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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0045
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

by it, and this will reconcile for being rather hurried off at the last — Came to the drawing room at 7 50/60 — from 8 1/2 to 9 25/60
settling my accounts — came to my room at 9 55/60 — very fine morning and day till after 3 — rained a little while I was out, and
rain afterwards in the evening, and a little now at 10 p.m. o.. ~

Sunday 14
7 25/60

In my room at 8 20/60 — finished dressing — from 9 to 10 25/60 made out and wrote out the summary of last week,
ruling paper for rough drafts of summaries in future, and doing 1 thing or other while sitting at my desk — Breakfast at 10 1/2 —
turned to my accounts again and had just ruled paper for rough draft summaries of my last year’s private account — what [at] (about
11 1/2) George brought in a letter from Messrs. Rawson (Halifax) and a letter from Mr. James Briggs (H-x [Halifax]) — It seems I ha
ve two hundred and forty six pounds odd in their hands — all the tenants have paid but John Balmforth who is in
arrear £16.15.0 — only about £50 paid for Northgate and other repairs that I shall have more to pay next 1/2 year if, as
proposed, Mr. Drake takes part of the house — and the rest and the land is let off to a butcher — the Navigation has
paid 10 per cent again, — 3 per cent better than last 1/2 year and than I expected — no walling done at Godley — a little dispute with
Mr. Carr about the quantity of ground I bought of old coal road and thence in a straight line to the wood to straighten the fence —
Recommends my building a small house at Hilltop with the materials of old building at present there — Messrs. Walsh
Hinchcliffe and company have paid nothing towards the Xmas [Christmas] account — refuse paying for the road through John Bottomley’s land —
[illegible] Mr. James Briggs concludes his letter with ‘Mr. Knight our vicar died on Sunday about one’
(i.e. this day-week) — and adds that my father are [and] sister ‘are in good health’ — on the whole it is a
more satisfactory letter than I expected — at the end of Messrs. Rawsons’ letter is the following ‘PS. your father
‘has just called, and begs us to say, they are all well at Shibden hall, and that when you can find leisure,
‘they shall be glad to hear how you are’ — Did Marian not receive my letter sent off from here on the 4th
of November in answer to hers received on the 2nd of that month? It is extraordinary — Mr. James Briggs got my letter sent
to him by the same post — went in to my aunt at 11 50/60 — From 12 to 1, read the morning service, and sermon 9 bishop Sandfield —
Read my aunt my 2 letters — Shewed her Rawsons’ account yet made it out when she asked what the debt t
o them was it was not more than about three hundred then came to my room thought it was wrong thus to
let her fancy things worse than they are it could do no good she would be equally economical without
this false plea of poverty so told her that with fifty laid out in repairs instead of two h
undred and the navigation paying near a hundred more than we thought of I did not believe we should
owe them anything at all but I could tell better when I examined the account ~ Came to my room
at about 2 — my aunt came and talked to me a while — Satisfied to find our affairs better than she expected —
no debt at the bank — went out at 2 1/2 — direct to Mrs. Barlow — She was just going to call on her
Prussian lady neighbour but would not let me go then to Madame Galvani (to tell her I should be busy writing tomorrow)
and call again on my return — would stay with me at the time present — Left Jane in Mrs. Barlow’s bedroom and we sat
on the sofa in the salon by and by she put her feet on my knee to warm I got my hand up her petticoats
said I was famished asked if she knew what I meant I knew she was at any rate she adjusted her
self across my knee saying that always made her feel nearer to me and as she has before said have
more pleasure my right middle finger up much to her satisfaction asked if I had stai
d too long no she could have done with me longer I knew she could but I had my shawl on and cared not to
heat myself on coming away she asked how I could leave her and looked languishing I knew she wa
nted more she said she had only had half a kiss I said it was almost impossible for me to go but ye
t I must ~ Just mentioned to Mrs. Barlow I had some thought of taking for a year a nice pretty girl to speak French to me — should give her
up my little bedroom — (Madame Galvani’s protégée was in my mind) — Mrs. Barlow thought I meant a lady’s maid —
Cried a little but declared it was not want of confidence without this she could not love me as she
did but how foolish she was thus to attach herself she might see me for a year and then no more I knew not how
soon I might be called off meaning by π [Mariana] ~ Left Mrs. Barlow at 4 5/60 — through the gardens to Madame Galvani at 4 25/60 — Monsieur

