Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0014
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

Italian lady will visit anyone who has been coming for money or who has 5 or 6 at a time — If a lady,
from love, had an amant [lover] — one à la fois [at a time] — that is another thing and easily pardoned — the Italians are subject to
passion ‘et cela est une maladie’ [and this is a sickness]’— wrote the last 18 lines which took me till 2 5/60 — Went out at 2 40/60 —
walked leisurely to Madame Contant’s to ask her to do the commission for Mrs. Lynn — sat with Madame Contant an hour — She makes all
her caps upon a poupée — the English milliners do not use these dolls’ heads, and that is the reason why they make caps so ill —
sauntered slowly past the palais royal all down the rue de Valois seeking the passage Vero-Dodat — turned into the Palais royal — Inquired —
got to it at last — the handsomest passage I have seen here but the handsome tessellated pavement very dirty — went into a pot shop. Roy et Richard Nos. [Numbers] 25, and 27, to see what they would ask for covered dishes —
10/. and 12/. apiece — small tureen 10/. — middle sized long dish 6/. pitcher rather smaller than my wash-hand stand pitcher
1/50, all in white porcelain — just peeped to see my way to the halle (saw the halle au bled) and returned by the
Palais royal and rue Rivoli, a little small rain making me make the best of my way home — got back at 4 55/60 — washed — wrote
the last 7 lines — from 5 1/2 to 6 10/60 read from page 228. to 251. Montlosier — Dinner at 6 10/60 — the porter’s wife came at 7 3/4
and staid till 9 3/4 — Montrouge is tout près la barrière d’enfer [very close to the tollhouse] — monks and nuns there — of the former (jesuites) only
about 30 — very poor artifice de feu [fireworks], hier au soir [yesterday evening] at 7 1/2 — c’était pour faire rire tout le monde [it was to make everyone laugh]—
the balloon partit at 3 heures du jour précises [at 3 o’clock in the daytime precisely] — the atmosphere so thick one could only see it, said Galignani,
3 minutes — Tolerably fine though thickish and dampish till 4 1/2 p.m. then small rain the rest of the evening — I feel I have
another bad cold, and have with all sore throat this evening — I cannot help thinking I got cold on Saturday by putting on a
chemise not assez sèche [quite dry] — o. ~ Went to my room at 10 20/60 — having been in a cold shiver all the evening
feeling a little sore throat, and that I had got a bad cold, had some water boiled and determine to take a glass of hot wine and
water on getting into bed —

Tuesday 7
The hot wine and water last night, weak as it was, threw me into a burning heat — into a burning fever — I tossed
about all the night, and lay in bed the whole day, my throat worse, my head aching so that I could scarce lift it
from the pillow — had no breakfast at all — at 4 50/60 Mrs. Barlow tapped at my door, and afterwards (she and Jane staid
dinner) sat with me almost all the evening till 10 — my aunt came for a long while after dinner — would have me gargle
with vinegar water — take medicine and I know not what — ’Twas well I was really better when Mrs. Barlow came or I could not ha
ve borne her fidgetting backwards and forwards and ordering what I was to do my aunt really took it all very well
though I had refused to let her in in the morning Mrs. Barlow would have me say I would rather meet her in another world
than anyone else and such like nonsense that I loved her a little etc. etc. told her I was afraid of her
getting my sore throat etc. etc, but that she said she did not mind ~ no motion today

Wednesday 8
9 20/60
11 40/60
Somehow awoke I think playing with myself then went on thought of π [Mariana] and incurred the cross. Slept rather better
last night — in a profuse perspiration this morning — gargled at intervals all through the night — my throat not better —
was just going into my salon at a few minutes past 10 when Mrs. Barlow came — Breakfast at 11- my aunt came a little
before 1 — at 1 20/60 went out to the gardens and Mrs. Barlow and I walked on the terrasse d’eau and she returned and came in with
me at 3 50/60 — she sat with me (in my salon) till 5 1/4 and then went away — I think my walk did me good, though
I staid out to tire myself — Knew my aunt would have staid with us all the morning so went out Mrs. Barlow asked about
Sarah my imaginary mistress to whom I had told her I had given my complaint I said she was de
ad when before I got home from Paris of what complaint consumption she told me in the gardens I h
ad owned to her I had been connected with π [Mariana] but her reign was short and never since her marriage I deni

