Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0116
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

December Sunday 2
8 20/60
12 10/60
Bowels as yesterday ~ 1/4 hour making my fire — the wood got yesterday wet, of course — Breakfast at 9 3/4 and at 11 1/4 —
between times looking at the map of Italy — finished dressing — from 12 1/4 to 1 1/4 read aloud with my aunt, the prayers, and read aloud sermon 14 bishop Sandford —
went out at 1 3/4 — direct to Mrs. Barlow sat with her and Jane till 3 50/60 — then just got a carte Chez Renee restaurateur
and got to Madame Galvani’s in 1/2 hour — the orange marmalade in a state of fermentation — make sweetmeats particularly well
in Italy, particularly of orange — but when the following season of flowering commences all the last years sweetmeats begin to
ferment — told her to send back the pot (MacDonald had rearranged it) and I would send her another pot of fresh from Ibbotson’s —
asked her the best restaurant in Paris — It is decidedly the Rocher de Cancale, rue Mandard, au coin de la rue
Montorgueil — poor looking place, but all Paris goes there — celebrated for potage à la Bisque and fricandeau
de turbot — should bespeak dinner and a cabinet for the party by 11 or 12 in the morning — Got home at 5 55/60 — changed my
dress — Dinner at 6 5/60 — came to my room at 8 — read a little of my Italian grammar then fell asleep — and did not awake
till 9 1/4 — did my clothes for the wash — wrote the last 8 1/2 lines — went into the drawing room at 9 40/60, and came back to
my room at 10 1/2 — soft, damp morning — little gentle rain when I went out, and rain more or less for the rest
of the day — rained all the way I went to Madame Galvani and all the way back but not so as to wet me much having my
umbrella — sat up reading Beauvilliers on the potage à la Bisque (volume 1 page 28.) etc. etc. recommended by Madame Galvani

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 49° at 9 1/4 a.m.
46° at 10 1/2 p.m.

Monday 3
7 50/60
1 3/4
Bowels pretty well — breakfast at 9 10/60 and at 11 5/60 — between times wrote out last week’s housekeeping account as paid by my aunt and myself and
skimmed over yesterday’s and todays paper — a new arrangement, excellent, began yesterday, that of giving on the last page a ‘Stranger’s Diary’ pointing
all lectures to be given, and sights to be seen etc. — finished dressing — went out at 12 10/60 — direct to Mrs. Barlow sat about an hour by
her bedside — in bed with a bad cold — then to the restaurant — Madame Rosset not at home — then returned the carte I got yesterday at Renee’s
then along the rue neuve de Luxembourg to the boulevards — sauntered as far as the Café de Paris au coin de la rue Taitbout — in returning
went into Truchet’s — Hallam’s constitutional history of England 4 volumes 8vo. [octavo] (published here by Baudry) 30/. will allow the 10 per
cent thus I should get the work for £1.2.6 — Moore’s almanac, also published here, not yet come out — paid for the wood got on
Saturday — got home at 2 10/60 — Mr. Joshua Crompton had called and sat a little with my aunt about 10 minutes after I went out — From 2 1/2
to 4 50/60 at my cash-book — wrote out the entries of money received at Berne and Geneva, and wrote out the expense of weeks 11 to 15 inclusive
of this 1/2 year — then dressed my hair a little — and read my letter 2 1/2 ppages dated Nice 27 November from Mrs. (Colin) Johnstone — left there on the 6th arrived safe and well
at Nice on the 18th ultimo — think the climate delightful — The invalid (Mrs. Johnstone’s cousin, Miss Harkness) so much better have
hopes of her recovery — asks me to inquire at Galignani’s about sending them English books — the Cromptons to call for me at 5 1/2 —
went in to my aunt and sat with her till about 5 50/60 — they then called, took me up — got to the café de Paris about 6 — ordered dinner
4 potage à la bisque, excellent, 1 dozen huitres d’ Ostend, 2 turbot au bleu ([illegible] bit of boiled turbot with capers in the dish
and the huilier with oil and vinegar to make sauce — very good) — 1/2 chapon au gros sel (very fat, very good) 3 roasted cailles and 1 bécasse
2 omlette aux fines herbes (tasteless — not good) — 2 baignés de poires, 2 raisin (goodish grapes) 3 poires (i.e.
pears for 3 people — 4 large pears I think, not so good as those we had on Saturday and biscuits sponge (savoy) for 2 — and a
bottle of § Coton d’Aloxe (Burgundy) at 6/. the soup 6/. our 4 pains gruau charged 1/. [franc] — the dinner and wine altogether
42/75, and gave 1/25 to the waiter — all I could say, they would not let me pay anything — said I should be much more comfortable
if I might be allowed to pay my share — then I would give them a dinner at the Rocher de Cancale when they came next to
Paris — agreed — Mrs. Preston (who would not hear of my paying now) promised I should give her and Mr. Preston, or them, a dinner then
and so the matter ended — (the wine was leaning in a wicker basket — Burgundy, for fear of being shaken, always (and in England)
brought to table in this way — but ‘tis only Burgundy that is thus brought to table — they offered to set me down at home but
asked me to go back with them to the hotel if I § had no objection to walk back — on the plea of seeing Mrs. Preston’s book of prints (the work not yet completed
by Rosolpina or some such name the best engraver of Bologna? or Florence?) of the Bolognese gallery — a great many engravings —
cost £7. or £8 — Took the copy of a subscriber who wanted to sell it — Mrs. Preston’s passion seems for prints — had 1 cup of
tea — stood talking of the bourgeois here not being allowed to give the servants a livery — we who had arms the lesser nobles of England —
as noble as the counts here — English give their English servants cockades — do not give them proper liveries as in England —They asked if I took lessons in
French — yes! almost constantly — they said I was a perfect French woman — to Mrs. Prestons surprise, Mr. Joshua Crompton said he had kept the carriage

