Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0026
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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December Tuesday 5
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In my salon at 7 1/2 — musing over these models of weekly summaries — then about 1 1/4 hour reading the whole of
Galignani’s messenger of this morning which took me till 9 40/60 — From a speech by Mr. Hume (the member for
Aberdeen (vide page 2. column 3.) it appears that in 1822 the no. [number] of 1/2 pay officers was 6,887; full pay 4,393 —
total 11580 (some mistake here — the total is not right — 6887 + 4393 = 11280; but 6887 + 4693 = 11580
yet all the numbers are clearly printed) — ‘In the present year the no. [number] of the 1/2 pay had diminished only 514, while
that of officers on full pay had increased 716’ — Lord Palmerston in reply said ‘the great object was to give scope
‘for promotion; and he could assure the honourable gentleman that no want was more severely felt in the army than
the want of promotion’ ‘nothing more to be desired (page 3. column 1.)’ than that the upper classes of society should
‘be connected with the army, to prevent, amongst other evils, the great disadvantage of having the force of the
‘country under the directions of mere military adventurers! …. the officers at-large were sensible of the
‘advantages which these regulations introduced’ (the being allowed to sell 1/2 pay) — …. one commission in every
‘3 was the amount bestowed on the 1/2 pay …. it was a fully sufficient share of the present patronage of the
‘of the army’ — High compliments from all sides to the impartiality of the duke of York — ‘one advantage’ (said Mr. Caleraft,
one of the opposition)’ of having the duke of York at the head of the army was, that it rendered his high office not a
‘political department’ Mr. Hume said (page 3. column 1.) hinting against the admiralty ‘the abuse in the navy was to that
‘in the army in the ratio of 10 to 1’ — Mr. Warburton (page 3. column 2.) complained of the enormous duties on
Baltic timber — Good timber from 15/. to 20/. a load — duty £2.15.0 — observed that the best Persian silk was
produced on the shores of the Caspian Sea — the Journal des Débats speaking of England observed ‘she is the only
nation upon which finesse must never be played off’ — ‘the Diario di Roma announces that the fine
cascades of Tivoli have been completely destroyed by the overflowing of the Anio’. Dr. Bellemain, member
of the college of physicians of Paris, and M.D. [Medical Doctor] to the Lying-in Hospital etc. etc. has discovered a remedy for cancerous
affections in the breast or in the womb, usually designated ulcers — For the last 3 articles vide page 4 column 2.
wrote the whole of the above of today which took me from 9 40/60 to 10 1/4 — writing the rough draft of the index of the
above and settling the accounts of the morning took me 10 minutes — breakfast at 10 1/2 which took me 1/2 hour — then finished
dressing which (with looking a little at the confiseur moderne respecting compote de poires) took me till 12/4 12 1/4
when I went out — Direct to Quai Voltaire — found Madame Galvani there — sat with her and Mrs. Barlow (Jane was taking her
music lesson) 3/4 hour — then about 1 1/4 Mrs. Barlow and I went to no. [number] 88 rue Bourbon to attend the sale of the Marquis de T-
a very handsome hotel — very handsome suite of rooms below (i.e. rez de chaussée — a pity to unfurnish them —
the 3 salons en suite successfully hung with yellow, amaranth, and green silk — very handsome — out about an hour and 1/2 and got back
at 2 3/4 — It began to rain a very little before we got to the sale — rained (but not heavily) all the way back and turned out
a rainy afternoon and evening — Mrs Barlow made a fire in her lodging room and there we sat tete a tete leaving Jane in the sa
lon Mrs Barlow sat on my knee would know where I had been yesterday did not tell her I had called on the Newtes
she did not cry but told me she had it on her mind that Colonel Carter had a mistress in India and had not
written to his wife of sixteen months or his letters had been intercepted her aunt wished
her to write to him I said it would be bad judgement as her aunt had already written she had
best manage the matter altogether but if Mrs Barlow did write it should be kindly not hinting at know
the fact merely wondering how it was her was sso long without hearing from him her aunt not on
terms with her father he has latterly written kindly to Mrs Barlow she got to talking about my leaving her
perhaps at a moment’s warning when I left Paris she should see me no more I would not agree to this

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 40° at 8 a.m.
41° — 10 1/ 4
42° — noon
41° — 10 p.m.

Madame Galvani told me this morning at Mrs. Barlow’s, it was not comme il faut [proper] to
say or write s’il vous plait [if you please] but si vous voulez bien [if you prefer], or
si cela vous arrange [if it suits you].


