Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0017
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

Mrs. Barlow’s note came in a small parcel containing a green shade for my eye that she thought had been mine before [illegible] — very
attentive — Madame Contant came again at 2 — had got only 1/2 instead of 1 1/2 ells gros de Naples — nothing but nonsense
about these things — I will take especial care how I offer to do anything for a lady again — never dreamt of Mrs. Lynn’s
pothering me about such matters as these — what in the world do I know about buying gros de Naples, and suchlike concerns —
wrote the last 16 or 17 lines all which and this pother about Madame Contant took me till 2 1/2 — then sat down to my ledger —
making out the account (in pencil fearful of alterations at Xmas [Christmas]) of the pew rents, Wakefield road Brighouse ditto etc.
calculate what we ought to have to receive at Xmas [Christmas] — Mrs. Barlow and Jane came at 3 1/2 and went to my aunt — Mrs. Barlow came to
me at 4 1/2 and staid till 5 20/60 — then wished my aunt good bye — saw me for a moment again, and both went away at 5 35/60 —
Mrs. Barlow will always have it she does not know me I don’t care for her but she behaves very quietly says she
only loves me too much ~ Gave Mrs. Barlow Madame Galvani’s ticket — then at my accounts till 6 — George went to
look after the carriage today — the man will bring it back tomorrow morning — washed — Dinner at 6 10/60 — the porter’s
wife did not come last night and sent word at 8 20/60 she could not come tonight — from 8 20/60 to 9 3/4 adding up the whole of
my private accounts for 1825 — great part only added up in pencil — the last 5 months not added up at all — Fine day —
Came to my salon at 10 5/60 o.~ Twenty minutes cutting curl papers ~ very little indeed now of my old

Wednesday 15
6 55/60
11 1/2
Came to my room at 7 50/60 — Staid reading Lemprière's Classical dictionary finished dressing — again reading Lemprière — breakfast at
10 20/60 read the whole of Galignani — all which took me till 11 10/60 — My cousin came just before breakfast
Madame Contant came at 11 3/4 — said the parcel cost 1/50 packing and went sent off yesterday afternoon from the Grandes Messagines
rue notre dame des Victoires à Madame Madame Lynn Place Grégoire Tours — the moment Madame Contant was gone,
added a line or 2 to my 2nd letter written yesterday to say the 2 1/2 ells merinos were 55/. the 1 1/2 ell gros de Naples
15/75, and the packing 1/50, and concluded in haste with ‘my aunts compliments and my own — very truly yours. Anne Lister’
and sent off this letter à Madame Madame Lynn, Place Grégoire, Tours’ to the great Post Office at 12 — and then began at my
monthly summary of September 1824. 1 20/60 George is this moment come back from the great Post Office and has paid the
postage of Mrs. Lynn’s letter what a bore it is to have a stupid fellow for a servant who can neither read nor write and to whom one must regularly tell
all he is to do! — he has taken 2 letters to Mrs. Lynn and not paid for them — I told him not — unluckily I said nothing
this morning — Cottard the coachmaker came about 12 1/2 and brought back the carriage saying he had found the bushes
would do quite well with retempering? which the builder of the carriage had forgotten to do this part of the business
properly — Cottard had repaired the injury done to the back seat by having putting it carelessly too far back
in some coachhouse — he seems an honest man — I am preposessed in his favour — he says, we had
best let the Springs alone for the present — perhaps with wrapping they will do to go back to England; and the man who built the
carriage — if we go to Italy, they must be more strengthened — Cottard will call again and bring his note — he had
not brought it this morning — I was just now (1 35/60) musing on parting with George — How little things sometimes
hasten our conclusions — I have long thought of and sometimes mentioned parting — perhaps I never thought of it so seriously as
at this moment — He cannot speak French, I can send him nowhere — He cannot read or write, he is therefore only fit
for a very subservient place — he is too great a lout for a dress-footman — when we leave here, he cannot or
perhaps will not like to do the rooms, frot, etc. — yet he is attached, well principled, steady, attentive —
Que dois je faire [what should I do]? In the midst of making out my monthly summaries when Madame Galvani came
at 2 1/4 and staid till 3 3/4 — Mrs. Barlow and Jane called soon after Madame Galvani came, staid a few minutes with me and perhaps 1/4