ed it altogether this morning said I did not know what I could have been about to say so she said it had been a gr
eat comfort to her ah well then said it is accounted for why I said so I knew it would be a comfort to you
and therefore however unwarrantable the comfort I could not resist giving it you I almost think she beli
eves I have never been connected with π [Mariana] ~ it appears she and her aunt talked me over she said her aunt had
behaved nobly said nothing against me quite consented to say nothing for Mr. Bell when she saw her so attach
ed to me even though she said she should thus quite lose her favourite niece and friend in the family ah said I you kno
w I never could have your aunt’s consent she would not have you trust anything in petticoats ‘oh but your
letters the passages I read her quite won her to you’ thought I to myself then you have spelt me over
I told her I loved her etc. etc. was ta [at] that moment suffering from excitement etc. etc. she said she had
told her aunt she was weak enough to be ill on my arrival her aunt did not wonder she ought not to call
it weakness but her aunt said she thought I was very weak towards that lady what the deuce can she have said
she told me she had said to Madame Galvani that Mrs. Lawton was my favourite friend now she Mrs. Barlow was abandonnée
an observation which I said I thought she had better not have made she said Page was no fool no said [I] and
perhaps I am sorry for it but her aunt is glad I am come for she thinks it will do her health good after gett
ing home she sat with me on my sofa I talking of passion she will excuse herself by thinking I have no conn
ection with π [Mariana] and perhaps never may have and I see plain enough she will be my mistress or anything by and by
I could not in the midst of all though she excited me help saying afterwards to myself I would not have her
given or thrown after me she would pother me to death she told me she thought she should always remain mine
from principle she seems delighted to hear me say I came here on purpose to meet her I told her I
should always feel passion for her unless she married ~ I cannot get rid of her while I am here and π [Mariana] is
not with me I must make the best I can of it afterwards at all rates π [Mariana] is in no danger somehow I be
gin to respect Mrs. Barlow less and less or is she a little crackey ~ After Mrs. Barlow went and lay musing on my sofa. Dinner
at 6 5/60 — afterwards wrote the journals of yesterday and so far of today — which took me till 8 1/2 — beautiful day- rather frosty — sunshiny —
very pleasant in the gardens — No motion today except a very little one just before going out ~ went to my
room at 10 1/4 — gargling etc kept me up so long —

Thursday 9
8 3/4
11 3/4
Thinking of Mrs. Barlow incurred another cross this morning this is terrible ~ sat quarter hour on the pot in bed and di
d tolerably ~ Slept pretty well last night — better this morning — very civil note from the Comte de Noé —
‘Dear madame the crown jewels are shewn this morning at the Trésor de la Liste civile Place du Carrousel —
‘Say you come from me, you will be admitted as orders are given to the effect. It is from 12 till 2. Believe
‘me most truly yours Le Comte de Noé — Thursday morning’ — Breakfast at 10 1/2 — read the whole of Galignani’s
messenger — went out at 12 10/60 — made some shoppings at Gilbert’s — got to the place appointed at 12 3/4 — too soon to see the jewels — must
wait 1/4 hour — the room so hot, I could not stand it — took a turn in the Place du Carrousel — bethought me to go and inquire after Mrs.
Barlow — did so — She was gone to Madame Galvani — Went a little way to meet her but not daring to be too long, turned back — found 3 or
4 people there. A ‘Mr. Henry Briggs and party de la Société and Monsieur le Comte de Noé’ as he had entered himself in the book — walked
up and down the passage afraid of increasing my cold in that hot room — at last all of us admitted — saw nothing of comte du Noé —
all the King’s orders. I forgot to count how many perhaps about 20 including those of France — the garter of England the handsomest
2 magnificent swords — ornaments for the queen — magnificent set of pearls (each set or parure consisting of tiara for the head
necklace etc) set of diamonds and rubies, ditto and sapphires, ditto and emeralds, ditto and tourquoises — the 2 last looked the
DateNov 1826
Extent1 page


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