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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0041
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

January Tuesday 2
11 55/60
In my room at 7 55/60 — awakened by heavy rain about 6 1/2 — from 8 to 9 20/60 (settled accounts and wrote out index from 3 to 16 last month) — settled with the washerwoman —
‘n’oubliez pas l’étrenne’ — asked her what I should give her ‘c’est selon la volonté’ — said I did not
understand these things — would ask Mrs. Barlow, and give whatever she gave, next Monday — on this the woman said she had not seen Mrs. Barlow but if everyone
gave a little it made something — would I give a franc, or 1/50 — I then gave her 1/50 with which she seemed very well
satisfied — George though twice told to have my fire lighted by 8, did not come till 8 25/60 — told him (he would
see I was annoyed) it was strange he could not get up in time to light my fire by 8; if he was ill, and unable to
do his work, I [illegible] must send him home — if not, this was the 3rd time of telling him, and I should not tell him much
after — ordered breakfast at 9 1/2 — wrote the above of this morning, and had just done at 9 35/60 — Finished dressing —
breakfast not brought till 9 40/60 — told George he must really be punctual and get up sooner in a morning, to which he so
civilly said yes, I was satisfied — read the advertisements in Galignani — breakfast at 10 5/60 — done at 10 25/60 — went out at
10 40/60 — talked a few minutes to my aunt — then to Quai Voltaire — Mrs. Barlow come to me — Left a message with Jane
for Madame Galvani to tell her I had almost given up the thought of the apartment, finding it a story higher than I thought —
82 steps — and to beg her not to meet me today — In returning met Mrs. Barlow in the gardens — Saw her at a distance
waddling at a fine rate said I to myself is that she if it is I am ashamed of her — Mrs. Barlow and I went
immediately to the apartment — walked all round the new buildings in that quarter — went into No. [Number] rue [illegible] de la Ferme — the premier
2000/. a year with remise — would just suit us — then went to 2 or 3 apartments over the way — 1000/. dearer, would not suit us
so well — at 12 50/60 went to the apartment I saw on Sunday — saw all over it — superior apartment to the other —
saw Monsieur and Madame their 2 daughters and niece, all nice girls — the 2 former pretty 14 and 15 — good deal of
conversation about the apartment — he agreed to take 3000/. a year including taxes, éclairage, porter and everything
and to furnish — we were just going away when it began to rain and snow — the daughters played a duet on the
piano — then Monsieur sang an Italian song — Madame very civil and attentive — begged Monsieur not to lose any opportunity
of letting the apartment, but I would think about it, and let him know if I meant to take it, as soon as possible — we
must have been considerably above an hour there — thence to Michel’s for Mrs. Barlow to get something to eat — a heavy
snow shower came on again — detained us there a long while — went into the rue neuve de Luxembourg for a fiacre —
not one there — had to return — did not cross the channel across the rue St. Honoré (so many carriages passing) and
on getting to the rue Castiglione the channel across the street so full of water crossed with difficulty — meant
to have looked at a premier in the rue Florentin, but the snow made us hurry through the gardens to Voltaire —
got there a few minutes before 4 — Mrs. Barlow [illegible] tired — lay down — Got into bed and I lay down by her she
would have her hand in my drawers and I lay quite quite by her talking of the apartments ssaid I knew no
t how it was I did not feel that boiling passion I did in general no said she your mind is occupied
and like a man you therefore are diverted from the other at last she got on the subject of my lett
ers ssaid plainly I would not give her hers without she gave me mine she said the letter from
Buxton arrived two days too late argued again how it was impossible for π [Mariana] to have
opened it she persisted she said her so persevering in such suspicions was unreason
able unjust insane reminded me of poor Eliza Raines persisting in it that Louisa Belcombe had
listened at the door at Langton she said how unking [unkind] I had been to say a suspicous person was
to be suspected (this has sstuck in her throat) I said the world would say if the cap fitted put
it on this annoyed her again she raved about my thinking ill of her having no confidence in
her etc. etc. I said she would distract me at last I should buy a brace of pistols and blow my brains
out and thus I left Mrs. Barlow at 6 5/60 and got home at 6 25/60 — nearly fair — only a little rain just as I got home — Dinner
at 6 35/60 — MacDonald had told my aunt George was a great deal out — had not assisted her so much these last 10 days — then
said I should be cautious what I listened to from MacDonald mentioning Miss Reed’s last letter and the pint of ale every afternoon at Shibden
and the prevarication about it — my aunt glad I had told her — but will take no notice at present — came to the drawing room at 8 1/2 —

[margin text:] very rainy morning
Fahrenheit 45° at 8 a.m.
————— 10 1/2 ——
37° —— 10 1/4 p.m.
In the evening wrote all but the 1st 10 lines of today — on coming in, the porter’s wife said Madame Galvani had called to tell me
I was not exact — she had waited for me on the terrace in the gardens from 12 1/2 to one — Rainy snowy afternoon from about
2 p.m. very rainy morning till after 9 — fair from about 10 to 2 — went to my room at came to my room at 10 10/60 —

