Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0112
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]


French dividends were due in March, to which the young man readily consented — the 2 fer de Berlin buckles were
spoilt in the burning and good for nothing — then went to Martin, rue des Capucines, the Emballeur, told him to make
a small box, and come and pack the books etc. which he did — Having got Mellerio to give me 2 copies of his bill, acknowledging
the 6 napoléons, wrote all of importance on the back of one of them, and sent it with the books — Dinner at 6 — sat talking to
my aunt of the alterations I would make in the north room for her if she went to Shibden, of which alterations she approved
highly, but thought she had better not return next year — said I would do all I could to make Paris agree with me, and we would take
our present apartment for another year? In fact, when it comes to the point, my aunt is not anxious to return to Shibden —
and would rather go to Italy? proposed making the red room her sitting room as before and the north room entered by a door opposite to the
red room door this little landing to be very neatly done with new oak and new ditto gothic doors — as much as the breadth
of it to be taken off the north room for fire place and armoires, and a posted trap door to lift up (as in Rousseau’s
room in the Isle of St. Pierre on the lake of Bienne) and communicate by a little staircase with as much taken
of the north parlour below as would make MacDonald a comfortable dressing room — the north parlour to have a fire-place, and
be newly done — 2 windows below to correspond with 2 above in this gable end — 3 easy steps from the north parlour to the cabinet
which might extend along all that side for plants to stand on — might be made very pretty — If the hall chamber
taken away, a room for George of the little upper buttery — all the west side of the house pointed and plastered over — if not enough
might run up a wall alongside of it, and battlement it — my aunt and MacDonald might sleep in the blue room while
all this was done, and the William Priestleys of Lightcliffe would give me a bed — so long talking, did not leave the dining room till 8 50/60 — then
making notes of my accounts etc. etc. till 10 40/60 — fine day — sent George this afternoon to settle about IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] subscription
to Galignani’s library and he brought me back Sir James Lawrence ‘on the nobility of the British gentry’ — sent by
IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] this morning my letter to ‘Mrs. Norcliffe Langton-hall, Malton’ — to ‘Mrs. Best, York’ — to ‘Mr. and Mrs. Duffin
to be delivered to them by Miss Norcliffe’ — to Mrs. James Dalton, Croft Rectory, Darlington, Durham’ and to ‘Miss Isabella
Dalton, Croft Rectory, Darlington, Durham’ —

Tuesday 13
6 55/60
11 5/60
From 8 to 10 1/2 arranging 1 thing or other — at 10 1/2 breakfast (began again with white bread finding that it is not the bread which has
affected me), and reading yesterday’s and this morning paper and IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] Pandore (2 or 3 more ought to come) till 12 1/2 —
Galignani of this morning has a long explanation of the new national bank proposed to be established in London —
from 12 1/2 to 1 1/2 wrote the journal of yesterday — at 1 1/2 happening to look into could not resist reading the whole of (which took me till 4 1/4)

‘On the nobility of the British gentry, or the political ranks and dignities of the British
Empire, compared with those on the continent; for the use of foreigners in Great Britain
and of Britons abroad; particularly of those who desire to be presented at foreign courts,
to accept foreign military service, to be invested with foreign titles, to be admitted
into foreign orders, to purchase foreign property, or to intermarry with foreigners.
Nobiles sunt qui arma gentilicia antecessorum suorum proferre possunt
Coke upon Littleton. 2nd edition enlarged By Sir James Lawrence, Knight of
Malta. Paris: published by A. and W. Galignani, at the English, French, Italian, German,
and Spanish library. 18 rue Vivienne. 1825.’ ‘Printed by J. Smith, rue Montmorency, No. [Number] 16.’
1 volume 8vo [octavo] ppages 129.

Began and finished to day.

from 4 1/2 to 4 1/2 wrote the above of today — from then to 5 5/60 finished dressing — then till 6 and afterwards from 7 40/60 to 8 10/60 reading
(and attending particularly to the genders) the first 12 ppages of the preface to Volume 1. Cuvier’s Règne animal — Dinner at 6 — left the dining room

at 7 40/60 and came to my room for 40/60 hour — then went to my aunt at 8 20/60 and sat with her till 9 55/60 when came to my room — thick, damp,
disagreeable November like day — my aunt called about 2 on Madame Séné — the Sénés arrived yesterday morning for the winter —