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she said I was another’s what could I do what had she been but my mistress she never would have been mine
had she not thought me hers and that friendship was weak against love and I could not leave her now
her eyes were opened and there would be no excuse I used to call her my wife bade me do so once again
and I did I said I could never connect the word mistress with her etc. etc. she was glad of it this was ssome con
solation said she was mine and I hers it was not my intention to leave her she said she had told her
aunt I was affectionate as ever would never believe but that π [Mariana] was mine before she married or I
could never have done so much for her or loved her so well nor could she have understood me so well
she had found out I could do as well for her as her husband indeed I had said she would leave him rather
than lose I smiled and said she must have things her own way my contradicting was of no use we then
got a little excited she said she could not bear it and moved my hand which had glided near her out
side her clothes she could not bear it should be as bad as I was should forget herself I said I was gl
ad to find she could be moved she said I did not know that it was the first time I said this at least was a consolation to me I wished we were in bed together in
Siberia there perhaps we might be quiet she said she wished we were and could be happy with me anywh
ere we stood up a while and put ourselves close together I afterwards made use of the pot and she
knelt by me during the time she said she was quite tired meaning from excitement I kissed her and ca
me away I had before in kissing her as she lay on my right arm put my tongue a little into her mouth — It still
rained — Got into a fiacre (near Mrs. Barlow’s door) the 1st time I ever got into one in my life, and drove home by the
Quai, and came upstairs at 6 20/60 — Dinner at 6 1/2 — came into the salon at 7 3/4 — wrote the last 32 lines which
took me till 8 55/60 — then sat talking to my aunt came to my room at 10 — o. —

Wednesday 6
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My bowels wrong again twenty minutes on the pot and could do nothing came to my room at 7 40/60 — made
my fire — Ten minutes more on the pot still no better for it — from about 8 1/4 to 10 1/4 ruling again for these models
of summaries and musing over them — breakfast at 10 1/4 — read the whole of Galignani — Ten minutes more on the pot —
all which took me till 11 3/4 — then finished dressing — (in the midst of it 3/4 hour more ruling and finished these models of summaries)
and went out at 1 1/2 — went to Moussu and got Madame Galvani an oz. spirit juniper — to take a few drops every night
as a diuretic — some physician has recommended nitre, to begin with 15 grams — she increased the dose to 30 without
effect except that the salt lay cold and heavy on her stomach — her legs swell a good deal, and her stomach seemed swelled yesterday — I fear
she will be dropsical — then walked in the Tuileries gardens, and came in at 2 3/4 — Madame Galvani had been here a little
while — she staid with me till 3 55/60 — conversation as usual all the while — said Mrs. Barlow too me Mrs. Sitwell was
coming in March — I was glad of it — would speak or write to her about making a subscription for Madame Galvani Mrs. Sitwell the
most proper person to set about it — Speaking of Mrs Barlow Madame Galvani says she has need of being exclusively loved
but she has it not in her power to inspire anyone with love she is positively ugly has a bad breath not
a good figure but all who know her must esteem her she is very jealous told Madame Galvani she said π [Mariana] was ugly
she said she did not wonder at that but thas [that] π [Mariana] had a good countenance good features and was very agreeable must have been very
pretty but she was not fraiche she now looked harrassed and older than she really was — Madame Galvani brought her memoranda of my having had 8 lessons —
she said she hoped to have waited till Xmas [Christmas], but she literally had not a sol — I gave her 40/. she said why would I pay her than I used
to do at Place Vendôme (there it was 3/. a lesson — at Madame de Boyves — by agreement with the de Boyve’s on account of having several pupils there)? was I more
rich? no! said I, less rich — then why did I pay her more? ah! said I n’importe [no matter] — I am rich enough to pay you 40/. —
wrote the last 13 lines — the terrasse d’eau always fermé [closed] till after 2 in case the Duchess de Berri and the children should walk
there — settled my accounts — all which took me till 4 50/60 — then looking over my accounts — dinner at 6 1/4 — went into the salon at 25/60 —
the porter’s wife came about 8 1/4, and staid till 10 — came to my room — at 10 10/60 — great deal of heavy rain during last night — then too this morning till after
10 — fair but damp till perhaps about 4 or 5 p.m. then a little more rain — rainy evening — raining at 10 10/60 — o.—

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 40° at 8 a.m.
42° — noon
44° — 3 p.m.
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