[margin text:] fine, soft morning Fahrenheit 46° at 8/20/60 a.m.
49 1/2 ° at noon
50° — 6 10/60 p.m.
43° — 11 1/2 —

Moreau with her — just staid 5 minutes to say how busy I should be on Monday — said I had had letters from England on business
must answer them — people could not pay — j’avais beaucoup de chagrin [I was very sad] — in short a rather dismal story to her as to Mrs. Barlow (Madame
Galvani thought it was only in France one was si contrarié [so upset] — she cannot think of applying to me for money when I am so poor)
and came away at 4 1/2 — when 1/2 way through the gardens, obliged to turn back (at 4 3/4) go under the pavilion in the place du
Carrousel, and so home — came in at 5 — wrote all but the first 2 and last 4 lines of today — Dinner at 6 10/60 came
into the drawing room at 7 40/60 — Had begun to write to my father when the Senés (Monsieur) and Madame and the 2 girls) were
ushered in (dressed exprès [on purpose]) about 8 20/60 — and staid 1/2 hour — ordered tea, but they could not stay for it and my aunt
and I had it to ourselves afterwards — I had my woollen boots on and an apron my old merinos and no belt they must have wonder
ed at my the figure I cut ~ all very agreeable — all the furniture for our apartment arrived — to go and look at
it tomorrow — wrote my letter to my father 3 ppages and the ends and had just done it at 10 1/2 — read it to my aunt — mentioned
its being extraordinary if Marian had not got my letter (quoted the P.S. from Messrs. Rawson’s letter) of the 4th November, that my letters
to Shibden should be so unlucky when all the rest were duly received — that also to Mr. James Briggs by the same post —
Said the climate had done wonders for my [aunt] — she had much more strength in her limbs — was so much and gradually better that
entire recovery was not unlikely — no physicians’ bills to pay — no medicine to buy of any sort — our compliments
to Dr. Kenny begging my father to tell him — mention its being a matter of necessity to leave our present apartment — far
too dear for us — had taken another — to go to it 1 February our address would then be ‘Place de la Madeleine
au coin du Basse Rempart’ — should have linen and many articles of furniture to buy — it would be an expensive
business to us — only hoped we should have wherewithal to get on comfortably — particularly convenient to us considering
all these things that all except one had paid their rent — mention the loss of the table spoons so that we had others
to get for the people of the house, and a new set for ourselves ‘a great and unlooked for expense’ — had taken the apartment for
14 months certain — the climate and afterwards from year to year but afterwards at my aunt’s suggestion blotted out this
from year to year — my father might fancy we never meant to return, and might not like it — said we found the
climate so good, had given up all thought of seeking for a better, and considered ourselves settled here — mention its
being time to move the hatchment — it had been agreed with Mr. Knight (but he was now gone) to put it up
against the pillar adjoining our seat for which he would charge, I think, no more than 5 guineas — the new vicar might
charge ten — as it might be an expensive business I would write further about it to Mr. James Briggs as well as
all other matters contained in his letter — no post for sending letters to England after today till Friday —
afraid I had always so much account settling on a Monday I could not get my letter to Mr. Briggs done in time for today
Staid talking to my aunt from 10 1/2 to 11 1/2, then came to my room — fine soft morning fine day till about 4 — rained
a little when I left Mrs. Barlow and all the while rather more and more till I got home at 5 — very heavy shower
during dinner and rain afterwards — o.. ~

Monday 15
6 3/4
10 3/4
In my room at 7 40/60 Took two teaspoonfuls of magnesiin [magnesian] a tablespoonful of lemon juice just before
getting into bed last it did well (not like physic) this morning ~ Settled with the washerwoman Wrote
the copy of a letter to Mrs. Knight ~ wrote 2 ppages to Mrs. Knight condolence on the death of her husband our late
vicar, and my much esteemed preceptor in days of yore when life and imagination were young, and I was
happier than I have often been since — he was an excellent man, and I respect his memory highly — have asked
for some little book that or some trifle that he used which would on this account be valuable to me — ‘It is not everyone who
will always preserve either a more lasting, or a more sincere and affectionate regard for his memory’ — had finished my letter and
sat down to breakfast at 10 1/4 — added a line or 2 to my father respecting as named above (having only just now written the last
26 lines of yesterday and so far of today) the agreement with Mr. Knight about the hatchment and that as it might be an expensive business

[margin text:] fine soft morning Fahrenheit 38° at 7 3/4 a.m.
42° — noon
39° — 6 p.m.
36° — 10 —
DateJan 1827
Extent1 page


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