Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0128
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

January Thursday 17
9 25/60
12 50/60
The magnesia woke Madame de Rosny between one and two and operated so strongly she called me for a l
ight I got up sat by her some time laughed immoderately got into bed again in half hour at two and tw
enty minutes being thus disturbed Did not awake till so late, did not walk — breakfast at 11 — Madame de Marsol
called at 12 20/60 for 1/2 hour — George brought the paper, and a letter from Messrs. Rawson ditto from Mr. Briggs — Monsieur de Béral called
for 1/2 hour — I sat reading Galignani — the postman brought me a letter from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) 3 ppages and the ends and under the seal —
she is better but, I fear, far from well — Steph has been ill — Mrs. Milne suffers much as also poor William — knows not
what can be done for Mrs. Milne and her children but Colonel Milne’s brother has written to her most kindly — read part of the
Journal des Débats — Dinner at 5 35/60 — sat talking all the evening till 10 1/2 Madame de Rosny making a pair of dress sleeves —
Talked of Madame de Boive the little games we used to play a Yorkshire gentleman (thinking of Mr Dun
combe) getting ill from an English lady in the house etc. and without name Miss de Sanss hystericks and
parting with blood then got to what whas ssaid of Mrs Barlow and myself talked of instruments being used by
women explained that Sapphos ode was addressed to one of her female loves ssaid I should never
marry my taste was not that way she asked if I liked ladies better I said yes from little to more
said I loved her but thought not of harm she said if it was the work of nature I was not to blame
mentioned the Marquis de Sade who said some men were so formed they could not enjoy women the
n were they to blame to do otherwise she asked if I had ever been in love I said yes once sixteen
years ago next May alluding to π [Mariana] was she married yes I had been so ill about it I had near died
but I was now older and never meant to be so foolish again she said would I never attach myself again
ah said I je ne dis pas celas [I’m not saying that] she asked if anybody knew I said yes mon amie [my friend] (π [Mariana]) had I told Mrs Barlow
I fought off by saying I said very little to her ~ saw her two or three minutes in her room to wish
good night kneeled by the bed but did not kiss her she has been as if unconsciously more liant to
day in fact she begins to like me I have during the day kissed her hand several times and her
forehead and cheek when she came playfully near me I shall be getting into some scrape if I do not
mind somehow I cannot help making love talked this evening of our all living together she
and my aunt and myself to pay six thousand francs a year each person — from 11 to 11 40/60 wrote the above of
today — fine day —

Friday 18
8 5/60
12 50/60
went out at 9 1/2 — to the bois de Boulogne 1/4 hour in the wood — got back at 11 1/4 — rained more or less all the while — changed
my dress — breakfast at 11 3/4 — continued damp rainy day — sat talking to Madame de Rosny and reading aloud the
first forty pages of the Marquis de Sade then read in my room the next as many ppages horrible wh
ile her man of business was here he is a blonde maker and helps her in her smuggling and was here
almost an hour I as much as ssaid this morning I would take some for her she might put it in my gr
eat coat only she must say nothing to me about it she afterwards read aloud ma foi the book
is vilainous and desperately exciting every now and then at and after dinner she talked of r
eligion believes in the existence of God but that is all turns the virgin the birth and divinity
of our saviour into perfect ridicule believes not in his miracles or in the authenticity
of the old or new testament I laughed told her she was pretty spirituelle and the most danger
ous of women under other circumstances I should be off immediately for fear I believed she
would finish by completely turning my head flatter her but in my heart pray that I may al
ways be firm in the religion of my country I thought of π [Mariana] and wished her with me she talks of ma
king two or three thousand francs a year by smuggling always ten percent or more ~ Dinner at 5 1/2 — Madame de Rosny went to a party at
8 1/4 — I read almost the whole of Galignani’s messenger of this morning — from 9 to 10 musing over the letter from Messrs. Rawson and ditto from
Mr. Briggs and wrote the rough drafts of answers — then wrote the above of today till 10 1/2 — then till 11 3/4 wrote 3 ppages and the ends to Marian — nothing
particular — damp, rainy day — just in bed when Madame de Rosny got home and did not see her —

