Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0117
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

November [December] Wednesday 5
8 10/60
11 50/60
Bowels as bad as ever No motion Had my room done while I dressed — at my desk at 9 — Breakfast at 9 1/2 and
11 40/60 about which last time Madame Galvani’s Nannette came to learn to make a plum pudding — did not see her — read the paper — wrote and
sent another note to Messrs. Galvani asking further particulars — subscription 1st class for new works per fortnight 7/.
per month 12/. per 3 months 32/. per 6 months 56/. per year 104. — for 50 volumes at a time all new publications, to pay 3 or
4 times the subscription of the 1st class — From the note in answer to mine of this morning ‘the box with 2 keys would cost from
‘8 to 10/. — the carriage we suppose would be’ (from Paris to Nice) ‘about 8/. — the time it would take about 10 days — but we think
‘it might be agreed on more reasonable terms by contracting with the owners of a coach at Nice’ — all the time
(except about 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 hour) from 9 to 2 at my English cash-book etc. — copied out Mr. Brigg’s account, and that of Messrs. Rawson —
According to cash book I have at this moment a balance in English money of five hundred and sixty nine and two
pence ~ Finished dressing and wrote the above of today from 2 5/60 to 2 55/60 — took bitters at 2 (2 drops cascarilla infused in about a pint of water — take
1/3 tumbler full) as I did also yesterday but still feel much indigestion pain — then till 3 1/2 at my account with M- [Mariana]
Madame Galvani came at 3 1/2 and went away at 4 1/2 — asked her what I ought to pay the garçon from Rosset’s on Saturday — (he brought
the things plate etc. and staid during dinner to see that all was right), at first she said 3/. then said 4/. Mrs. Barlow told me on
Monday 1/50. but said 2/. would be handsome — told her of Mrs. Preston’s having had her watch stolen — Madame Galvani said she
would never get it again — they might spend money in applying to the police etc. etc. but it would do no good — If they could
prove that it was stolen in the house, the master of the hotel must be answerable for it — aksed what was a bain
marie — e.g. anything on a plate put over a casserole full of hot water with the lid part put over it, was
in a bain marie i.e. heated by the steam from the hot water of the casserole — asked what sort of work is the
Novelle di Casti — in verse — Trés spiritual — a series of stories — A man in concubitu during which his
wife dies horrified when he found it out afterwards apply to Pope Alexander six to know if
he had done anything against the laws the Pope issued a bull that people were to be interrogated in future
during the act to know if alive or not for these things done in a dead manner clever children could not be expec
ted etc. etc. very good tres sspirituel ~ Said it had been objected to Mr. Long Wellesley that he had read the
Novelle — why said Madame Galvani everybody in Italy has read them — If Monsieur Wellesley had been very intimate with, or lived with the
Abbé di Casti, the author, that might have been a reproach, for he was most reprobate — yet still il était
très spirituel très aimable, and received in all the best society — he died here only lately about 10 or 15 years ago —
After Madame Galvani went finished my account with M- [Mariana] Dinner at 6 10/60 — came to my room at 8 10/60 — wrote the last 14 lines —
dawdling over 1 thing or other — sat with my aunt from 9 5/60 to 10 — talked as I have often done of late of going to Rome next year —
to be there at Easter — said tonight (or rather after dinner) should perhaps be off the end of February — she expects I shall be 6 months away —
yes, certainly that for shall certainly if possible go to Sicily — finish, soft, mild day — took 1 teaspoon magnesia in the juice of a fine lemon

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 52° at 9 a.m.
56° at 3 p.m.
51 1/2° at 10 ——

Thursday 6
7 1/2
11 55/60
Twenty minutes on the pot good very loose motion at my desk at 9 (breakfast at 9 3/4 and 11 1/4) — wrote 2 more ppages to Mrs.
Johnstone (wrote page 1 Tuesday evening) giving a full account of Galignani’s terms as copied from the printed prospectus, and from his note of
yesterday and sent off my letter at 11 1/4 to ‘Madame Madame Johnstone, Poste restante à Nice, Italia’, she having only dated
her letter Nice November 27 — read the paper — the present London University is the Dissenters university — ‘tis in agitation
to counterpoise this greatest and perhaps only objection against it by erecting another London university of the established church principles —
the bench of bishops are applied to — at my desk again at 11 35/60 — (raining at 11) — Then another little loose motion
wrote 3 large ppages to M- [Mariana] and 1 1/2 (small sheet) ppages to Miss MacLean finished dressing — dinner at 6 5/60 — my aunt and I went to the Sénés
at 7 55/60 and sat with Madame and the demoiselles till 9 35/60 — very civil but very stupid as usual — came to my room at 9 3/4 — showery
day — finish towards evening — wrote out rough draft of index of the last 6 days —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 51 1/2° at 8 a.m.

