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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0130
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

About it in fact we talk very freely and I am pretty sure I might have my own way with her malg
gres a sante on which account Doctor Roberton told her not to cohabit with her husband she bles
so she seems to fear lest he left some slight venereal taint in her blood but in spite of all
this if I could cure the maladie des veuves I think I could gain permission to try her manner
is not forbidding though in no way too pointedly inviting yet she suffers me to kiss her very quietly
and I certainly interest her I told her this morning people did not so much pity or wonder at her
loss because she ought not to have gone in a cabriolet she said Madame de Nef had told her so
and been angry at her doing it by beating about the bush I found out that she had sat in the middle
leaning or rather partly supported by one knee of each gent but more particularly that of Mr de Beral
because Mr Amiot had to drive so that it is probable that she did sit on his knee I have tea
zed her a little about him she does not like it says his manners are not sufficiently gentle
manly she should choose better than that ma foi women are curious animals with all their vir
tue I believe I could with a little painstaking come at most of them but surely at Madame de Rosny —
Very fine day — from 8 50/60 to 10 5/60 wrote the above of today, and the whole of yesterday — from 10 5/60 to 10 3/4 reading Galignani’s messenger —

Thursday 24
9 1/2
1 1/2
Breakfast at 11 — George brought the newspaper and a letter from IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] (Langton) 3 ppages — all well — begs me to write in a
fortnight and direct to her at Croft — she will follow her mother and Charlotte Norcliffe to Bath in about a month after they set off —
all right about her not having paid for M-’s [Mariana] gowns — at 1 went out with Madame de Rosny — walked almost as far as
the barrier — then called (at 1 50/60) for 20 minutes at the Amiots’ — had to wait 5 minutes in the cold drawing room — then
admitted into the young ladies’ bedroom — They untidy unwashed apparently — then in passing called on Mrs. Barlow
the porter said she was out — walked with Madame de Rosny to Madame de la Bachelerie’s (rue Castiglione) thence to my aunt
sat with her about 1 1/2 hour then to Mrs. Barlow found her in bed — nobody to be admitted but me — he had taken fright
at Madame de Rosny Very good today delighted to see me she loves me to folly said of π [Mariana] she was
the only woman who had never let me have my way pretending that I had never succeeded with her
she was delighted then said she I am more your wife — sat with Mrs. Barlow 1 1/4 hour (Miss Caroline
Thistleshwaite dead) and got back to Madame de Rosny’s at 5 35/60 — Dinner at 5 3/4 — after dinner Madame de Rosny and
I read aloud — From page eighty six to a hundred and seventy of volume one de Sade horrible yet
she read on had her legs between mine she now undresses before me went into her room tonight
she washed her moustaches before me true I saw nothing she said she must refraichir there was tr
opd agitation this morning she cut the hair on the two moles on my chin and cheek she does not pre
vent my kissing or doing as I like but does not pointedly encourage she knows what she is about
she rather excites me but somehow I have not taken any violent liberties as yet ~
sat on her bedside twenty minutes — from 10 1/2 to 11 wrote the above of today — very fine day — Sat up
reading about a hundred pages more of de Sade most lascivious finished by sitting down on an arm cha
ir and incurring a cross about eleven and a half Madame de Rosny had called to beg me to go to bed went to her
kissed and hung over her a few minutes and then went to my room and stood over the fireplace reading
the account of the monks their horrible obscenity ~

January Friday 25
8 3/4
at 10 3/4 Madame de Rosny and I went out — went by the Neuilly entrance to the bois de Boulogne after some time got
into the allée des Princes and de Dauphine, and returned by the Elysée Charles, and got home at 11 3/4 — breakfast at 12 —
sat talking and reading till about 3 when the Englishman that came with Major and Mrs. White on Tuesday called, and just before
he went away Messrs. de Béral and du Plan called together and sat a little while — Madame de Rosny then dressed
to dine out and go to the theatre to see Miss Smith and the English actors — she went at 5 — I then read today’s messenger —
dinner at 6 — from 7 to 9 40/60 settling my accounts — the wine account, etc. etc. — Considering what answer to give to Mr.
Parker — Letter from him this morning to say that Mr. Scatcherd wished to take Northgate did not like to speak
to Mr. Briggs, because he had now a house under him — Mr. Parker does not doubt but that my terms for the land
at Northgate will be accepted if the money can be raised by subscription — determine to ask £90 per annum
for Northgate exclusive of the land to be sold for the new church — Madame de Rosny read aloud de Sade this morning however
obscene she never stops she now sits on my knee very occasionally puts her face to mine while
she read I had my head on her lap holding her thighs with my hands and gently rubbing that with my right
hand she told me today how libertine her husband was he had tried her behind and hurt her exc
eedingly for he could not manage it she said she would die rather than submit to it he tried her after
they had been married two months she could not sit down at one time she suffered so much he said all wo
men did it with their husbands for fear of having children or one thing or other and she would soon like it
she seems persuaded he has done her harm from 9 40/60 to 10 1/4 wrote the above of today — then wrote, and wafered my
letter to Mr. Parker ready for tomorrow’s post and went to my room at 10 3/4 — very fine day —

Saturday 26
8 3/4
went out with Madame de Rosny at 9 3/4 — by the Elysée Champs to the bois de Boulogne in an hour — near 1/2 hour in the wood — returned by the Neuilly
road and got home at 11 50/60 — breakfast at 12 — no coffee, so drank wine and water — sat talking — [illegible] Washed her feet and we both dressed — George came
a little before 1 — sent by him my letter written last night to Robert Parker Esquire Solicitor Halifax Yorkshire Angleterre
(port payé) — Madame la Comtesse de Falloux called at 2 for about 1/2 hour — General Amiot came afterwards for near an hour
prosing and tiresome and mad enough — 1/2 hour roasting coffee then Dinner at 5 3/4 — Afterwards cut her corn and down right love making she asked if there
was anything particular in my conformation I said no if I had my regles I said yes ssome
times ssometimes for a day or two very strongly in a stream at once quite epuisee she asked if my penchant for the ladies
shewed itself early I said yes explaining as well as I could that I was always a pickle ~ then ki
ssed her her lips a little open got excited which she saw came for de Sade to read washed
on going back Monsieur le Medecin called and sat about an hour (till 10) — a clever-seeming man
who believes there is a god, and that this god gave the first breath of life, but that he does not at present trouble himself
to look into the detail of his creatures; for, if he did, evil could not exist; for he would not permit it —
life is an impulse at the mercy of our organisation — vie moral, and vie animale — cited his
examination of the entrails of a horse immediately after having killed the animal and finding some organs (the stomach)
longer living than others, a proof that there are many lives — nothing is lost, there the lives, or life we have, live, or
lives for ever, but how, after our death, whether divided into fractions or not he cannot tell — very
confused upon this subject — believes nothing but what il voit or conçoit — very confused as must be every one
who refuses to believe that on our death the spirit returns to the god who gave it — on our medecin’s taking leave,
he complimented me on my more than common knowledge and information, which compliment I returned, wishing him to write his
ideas — a pity that he did not — Then took the little one on my knee for a few minutes again excited and she too rubbed her
a little I know not what we shall get to by and by by just for a moment wished her good night in bed and Came to my room at 10 1/4 —
till 10 50/60 — wrote the above of today — Very fine day —

[margin text:] She asked if Madame Barlow knew my tastes I said she was not
a person to whom I should tell them came here in fact neither for my
health nor to learn French but because I liked her should never name it to anyone could not
DateJan 1828
Extent1 page


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