Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0023
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

‘was in a condition to pay the same amount of taxes as formerly (under widely different circumstances) it did? …. he would put it thus:—
‘In 1817 the whole amount of taxation would have been paid by 15,000,000 quarters of corn; but the country was now called on
‘to pay in taxes what was equivalent to 17,000,000 quarters, or thereabouts omitting the fraction in both years, the actual
‘difference was somewhere near 1,500,000 quarters of wheat .*.*.*. .It had been ascertained that every Englishman — man, woman,
‘and child — paid on an average £3.10.0 a head, in the shape of annual taxes ….. no other subjects in Europe paid
‘one 1/2 so much’ a standing army of 22,000 in Ireland — Mr. Western attributed all our calamities ‘to the
‘vicious state of the currency. It was this that made the taxes intolerable, for we now paid double the amount in value
‘to that which we paid when the taxes were imposed. He would contend that, if the taxes were depressed in proportion as
‘they had been imposed, this country instead of being in a state of trouble and difficulty would have been in a state of
‘greater prosperity than she had ever been’ — Mr. Waithman said ‘that spirit of gambling and speculation which had
‘already been the utter ruin of thousands, had produced far greater misfortunes than exorhiban taxes or any other evil…
‘In the year 1720, many bubbles of those days had created a very great loss … a million and a 1/2 , and the no. [number] of those
‘bubbles somewhat above 100. Now he …. could produce proof …. that the loss… sustained by this spirit of gambling’ (practised
‘at present) ‘had exceeded, even in a single one of those companies, the losses of all the bubbles of the year of 1720.
‘Yet ministers of that day did not overlook those schemes’ a bill to prevent their continuance — and it was now the
duty of government to interfere — to institute a strict inquiry,etc. when the question of the corn laws comes on
the debates will be very interesting — ’Tis curious to contemplate the different views of different people of the
same subject, various as the minds of men — breakfast at 10 3/4 — read a little of Galignani of this morning — then wrote all
but the 1st 6 lines of today — which took me till 12 20/60 — from 12 1/2 to 5 40/60 making out writing the last 5
months’ summaries of 1825 — adding up the whole and completing the synopsis of the year — I am heartily glad to have got it
done — I seem to have brought myself nearer home now that I have got to the present year which however nearly done, will surely
allow me time to get all my accounts, private and domestic, to my mind so that I shall have little comparative
trouble in future — washed — Dinner at 6 1/4 — came into the salon at 7 1/2 — the porter’s wife sent to say she could not come tonight — read the whole (but the 1st 1 1/2 columns of page 1) of
Galignani’s Messenger of this morning — Then copied out some memoranda of things told me by Madame Galvani and the porter’s wife, all which
took me till 10 10/60 — Fine day — went to my room at 10 10/60 — o. ~ raining fast at 10 1/4 p.m. —

Wednesday 29
6 35/60
11 5/60
In my room at 7 25/60 soft, mild morning — from 7 40/60 to 9 50/60 looking, skimming over the housekeeping day book, and
reconsidering the plan I made for weekly summaries (vide Sunday 12th instant) and making some alterations in it — finished
dressing — breakfast at 10 25/60 — read the whole of Galignani which tool me till 11 1/2 — Went out at 12, to no. [number]
130 rue du Faubourg St Honoré to look at the furniture to be sold tomorrow at the house of Lady Acton if we furnish
there are some things (supposing them to sell cheap enough) that might suit us — 20 minutes there — then in returning went to
look at the apartment au premier no. [number] 4 rue d’Anjou — plenty of room — very comfortable — 400 francs a month — but no linen
nor porcelain, nor plate — got home at 1 3/4 — Madame Galvani came at 2 and staid till 3 3/4 — She advises me to buy nothing
at sales — the sure way to be cheated — Knows no. [number] 4 rue D’Anjou. Lady Harriet Hord lived there 2 years — left
there last year — now lives 34, rue de Rivoli — Told Madame Galvani I had thought of what she told me about Mr. Wr
ight this day week and now on weighing all the circumstances thought she had done right to return the paper
Madame Galvani said that for a chimney that smoked one should always get round wood — it made less resistance to the smoke
passing upwards — the fire ought always to be made, as it were, on an inclined plane, the buche au derrière
being raised with ashes so as to be above all the rest — Bois flotté is that which is made into a raft and thus
flotté (floated) down the river to Paris thus bringing almost all its goodness — Bois de gravier, wood grown on heights, and rolled down

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 49° at 7 1/2 a.m. out of doors
50° at 10 1/4 —
47° — 10 p.m.

