Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0020
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

Letter from Mrs. Lynn (Place Grégoire, Tours) just after Madame Galvani came which I have just now (3 50/60) opened —
2 ppages dated Saturday enclosing a draft on Mallet for 72/25 in payment for the merinos etc. — the parcel arrived on Friday —
‘nothing can be more beautiful than the merinos and the gros de Naples also; it has no fault but that of being a great
‘deal too fine and good but as that is a fault on the right side you will easily perceive I don’t think it one
‘at all’ — poor Miss Lynn’s cough seems to have returned — Mrs. Lynn so ‘very miserable’ the medical men
know not what to advise — she thinks of going to Montauban ‘upwards of 300 miles direct south,
and is allowed to be one of the best climates in France’ — poor soul! she adds ‘ I wish I could transport you
here to have the aid of your good judgment’ It strikes me, she had best not risk the journey — I am 1/2 inclined
to tell her so — would it not be charity to give her my honest opinion? I am heartily sorry for her, and fear
the chance for her daughter’s recovery is but small — ah! why then venture on such a journey at this season?
Mrs. Barlow, who had been some time with my aunt, came to me at 4 and staid till 5 3/4 — Crying again and I too we are a
most tearful pair the story of her melancholy love for me and my preferring π [Mariana] as she always ssays
I do never fails to bathe her in tears she says I am under the beck and command of π [Mariana] she thinks her so
far from cold that always she looked like a fire ship and I as if exhausted I smiled and let this pass
off gently merely rallying her about it she said she had thought thas as I wanted to save and she had
found it so cheap in the country she would send Jane to Mrs. Foster and we might all live together for
that time but that it would not do now π [Mariana] would order me not and I was her slave she said she had a
letter from her aunt yesterday in which she says she Mrs. Barlow will never be well till she has rooted out her affection
for her late friend meaning me rather a curious expression I think especially as Mrs. Barlow declares it is not on
account of anything she has ssaid to her though it seems she told her I quite neglected her when π [Mariana] was here ~
Wrote the last 19 lines — washed my hands dinner at 6 10/60 — the porter’s wife came about 7 1/2 and staid till 8 1/4 — Wednesdays and Saturdays
the great markets for everything à la Halle — meat at 9 sols a pound in an evening — at 10 in a morning on these
days — very good — good as that I buy chez Rolland (rue St Honoré en face No. [Number] 372) at 14sols — no meat à la
Halle except on Wednesday and Saturday — Fine day — rather thickish this morning, but fine for the season of the year — from 8 1/2
to 9 1/4 looking over Dr. Clark on the climates of France Italy consumptive patients — Came to my room at 9 1/4 —

Tuesday 21
7 40/60
11 55/60
in my salon at 8 25/60 — found my fire lighted — finished dressing — From nine to ten and a quarter wrote the
copy of a letter to Mrs. Lynn — Breakfast at 10 1/2 — Galignani’s Messenger did not come till 11 — so late I had no time to read it —
from 11 to 11 35/60 wrote 1 2/3 ppages to Mrs. Lynn, pretty tolerably small and close — the paper being very thin, wrote on the 1st and 3rd ppages —
after beginning ‘I received your letter and the enclosed draft yesterday’ immediately add our sorrow at so indifferent an account of
Miss Lynn…’ we are afraid you place your mind in the most discouraging dilemma alike injurious to its
‘powers of decision and comfort by putting its justification on the risk of a ‘result’ perhaps beyond the reach of human
‘control …… In such a case perhaps it is not impertinent, — perhaps it is friendly to give, not advice, but an opinion’ —
then followed what is manifestly against her leaving town and going to Montauban, concluding with quoting from Dr. Clark the
beneficial use by professor Jurine of Geneva of inhalations, especially of the steam of warm water vide Clark
‘On the climate and diseases of the South of France and Italy’ 97/249 8vo. [octavo] London 1820. ‘I should apologise for sending you this; but it
‘can do no harm — you are in the hands of experienced and skilful medical men; and above all, you are under the
‘protection of that being who ordereth all things wisely. He will order the result; and, with him, the excellence of your intentions
‘will justify what you do’ ….. then hasten to conclude adding that we should be glad of a better account by and by — ‘two lines
‘of good tidings would give us very sincere pleasure’ ----- Read my letter to my aunt — wafered and sent it off at 11 3/4 ‘at
Madame Madame Lynn, Place Grégoire, Tours’ — then wrote the above of today which took from 11 55/60 to 12 1/4 — went out at 1 —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 51° at 9 a.m.
53° — noon
49° — 10 3/4 p.m.


