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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0113
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
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Description[Diary Transcription]

219

1827
November Sunday 18
7 25/60
12 1/4
L
.. One good motion from the magnesia At my desk at 8 1/2 — 1/2 my breakfast at 9 (a little cake, 1st time, baked
in the ashes) and the other 1/2 at 11 — before and after at accounts — settling my aunt’s book, and adding up the ppages of my own — finished dressing at 12 —
from 12 1/2 to 1 1/2 read aloud prayers and one of Sandford’s sermons — Staid talking to and settling with my aunt till near 3 — at 3 went out to Madame
Galvani — Madame Gigot de Roquette and a Miss Hoy there — staid afterwards with Madame Galvani arrange to go to her 2 or 3 times a
week now she has so very few pupils — Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays — got home in 1/2 hour at 5 40/60 — Dinner at 5 55/60 — came to my room at
7 40/60 — Letter this morning at 10 from IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] Dover — 1 1/2 ppages dated Thursday 15th instant — sailed from Calais at 6 3/4 this that morning,
and landed at Dover at 9 1/2 — sea so smooth she kept well for an hour — Quillacq gave her a letter to Wright’s
commissioner (advising her not to go to the custom house) and she had only £5 to pay for all — got all the boxes safe — then
at my accounts again — proved the whole of my general Daybook for the year to be rightly added up — went into the drawing room to my aunt at 9 —
Came back to my own room at 10 — sat up an hour over my fire reading Boileau — very fine day — My cousin came just before getting into bed ~

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 45° at 7 40/60 a.m.
52° at noon

Monday 19
7 25/60
12 35/60
Vc
§
§§
Twenty minutes on the pot did about half a good motion lightish coloured whitish at last have I not
bile enough — at my desk at 8 50/60 — 1/2 my breakfast at 9 20/60 to 9 35/60 and the other 1/2 from 11 20/60 to 11 35/60 and in about 1/2 hour read
the paper — otherwise at my accounts all the time till 11 50/60 — at my private account book — at 11 55/60 finish dressing —
went out at 12 55/60 got to Madame Galvani’s in 25 minutes — sat talking with her (read aloud Boileau’s epistle dedicatoire, —
‘discours au roi’, and the preface to this little edition of Boileau) till 5 10/60 — then in 20 minutes got to Mrs. Barlow’s — staid 35 minutes with
Mrs. Barlow and got home at 6 1/4 — She hoped I had not forgotten her did little else than kiss and weep over me ~ Dinner
at 6 35/60 — Madame and Mademoiselles Séné came about 8, and staid till 10 1/2 — too long — they are heavy in hand — but Madame Séné
is very good — gave me some Ipecacuanha lozenges, thinking they would do me good — came to my room at 10 35/60 —
very fine day — Took as usual my brandy and water (measured last night and the night before) a small liqueur glass and 7 waters to it
and just before getting into bed took 2 of the lozenges —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 38° at 7 1/2 a.m.
Began to have my milk cold
instead of boiled at breakfast

Tuesday 20
8 1/4
12 20/60
An easy and pretty good motion perhaps the lozenges did me good ~ In leaving my bouillote on the fire, it
upset, and this detained me some minutes — breakfast (the 1st 1/2) found read the paper from 9 1/2 to 10 1/4 — the 2nd half my breakfast
from 11 1/2 to 11 3/4 — Mrs. Barlow came at 1 3/4 and sat with me till 3 20/60 — then went to my aunt, and then came to me again and sat with me
from 4 40/60 to 5 10/60 — all the rest of my time at my accounts — added up my travelling daybook — 3 articles at page 10 that ought to
have been in my private daybook — too late to make alterations now — then added up last 1/2 year of my private day book —
a small error gives me, as usual, much trouble — While Mrs Barlow was first with me having played a little over her
drawers she opened them saying she preferred my hand felt her wet and ready so knelt while she lay on the
sofa and right middle finger up she said she had had three excitements we then slumbered a little on the sofa ~
Dinner at 6 — came to my room at 7 40/60 — at my accounts again till 9 — went to my aunt at 9 10/60 and came back to my room at 10 5/60 —
Dullish sort of day but fair — sat up reading over for Madame Galvani tomorrow Boileau’s 1st satire —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 40° at 10 1/4 p.m.

Wednesday 21
7 20/60
11 1/2
+
§§
Took no brandy and water last night merely 2 of the pastilles d’Ipecacuha Ipecacuanha — And had a tolerable
motion this morning ~ Resolved to devote this morning to French to be more au fait for Madame Galvani but began with
trying to get off the Italian verbs avere and essere — then read the grammaire des grammaires — then translated into French (from about 12 to 1 3/4)
the 1st 2 ppages my little 18mo. [octodecimo] Edition of the School for Scandal — my aunt not well this morning — had a bad night — her
face much swelled as usual on getting up — her tongue rather blistery and swollen — has lately had spasms a little again
in her throat — so bad this morning or her throat so swelled she could scarcely speak or eat at first — took a dessert spoon full of castor oil
which did her good — her face, she says, is always swelled on getting up — wrote the above of this morning and began to
finish dressing at 1 55/60 — went out at 2 50/60 and got to Madame Galvani’s (in 25 minutes) at 3 1/4 by the Tuileries — She was ready for me —
sat talking — shewed my translation — read aloud Boileau’s 1st satire — George came about 5 1/2 — Kept him waiting — got home
at 5 25/60 — Dinner at 6 35/60 — came to my room at 7 40/60 — my aunt quite better again this evening — has eaten her dinner very well —
wrote out rough draft of index to this volume from the 12th instant up to tonight — send George with Madame Galvani’s note to Lady Mary
Stanley Place Vendôme No. [Number] 23. he durst not go along the boulevards on account of the rue St. Denis and rue St. Martin rioters who
are making rowes on account of the elections of Deputiers — the people were shutting up their shops for fear of having their windows
broken supposing them not to have illuminated on Monday night for joy that so many opposition members are returned — wrote a little note
to Madame Galvani went to my aunt at 9 10/60 — came back to my room at 10 5/60 — fine day — though raining a little at 11 a.m. —