to the bottom thus getting bruised and sometimes losing it’s bark more or less, which is its disgrace — called bois de
gravier because tumbled over gravier, gravel, rock, or whatever comes in its way — according to Madame Galvani
¦for a bed of 3 1/2 pieds (everything the very best) the cost would be for 2 mattelas and 1 sommier 300/.
¦Le traversin and 2 oreillers 50/. couverture de laine 36/. Idem de coton 27/. Idem de parade selon le
¦gout about 14 aunes d’ étoffe 2 paires draps (14 aunes toile de Crotone at 6/50 pour chaque paire)
¦182/. Bois de lit en acajou plaqué sur du chêne [bed base in mahogany veneer on oak] (pas du hêtre parce qu’il se rejette [not on beech because it rejects], et l’
¦ et l’acajou s’en va [and the mahogany leaves]) 200/. Rideaux selon le gout [curtains according to taste] (étoffe croisée a 3/75 a un bon effect [twill ¦fabric at 3/75 has a good effect]) — the
¦bed therefore would cost about (supposing the couverture de parade and curtains to take 45 ells at 3/75 about 169/.
¦955 francs — then adding secretaire and commode 300/. table de nuit 40/. une toilette 100/. une Psyché (swing
¦glass) 400/. and allowing for chairs and table (a fauteuil en drap 45/.) window curtains bedside carpet (devant de lit)
¦time-piece and chimney ornaments and wash-hand stand and china 700/. the furnishing our bedroom (chambre de maître)
¦would cost 2495/. or about £100, and after all not be carpeted (nothing but a bedside carpet) — one could furnish
¦cheaper in England? at a random guess of my own (pour faire un devis), the salon would cost at least 3000/.
2000/. for another bedroom 500/. for the dining room and plate china and linen 2000/. and 1000/. for servants bed and kitchen furniture — say that we could not furnish sufficiently handsomely
for less than 11000/. or say about £450. wrote all the above of today but the 1st 3 lines which took me till 5 5/60
Dawdling over 1 thing or other — Dinner at 6 — came into the salon at 7 20/60 — sat talking to my aunt till 8 3/4 — soft, mild
morning — a little small rain as I returned home — fair but damp this afternoon and evening afterwards — wrote 18 1/2 lines down to about the
middle of page 2 of my
letter to M- [Mariana] begun on Sunday, and which contains the history of me up to tonight, telling her what I have done yesterday and today — mention
the apartment rue d’Anjou no. [number] 4, with much approbation — 400/. a month — ‘To furnish would cost us about £500’ read
a page or 2 of Beauvilliers Art de Cuisine Volume1 Came to my room at 9 55/60 —

Thursday 30
11 20/60
In my salon at 8 — rearranged my fire — finished dressing — read the whole of Galignani — page 2 column 3 death of Mr. Wiglesworth — he was
attending an inquest at Dewsbury ‘The jury assembled, but before the ceremony of administering the oaths was completed,
Mr. Wiglesworth was seized with a fit of appoplexy, and, after lingering a few hours, expired. Mr. Wigleworth had filled the office
of coroner upwards of 30 years’ copied from the Leeds Intelligencer — From the London Gazette of November 24 (vide Galignani page 3 column 2)
it appears that the average prices from the returns received in the week ending November 17, 1826, are wheat 55/9d; Barley 37/4;
Oats 29/4; Rye 38/10; Beans 50/8; Peas 54/9 per quarter — wrote the above of today — all which took me till 10 —
breakfast at 10 — Sat over it 3/4 hour — then doubting whether to go to the sale or not — musing over my accounts — put
out my fire — began to get ready to go out at 11 25/60 — went out (detained by the butter woman) at 11 55/60 — direct
to No. [Number] 30 Faubourg Saint Honore — the sale had just begun — a large copper casserole 14/. 3 small ditto about 20/. chanderon (large iron pan
with a ring handle) 20/. large copper (a chandière) about or near 200/. a marble mortar (not so large as ours
at home) (either 60 or 160/. — shabby copper scales with a few iron weights 16/. Bronze pendule with 2
handsome tall bronze candelabra to match (female figures bearing 4 lights each) 600/. a very handsome gilt pendule of
“Le Roi palais royal (I should think cost 600/.) sold for 450/. This (except a white marble console at 40/.) seemed to me the cheapest thing there , — for some little knicknackery things
sold for I should think to the full as much as they cost — the drawing room chairs (6 fauteuils, 2 bergères, 2 canapés
1 causeuse et 6 chaises en acajou) crimson cotton velvet (‘couvert en velours violet avec impression
jaune’ [covered in purple velvet with yellow print)] Certainly very handsome with the brown holland covers, but which Madame Galvani said yesterday she remembered and told me were
not worth more than 600/. sold for 1200/. — and the curtains (2 windows yellow calico drapery and worked muslin rideaux) about 130/.
3 dark coloured marble tables á thé (might have cost 100/. each) went at 80/. each — 3 consoles marble to
match the other went about 80 each — things seemed to me to sell very well — and that the tout ensemble sold for
above 2 thirds of its prime cost — what could Madame Galvani mean by telling me the house was ill furnished (some friends of hers had taken

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(out of doors) Fahrenheit 47° at 8 a.m.
48° — 5 p.m.
47° — 10 1/4 —
DateNov 1826
Extent1 page


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