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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0122
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
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237
1827
December
nothing but send off my letter go backwards and forwards into the kitchen to see Préau again make crême
au chocolat etc. set down what he has bought — read Beauvilliers — plan dinner for Tuesday
(Xmas [Christmas] day) and wrote the above of today — this will not do — I cannot spend my time over cooking or cookery
books, and shall not have the little man much more — I must get a couple of letters written — my books all settled
and all xmas [Christmas] settling and accounts done, so that I may have nothing to do of this sort (extraordinary) at Madame
de Rosny’s — From 4 1/2 to 6 at my accounts and doing 1 thing or other — Dinner at 6 — came to my room at 7 3/4 — from then
to 9 to 9 40/60 at the accounts of last week — could not get the summary right — then talking to my aunt in the drawing room
till 10 5/60 — then 45 minutes pothering at the summary — still wrong — fine day — windy —

Sunday 23
7
11 35/60
§
+
Bowels pretty well — no indigestion pain yesterday or Friday — went out at 8 1/4 — rain and very high wind — put on my MacLean plaid first
time of ever wearing it — as usual (i.e. by the route royale avenue allée Dauphine) to the Bois de Boulogne walked 14 minutes in the wood — got back at 10 1/4 —
not much rain — none after I got to the barriere — the wind too high — breakfast at 10 40/60 — ready for prayers and seated at my desk
at 11 1/2 — put a little vanille in my coffee this morning — a very greatt improvement but very little, cut as small as possible,
is enough — Observed without seeming to take notice, that Mr. Joshua said the Turks always put vanille in their coffee — then read the
whole of Galignani’s Paris Observer of today — this no. [number] given to all to the subscribers to his daily messenger — containing a good account
of Gurney’s steam-coach — from 1 10/60 to 2 5/60 read aloud with my aunt the short morning prayers and bishop Sandfords sermon on Regeneration
Came to my room at 2 1/2 — from then to 4 35/60 — all this time — over last week’s summary, getting it right, and writing it out — have not
had so much trouble of long — then danced about for 7 minutes — then at my private day book before dinner (dinner at 6 came to my
room at 7 50/60) and after from 7 50/60 to 9 35/60 made the monthly summaries of the last months — from 9 40/60 to 10 sat with my
aunt — finish day but high wind — the wind gone down towards evening, by dinner time —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 51 1/2° at 7 3/4 a.m.

Monday 24
7 1/4
12 3/4
x
finish morning — Incurred a cross last night thinking of π [Mariana] gave to and took my clothes from the washer woman — went out
at 8 1/2 as usual by the Avenue Dauphine to the Bois de Boulogne — walked 1/2 hour in the wood reading Satire 3 Boileau —
bought another cafetière in returning (at Ste. Beauve’s) and got home at 10 55/60 — Breakfast at 11 1/4, and read the paper all which took me
till 12 3/4 — from then to 6 (danced about twice for 5 minutes each time and dressed my hair — had a little indigestion pain just before
dinner) and afterwards (dinner at 6) from 7 3/4 to 11 1/4 (sat with my aunt spasmy tonight catching in her left side — from
9 3/4 to 10 1/4) at my ledger — made out and wrote out the account of pew-rents — a long making out who must
have paid the ‘arrears of pew rents up to midsummer’ July 7, 1826 — By the way, Préau interrupted me about
4 — brought me the Cuisinier royal — settled with him for this etc. — Rained a little as I went out this morning
but soon blew off — windy and fair till towards afternoon — a little rain about 3 and afterwards — towards night wind
gone down — wrote the above of today, and began to undress at 11 35/60 —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 47° at 8 a.m.

Tuesday 25
7 1/2
1 1/2
Very good motion very fine frosty morning — went out at 8 38/60 — to the Bois de Boulogne as usual — walked 28 minutes
pretty sharply in the wood, and got home at 10 50/60 — breakfast at 11 10/60 — just looked at the paper — Dressed my hair —
from 12 25/60 to 1 5/60 read aloud with my aunt the short morning service and sermon 2 Thistlethwaite — never liked his sermons — long
since I had seen them — never wish to read aloud any more of them — Staid an hour talking to my aunt — she was low — thought
she could not be long — bad nights — worn out with pain — talked her rather out of this — on the whole she thought herself
better now than this time last year — at 2 5/60 came to my room — from then till 5 1/2 roasting and grinding Bourbon coffee at
1/50. Martinique at 1/62. and Levant at 2/75. Mrs. and Miss Barlow came at 5 1/2 — changed my dress — dinner at 6 5/60
Did not leave the dining room till 8 40/60 — then coffee in our 2 cafetières a double fond — 1st Bourbon with vanille, 2nd martinique, 3rd Bourbon simply, and
4th my own Levant with vanille — all preferred the 1st and 3rd — the 2nd good — Mrs. Barlow again did not — at all like mine —
on telling the prices told the real of all except in insinuating the 1st to be the very finest coffee that could be had rated it
at 5/. adding about 3/. per lb. in my own mind for the vanille — Mrs. Barlow certainly knows nothing about coffee — I myself like the

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 44° at 8 3/4 a.m.


