Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0036
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

66
1826
December
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talked a little while to my aunt, then (there being no chance of reading prayers George and MacDonald so busy! MacDonald is to my mind a sad daudle) at 2 55/60 went to Michel’s for the sugared plum cake I had chosen for
Madame Galvani put it under my shawl, went through the gardens, and got it safe to Madame Galvani on opening it, found
it not the glazed, but the plain cake we were to have ourselves —through a mistake about these cakes I had a larger (3 1/4 lbs.)
plum cake at home — Madame Galvani chose this, for I would make her choose, as being the largest, and, after sitting
about an hour with her returned, and found her ‘Harlequin’ Ellen, or Hélène, her country woman, waiting to
exchange the cakes — In returning bought 2 small oranges at Gilbert’s at 0/25 each, having been asked 7, 8,
12 sols elsewhere for what would not have suited me better — got home at 4 1/2 — sent off the cake —
[illegible] then set out the dessert — had George in and told him how it was to be put on the table — Dawdling over
all this to which I am so little inclined or accustomed took me an hour — then changed my dress — Mrs. Barlow
and Jane arrived exactly at 6 — I went to them at 6 10/60 — found them all sitting over a bad fire in darkness —
the 8 candles (tallows) put in the candelabra not being lighted — I would have had wax, but thought it
best not to alarm my aunt who would have taken fright at the idea of the expense — (I shall burn those
I have, for myself in my own salon) — waited till 6 50/60 — then summonsed to the soup — from finishing with that then
begin from the time of taking this away to bringing the plum-pudding was an hour — She would weary me to death —
impossible to have anyone to dinner — She has no judgement — had done all the sausages, and all the Brussels sprouts,
and thus filled the dishes to absolute vulgarity — the pudding so stiff I could scarce get the spoon into it — the sauce
like a thin batter — the soup ordered to be gravy-soup looking like hare soup, thick, and anything but what
it ought to be — the fire had been suffered to out in the stove, and Mrs. and Miss Barlow were shivering —
the bottle of Champaigne, after getting the porter’s pliers to untwist the wire, was perfectly dead —
the bottle of Lafitte tolerable, merely tolerable — the Dessert could not fail to be good — 32 roasted chesnuts, plum
cake (on the top of which I had stuck the very pretty and excellent 5 branches of artificial sugar strawberries and raspberries on stalks with green leaves)
stewed pears, 6 oranges, plate of Craesanne and St. Germain Pears, 1 lb. raisins, 1/2 lb. almonds in the shell, 3/4 lb.
bonbons, and 1 lb. (all but 2 or 3 cakes) of abricots faigrés — the dinner MacDonald was so long about was merely
soup, roast beef, sausages upon mashed potatoes potatoes browned under the meat, and Brussels sprouts — having waited so long, the cheese and
cold butter were never put upon the table — we left the dining room at 9 25/60 — had tea at 10 and the plum cake and macarons and cold bread and butter — Mrs. and Miss
Barlow staid till 12, then went away in a fiacre I having sent George to order it — Jane is excessively childish
looking to Mamma as if before she knew whether to take a thing or not, and Mamma is a dull companion
for a xmas [Christmas] party — Nor is she a thorough gentlewoman in her manners ssomehow there was a something abo
ut her at table in her manner of helping or attending to my aunt I did not admire on shewing Mrs.
Barlow the teapot etc. etc. I had bought she said thought my great pleasure was to spend my money — I would not have
her given or thrown after me I have made this same observation before since π [Mariana] went I neither res
pect nor in any way admire Mrs Barlow she is only fit for home and there she would mope me to death —
On coming to my room at 12 1/4 put by all the fragments of the dessert into my store cupboard — Dawdling over 1
thing or other — Having eaten more than usual felt as if I could have a motion did a very little then sat on the pot
quarter in vain — this xmas [Christmas] day has neither been well nor happily spent — M- [Mariana] observed perhaps the next xmas [Christmas]
may be spent in different society — would it may be better spent, and spent with her! — Just before getting into
bed found my cousin come —


