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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0136
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
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February Tuesday 19
7 50/60
12 1/2
Went out with Madame de Rosny at 9 10/60 — 50 minutes in the wood — from the middle to the upper gate thence by the allée royale and allée
[illegible] Dauphine back, and came in at 11 40/60 — Madame de Rosny tired and lay down for 1/2 hour — note from Mrs. Wainwright to ask her to a small party on Thursday — refused — Breakfast at 12 10/60 — Mrs. Barlow called for about 1/4 hour — George brought the paper —
my aunt much better — sat talking till 3 3/4 — dressed Madame de Rosny for the spectacle à la cour, this evening — Dinner at 4 3/4 — Madame
de Rosny off at 5 1/4 — read the whole of this morning’s messenger, and the whole of Mr. Brougham’s six-hours' admirable speech on the reformation of
our common law, as given in Galignani’s Messenger of Tuesday the 12th instant — The speech thus finely concludes 'you have seen
‘the greatest victor of the age — the conqueror of Germany and Italy — who, having achieved Triumphs more transcendent than any upon
‘record, said, ‘I shall go down to posterity with the code in my hand’ — (Loud cheering) — you have beaten the warrior in the field —
‘Try to rival the legislator in the more useful arts of peace — (cries of ‘Hear, hear, hear’) — The glories of the Regency,
‘gorgeous and brilliant as they were, will be eclipsed by the milder and more beneficient splendours of the reign of the King — (great
‘and continued cheering) — The flatterers of the Edwards and the Henries compared them to Justinian, but how much more justly may it not
‘be applied to our own sovereign, when, to his other glories, thus shall be added? (cheers.) — It was said by Augustus, that
‘he had found Rome of brick and left it of marble — an honourable boast certainly, and one which cast into the shade many of
‘the cruel and tortuous acts of his early course. But how much higher and prouder would be the boast of our king, to have it said,
‘that he found law dear, and he left it cheap — (cheers); — that he found it a sealed book, and left it an open letter; that he
‘found it the patrimony of the rich, and left it the security of the poor; — that he found it a two-edged sword in the hands of the powerful
‘and left it a staff for the protection of the people! — (Loud and continued cheering) — There is no object of pride or ambition which
‘a man of sense honestly could count, more than that of having aided in a work so honourable. It is one which I should price above
‘all others. Patronage I care not for. Emolument I seek not. I can support myself on the honest and honourable fruits of my labour
‘I ask not for power. I have lived 1/2 a century, and I have learned that the only power to be desired is that of assisting our fellow-
‘-countrymen to obtain their just rights — (cheers.) — I have had the honour of advocating them in this house, and of acting as their
’coadjutor in asserting them out of it. That is a power which no ministry can give, and which no government can take away — (Loud and long-continued
‘cheering.)’— Then moved an humble address to his majesty praying ‘that a comission be appointed to inquire into the defects
‘occasioned by time, and other circumstances, in our laws, and to propose such a remedy as may be deemed expected’ — Reading the papers and writing the
above of today, and translating into French the greater part of the above quotation from Mr. Brougham’s speech took — till 10 — very fine day —
sunny as yesterday, and, though frosty, not so cold — Then at my accounts till 11 — Madame de Rosny came back soon afterwards Got her bain pied and pu
t her to bed ~

Wednesday 20
9 1/2
12 35/60
§ V
Breakfast at 11 — Went out at 12 50/60 — went to Monsieur Linzelers’s, the jeweller — Gold chain 330/. worth of gold in it — Then to
order remise for Saturday then to the dyer — got cachemire shawl - left Madame de Rosny to go and call on her friend Madame de Nef, and went to my aunt — very poorly —
bowels all wrong — a break up, I think of constitution — reminds me of my uncle Joseph, and all the unwholesome unnatural stools he
used to have if not better tomorrow to have Dr. Tupper — sat with my aunt from 1 3/4 to 3 35/60 and then off in a fiacre to the bank — got
£50 + 211/ on IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] account — thence to Madame Huchez — paid my own bill, and IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] out of the money I had received on her account — Mr. Phillips very
civil added that as they knew me, he would make no difficulty in giving me the money though I had no regular order to shew for it —
then (in the 3/4 hour) paid off the fiacre at my own door and finding Madame de Rosny had called for me, and gone to meet me at Laffitte’s,
took George and walked back as far as the bank, and returned without seeing her — left George — took my bag of money and went to Mrs. Barlow
at Madame Poncieglés costume-ball last night — looking much better today — Madame de Rosny — after being about 1/2 hour at
Mrs. Barlow’s, returned with Madame de Rosny and got back at 5 3/4 — Dinner at 5 50/60 — afterwards sat talking — she went to bed at 9 1/2 — Just
before right middle finger up then put my face to and kissed and saw her she cares nothing about it argues in
favour of smuggling and in favour of everything that suits her all the secretaries of the embassies ssm
uggle for their mistresses and some for themselves the Duke of Wellington for Lady Frances Webster
Wrote the above of today — Settling my accounts till 11 — very fine day — rather frosty this morning early (when I got up) but
not cold — till 11 40/60 reading today’s Messenger —