Wednesday 14
6 3/4
10 50/60
No motion tried again from seven and forty minutes for ten and got out an inch and half long bit — at my desk at 7 50/60
at 9 took 1/2 my breakfast in 1/4 hour — from 11 to 11 1/2 the other 1/2 having in about 1/2 hour before read this morning’s paper in which some observation
from the times very much against the new national bank scheme — addresses Mrs. Barlow came in to me about 2 for 10 minutes
(Jane with my aunt) — all the rest of the time from 7 50/60 to 3 10/60 at my private accounts — then from 3 20/60 to 3 55/60 finished dressing —
Fire this morning lighted at 11 1/4 — the 1st time since my return home — my fingers were so benumbed I could scarce write — Have not
had near so much indigestion (very little so far 3 20/60) pain today, though I have taken no cascarilla — this breakfasting at twice
seems to suit me better than taking so much at once when I am not going to help it off by a great deal of exercise —
oh! that I may at last so learn to manage myself that I may be able to continue here in comfort so long as my aunt
feels inclined to live abroad! — Went out at 4 5/60 — walked to the barrière de l’Étoile, and got back at 5 — went into the cellar
to get 1/2 dozen Beaune which I mean to let Mrs. Barlow have at the price it cost me — then took cascarilla — From 5 1/4 to 6 looking over the wine account etc. — Dinner
at 6 — left the dining room at 7 35/60 — from then to 8 40/60 in my own room calculating the cost of our wine Beaune and Joigny etc. etc.
went to my aunt in the drawing room at 8 3/4 — Came to my room at 10 — very fine day —

[margin text:] Began with fires.

Thursday 15
6 3/4
11 40/60
A tolerable motion. at my desk at 7 55/60 — from then to 9 20/60 at my private accounts — from 9 20/60 to 9 50/60 breakfast — finished dressing —
went out at 10 20/60 — had to tell Mrs. Barlow I did call for her at 10 — met her coming — she must return home — waited there near 1/2 hour —
off from there at 10 50/60 — by the avenue Elysée Champs and allée de Bourbon to Boulogne — thence by the allée de Granvilliers to Ste. Pater
de Longchamp — passed it, and went to see the small remains, now barn and stabling, of the old convent — returned by the allée de Longchamp
then straight off right by the allée Dauphine, and came out at the nearest gate to the barrière de l’Etoile — delightful morning — hard frost
last night — strong ice — parted with Mrs. Barlow at the end of her own street, and went along the arcades to Michel’s where had 1 petit paté
and a little hot mutton pie — neither very good — Got home at 3 10/60 — had my fire remade, and sat down at my desk at 3 40/60 —
wood put into my bucket this morning — the small — I think I like it best — from 3 40/60 to 6 — at my private accounts — wrote out
from Monday 17 September to Monday 22 October — Dinner at 6 — came to my room at 7 20/60 and from then to 8 40/60 reading grammaire des grammaires genders
of substantives — went into the drawing room at 8 3/4 — Sat talking — read over this morning’s paper — the Rockingham works china manufactory
near Wentworth house said by the duke of Sussex, who has given a large order, to be superior to anything of the kind abroad — came to my
room at 10 10/60 — Very fine day — my aunt complains much of the cold — busy making a fire in my bedroom, it smelt so of the stable,
thinking to purify the out air, but the fire filled the room so full of smoke — I was soon obliged to put it out — very uncomfortable —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 31 1/2° at 7 1/2 a.m.
39° at 10 1/4 p.m.

Friday 16
7 20/60
11 1/2
Bowels as bad as ever two or three little bits at my desk at 8 1/4 — 1/2 my breakfast at 9 to 9 1/4, and the other 1/2 from 11 to 11 1/4 — then
in about 1/2 hour read the paper — except these interruptions of about an hour and from 4 1/2 to 5 finishing dressing, all the while from 8 1/4 to
6 10/60 at my accounts — extracting from my aunt’s housekeeping book into my own, and did the last 3 weekly summaries of last 1/2 year, and the
first 7 of this 1/2 year — at 11 1/4 letter 2 ppages and 6 lines from IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] dated Calais (from Quillacq’s) Wednesday 14th instant — they reached
Calais at 12 last night instead of 3 yesterday afternoon, as the people said at the bureau — 40 hours on the journey — dined at
Beauvais at 4 p.m. on Monday and breakfasted at Montreuil at 1 p.m. on Tuesday — IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] well Ditto her cat — Dinner
at 6 10/60 — Came to my room at 8 10/60 — wrote out the 7th week’s summary of this 1/2 year, and the journal of today — went into the drawing room
at 9 35/60 — sat talking 35 minutes and came to my room at 10 10/60 — fine day —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 47 1/2° at 10 1/4 p.m.

Saturday 17
7 20/60
12 1/4
Could not even do a morsel this morning — at my desk at 8 1/4 — 1/2 my breakfast from 9 1/4 to 9 1/2, and again from 11 1/4 to 11 1/2 and read
the paper in about 1/2 hour And had a very little motion about twelve one knotty bit about two inches long not very thick
and no pain in getting rid of it but had to thrust a little — at my desk all the day — extracting from my aunt’s housekeeping
book into mine — From 4 10/60 to 4 40/60 finished dressing — then again till 6 at my accounts — finished extracting from my aunt’s book — Dinner
at 6 — from 7 20/60 (came to my room) to 9 1/2 adding up — then sat with my aunt from 9 40/60 to 10 1/4 — then came to my room 50 minutes more adding
and calculating — very fine day — just before getting into bed took 2 teaspoonfuls of magnesia in the juice of a small lemon —
mixed up with cold water —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 44° at 8 a.m.
DateNov 1827
Extent1 page


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