January Saturday 19
8 55/60
Incurred a cross first thinking of de Sades book then of π [Mariana] — long interruption by talking to Madame de Rosny
from my dressing room Breakfast at 11 — Gave Madame de Rosny my pack of English cards ssomehow she does not look as if she
washed enough ~ George brought the newspaper about 12 20/60 — Kept him waiting till I wrote my letter to ‘Mr. James Briggs Ward’s
End, H-x [Halifax] Yorkshire Angleterre’, and at 1 sent this and my letter to Marian (Shibden) written last night to go to the great post —
General Amiot called at 12 50/60 for about an hour — then soon after he went Mrs. and the 2 Miss Amiots, then Madame Lesire and her brother at 2 50/60 —
the lady very handsome, in the Circassian style — went to my room on the point of going to see my aunt when they went away —
waited for Madame de Rosny — went out together about 3 1/2 to Mrs. Barlow — she and Jane dined with my aunt yesterday — Mrs. Barlow
received us oddly and coldly — I saw she was jealous and foolish enough she is to let even Madame de Rosny see it ~ Left Madame
de Rosny with Mrs. Barlow at 4 3/4 and went to my aunt for 1/2 hour — read her the letters from Messrs. Rawson and Briggs — got back to
Mrs. Barlow’s at 5 1/2 — stood talking a little while and Madame de Rosny and I got home at 2 or 3 minutes before 6 — Dinner immediately —
Mrs Barlow had told her Mrs Amiot complained of her neglecting her and all the world Madame de Rosny excused herself but said
as little as possible for fear of her repeating it to me so as to give me a wrong impression Mrs Barlow said she ought
not to change for me would not have me always in fact said Madame de Rosny she seems rather jealous Monsieur de Béral
called at 1/4 before 7 for near 1/2 hour then again at 7 3/4 to accompany Madame de Rosny to a party — Desprès, the servant, being ill in
bed — Madame de Rosny and Monsieur de Béral off at 8 10/60 — arranged and tidied my things and wrote the above of today which took me till 9 1/2
Madame de Rosny sang me this morning a clever chanson she made on the baron de Vincent, and gave me the copy this evening after
dinner — from 9 1/2 to 11 made out and wrote out letter index from 15 June last up to today — fine day — I was just getting into
bed at 12 when Madame de Rosny arrived — went to my dressing room to wish her good night through the thin partition when she told
she had a grand malheur — had lost a fine, 1500 franc, diamond pin out of her turban — put on my great coat, and went down
stairs with Henriette to see if it was dropt at the door — Major Wright’s (where Madame de Rosny had been last) quite near but Desprès
ill in bed and Henriette durst not go out to inquire — offered to go myself — dressed, Madame de Rosny who was already in bed, jumped
up, dressed also and we went out at 12 1/2 — went to Major Wright’s — useless search in all the rooms — thence to Madame de la
Tour’s (rue de Greatréx rue Ste. Anne) — sometime before we got the porter to open the door — then called up Madame de La Tour — very good person —
searched all over in vain — returned — got home at 2 1/2 — Madame de Rosny knocked up with fatigue and regret — it was
the diamond pin her husband always wore — alas! no hope of recovering it — put her to bed — gave her a little brandy and water
and part of a biscuit — she could not take much — I had scarcely a dry thread on me — hurried into bed — I had put on my stays
under petticoat night chemise over black cravat my great heavy shawl and my great coat with my black
velvet bere or turban and my leather boots a droll figure sat in the ante room at the Majors en valet heard
a gentleman whisper to the lady what the devils that as I sat wrapt in my coat could have laughed
with pleasure Madame de Rosny was in her night cap with her plaid over her plaid dressing gown a drollish
figure but en femme Madame de la Tour looked at me though Madame de Rosny said I was a friend of Mrs Barlows
in fact I was a good beau or how have walked the streets the poor little thing clung to my arm seeming grat
eful for my kindness saying the greatest consolation in misfortune was the affection of someone
who cared for us she said the chagrin had caused such a revulsion she only feared being ill having the
jaundice which she had thus had once before I consoled her as well as I could she certainly begins
to be fond of me told her I would help her to smuggle and make up her loss ~
DateJan 1828
Extent1 page


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