220

1827
November Thursday 22
7 35/60
2 20/60
L
§
§§
Bowels tolerable — getting Italian verbs — 1/2 my breakfast from 9 5/60 to 9 20/60 by my watch for the pendule stands
and will not go — 2 hours after finished my breakfast and in 40 minutes read the paper — all the rest of the morning till 2 1/4 at
my cash-book — made up and balanced last 1/2 year (a long while puzzling as usual over a foolish error of inadvertence) and then did the
1st ten weeks of this 1/2 year — at 2 1/4 read my letter that George brought up about 1 (after taking my pendule to Perrelet
to be mended) from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) 3 ppages and the ends, and under the seal — She is well and delighted to have me back again in
Paris — have been making alterations at Lawton — the house is now made all they wanted got 3 new dressing rooms besides 1 for M- [Mariana] herself — Can make me ve
ry comfortable should anything happen to my aunt but I think she seems in no danger appears quite well again
this morning — finished dressing — went out at 3 40/60 — inquired the price of baking a pie (smallish meat pie) at the
patissier’s rue de la Ferme, close to us — 10 sols! enormous — but they would arrange the matter — i.e. would take perhaps 1/2 the
sum — then to Mrs. Barlow had hardly got there before a shower of sleet and hail — could not walk — sat talking — From my
note this morning to Madame she found I had seen her since Sunday with her usual curiosity poked out all
about it cried and teazed me that I had not told her before jealous in fact of Madame Galvani what nonsense
what a goose she is and how she teazes me do not go to Rome with her but get out of her way I hate to be so
catechised it makes me impatient we sat she crying in her cold room till she got pretty right just befor
e I came away ~ Got home at 5 55/60 — Dinner at 6 5/60 — Left the dining room at 7 40/60 — made up my fire — went to my aunt from
7 50/60 to 8 50/60 — then came to my room to write to M- [Mariana] curled my hair, and then stood reading my Italian grammar till 10 25/60 — then wrote
the last 9 lines — Mrs. Barlow said Mr. C . . . (Jane’s music master had said) the police hired some miscreants to call out
vive l`Empereur — the ministers wished to make the King believe the Parisians were ill affected to him — many people killed —
a child standing with his father at a window to look out, shot dead — artillery on the boulevards — the King dauphin
and dauphine so afraid went to sleep at St. Cloud last night, but came back this morning! — At 10 40/60 began to write to M- [Mariana]
from then to 1 1/2 wrote 3 ppages and the ends — Fine day till about 4 when a shower of sleet and then hail —

Friday 23
8 50/60
11 20/60
L
Bowels pretty well — getting Italian verbs while dressing — 1/2 my breakfast from 10 to 10 1/4 — then 1/2 hour reading the
paper — then read over my letter to M- [Mariana] and added a few lines under the seal — of myself I have only observed (page 1) ‘Be
assured, I have not suffered from the fatigues of my journey travelling — my journey agreed with me marvellously; and I returned
‘well — my digestive powers are not, however, quite so active here, as in Italy or Switzerland — but this is nothing —
I am taking all possible care of myself, and hope you will find no fault with my looks next summer — ‘If you see
IN- [Isabella Norcliffe]’ she will ‘astonish even you with her account of my aunt who continues surprisingly well — she certainly seems
‘to have taken a new lease, and may go on as she does now for many, many years to come — She gets on quite
‘well without me — the servants are very steady, and attentive; and I do not see how she can be better off in any
‘way — ..... were I really left to myself, nothing would please me better than the allurement you hold out — Mary!
‘I should have little left to wish, but I neither am left to myself, nor am I at all likely to be so, if one can judge
‘at all from appearances as they are at present — I find, however, it will not suit me to stay here forever with
‘out moving — I have no longer any fear or remorse in leaving my aunt, and shall therefore set myself as much at liberty
‘as possible — If you see Isabella, she will tell you, it is not I who keep my aunt abroad — It is her own wish to
‘stay; and she would even like to go to Italy, did I encourage it in the least’ — wrote the above of this morning and
sent off my letter to M- [Mariana] (Lawton hall) at 11 1/4 — Mrs. Barlow came directly after — finished my breakfast — cleaned my ivory tables — finished dressing —
Mrs. Barlow and I had a fiacre ordered went out at 1 1/4 — to Terneau’s rue des Fossées Montmartre No. [Number] 2, to choose MacDonald a merinos gown to be given by my aunt — then to Perrelet’s about my pendule mending etc. etc. then to Madame
Galvani’s where parted with Mrs. Barlow and paid off my fiacre — got to Madame Galvani at 3 — sat talking — she will probably come to me in future —
read aloud Satire 3 Boileau — Les liaisons dangereux a true picture of the manners of the time of Louis 15 — very well written by General
. . . . . a friend or acquaintance of Madame Galvani’s — George came and got me a fiacre to return in got home at 6 10/60 — dinner at 6 20/60 — left the dining room
at 7 40/60 and sat with my aunt from then to 8 3/4 — then came to my room — the ground white with snow this morning — fine overhead — my aunt
complains bitterly of the cold — my hands have been full of chilblains and ditto my feet a little these ten days — translating English into French till 11 —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 34° at 9 p.m.
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