Friday 7
7 55/60
11 3/4
Bowels pretty well — fine rather frosty morning — dressed with my window open — read over my letter M- [Mariana] and wrote the ends and under the seal — Coffee this morning in Madame Galvani’s way
1st time — long time about making it — breakfast at 9 3/4 and 10 3/4 — Just before breakfast letter from Mr. Briggs proposing the offer for
Northgate made by Mr. Drake and Thomas Greenwood — £80 a year and lease for 14 years they to lay out £300, but divide
the house, and make an entrance for Mr. Drake at the end of the walk — I to sink a cellar for Thomas Greenwood vexed at first at
these terms — to tie up the property for 14 years for £80, a year! the land said to be run out — to be agreed that I should
any part of it when I liked (during the 14 years) for building ground — Indirect proposals to purchase ground to build a church
on — Instantly determined not come in to the views of Messrs. Drake and Greenwood though Briggs thinks my father would grant them
the lease — he proposed their paying £90, they will only give 80 — from 11 1/4 to 12 1/2 talking to my aunt — on reading
her the letter, and calmly asking her opinion she was for letting it — but soon brought her to my own contrary opinion — explained my
views — look to the property for future building-ground to be built on by myself — explained how perhaps on anything
happening to my father I might perhaps save £1,500 a year — Thomas Greenwood now pays £20 a year for the land — so that by
not taking the terms offered we only lose £60 a year (which we can afford) but save the £50 to be probably laid out
in sinking cellar, etc. — say the house had better continue empty — my aunt quite persuaded to agree with me
entirely — at 11 40/60 sent off my letter to M- [Mariana] (Lawton hall) — containing account of what I have spent for her this year
and of the balance due to her at the beginning of this year of the £10 received from her and of £10 that I should put down for interest —
£8 for this year according to the bond — the other £2 to be explained when we meet (in fact for interest due 5 January last) —
gave her the bill of fare of our dinner given to Mrs. Preston and the Cromptons — mention the route — their being delighted and having
infected — everybody travels — I must one day go to Rome and Naples — and see what everybody sees Brussels and
Waterloo — this to be talked of when we meet — afterwards mention having heard from Mrs. Johnstone — her
admiration of Nice and the situation of Vienne — must indeed see M- [Mariana]’s birthplace — must go about a little if my aunt continues
well as at present of which there is every chance — on the ends ask if what M- [Mariana] does, and plans, and hopes — we could manage
better than she thinks with the squire — we might go to Brussels and Waterloo — bring the pillow and even Charles might be
satisfied and amused — give my best regards and tell him so — they would not spend more in travelling than they spend at home — the
I should be worth I know not how much as cashier and caterer — the Cromptons not judging like Norcliffe think my French more than fair — ‘this amuses me — but to be serious I am not a bad
one to travel with’ — advise their leaving their carriages at home, and getting one here, pro tempore, to hold us 4 —
wrote the above of today — from 1 10/60 to 1 40/60 — finished dressing — [illegible] about 1 the valet de place of Mrs. Preston and
the Cromptons brought me a little note from her begging me to inquire at the post office for a letter for her from Bologna — leaving
the card of ‘Mr. Joshua S. Crompton’, and the man sending in a letter ‘to the honourable the Count Peruzzi with Mr.
Crompton’s best compliments and thanks’ saying he did not know where to take it — bade him leave, and I would send it —
went out at 2 — left my aunts spectacles at Mellerio’s to be mended — called at the hotel d’Aubin about Mrs. Preston’s
watch — Madame Aubin not at home — spoke to the portière — of course no chance of finding the thing — she said the servants constantly
left the doors open, and their things all about — she herself had found the doors open 2 or 3 times, and had spoken about it to Madame Aubin
of course, I had little to say, and walked forwards, and through the gardens to Madame Galvani found her in bed — she had sent Nannette
early to say she could not go out but would be glad to see me — got there at 2 40/60 — sat talking to her at her bedside till
6 — Di Casli another of the Novelle wrote also Gli animali parlanti an admirable satire which Napoleon unfortunately
thought a satire on his coronation, though it was written before he was Emperor — the Empress Josephine was une Catin and Napoleon knew
it well — he had not a good opinion of women — he did not like Madame de Stael — she loved domination — she was une
Messaline She absolutely killed one young man she never let him even though he was consumptive at the time
there is one allee in the Champs Elysees for pederasty ~ Bought marrons — got home at 6 35/60 — dinner at 6 40/60 sat
talking after dinner till 8 3/4 — then came to my room for 3/4 hour — then sat with my aunt till 10 10/60 then came back to my room — wrote the last 11
lines — fine day — sunny, rather frosty and agreeable —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 37° at 8 1/2 a.m.
Fahrenheit 37° at 10 10/60 p.m.
DateDec 1827
Extent1 page


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