Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0110
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

November Tuesday 6
7 20/60
Note to Mrs. Johnstone (Hotel de Bath, Rue de Rivoli) offering to go to the Louvre — Note back they are to be off today at 12 —
She will call in 1/2 hour — She came for a few minutes at 12 (breakfast from 11 1/2 to 11 50/60) — Before breakfast wrote out 25 and 26 October,
and skimmed over the paper, and talked a longish while to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] after Mrs. Johnstone went (asked her to let us hear of their arrival
at Nice, but, unless she asked me some particular question, not to expect my writing to her) — staid talking to my aunt — mentioned
my bowels having got worse and worse till Saturday and Sunday when they were bad as ever — had determined to try the effect of
leaving off the white bread — began with brown on Sunday morning, and began with brandy and water (a dessert spoon full of brandy in 5 or 6
cold waters) on Sunday night just before getting into bed, and better yesterday and this morning as to my bowels, but still the indigestion pain
at my stomach — biscuits at breakfast this morning (always eat them now at dinner) because no brown bread to be had till 1 — From 12 1/4 to 1 1/2
wrote out Saturday 27 October — at 1 40/60 went into to the drawing room to Mr. Séné and Miss Sawkins (who staid 3/4 hour) to settle, as
distinctly with her as possible, about going at the same time with IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] to England, — a young Miss of a governess, who wants keeping at arm’s length —
consented to Monsieur Sénés taking part of our coachhouse — talking to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] 40 minutes, — till 3 5/60, then wrote out October 28, 29, 30,
and 31 — at 4 50/60 went down into the cellar, and to look at the coachhouse — George does not like the plan of dividing it — thinks he
cannot get the carriage well in and out — Dinner at 5 1/2 — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] took MacDonald and went to the Vaudeville at 7 — did not leave
the dining room till 8 — before and afterwards till 10 talking to my aunt of fitting up rooms for her at Shibden (vide top of page 211.), and of
my going to Rome and Naples, being about a year away — before hearing of this, my aunt seemed for going to Shibden — afterwards she said
rather hastily, we had best remain here [illegible] at least another year or two — she could remain here very well
while I made my tour — Came to my room at 10 — then till 11 wrote out the 1st and 2nd of this month — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] got back at 11 50/60 —
softish but fine day —

Wednesday 7
8 20/60
11 55/60
at my desk at 9 1/4 — wrote out Saturday 3 November — breakfast and read the paper from 10 1/4 to 11 3/4 — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] came to me — Read in her Pandore
of this morning a very favourable notice sur les ‘Reserches historiques’ (origines Americaines) par Ranking — published in English —
Mr. Ranking though in a Zoological work shews or maintains that Peru, etc. were conquered by the Moguls — had finished dressing at
12 35/60 — went out at 1 to Mrs. Barlow we went to the Tuileries for tickets for the royal chapel on Sunday — must apply between
10 and 2 tomorrow, or by letter to the duke de Grammont — thence to Quai Voltaire No. [Number] 13. to buy little pocketbooks for IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] (saw
very pretty little gothic pendule at 170/.), then to Perrelet’s with what was Samuel’s watch to mend — then about IN-s [Isabella Norcliffe] things
at the dyers rue des Capucines, and to speak to the emballeur — then to Privat’s about the gloves — then by the passage Choiseul
to the rue neuve des petits champs (went into Bertrands — best vanille bought in the stick or baton, blackish, something like
a sort of dried root or reedy substance — 3/. a stick), and palais royal for 3 petit patés, and to order jujubes for Mr. James Dalton
never so much indigestion pain at the pit of my stomach as today — especially from about 3 to 4 — almost in a perspiration
from the greatness of the pain — could scarce get along — could it be worse for eating orange marmalade at breakfast, which I have
not had these last few days — Mrs. Barlow left me at my own door at 4 50/60 — Dinner at 6 — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] asleep on the bed —
on awaking sick and had a bad headache — could not come to dinner had a little soup, and went really and immediately to bed — said
she had not been well ever since the theatre last night — but, I think, the lying down and sleeping had made her worse as it always the
case — before dinner and afterwards (came to my room) from 8 to 9, wrote out Sunday 4th and Monday 5th instant — Dawdling over 1 thing or
other — 1/2 hour — then 1/2 hour with IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] who was telling her stories very cheerfully — then 1/2 hour talking to my aunt chiefly about
staying or leaving here — paying a year’s visit at Shibden — would not go except upon a visit — and then my going then to Rome —
talked to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] 1/2 hour at her bedside till 11 — Began with my leather knee-caps this morning (have never worn them before since coming
to France), and shall keep them on in bed — fine day —

