Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0115
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

November Thursday 29
8 1/4
12 55/60

Bowels pretty well — A tolerable little motion more than I expected god be thanked for all his
mercies oh that I could could be right and well here — 1/2 my breakfast at 9 1/4 — Letter at 9 20/60 partly directed by
Marian partly by my father — 2 ppages written by my father ‘at Marian’s earnest request’ — received my letter of the 27th ultimate
glad my aunt and I were so well ‘which I am sorry to say is not the case with Marian — Some time ago she complained
‘of having got a little cold, which has now become very serious She has been confined to her room since Wednesday the 14th
‘instant — Dr. Kenny and Mr. Sunderland are in hopes in a little time she will be better, though at present she is reduced very
‘weak though this morning both Dr. Kenny and Mr. Sunderland think there are some flattering hopes, she is very anxious I
‘should write to you, otherwise I wished to have deferred it a few days in hopes to have been able to have given you
‘a better account’.... the remaining 1 1/2 pages all local news — the vicar claims tithes that would produce £35000,
to £40,000 a year — the parish have determined to raise in the 1st instance £3000 for law — will not submit
tamely — have appointed 4 attorneys, Messrs. Thomson and company, Alexander and company, and Stead, and Stocks — my father wants
the title deeds of Shibden to seek for information — the Godley road commissioners have got £8,000 from Government — are begining again
as it seems helter-skelter without paying 1st for the land — my father and John Green (for his son in law Wilkinson)
stopped them determineed to be paid before they suffered anything to be done — a branch road proposed from the new
Leeds and Wakefield and H-x [Halifax] road to the Godley lane road — 3 plans proposed — all more or less cuting up Lower brea
land — 1 through the garden — my father thinks it will never be done — the plan adopted was ‘from Mitholm
‘in front of Mallinson’s house, and along the old lane to Willroyd-brow, and forward in a line to Godley road
‘though they may get a power in their new act I think it is not likely soon to be accomplished’ —
Poor Marian! she seems to have been and to be very unwell — my father’s manner of expression would seem
alarming, but on considering the calmness with which he descants upon 1 1/2 pages out of 2 ppages on local news, he
cannot himself be engrossingly alarmed — the part (the 1/2) the direction in Marian’s hand writing is good as usual —
and I think she will be better, and hope she is so by now — at all rates, I shall not alarm myself; for
if she is not better, we shall hear again tomorrow or on Saturday — wrote the above of today which took me till 10 25/60
then in 40 minutes read the paper — vide last but one and last column page 1 from the Chronicle, on the report of Mrs. Fry and her friend Mr. Joseph
Gurney respecting Ireland (they advocate emancipation) — vide column 2, reference to ‘an excellent article on the
Poor Laws, in the Quarterly Review for March 1826, the best production on the subject we have yet seen’ — then near
1/2 hour writing out and altering a little my note of last night to Madame Galvani which must shew her I was not quite pleased with what she wrote yesterday — finished dressing — went out at 12 20/60 with
Mrs. Barlow who came just before and walked with me (Perrelet brought back my pendule and delayed me a few minutes) to the
Hotel Aubin rue Rivoli to Mrs. Preston and Miss and Mr. Joshua Crompton — had promised to be with them some time from 11 1/2 to 12 1/4 —
sat talking till about 2 — then walked with them (fair but the streets shockingly dirty) to Mellerio’s and Privat’s, promised to dine
with them at 5, left them at the rue des Capucines, and got home at about 3 1/2 — sat talking to my aunt and went set off back to
the party at 4 10/60 — met them in a print shop close to their hotel — had merely washed my hands — went back just as I was —
Dinner about 5 — peas soup, then petit patés, and a larger paté a sort of (inferior) vol-au-vent, then a roasted wild duck, and
Brussels sprouts and a very small Charlotte Russe — then a slice of coloured like Cheshire or double Gloucester cheese — bad poor little green grapes, and 5 pears
and a few light sponge biscuits for dessert — they asked what wine I should like — said vin ordinaire — a bottle of very fair Macon as
they called it, and a bottle of indifferent sherry — we had afterwards tea but no bread and butter or biscuit — very civil and attentive
and glad to see me — generally go to bed at 10 — but shewed me all their things and kept me looking at prints till 10 50/60 — Should be
happy to shew me all at Moorby Joshua full of his Egyptian and Syrian and Greek travels apparently having not much
else to say and willing to wear his only subject threadbare even his ssisters begged for a truce I listened as if

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delighted let people talk on their own travels and pursuits and you always please them said little of my s
elf just mentioned my staying behind at the great Saint Bernard to look at something being left
and holloing to the dogs and following their bark said we were thrr three gents and ourselves sso we did start
from Liddes and slightly mentioned Mrs Barlows falling into a feinte on the gries ~ Got home at 11 — my aunt up — staid talking
1/2 hour — think and talk of asking the party to dinner — came to my room at 11 1/2 — wet sleety morning — fair when I went out —
a little sleety damp afterwards, but not much, and pretty fair from about 11 a.m. for the rest of the day — the streets
very dirty — put on my galloshoes 1st time — answer very well —