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 52° at 8a.m.
55° at noon
53° — 10p.m.


hour with my aunt — conversation with Madame Galvani all the time — finished the summaries of Septr the 4 last months
of 1824 which took me till 6 — Dinner at 6 10/60 — the porter’s wife came at 8 1/2 and staid till 10 — at which hour came to my room —
Very fine day —

Thursday 16
7 20/60
11 1/2
came to my salon at 8 20/60 — finished dressing — musing over how to write out my summaries — read the whole of
Galignani’s Messenger — breakfast at 10 20/60 — Dawdling over my summaries — till Mrs. Barlow came at 12 1/4 and staid
with me till 5/3/4 — For the first three hours very stupid wished her anywhere but with me neither of us ssaid mu
ch I grieved in secret over my loss of time at last leaned on her bosom and went half asleep having my hand about
her ancles and occosasionally as high as her knees she perpetually interrupting me and not letting me go farther
at length we gradually got to talk of love I had before asked her to go into the country with us in the summer she
had declined she now said it was because she should be in more danger seeing me there than here said again I had
been constant for two years loved her could not feel the same for anyone else she was my little idol she shed many tears
and I some again she harped on Ps [π- [Mariana]] being a married woman she said if a man enticed a woman to lie with him though she
was not betrothed according to the bible she was his wife and if he left her he left her to commit adultery I made no reply
she said I had enticed and seduced her I used to call her my own she had done all for me that woman could do I said how ca
lm she was she said it was from principle she schooled herself or should be very different she said she little thought
it was possible to rub a person into feeling passion she used to fancy I had a little one and others must have
fancied so too or she supposed they could not feel passion oh yes ssaid I they could perhaps however she was right did
Mrs. Milne I wonder fancy I had a little one Mrs. Barlow repeated that it was quite a relief when she found this was not the case
for she had often thought if any accident discovered it how awkward it would be she hoped I would not co
mmit myself to Madame Galvani for then she would know what we had been to each other denied that π- [Mariana] slept
in my arms all night said I always got up after her she washed first with the curtain drawn insinuating
as if she never saw me wash nobody saw me naked but Mrs. Barlow in her rage for adverting to self admiration
she said Jane’s dancing master felt her heel said she had no spring could not jump much then asked to
feel Mrs. Barlow’s ssaid hers was much better and begged he might be allowed to give her lessons while Jane was
obliged to rest it was a thin heel that was required I took no notice of this at moment but afterwards men
tioning Madame Galvani’s wearing drawers Mrs. Barlow questioned me how I knew and I said she had consulted me about
her swelled ancles and surely I might as well feel hers as the dancing master feels Mrs. Barlow’s she said he was an old
man of eighty ~ she is sstrange and such an egotist she will this and that all is her doing or recommending even
when I told her today the piece of beef I liked to buy was the aloyau she said it was she recommended
it she will get us a place in the country etc. etc. she said I was not hers what did I mean did I wish to int
rigue with I bade her not talk thus to me yet she is delighted to hear me talk love and said even to
day she would do as I liked ~ Just before Mrs. Barlow came George brought me a letter from M- [Mariana] which, not having opportunity
to read then, I put into my desk and read after dinner. (Dinner at 6 5/60 came into the salon before 7) 3 ppages the ends and under the
seal 1st date Ramsbury Manor 1st instant 2nd ditto London 5th instant 3rd and last ditto Lawton Friday 10th instant they got there
on Wednesday the 8th — went round by London Mr. Charles Lawton being taken with Spye Park, 22 miles from Ramsbury Manor, and wishing
to speak to Robins of covent garden (my quondam [former] friend) who had it to let — pood poor house — not a good room
in it — £700 a year the 300 head of deer (the park very extensive) and the furniture (not good) to be taken at
a valuation — at all this Mr. Charles Lawton took fright — M- [Mariana] went to see the Diorama of Roslyn Castle and the city of Rouen — the
latter ‘was too much for me — I regretted having gone, for I turned giddy, and came away with a sick head and sick heart’ —
her bowels have not been quite well — and she, altogether, not quite well — will nurse herself now she is returned home again —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 52° at 9 a.m.
51 1/2° — 10 p.m.
DateNov 1826
Extent1 page


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