Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0043
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

summaries — when I can once again stick to my accounts, I hope I shall not be very much longer in finishing them to my
mind — oh! that it were possible to get them done before going to our new apartment! — wrote the last 6 lines, and had just
done at 5 50/60 — Monsieur and Madame Senê mean to be exceedingly civil — will evidently do all they can to make the apartment
comfortable — meant to have spoken to the porter’s wife about this morning, but she was not at home — expected Madame Galvani
but not sorry at her not coming — Dinner at 6 1/4 — at 7 3/4 came to dress — Put on my better merinos and a clean han
dkerchief and silk stockings and satin shoes — took a fiacre and got to Monsieur Senés at 8 40/60 — the room quite warm —
coke and wood fire — 2 lamps burning on the chimney piece — couple of waxlights at the piano — the 2 girls played —
A Madame (the Madame) who was to sing, did sing 2 single songs and a duet with Monsieur Sené but had so bad a cold she could scarce get on — her daughter there ætatis [age of] 14 —
Monsieur Sené sang besides the duet (from la Dame Blanche) 3 single songs, and after tea Monsieur made 1 of the girls play,
and he and Madame the singer and the 2 other girls danced after he had made gunpowder tea, and given us 1 cup
each — no cream brought in — the water boiling in a little bouillote — the things brought in by a dirty looking man
in a frock livery coat and trowsers — not a distingue party, but it seems as if the Senés were rich — Madame Sené
so perpetually drawls out ‘oui Madame’ in a never varying tone, it is wearying — Monsieur is always ‘très
gai’, amuses the whole party at a ball or concert — I should have been more comfortable at home but
thought it right to go — How fastidious I am about society! I cannot help it — nothing pleases — satisfies
me, that is not haut ton — I would rather see no one, than those who do not quite suit me — got home
Came away at 10 25/60, leaving them all together to talk me over — staid downstairs at the porter’s lodge talking
the porter’s wife — told her I had taken an apartment from the 1st of February per annum, and should be glad enough if she
could let this apartment so that I might save the last month — if not, of course, I should pay as if I remained here —
said there was no fault in the apartment but the distance of the kitchen — should recommend the house to my friends — said I had
once thought of taking the 3me. [troisième] here — same no. [number] of rooms as here au 2nde. [seconde] with the commandant’s room, and
the same price — the porter’s wife very civil — we shall part very good friends — came upstairs at 10 3/4 —
mended my stocking — wrote the last 18 lines all which took me till 11 3/4 — soft, damp day, and evening —
On leaving Monsieur Senés gave the porter’s wife there 5/. as what is called the ‘dernier adieu’, or
earnest of having taken the apartment — a sort of ‘fastening penny’ is always given to the porter on
these occasions — were it but a sol, you must give it — you must give something — 5/. handsome enough —
Mrs. Barlow on entering to her apartment Quai Voltaire gave 10/. — too much — 5/. enough —

[margin text:] soft morning
Fahrenheit 38° at 8 a.m.
40° —— 11 1/2 ——
41° —— 12 1/4 p.m.
45 3/4° —— 6 ——
46° —— 11 20/60 ——

Tuesday 9
8 5/60
11 5/60

Finished dressing — read the whole of this morning’s paper — the duke of York expired at 9 20/60 p.m. on Friday 5 of this month,
to the great grief and loss of the royal family, the army, and the nation — perhaps the army has never had so excellent a
Commander in Chief — ’tis well said of his royal highness ‘he never broke a promise, and never forgot a friend’ —
this is just the character I envy — In my small way, I know not that I do not deserve it — but I have many
faults to find with myself — I feel forlorn at present — I have no one with me — no one about me to do anything
for me — I cannot endure MacDonald — and I perpetually feel that the best of things are nothing worth unless shared
by those we love — I have none to speak to but Mrs Barlow and she does not suit me yet without her I shou
ld be desolate indeed my best consolation now will be to save my money and have more to spend in be
tter days and yet shall better come ‘Man never is but always to be blest’ — Breakfast at 10 1/2 — had just
finished writing the above at 11 25/60 when the porter’s wife came — paid her for the last month — She staid talking till 12 1/4
told her I should when leave the apartment with regret however persuaded that the one I had taken would suit us well —
that I should recommend this one to my friends, and hoped she would let it well — She was afraid I should suspect her of not wishing
it to let it till after the term of my agreement was ended — oh! no! should not suspect her of any such thing — had beaucoup
de respect pour elle — perhaps I should not quit the house for the last time; for, if I in future came to Paris for a few
months, I should come and see if this apartment was vacant — said I should be glad to see her at my new apartment — In fact, I like the
woman very well — I have always found her very civil and attentive — I abominate change, and wish the moving was over and that we were well