Thursday 8
8 40/60
11 1/4
Had the joiner to explain about dividing the coachhouse — finished dressing — sent for Monsieur Séné who came at 11 — offered to take the
middle coachhouse the smallest on condition of having a curtain projecting 1/2 foot forward into the court — said circumstances had occurred since my seeing him
which made our stay here uncertain — said I was never well here — always suffering from indigestion — if this continued should be
obliged to leave Paris — thought of going for a day or 2 to Versailles or Fontainebleau — he very civilly offered his country house
for us to go to for a little while — should my aunt go to the little apartment over his gardner’s house close to him, for 2 or 3 months
in the summer and had charge nothing for it — would take great care of her while I was away — had said I wished to see Rome and Naples,

and perhaps my aunt might stay with my father during this time — At his death I should have a considerable addition to
my fortune and must be at home ~ Exceedingly civil to Monsieur Séné thanked him for all his civility — he would give me a curtain
for the coachhouse, or do anything — said perhaps I should have the pleasure of seeing him in England — and we parted very good friends —
just before he came Letter from Mrs. Johnstone, dated Fontainebleau 10 p.m. on Tuesday the 6th to beg me to pay 5/.
for her, and to tell Bennet they had been obliged to pay the 1st postboy 11/. for the pole-straps by which the horses were
fastened to the pole, which they thought must be an imposition, as Mr. Bennet engaged to let them have the carriage fit for
travelling — George tells me tonight that there were no straps, ⸫ [therefore] they did belong to the postboy, and that it was a very ordinary
(very ordinary) carriage but the wheels pretty good — what could they expect for 800/. the carriage to be taken back at
1/2 price on their return — Breakfast at 10 1/2 — after Mr. Séné went (staid about 10 minutes in my room) talking to my aunt, who
came to me, till 1 20/60 about going to Shibden, or taking an apartement at Versailles — If I chose I could easily persua
de to the former or indeed to anything ~ Sent George about IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] passport and to Mrs. Barlow for a letter from her to the duke de
Grammont asking tickets for 2 places at the royal chapel on Sunday — were to have seen the Elysée Bourbon today — the
weather not fine enough for it to be shewn — George brought word from Mrs. Barlow and the duke de Grammont at Fontainebleau
and would not be back till Saturday — little hope of tickets — Mrs. Barlow came at 1 3/4 — sat with me some time talked of our going to Versailles to live — then went with her
into the drawing room — from 3 to 3 50/60 came to my room and wrote out the last 9 lines (had written the rest before breakfast) yesterday of Tuesday 6 November
and the whole of yesterday — then again talking to them all in the drawing room — went out with Mrs. Barlow at 5 — bought 2 drachms cascarilla
to make bitter infusion — the indigestion pain not so severe as yesterday but came on about 1 and did not cease even in the evening though pretty bearable —
got home at 55 55/60 — Dinner at 6 5/60 — Came to my room at 9 1/4 then wrote out the whole of today — Tib asked me if I thoug
ht it enough to give MacDonald thirty franks and George twenty yes ~ Norcliffe’s lodgings in town at Mr. Stephenson’s
11 Blenheim Street Bond Street, or Mr. Rance’s, 39 Duke Street, St. James’s — the former rather the cheaper —
IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] goes to the latter — both very respectable — very reasonable — Norcliffe and his wife and Elizabeth Foulis at the latter
this summer — a very small sitting opening into bedroom and beyond little washing closet on one floor, above more rooms if
wanted when the house is not full — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] there 4 or 5 days — Norcliffe said to give the little girl who was chamber maid and waiter
and all was quite enough IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] gave 6/. with the girl seemed very much pleased — Mrs. Rance cooked for her — a mutton chop
or exactly what was ordered — her bill (not including wine) about 44/0. (£2.4.0) — fine day — writing out today took
me from 9 1/4 to 9 55/60 — Now, thank heaven, I am straight again with my journal! — writing rough draft of index
of the last 3 days till 10 10/60 —

Friday 9
8 40/60
11 20/60
musing upon what to do — cannot well leave my aunt here by herself — if she likes it, had best go to Shibden — go next
spring — before the 1st of April — had better fit up the north room for a bedroom — breakfast and read the paper from 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 — Had the emballeur
and the gayter-man — the leathers as usual too small — Mrs. and Miss Barlow came at 11 40/60 — finished dressing — all went out at 12 1/2 —
to Michel’s for IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] to get bottle of sherry for her journey — paid Mr. Clughs, the Englishman, for the bottle Mrs. Johnstone got of the
man he recommended Lucas (an Englishman) place de la Madeleine No. [Number] 14 — then through the gardens to the Louvre for
IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] to see the exposition of modern pictures several carriages — not admitted but with billets — the man in livery let us in without for which gave him 1/50 — an hour there — then 20
minutes in the hall of modern statuary — the gallery and halls of ancient statuary closed, a great disappointment to IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] from the Louvre
to the palais royal — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] bought some things at the 25 sol shop — then went to the patissier — ate petit patés — then back to the fiacre stand
and IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] (her own choice to be alone) went off to rue Dauphine to buy for her cousin Charles Bousmar’s Essay Général sur la fortification, and to go to
Notre Dame When I said she must pay two francs for seeing the sacristy she wanted to get rid I knew she would
be off spending the money she pretends all was shut up she could not see it Mrs Barlow too observed and said how she would let me
pay at the Louvre and everywhere — Mrs. and Miss Barlow and I returned — went to Mrs. Barlows Sat with her alone hinted gently
about leaving Paris the end of March had no chance of leaving my aunt unless she was at Shibden then perhaps might get
off to Rome in the autumn might meet Mrs. Barlow in Guernsey in June or July mentioned paying my father a hundred a year
for my aunt and the two servants she thought it quite enough she will seell up and go when we do ~ Got home at 5 50/60 — Dinner at 6 —
afterwards tracing our route in Switzerland and Italy on the map and IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] came to my room at 9 50/60 — fine day—

DateNov 1827
Extent1 page


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