direct to No. [Number] 51 rue St Honoré to inquire again for this journal L’écho de la Halle aux Blés — still not to be found —
nobody knew anything about it — thence to the halle à la viande — walked all round it — thence to the marché aux
œufs — thence to the marché des Innocens — Sauntered up and down — bought a fine lemon for 3 sols — capital potatoes
at 12 sols a boisseau for which we pay 18 — thence to the rue des Lombards — walked all along it — at the far end
shop (Nos. [Numbers] 1 and 3, Sery et Delayeu) bought 1/2 lb. black tea for the sevants, very good at 6/. the lb. — much cheaper than I could have
bought the same in our quarter — thence by Quai de la Mégisserie, over the pont neuf to No. [Number] 13 Quai Voltaire, the bookseller
recommended by Sowerby — D’ocagne et Dufour — saw one of the partners — very civil — gave my address — asked about
the best translations of Plutarch — 3 — Amyot (old French but the French) in 23 or 24 volumes 8vo. [octavo] all Plutarch’s works — Madame Dacier’s translation
of his lives, un peu lourd [a little heavy] — Ricard’s ? in 3 volumes in 12mo. [duodecimo] (all his works) at about 2/50 per volume — good French style — asked
if they would make any diminution to a person buying all his books there — yes — 10 or 12 per cent — according to the value of
the works — then called on Mrs. Barlow not at home — met her in crossing the gardens at 3 40/60 — turned back with her —
Jane went to see her friend below Mrs. Barlow and I tête-à-tête till 5 1/2 — She had sought me been in an agony because
I had rubbed Madame Galvani’s ancle [illegible] so long yesterday she was very weak could not help it loved me too
much I was all that was conciliatory yet rallied her on her jealousy she sat on my knee leaned and weeping on my shou
lder but would not let me put my hand up her petticoats ssaid she would not intrigue with me what could
she be but my mistress and this was not the love she wished yet she knew she excited me at last in standing I
pressed her near me and felt what she well understood she bidding me not hurt myself at length said well
Maria ’tis over now you have drenched me whatever I was whether I had a little one or not I could do you
no harm some little while afterwards on parting she stood with me at the outdoor and said I am beginning
I really believe I could be bad again though so lately exhausted well yes to be sure said she she constantly harps on hav
ing lost me said she would not be my mistress and having me going once a week ~ she wants to buy merinos;
and I promised to go with her on Thursday and be with her at 12 — got home at 6 5/60 — Dinner at 6 1/2 — the porter’s wife came at
8 and staid till 10 10/60 came to my room at 10 1/4 — then wrote the whole of this page — very fine day for the season of the year — rather
thickish and dampish this morning, but not much — o. ~

Wednesday 22
7 1/2
11 20/60
In my salon at 8 1/4 — finished dressing — looking over the plans of Paris — reading Galignani’s Paris Guide
respecting all the markets of Paris (intending to go à la Halle) till 10 10/60, at which hour breakfast — at 10 20/60 who
should appear but Mrs. Barlow She had come to tell me to be sure not only not to rub Madame Galvani’s ancle but not to let
it rest on my knee the thought of it made her quite sick we talked in our usual style only more of π [Mariana] I vindi
cated her from hypocrisy and Mrs. Barlow heard me more patiently than ever before said if the Lawtons should come here
next we ought to keep up appearances for Mrs. Barlow’s ssake said π [Mariana] had asked me seriously how far matters h
ad gone with Mrs. Barlow saying that if I had had any connection with her her claim would be strong and π [Mariana] would give up but I
had according to Mrs. Barlow’s express orders always declared not and there was an end of the thing Mrs. Barlow said it was
now too late and begged me never to tell and I promised she said π [Mariana] would cease to respect her she always lik
es to see that I am excited today she let me press her while standing quite close she said it is half
over before I know what you are about and then I don’t like to disappoint you yet she says she loves virtue
better than me liking all the while to hear me talk of my desire for her and that none can give me pleasure
but herself I wonder what we shall make of it at last poor π- [Mariana] she shall never know all this Madame Galvani came
at 2 1/2 (Mrs. Barlow then went to my aunt) and staid with me (conversation all the time) till 4 3/4 — at 5 the porter’s wife came to
me to teach me to make an omelette soufflée — I had my aunt, too, and Madame D in my salon — we had to send George
out for quite fresh eggs, and orange flower water, but not withstanding the omelette was made and eaten in about an hour — gave
the porter’s wife about 1/3 of it, and my aunt and I ate the rest, then had our usual dinner of soup etc. at 6 20/60 — came into the salon at 7 25/60 —
then wrote the last 7 lines — then wrote the 2nd page 1/4 of the 3rd of my letter to M- [Mariana] begun on Sunday — fine morning till 10 — then dampish and
about 11 rain
which continued more or less (small rain and gentle rain) till evening — went to my room at 10 5/60. o. ~

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 48° at 8 1/4 a.m.
54° — 10 p.m.
DateNov 1826
Extent1 page


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