shibden — no Galignani’s messenger either today or yesterday on account of Saint Days — went to and saw my aunt for
1/4 hour — from 11 to 1 3/4 finishing my letter to Mr. James Briggs — so long has it taken me to look of over my journal and take
care not to forget to name anything, as I hope to have no occasion to write again to him till after the rent day —
From two to three and a half writing out ready to go tomorrow my letter to Mr James Briggs it has cost
me much time but I am satisfied with it ~ Danced 3 or 4 times this morning 2, 3, and 4 minutes at once —
this warms me and keeps my hands, if not quite so much so my feet, in a glow — and even from the little practice I have had I can now bear
4 minutes at a time — from 3 50/60 to 4 50/60 writing out in my business letter book a fair copy of what I had just
finished to Mr. James Briggs I am heartily glad it is done — now at 5 10/60 open my letter from IN [Isabella Norcliffe] (Langton) 3 ppages and 1 1/2
ppages crossed, dated the 29th ultimo, and received at breakfast this morning, but which I durst not interrupt myself to read till
now — a very nice letter — an account of their tour in Wales and her own and Charlotte’s crossing over to Dublin — 8
days there — ‘Saw everything that was to be seen in the town without the assistance of a gentleman’ then followed a list of what they saw from which
it really appears that they did see every thing — At the sight of the Menai bridge, IN [Isabella Norcliffe] ‘struck dumb with
astonishment’ — …. ‘Capel Curig one of the nicest little Inns I ever saw’ — saw the ‘falls of Pistyll
y Cayne, and the Mawdach [Mawddach], both magnificent — From hence to Corwen and l’Langollen #, which in my opinion
is the most lovely valley in Wales. The windings of the river Dee are magnificent’ — this must be my favourite
vale of Edeirnion ? Singular way of spelling # Llangollen! it is repeated and therefore done exprès — admires
Plas nwyd [Plas newydd] (have I spelt this right? [illegible]) ‘I caught a glimpse of one of the ladies through the window who appeared to be about 60,
and had a short cropped head as white as snow’ — of Eaton Abbey (Lord Grosvenor’s) she writes ‘It is without
exception the most magnificent thing I ever beheld, both inside and out, and I was obliged to confess that the Palaces
of Napoleon sink into insignificance when compared with it’ — Norcliffe’s little boy ‘the finest child I ever beheld’ —
‘as we went through York, we stopped at Mr. Duffin’s, and sat an hour there — I never saw any human being so
‘happy as my Jewel — she was delighted to see us, and took us all over the house to shew us the new furniture,
‘and how everything was arranged — She shewed us all her presents, and amongst the rest, yours, which both she and Mr. Duffin value
‘extremely, and they spoke of you with real affection’ …. Speaking of the Belcombes ‘Poor William is I think declining
‘fast; they hope to get him to Scarborough next month, but I much fear their being able to move him’ … ‘Lord Middleton
‘has bought Settrington, and I rather think Henry Willoughby will come there’ — …. ‘Mrs. Yorke of Beverley is in the

[margin text:] Fahrenheit not quite 56 ° at 8 a.m.
56 1/2° — 12 at noon
58+° — 6 p.m.
56° — 10 1/4 —

family way’ — …. ‘They are going to open a Bazaar in York for the benefit of the distressed manufacturers,
‘the stalls are to be kept by ladies, and the archbishop’s daughters are to have one; I hear that Mrs. Thompson of Escrick
‘has volunteered her services for another’ the Norcliffes go to Bath in December and expect Bell Dalton to go
with them — Sorry about our carriage — told Myers — ‘he was very sorry for it, and could not account for it, but
‘Norcliffe says that no London coachmaker will answer for Springs’ …. ‘I heard of your not meeting Mr.
‘Lawton in Boulogne for 3 days what could possess you my love not to desire him to write a note to the
‘Bankers?’! Reading my letter and writing the last 27 lines took me till 6 — Dinner at 6 1/4 read my aunt my letter to Mr. James Briggs — the porter’s wife
came at 8, and staid till 9 40/60 — Fair in the morning and tolerably fine till about 11 — began to rain soon after 11, and continued
more or less all the rest of the day — read from page 210. to 228. Montlosier’s Mémoire —

