Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0129
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

January Sunday 20
9 1/4
11 50/60
Madame de Rosny roused me saying she was going to the Amiot’s to inquire after her diamond if it had been found in their
carriage — no — breakfast at 11 Sewed sleeves into my gown a great loss to her her diamonds are source if any
thing should happen the nation had been bankrupt once her banker might be so nothing sure consoled her
said there were more diamonds perhaps she had found a better one than that she had lost I said so last
night yes but said she affectionately who knows that you will always love me she told me this mor
ning she had often gone to bed without a dinner after her husbands death the Baron always ssaid she was
a bonne petite femme and le bon dieu would reward her said she might arrange as she chose for the
contraband if she chose to land at three different ports I would meet her at each Dover Brighton London
she was lowish had a longish walk to take disinclined so I pretended to take a fiacre for myself home
but by the hour to let her have it and gave her the money to which by the way she made no objection
Took a fiacre and at 12 40/60 off with Madame de Rosny — got out at my own door, and got to my aunt at 12 55/60 —
from 1 5/60 to 2 read aloud the prayers and the last sermon bishop Sandford — then sat talking to my aunt — She said something
about when I had been the month with Madame de Rosny etc. said I had no idea of staying only a month I could not be
well at home I must go to England my aunt said she could go for the same money I spent at
Madame de Rosnys I saw how it was but staid and quietly talked her right again she thinks Mrs Barlow jealous
Left went immediately from my aunt to Mrs. Barlow and got there at 3 55/60 — Madame de Rosny there — Mrs. Barlow’s reception curious enough — Evidently jealous
Madame de Rosny of course astonished as well she might Mrs Barlow opened the door for me said I had appointed
Madame de Rosny to meet me there and she would rather not see me at all than thus passed it off as well as I could but all wo
uld not do and Mrs de Rosny and I talked it over she cannot comprehend it but pitys ssuch folly ~ Madame de Rosny and I got home
at 5 — Dinner at 5 3/4 — Major White a homely sort of, not at all finished gentleman called to inquire if the diamond was found —
almost at the moment — Madame de Falloux called for Madame de Rosny — to go to court, and they were off at 8 5/60 — Dawdling over
1 thing or other — wrote the last 19 lines of yesterday and the above of today — Madame de Rosny returned at 9 1/4 — talking to her as she
put away her things — she went to bed at 10 5/60 — just wished her good night — wrote the last 3 or 4 lines, and went to my
room at 10 25/60 — Kissed her in bed have kissed her hand and her face several times today but never her
lips ~

Monday 21
11 50/60
Breakfast at 10 1/2 — Mrs. Barlow came about 11 1/2 — Madame de Rosny saw she wished to be alone with me, and was chiefly out of the room —
Her jealousy has made her ill how foolish — all went out at 12 1/2 — left Mrs. Barlow at the corner of her own street
and went shopping with Madame de Rosny to the Monde des Modes (Madame Gillian) Place Vendôme — then to a plumiu rue neuve des petits
Champs — then to the Monde des Modes rue du Mail then before 4 (about 3 3/4) to my own house — gave out wine — Madame de Rosny
went with me into the cellar, and then with me to see my aunt for a few minutes Mrs. Barlow there — wanted to speak to me — went
with her into my room for 1/2 hour — How she teazes me I think she is besides herself Madame de Rosny sees and is
astonished says she acts as if I was her amant I entreated her to calm herself take a saline
draught and go to bed she said she would tell Madame de Rosny herself but begged me not to do it said she was
mine married to me should be mad if I did not love her etc. etc. a pretty scrape I am in ~ In returning Madame
de Rosny and I ordered things for tomorrow and went to her jeweller’s, and got home at 6 — I have been led into buying a bir
d of paradise and diamond hoop besides the turban repenting yet doing it ~ Dinner immediately
on coming in at 6 — Monsieur Long du Plan came for 1/2 hour — very soon after (at 8) came the baron
and staid till 9 35/60 — Called me Monsieur I laughed a little at the time and heartily afterwards yet told
Madame de Rosny how I was annoyed and that I had thought not to be at her party tomorrow she begged me t
o stay said it would look odd if I did not and I consented but somehow I am annoyed and was low till
now that I have written the above just wished her good night in bed she said in begging me to stay tomorr
ow I shall be as bad as Mrs Barlow cannot do without you — Fine day — came to my room at 10 35/60 then wrote the above of today till 11 —