January Wednesday 3
6 55/60
11 25/60
In my room at 7 55/60 — from 8 to 8 3/4 looking over my little French dictionary and one or 2 ppages of Montlosier’s Dénonciation —
from 8 3/4 to 10 10/60 wrote out the index of from the 16th ultimo to today — had just done when Mrs. Barlow came — sat talking — breakfast at
10 40/60 — Mrs Barlow had had no rest nor any dinner yesterday nor breakfast this morning thinking what I had said yes
terday evening on parting I should think ill of her could not bear not to have my confidence and good opinion consoled her she had two cups of milk with me and a little bread and butter and I then
had her on my knee my right middle finger up and grubbled her well she said she was happier and perhaps my
grubbling for she was evidently much gratified I did her more good than anything — finished dressing — wrote the
last 5 lines — had just done at 12 — went [illegible] to speak to my aunt for a few minutes said Mrs. Barlow would see her when we came back — Then returned to Mrs Barlow gave her
a largeish lump of sugar saturated with lavender drops then just going out at twelve and a half and
it was beginning to snow a little so waited began to play with her she said I had set her wrong
I took her on my knee on the sofa and had my middle right finger up and grubbled her well waited a while and at it again [illegible] a ring at the door interr
upted us never dreaming of her taking more asked if she would have more lavender drops yes
if they would do her no harm oh no said I and gave her another lump full she asked if I was not uncomforta
ble from having been interrupted I took the hint had my right middle finger up her again as she stood and grubbled
her well evidently much to her satisfaction then at 1 Mrs. Barlow and I went out — to our butchers — then looked at a
3me. [troisième] in the rue Florentin at 2000/. per annum plenty of rooms au 3me. [troisième] and 4me. [quatrième] — but too high — the kitchen au 4me [quatrième] — thence to
speak to Mrs. Barlow’s new porter and came home at 1 50/60 — Madame Galvani had been here almost an hour — Mrs. Barlow came to my aunt while
I sat with Madame Galvani sent for a fiacre and at 2 1/2 Mrs. Barlow and Madame Galvani and I off to look at the 3me. [troisième], and the premier rue de
la Ferme No. [Number] 5 — If the proprietor will furnish the 3me. [troisième] convenablement à 3000/. per annum Madame Galvani says
take it — Monsieur not at home — saw Madame — he is a notaire — notaires in France not at all genteel — the premier rue
de la Ferme would not do — a tuyau de commodités passes through the kitchen — would be a great, and offensive nuisance —
then set Madame Galvani down at her own door — Mrs. Barlow and I on her (Madame Galvani’s) recommendation went into the rue de
where are plenty of apartments to let — dear — too far off — set Mrs. Barlow down at her own door — got home at 4 1/2 —
talking to my aunt an hour — Do not wish to seem in too great a hurry about it, but think we shall take the 3me. [troisième] —
Settled my accounts wrote from line 7 to 13 of today — Dinner at 6 10/60 — came to the drawing room at 7 50/60 — talking to my
aunt 1/2 hour then slept till 9 — then wrote the last 12 lines — very fine morning — at 12 35/60 a slight snow shower
for about 10 minutes then fine again — another slight snow shower between 3 and 4, and then fine again — went to my room (to bed)
at 10 10/60 —

[margin text:] very fine morning 36° at 8 a.m.
40° at noon
33° —— 6 p.m.
31° —— 10 ——

Thursday 4
7 20/60
11 1/2
In my room at 8 5/60 — from 8 1/4 to 10 1/2 read the whole of the 3 last newspapers — from the paper of yesterday see that from the
returns received in the week ending 22 December 1826, the average price, in England and Wales, of wheat 55/6; barley 36/3; oats 29/4;
rye 39/4; beans 49/7; peas 50/9 — worse than ever accounts of the duke of York — given up by his physicians — water on
the chest, producing general dropsy — breakfast at 10 1/2 — finished dressing — went out at 12 1/2 — talked a
few minutes to my aunt paid Mellerio for the tea spoons and tablespoons that came on Monday — the latter for the porter instead of the spoons
stolen — then went to No. [Number] 10 rue Caumartin — the Drozs gone out — left 3 cards — looked at the premier in their house dirty and comfortless — looked at 2 or 3 more apartments there — i.e. inquired about them — would not do — then sauntered along the boulevards — went into the great magasin de meubles near the Bains Chinois — went to ask if they would
let furniture — the man downstairs said yes! — the man upstairs said no! — loitered some time in the magasin looking at the different
furniture, all the prices marked — thence sauntered to the passage de l’opéra, up one, down the other — returned by the rue de
la paix and place Vendôme — looked at a 2nde [seconde] over an entresol in the rue St. Honoré on my left about midway the rue
castiglione and rue neuve de Luxembourg — 2000/. a year — plenty of rooms but except the salon not good enough — bought beef at our
butcher’s and returned at 3 to give my aunt some black riband I had bought for her — talked 10 minutes then out again to look at an
apartment in rue Monthabor [Mont Thabor] a furnished premier at 4000/. a year, that I could not see on going out this morning, the people
not then up, or at breakfast, or something — on returning this afternoon went to a wrong no. [number] — a premier but too small — saw or inquired
after 1 or 2 more apartments in this street — would not at all do — the one I meant to see, not to let — the people would not leave it —
looked at a 3me. [troisième] 87 steps high in the rue neuve de Luxembourg — furnished — at 350/. a week — a much worse apartment than that we mean to take —
came in again at 4 5/60 — Mrs. Barlow and Jane came at 4 1/4 and staid till 5 20/60 with me — Mrs. Barlow came to remind me of some little things I ought to
mention in agreeing for the apartment and to say that Monsieur — was a very good sort of man — Madame very good — they have 100000/. a year — she was a great
heiress — a coach maker’s daughter — settled my accounts — wrote almost all the above of today — dinner at 6 25/60 — Dessert in the drawing room — slept in the evening —

[margin text:] hard frost. Fahrenheit 23° at 8 5/60 a.m.
28° at noon.
27 1/2° —— 6 p.m.
26° —— 10 ——
very fine hard frosty day —
came to my room at 10 —
DateJan 1827
Extent1 page


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