February Thursday 21
8 1/2
12 25/60
Went out with Madame de Rosny at 9 50/60 — 1/2 hour in the wood (allées Dauphine and Lonchamp) and got back at 12 20/60
having in going to the butcher’s and in returning bought a voie of wood, seen it measured, etc. Breakfast at 12 3/4 — In watch
ing she saw des pres gave some to the portiere a great hubbub about the man about to be turned away
at my suggestion but made his peace and retained ~ Madame de Cares her daughter Madame . . . . , and Madame de Verdun
called at 2 20/60 (all together) while I was roasting coffee — afterwards read the whole of the messenger part of the Journal des Débats and a few ppages volume 1 Robertson’s America — Dinner at 5 50/60 —
In the evening wrote the above of today — She took half teaspoonful epsom salts in a glass of cold water right middle fin
ger up a few minutes A few drops of rain in returning, and a little shower at the chautier — then fair for about an hour, and
afterwards rainy afternoon and evening —

Friday 22
8 35/60
12 55/60
Went out with Madame de Rosny at 9 40/60 — 40/60 hour in the wood — got back at 12 20/60 — George brought a letter from Mr. Parker
(H-x [Halifax]) — Mr. Scatcherd will give £75 per annum for the whole of the unlet Northgate premises, excluding the ground to be sold for the new church,
on condition of the front room being boarded and the joiners’ works and painting being done, and a lease to be granted for
11 or 14 years! — Il faut réfléchir un peu [You have to think a little] — no lease for 14 years — Breakfast at 12 40/60 — read the Messenger — Dr.Tanchon called about 3 for 1/4 hour — will come again on Monday to shew his instruments — Went out with Madame de Rosny at 3 10/60
to the jewellers — left cards at Lady Vavasour's then sat 20 minutes with Madame de la Tour rue de Grétry — Then along the boulevard — It began to rain took a fiacre
went to Madame Dugy rue Cadet No. [Number] 10 Faubourg Mont martre, with 4 ells cambric for 6 p handkerchiefs to be embroidered. 2 with
the arms, and 4 with chiffres for Marian — got back at 5 10/60 — meant to have seen my aunt but the rain prevented — Dinner at 5 3/4 —
Afterwards wrote the above of today — Madame de Rosny went to bed at 10 1/2 Took salts as yesterday had piles tonight
sat at her bedside near half hour right middle finger up a little ~ From 11 to 12 1/4 thinking what answer
to give about Northgate and wrote to Mr. Parker — will board the dining room floor, and put the house in tenantable repair —
decline giving a lease for longer than 7 years, and determined not take less than £80 per annum — no pew belonging to the
house — all the pews now let, but, if Mr. Scatcherd agrees to the above terms, hardly think there will be any serious difficulty
about a pew — fine day till about 4 then a few drops of rain — and afterwards rainy evening

Saturday 23
8 1/2
2 40/60
George came at 8 1/2 — got up immediately — he had brought a letter from Miss MacLean (Edinburgh) dated lastly the 12th instante — 4 ppages
i.e. 1 sheet in 1/2 a sheet (1 page and one end) by the ambassador’s bag — Gave George for the post my letter written last night — then read my
letter from Miss MacLean she has been far from well — a son and heir born — Her father had roused for a little
while but sunk almost immediately into low spirits again that the child was heir to such an involv
ed estate and he does not know all his daughters fortunes can never be paid and Hugh’s wife makes
bad still worse by her extravagance ~ Mentions having just heard from York of the death of Mrs. Norcliffe
Norcliffe — wishes much to see me in Edinburgh — muse upon the possibility of going — Then at nine went to Madame de Rosny got i
nto bed to her and staid three quarters hour very quiet just put my hand to her but took it away for
fear of tiring her for the evening ~ Breakfast at 11 1/2 — Sat talking — went out at 1 50/60 to my aunt — read her Mr.
Parker’s letter and my answer she is quite satisfied — She is very much better — got back at 3 1/4 — had my hair dressed — sat talking and reading the Messenger — dinner at 5 3/4 —
Dressed at 7 1/2 And dressed Madame de Rosny I burnt the diseau in my turban ~ Had a remise — took George and at 8 3/4 went
to Madame la Contesse de Falloux’s ball — the apartment too low, and too crowded — The 2 servants in blue frock coats with
a bit of gold lace at the collar — the gateaux too large and sticky, the silver waiters not well cleaned — the
lemonade, raspberry ade, and orgeat in common dinner tumbler glasses did not look well — the rooms except the salon
not well enough lighted — altogether I was disappointed — though the people were well dressed, and looked well — a few pretty
women — the pretiest a very dark English girl — quite a circassian beauty — Madame de Jonquière next to us — Madame de
Boive in the opposite corner to us Monsieur de Boive there and the later Madame de Bellevue — regarded all as if I had never seen them before —
Madame de Latour there — talked a good deal to Madame de Rosny — but said not one word to me — observed this to Madame de Rosny as not being très
polis — got home at 12 3/4 — finished the paper — interesting reports of the explanations in the House of Commons on the dissolution of the late ministry — fine day
till now — then a little damp and rain — rained a little when I went to my aunt — tolerably fair in the evening and at night —
DateFeb 1828
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