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1826
December Tuesday 26
7 3/4
11 1/2
the washerwoman came at 8 — some time settling with her — then washed, and came to my salon at 9 1/4 — finished
dressing — settled with George — then from 10 1/4 to 12 1/2 breakfast — (breakfast at 10 1/4) read the whole of yesterday’s paper (no
paper today yesterday being xmas [Christmas] day) — and wrote the last 8 1/2 lines of page 65, the whole of the last page and so far of this —
3/4 hour seeing what I have to do, and what to pay today etc. etc. — went out at 1 1/2 — Paid Michel’s bill for Madame
Galvani’s cake 3 1/4 lbs. 6/50 — for that I mean to give Mrs. Barlow less but glacé (sugared iced) 7/. etc. etc. very nice biscuits
at 1/50 a lb. and what we should call Prince of Wales’s biscuits at 2/. — met a man with some very nice bread — large
square sort of loaves at 1/80 from rue de la Michodière No. [Number] 1 — left with Mellerio one of the porter’s tablespoons as
a pattern and ordered 6 like it, will be about 21/. each the initial M engraving included so that with the façon at
12/. for the whole I shall [have] them for about or under 1/50 150/. Ordered 6 teaspoons for ourselves will be about 40/. and with
engraving and façon between 50/. and 60/. — thence to Bertrand rue neuve des petits champs — ordered brown sugar etc. thence to Madame
Coutart — she had not got my note from her workwoman — would not be more than 7/. for doing up my old merinos —
her rooms so hot durst not stay, returned by the Passage St. Roch, and the arcades, and got home at 2 55/60 — It had begun to rain
small rain before I got to Bertrands, before 2, but now at 3 20/60 is apparently fair, though the air is thick and damp — wrote the last
9 1/2 lines — 20 minutes calculating what expenses I ought not to exceed per week from now till 5 February — Considering
the stock of things on hand and not meaning to buy anything in the shape of furniture, except what is ordered,
I ought for these few weeks to keep under 35/. — at 3 3/4 turned to M-’s [Mariana] letter — till 4 25/60 carefully reading it over and
marking what I shall observe upon From 4 1/2 to 6 wrote very near a page very small and close to M- [Mariana] Dinner at 6 10/60 — came into the drawing room
at 7 40/60 — settled my accounts — Washed and changed my napkin a little after five in my absence left the napkin rolled
up on the table beside me and there it lay when George came in for my writing box my manner was as if nothing
was the matter — Damp, thick afternoon but not raining — sleepyish after sitting up so late last night, shall go
to my room now at 9 40/60 — I have finished page 1 to M- [Mariana] and written a line of page 2, but cannot write more now — too heavy and
sleepy — came to my room at 9 50/60 — up so long weighing the sugar etc. Bertrand sent this evening — the sugar 2 oz. short of 6
lbs. i.e. 2 oz. less than it ought to be — the lb. of rice and ditto of pearl barley good fair weight — weighed the iced plum cake
(for Mrs. Barlow) 2 lbs. 14 oz. How pay 7/. [francs]? Do they charge more on account of the icing? Surely it ought to be
only 2/. a lb.! — then made myself some lemonade being thirsty, and having a little of that indigestion pain —

[margin text:] fine frosty morning
Fahrenheit 35 1/2° at 9 1/4 a.m.
37 1/2° at 12 1/2 p.m.
39 1/2° —— 3 1/2 ——
38° —— 9 50/60 ——

Wednesday 27
8 10/60
11 40/60
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In my salon at 9 1/4 — finished dressing — ordered breakfast a few minutes earlier than usual, and sat down to it at 9 50/60 had
done at 10 20/60 — then wrote the last 5 1/2 lines, and went out at 11 10/60 — talked a little to my aunt — she slept very
well last night, but her hands and feet much swelled — she can scarce walk — her limbs not quite so well this last day
or 2, but she is well of herself — complains that her head has been very bad lately — went to the butcher’s — observed what a great difference between their weights and mine — Madame Rolland wisely said nothing but gave me very good weight this time went to the paper shop opposite — had not what I wanted — took the arms to Mellerio — thence along
the rue neuve St. Augustin Passage Choiseul to no. [number] 12 rue Sainte Anne — looked at work-boxes for my aunt to give MacDonald —
thence to Madame Huchez — can send gowns quite well to London — will get there in about a fortnight — duty 30 per cent
that and carriage and expenses compris from here to London about 35 per cent — a gros de Naples brodé 250/. the broderie
very dear — plain gros de naples 100 and some francs — the 2 fashionable colours monstre vert (a sort of chrisophraes
green) and l’oiseau de paradis ‘jaune très léger says Madame Galvani avec un teint rougeâtre’ neither of which colours
she added will suit your friend — bronze colour would suit her; and it is très à la mode aussi — from Madame Huchez
returned to No. [Number] 12, and bought the work box at 11/. for which they had asked me 13/. but it is à bon marché, and I
think they are honest people — they have bonbons, and only asked 6/. for what all the other people asked 8/. a lb.
got home at 1 40/60 — my aunt well satisfied with the box — had the meat (leg of mutton weighed) — paid for 3 14/60 lbs. and it
weighed 4 lbs. — the woman was right to say nothing — many would have made excuses, — said I was mistaken etc. etc. and lost
my custom — Madame Rolland is no worse than all the rest, and she behaved so properly, I am satisfied — expected the
papetier rue de la paix No. [Number] 11 to be very dear asked for letter paper at 5 sols the chahier, and got at that price just what I
wanted — I shall make this my shop in future — English people — have been there 6 years — then seeing an affiche on the other side

[margin text:] Fine frostyish morning
Fahrenheit 38 1/2° at 8 1/4 a.m.
42 1/2° —— 4 p.m.
41 1/2° —— 10 1/2 p.m.
DateDec 1826
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