January Tuesday 22
2 3/4
She called to me to ask her how she did and with merely my dressing gown and black silk handkerchief round
my neck sat an hour on her bedside then dressed — went out at 10 20/60 to no. [number] 18 rue de la Chaussie D’antin to tell
Mr. Forest the hair dresser to come at 3 — then went to the bank — exchange 25/10 — waited some time — got back at 11 1/2 — breakfast
almost immediately — afterwards dawdling over 1 thing or other — Helped to arrange the chairs etc. cleaned her two little br
onze candlesticks had my turban tried on washed her neck and face and then [illegible] washed and changed my linen and stays and dressed in the hour while she was coiffed
then my own hair dressed and turban put on in twenty minutes then sat talking Dinner at 5 3/4 — Then dress
her and put on my stockings and sat talking — Major and Mrs. White came first at 8 5/60 — what can they be! She speaks English
very oddly — not at all like a gentleman — a vulgarish pair — by 9 the room pretty well filled — Lady Vavasour and Miss de Capel
Brooke, Mrs. and Miss Barlow etc. etc. Talked a good deal to Miss de Capel Brooke a stupid sort of girl, but like a gentle
-woman in a family way — talked, too, a good deal to Lady Vavasour to stay 2 years here for the education of their family
then go to Germany — dull at Melburne — wish to marry their son as soon as possible — give him Melburne — live in a
corner of it themselves during the summer, and have a house in in London in the winter — played 2 rubbers at whist (lost 5 ten sols points) with
the Consul de Malte against Madame la Comtesse de Falloux and Major White — stupid enough but admired her more than anyone of the party — Mrs Barlow f
ound time to say she had left her bed to come begged me not to be gulled by new faces Madame de Rosny a not
ed smuggle would not go to London with her smuggled diamonds to Russia not to be pitied for the one she lo
st ought not to have gone in a cabriolet Madame de Nef said it was quite improper and young Am
iot Joigny who drove her and Mr de Beral said she sat on the knee of the latter Mrs Amiot told Mrs Barlow who was Eng
lish not wicked and always to be believed Mr de R [Beral] like all French people was always telling stories as
to sitting on his knee said I did not believe Mrs Barlow said I took her part warmly but the porter here spoke
very oddly of her thought of all this afterwards and it annoyed me somehow Mrs Barlow has always ssomething
disagreeable to say of people always abuses Madame Galvani and π [Mariana] I know not what to make of it ~
the ladies (Mrs. and Miss Barlow the last) all gone at 12 1/4 — 5 or 6 gents. [gentlemen] staid at the écarté table near 1/2 hour longer —
I undressed Madame de Rosny sat a while on her bedside — Dawdled over getting into bed — fine day — raining heavily
at 2 1/2 just before I got into bed — George helped to wait, and did very well —

Wednesday 23
11 40/60
She called me sat two hours on her bedside then dressed in a hurry in little more than half hour for
George brought the paper at 12 25/60 — breakfast at 1 — sat talking — went out with Madame de Rosny at 3 3/4 — walked through
the barrier along the route Elysée Champs as far as the Etoile there and got back at 5 — then without stopping went to my aunt — sat
with her 1/2 hour — took a fiacre, and got back here at 5 50/60 — dinner at 6 — sat talking — Madame de Rosny very sleepy, and went
to bed at 7 3/4 — She let me undress and put her to bed and I leaned over her while she sat on the pot I kissed
her lips and throat talked often of leaving her said I should be ill with what the maladie des veuves
what was the reason of it the air of rue de Matignon of a little boudoir in that street she said that m
eant her laughed said she was not sleepy I said she was my torment at last she owned she had the
maladie des veuves we both laughed (I had told her repeatedly to tell me to go yet she never did)
and she said something to the effect that it was unfortunate that we could do nothing could not do each other any good
ah said I I dont say that but added I must go and got to the door held it in my hand some time then shut
it went to my dressing room and poured out some cold water she heard me joked and said I was going to
refraissisoner les moustaches I laughed and said my dressing room was much too near to her both of us unde
rstanding quite well that I was excited (in fact I was a little) and therefore washed to cool myself I had
laughed at her this morning about her not washing enough and when she talked of what she had to wash sai
d what and what till she replied les moustaches meaning the privy parts I caught at the term and joked her
DateJan 1828
Extent1 page


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