Saturday 4
6 40/60
11 1/2
In my salon at 7 1/2 — danced 7 1/2 minutes à la fois and warmed myself very nicely — St. Charles’s day — the fête
day therefore of Charles X — minutes guns fired yesterday at 4 p.m. begun again this morning 5 minutes ago, at 7 40/60 — great many
people, the porter’s wife said, in the gardens yesterday to hear the bands play at the Tuileries, in spite of the rain — fine this morning
but no knowing whether it will continue so — From 8 50/60 to 9 50/60 wrote 3 ppages and the ends, small and close, to Marian
mention the substance of what I have written to Mr. James Briggs meant to have waited till xmas [Christmas], having already said all
that I thought necessary to Marian — ‘I shall then see what we are to have, and we must shape our course
‘according — I should be sorry to be obliged to draw upon Messrs Rawson for anything at present, and would rather borrow
‘of my friend here — I have not an idea what all these repairs, etc. etc. will cost; and, till certified of this,
‘my mind will scarcely be at ease’ — mention the Hipperholme school debt being about £61 or £62 — mention the
hatchment ‘But it is as yet too soon to think of moving the hatchment; and, therefore, we will talk of it after
‘Xmas [Christmas]’ — after mentioning my mentioning to Mr. James Briggs my anxiety about the woods (inquired about Trough of
Bolland) add ‘I do not wish to give my father any trouble further than what may be a pleasure and amusement
‘to him; but his looking a little after woods which, we hope, will endure long after either his time or
‘mine, will give me as much pleasure on my return as perhaps all the greater things that he has done, and for
‘which I cannot sufficiently say how much I am obliged to him — all my fear is of his doing more than he can well
‘afford — Do tell him, with my best love, that I used to fancy I knew the value of money as well as well
‘as anybody — But I was wrong — or, at all rates, I know it far better now, and never had so much anxiety
‘about [it] in my life — we have no house-room to spare; and our rent is 6372 francs a year — I leave you
‘to calculate the tenpences, and to consider that, after adding the very great expenses of fire-wood and charcoal,
‘etc. etc. I have some cause for being somewhat more anxious than I used to be in time past — But our
‘apartment is very comfortable, and we live very comfortably — My aunt complains of the cold, but it is dry cold; and she
‘is looking remarkably well — her complexion clear — her rest at nights good — her general health good —
‘no medicine — no physician — she has rather less use of her limbs; and her hands and feet, and ancles swell
‘more — but, on the whole, the influence of climate seems considerable, and she gains much more by it, than I at
‘one time thought it possible she could’ — Compliments and thanks to Dr. Kenny for all his attention — would write to him, but think it
‘at present unnecessary to put him to the trouble of reading a letter from me, or the expense of paying for it’ — Send our remembrances
and make a civil speech to all those (mentioning Mr. W. and Mrs. Veitch all the Priestleys, Miss Walker of Cliff hill, Mrs. Rawson , the Saltmarshes Waterhouses by name)
who so kindly inquire after us — mention the Norcliffes having had a delightful tour in Wales, and IN. [Isabella Norcliffe] and Charlotte Norcliffe having gone to Dublin
and their going to Bath in December — and that Lord Middleton has bought Settrington — mention its being St. Charles’s day and the fête — that the duke
of Devonshire is arrived in 14 days from St. Petersburgh and Sir Walter Scott arrived on Sunday, and goes on Tuesday — and that Monsieur Margat

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 55 1/2° at 7 1/2 a.m.
— —8 —
56° — 12 1/2 p.m.
DateNov 1826
Extent1 page


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