[margin text:] soft, mild morning
Fahrenheit 46° at 8 5/60 a.m.
48° —— 12 1/4 p.m.
43° —— 10 ——

settled — wrote the last 7 lines and had just done them at 12 1/2 — went out at 1 — a little while talking to my aunt —
went to the butcher’s — thence to Quai Voltaire — found Mrs. Barlow in the midst of packing — the carpet taken up — all preparing
for removing to her new apartment tomorrow — she was busy for a while at 1st, and I slept over the fire — then at 3
they had some cold mutton which I broiled in the fire shovel — afterwards sat quietly over the fire till 5 40/60 — Having taken
the paper read aloud to them the death of the duke of York — the affair of Mr. Wellesley’s Mrs. Bligh summoned before the magistrates by her quondam
maid Mrs. Susannah Scott for detaining her clothes — Jane then left us, and we were quietly tête à tête for about an hour —
have not felt well today — perhaps in consequence of being mistimed these last 2 nights, my bowels were not quite right
this morning; and I have been a little out of sorts, — heavy, headachy, my old pain of indigestion or what not at the
pit of my stomach — got home at 6 5/60 — dinner at 6 20/60 — afterwards (came into the drawing room at 8) slept till 9 20/60 —
then wrote the last 9 lines — fine soft, mild day — rather frostyish this evening — went to my room at 9 55/60 could not help
thinking I was taking my final leave of No. [Number] 15, Quai Voltaire — seeing the apartment so dismantled put me in mind
of our going to it — somehow I felt a little low, as did also Mrs. Barlow

Wednesday 10
7 10/60
11 1/4
In my room at 7 55/60 — from 8 5/60 to 10 20/60 read aloud to myself from page 153. to 179. Montlosier’s Denonciation, and read
the whole of this morning’s paper — interesting account of some of the principal occurrences in the life the late duke of York —
breakfast at 10 20/60 — finished dressing wrote the above of this morning, and had just done at 11 20/60 — from then to 12 55/60 read
aloud to myself from page 179. to 219. of the Dénonciation — Madame Galvani came at 12 55/60 and staid till 2 35/60 — conversation,
as usual, all the time — she recommends ‘Paris, par St. Foix’, a work which, she says, will [illegible] teach me much
about Paris — its morals, miseries, habits, etc. — went out at 2 55/60 talked a little to my aunt then direct to Mrs. Barlow at her new apartment
rue des Champs Elysées, No. [Number] 6. — found her in the midst of the bustle of moving — her tapissier from rue Godot de Moroy [Mauroy] had left
her to go to someone else — had brought common charettes, instead of Charettes suspendues, and had thus spoilt and dirtied
her furniture — she had been obliged to send for another tapissier — think Mrs. Barlow lucky to have got such an apartment
for the money; yet it is dark; and all the floors are brick, and though au 2nde. [seconde], 68 steps high — we shall only be
14 steps higher, and much lighter and more comfortable — Staid with Mrs. Barlow till near 6 sitting quietly over the fire, and
got home at 5 55/60 — Dinner at 6 13/60 — meant to have written a little to M- [Mariana] in the evening, but too sleepy — slept till
9 40/60, then wrote the last 7 lines — the morning turned out dampish — small rained a little between 1 and 2, and rained when I went
to Mrs. Barlow, fair but damp as I returned — went to my room at 10 —

[margin text:] fine frostyish morning
Fahrenheit 40° at 8 a.m.
43° —— 12 1/4 p.m.
46° —— 6 ——
50 1/2° —— 10 ——

Thursday 11
6 1/2
11 1/4
In my room at 7 1/2 should have been 1/4 hour sooner but after wasting near 10 minutes in the vain endeavour to hook hooks
obliged to call up MacDonald — sat down at my desk at 7 3/4 — read over what I wrote to M- [Mariana] on Sunday week — From 8 to 10 1/4
wrote the latter 1/2 page 1. and 8 lines of page 2 of my letter to M- [Mariana] begun on Sunday week, and read the whole of this morning’s paper — then
at 10 1/4 breakfast — MacDonald almost immediately brought in a letter from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) 3 ppages and the ends — The other 1/2 the £10
bank of England enclosed — will not have gowns sent just yet in consequence of the mourning for the duke of York no better account
of her health — she has had her arm in a sling from swelling and gathering in her 3rd finger right hand — has had the house
full of company — Grantham had observed her manner changed towards his wife — a little explanation about it — M- [Mariana]
contrived to dissemble and satisfy Grantham that it was merely on account of some report circulated by Mrs. Grantham against Mr. Charles Lawton
which as she denied M- [Mariana] would be satisfied — L [Charles Lawton] begins to be rather bearish — William Milne much better at Scarborough —
Mrs. Milne has got another appointment to Addiscombe, — for Edward — M- [Mariana] in good train to get Charles on the foundation
at Eton — M-’s [Mariana] first date Saturday 30 December, — last Friday 5th instant — Delighted — satisfied with my letter — in consequence
of her house being full had not time to answer me leisurely — wrote the last 10 lines, and had just done at 11 1/2 — finished
dressing — from 12 5/60 to 2 5/60 (12 3/4 a later post had just brought me a letter from Mrs. Mackenzie of the 8th instant ‘49 rue des
Vieillards, Boulogne sur mer’, asking me to inquire after some letters which she suspects being detained at the dead letter office here —
says she hopes to be here in a few weeks) — finished page 2, and wrote 15 1/2 lines of page 3 — then got ready to go out — it began to rain, and wrote
14 1/2 lines more of page 3 — then talked to my aunt ten minutes and went out at 3 — Monsieur and Madame Sené gone to their country house — Left my card (with
my aunt’s name written on it) for them — and went up to look at our apartment — saw the 2 girls there — staid talking to them some time — the drawing room

[margin text:] very fine morning
46° at 8 a.m.
48° —— noon
41° —— 6 p.m.
DateJan 1827
Extent1 page


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