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1827
December
§
Bourbon better than the Martinique — all left my aunt at 10 40/60 and came to my room — Staid talking 20 minutes — then had
Preau in and paid him, and they were all off at 11 10/60 — very fine morning — fine day — dampish evening — wrote the
above of today — never roasted coffee in my life before — find it should be done slowly — the fire not too quick — the
Bourbon took twice as much roasting as the rest — it took (I had it all out and in the roaster again twice) near
an hour, and, after all, was the lightest coloured when done — and the Martinique the darkest — the Levant and Bourbon grain before roasting about the same
size and shape — the former yellowish and dull, the latter blueish and more transparent — the Martinique before roasting as to colour like
the Bourbon, but much larger in the grain than the other 2 — writing all the above of today, and writing out the order of the dinner
took me till 11 55/60 —

Wednesday 26
7 1/2
11 35/60
§
N
§
very thick morning — went out at 8 50/60 — as usual to the Bois de Boulogne walked 1/2 hour in the wood — today and yesterday the 1st time,
walked along the avenue Dauphine as far as the allée des Princes, then not along this allée but along close alongside to its section by the
allée St. Louis — had my little book (Boileau) with me, but did not read — musing on 1 thing or other — a new plan
of general Daybook so as to save Trouble in making out the general weekly summary — my knees so bad yesterday morning cut off
the feet of a pair of stockings just before getting into bed last night, and slept in the tops worn over my knees —
went out in them this morning — perhaps a double ligature (garter and string of drawers below the knee) is bad —
think of having loops to my stockings and suspending the garters from a strap round my middle — got home at
10 55/60 — breakfast at 11 1/2 — the vanille makes my coffee excellent — no paper this morning yesterday being Xmas [Christmas] day so read that of yesterday —
Then dressed my hair cut my nails put loops to my stockings [illegible] buckled round me one of my
great coat straps and suspended the garters from it very comfortable ~ Went out at 2 55/60
to the bank — had to wait some time — then spoke to Mellerio about sacrament cup for my aunt — not such a thing as she would like — ordered beret of Madame Cor — bought 1 or 2 things, and got to Mrs. Barlow’s about 4 —
Sat an hour with her and Jane — then went to her room Then went to her room on the bed right middle finger
up — got home at 6 5/60 — counting over money etc. Just before going out wrote a note to bishop Luscombe to ask him
to again give us the sacrament at home and beg him to name his own day and hour — answer the bishop not at home — while
at Mrs. Barlow’s paid Préau the 5/. under paid yesterday and gave him 5/. for his trouble in borrowing this thing and that — for the
use of the different things — MacDonald thought him very different yesterday from before — he would scarce tell or shew her anything —
Dinner at 6 1/2 — Came to my room at 8 55/60 — lay on my sofa 5 or 6 minutes then wrote the above of today —
very thick fog all the day but fair —

[margin text:] Fahrenhiet 39 3/4° at 8 1/2 a.m.

Thursday 27
7 20/60
1 5/60
N
Setting loops onto new stockings bowels not quite so well this morning — very thick fog — Went out
at 9 5/60 — to the Bois de Boulogne as usual — walked in the wood (allée Dauphine as usual) 18 minutes — Got home at 11 10/60 — my
aunt has had a good night — the 1st she has had this fortnight — quite well this morning — breakfast at 11 35/60 — read the paper — a few
minutes talking to my aunt — MacDonald has heard from her friends the circumstances of her brother’s death — dressed my hair — note from bishop
Luscombe to say he will come on Saturday — at my desk at 1 40/60 — from then to 6 (Dinner at 6 10/60) and afterwards from
7 50/60 to 9 3/4 and again from 10 1/4 to 12 20/60 making out rough draft of estate ledger from 26 January to 16 June last year — to show what I have laid
out upon and received from each farm — from 9 3/4 to 10 10/60 sat with my aunt — very thick day — could perhaps
see near 50 yards before me in walking this morning — at 4 1/4 p.m. looked out could not see the church — my aunt
said she could not see it at 3 p.m. —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 37 1/2° at 8 3/4 a.m.

Friday 28
8
11 55/60
went out at 9 Fahrenheit 38° thick but not so much so as yesterday — to the bois de Boulogne — walked 17 minutes in the wood — got back
at 8 55/60 — breakfast and read the paper And a largeish and looseish motion ~ Dressed my hair and seated at my desk at 12 3/4 — From then to 5 (Mrs Barlow came and sat with me near an hour
from about 2 to 3) added up the whole of my general Day book from 26 January to after finally leaving Shibden last year — and made out rough
draft of Estate ledger for last year — From 5 to 6 settling accounts — Dinner at 6 5/60 — Came to my room at 7 40/60 — from then to 9 10/60 setting accounts
and doing 1 thing or other — Sat with my aunt an hour, and came back to my room at 10 10/60 — From 10 1/4 to 10 55/60 wrote and wafered ready for tomorrow’s
a letter to Messeurs Rawson desiring them to pay as usual to Messeurs Hammersley and wrote and wafered a letter to Messeurs Hammersley apprising them of it — Fine day —
The mist cleared off towards noon and was not very thick when I went out — I had nearly forgoten to write these letters — It was casually sending
a memorandum made some time ago that reminded me —
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