Friday 30
8 1/4
12 3/4
Bowels tolerable — partly breakfasted at 9 1/4, partly at 11 — between times skimmed over the paper wrote the last 19 lines of yesterday and the rough draft of the
index of yesterday — finished dressing — Mrs. Barlow came at 11 — went out at 11 1/2 — raining — returned — sent for a fiacre and Mrs. Barlow and
I got to Perrelet’s (rue du Bac No. [Number] 40) at 12, 1/2 hour later than appointed yesterday — he shewed us the piece of mechanism
illustrative of horlogerie — 3 different échappemens, the common, the cylindrical, and the chronometre [illegible] echappement — there
5 different sorts of echappemens or escapements, and an endless no. [number] of varieties of each — saw a handsome model
of a pendule — a polyhymne — might be enlargeed so as to allow space for excellent works — to have it for 600/. —
agreed for him to take the gold of the watch that was Samuel’s at the price of the gold of the case valued at 130/. this to remain
towards his account for the chronometre etc. — owe him now 6/. francs for repairing my aunt’s watch, and 8/. for repairing my
pendule ⸫ [therefore] 130 - 14 = 116 that Perrelet now owes me — Still raining (small rain) but Mrs. Barlow and I walked home —
called at Rosset’s to ask what he would furnish me a dinner for — at 6/. a head — not including dessert — then called
at Michel’s — ate a petit paté and a [illegible] gateau de riz, parted with Mrs. Barlow — in the rue Duphot, and got home at 2 35/60 —
Madame Galvani came almost immediately afterwards — meant nothing at all by her note that I fancied — was not at all in
ill humour when she wrote — excellent friends — talk of going to her in an evening — and by and by when I have done my accounts
of going to her or having her here every day — she staid with me till 4 3/4 — then dawdling over 1 thing or other — Wrote copy
of note to Mrs Preston ~ Madame Galvani gave me a bill of fare of a French dinner for Mrs. Preston and the Cromptons —
Dinner at 6 1/4 — Came to my room at 7 40/60 — wrote a note to Mrs. Preston Hotel Aubin rue de Rivoli, asking them to dinner
tomorrow at 5 3/4 — ‘Do pray come exactly as you would sit at home — we cannot make great strangers of you ....
‘Ever my dear Mrs. Preston very truly yours Anne Lister’ — Sent my note about 8 — by and by, answer Mr. Crompton out — would
send an answer early in the morning — wrote 3 ppages and the ends small sheet to my father — had done my letter at 9 35/60 — then
sat with my aunt — (read her my letter) till 10 1/4, and then came to my room and wrote all but the 2 first lines of today — Damp and
small rain almost all the day — very disagreeable day — wrote a little note to Madame Galvani to go very early in the morning with
the pot of orange marmelade I bought here in April last MacDonald having put some fresh syrup to it —

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December Saturday 1
8 1/2
1 1/2
Bowels pretty well — Breakfast at 9 1/2 and 10 20/60 — sent off my letter to my father Shibden written last night giving strict
not to let the title deeds of Shibden go out of the house or be examined by any one out of his, my father’s, sight —
had my bed removed into my little bedroom and my sitting room made neat — went out at 11 — to Rosset — ordered dinner at 5 3/4 — then
went and saw measured 1 voie bois neuf, and 1/4 voie bois d’orme to make braes and light well — came home — talked to my aunt — had to go again
about the wood — the man had taken it to the old place de la Madeleine, and could not find us — then went and ordered things at Bertrand’s, and at
the Gourmand palais royal and bought bonbons (devises, mottos,) chez Berthellemot, and saw the new shop like Giroux’s —
told Nalin to come and dress my hair at 4 1/2 — got home about 3 — staid talking to my aunt etc. ... Nalin came at 4 35/60 — my hair took till
5 20/60 — then changed my dress Put on my new merinos instead of the old one I had been out in and silk stockings and satin shoes ~
Ready at 5 40/60 — Mrs. Preston, and Miss Crompton and Mr. Joshua Crompton came at 6 10/60 — dinner at 6 1/2 — all passed off very well — left the dining room and had coffee
and liqueurs (crême de rose and de vanilla) after about 9 — then tea about 9 3/4 — they staid till 10 3/4 — Seeming well satisfied
with their visit — my aunt and I kept the tea things — had each a couple of cups more and sat talking — very glad to have given them the dinner
came to my room at 11 1/2 — Finish day (a little light rain for about 1/2 hour between 9 and 10 a.m.) — the streets very dirty —

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DateNov-Dec 1827
Extent1 page


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