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 48° at 9 a.m.
§ says Madame Galvani Wednesday 5 December 1827.
that must have been a misprint for

and he very civilly came home with me — on saying I was sorry he had kept the carriage, oh! said he I keep it for myself and go to the
palais royal or any where else — why should I not? — He has certainly been uncommonly civil and attentive — made himself quite
agreeable to my aunt this morning, and hopes to see us again — so do they all — we have been excellent friends — got home at 9 50/60
sat talking to my aunt an hour — then came to my room — read my letter (that had come in my absence by the ambassador’s bag) 3 ppages and the ends
and 1/2 dozen lines of crossing on the 1st page from Miss MacLean — dated Edinburgh 24 November — enclosing a letter for ‘Mrs. W. H.
Bury, rue de Lille, Boulogne’ addressed sur mer — She says she is in good health — ‘It is very strange that one who
‘so well knows the duty of the most perfect and cheerful submission should feel so very unhappy at the passing events of this
‘world, but so it is, sometimes I feel so happy and all is peace, but without any apparent reason why this blessing should leave me,
‘a gloomy darkness comes over my mind which I struggle in vain to overcome’ — page 2 — On the end you will perhaps wonder li
‘ke many that with such such good health I am not at my post of duty at home with my father others I hear blame but you
‘will not even without knowing my reasons which you will one day find are numerous Albane told me many weeks ago ther
‘e was not a bed for me and in short everything seems to be doing to prevent my return while reasons by no means the
‘true ones are given out as reasons for my remaining out’ — this is all queer enough I don’t understand it Albane
seems to act oddly ~ Miss MacLean mentions the death of 1 of MacDonald’s brother’s — he was part of the crew of a steamer — ‘he
fell among the wheels of the engine, and was literally cut in two’ — Sent for MacDonald into my room — said a bad accident had
happened to her brother of which her sister had written to inform her — she asked if he was living ‘Is he in life’ — poor soul!
I could not make up my mind to tell her all at once — said it did not seem quite clear — perhaps not — but she had best
write to her friends by Mrs. Preston and the Cromptons — from about 11 1/2 to 12 wrote all but the 1st nine lines of today — Damp, thickish
November day — streets very dirty, but fair, and finish over head —

Tuesday 4
8 1/2
Bowels very indifferent — took a little orange marmalade yesterday at breakfast — could this affect them — I have often fancied so — Breakfast at
9 50/60 and 11 1/2 — wrote a note to Galignani to ask his ‘terms for sending books to Nice, how many volumes at once, and whether
they will engage to furnish whatever new English publications may be desired’ — at 1 20/60 Mr. Joshua Crompton
to tell me Mrs. Preston had had her watch stolen — agreed with him best to take it patiently — never to think of applying
to the police etc. etc. — finished dressing and went into the room in 10 minutes — he sat talking above an hour — Told the story
of the Santon (a sort of saint — magician — wiseman — they go quite naked) who found out the man who had stolen
Mr. Salt’s silver spoons — saw a man fascinate, and eat a most poisonous snake — has seen the scorpion (has himself
made the experiment) begirt with fire appear to strike the sting which is in its tail into its head, and die in this position
as Lord Byron observed in his Giaour — gave me the following epigram written by his friend and travelling companion Lord St. Asaph
‘on account of Captain Caviglia’s being employed by our consul Mr. Salt to make excavations in the plains of
‘Memphis, and who in some sort injured the granite casing in the interior of the King’s chamber in the pyramid
‘of Cheops’ thinking by this means to find a secret entrance into some other chamber —
Though Hannibal’s device we praise,
The chemists of our modern days
Above him we exalt:
with vinegar he softened rocks;
we to demolish granite blocks
Prefer emloying Salt.
our friend sat talking on the never failing subject of Egypt, but
latterly of the reverend Mr. Sidney Smith, an hour after I went in, went
away about 2 1/2 — It was 3 before I sat down to my desk again —
after my finishing my breakfast had MacDonald in — did not tell her
exactly how her brother came by his death but said he had somehow
fallen among the machinery, and I feared he was no more — Poor
soul! she seemed much distressed — all the morning, and from 3 to 6,
at my cashbook and private Day book — made up both down to day — Dinner at 6 5/60 — came to my room at 7 1/2 — Galignani
sent me his printed terms in answer to my note — Sent for and got the ‘Statement of the council of the university of London explanatory
of the nature and objects of the Institution — wrote all but the 1st 3 lines of today — and wrote 1 page to Mrs. Johnstone — sat with my aunt from 9 10/60 to 10 25/60 —
damp occasionally rather sleety morning — finish towards evening — came to my room at 10 25/60 — Twenty minutes cutting my toenails —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 47° at 9 a.m.
Just before getting into bed took 2 of the ipecacuanha lozenges
DateDec 1827
Extent1 page


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