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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0047
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

88
1827
January
nueve des Petits Champs thence along the passage choiseul to the Boulevards and thence to the rue St. Denis — seeking a fabrique de tapis
recommended by Madame Galvani — not knowing the no. [number] inquired from shop to shop, a the people knowing nothing of any such thing in
the rue St. Denis sent us to the Royal manufactory rue des Vieilles Audriettes [Haudriettes], far beyond the other side of the rue St.
Martin — when we got there saw nothing we liked so well as yesterday — prices about the same — poor Jane tired to death —
the little narrow dirty busy streets we went through anything but agreeable — In returning passed along the rue St. Martin to the bottom of it, and thence to the
Quais — sauntered along and went into a shop Quai de L’Ecole No. [Number] 10 près le Pont-Neuf, and bargained for a pair
of snuffers and stand for Mrs. Barlow snuffers 3/50. got them for 2/75 tray 1/25 — then they asked me 5/50 for another
pair of snuffers — foolishly gave them 5/. (for, on returning home, do not like them so well as those I gave 3/50 for, 22
September) but would not give 1/25 for a tray — parted with Mrs. Barlow and Jane at the end of our street, and came in at 5 55/60 —
Dinner at 6 1/4 — Came into the drawing room at 7 50/60 — talked to my aunt sat down at my desk at 7 40/60 and wrote the
last 13 1/2 lines and had just done at 9 — Came to my room at 10 — very fine day —

Friday 19
6 5/60
11 40/60
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my bowels all wrong again — In my room at 7 5/60 My bowels wrong again this morning little or no motion at all sat down at my desk at 7 1/4 —
from then to 10, looked over Mr. James Briggs’s letters particularly considered his last, and wrote the rough draft of an
answer — Breakfast at 10 1/4 — read this morning’s paper — from 11 35/60 to 12 3/4 wrote out my letter to Mr. James Briggs then read
it to my aunt, and sent it off to the great post at 1 10/60 to ‘Mr. James Briggs, Ward’s End, Halifax, Yorkshire,
Angleterre’ — from 1 1/4 to 2 1/4 copied the whole of this letter verbatim, from the corrected rough draft, into my little
book of copies of letters on business — Monsieur Alexandre came between 11 and 12 (Mrs. Barlow’s factotum) and brought the pasteboard and rolling pin he
has made for me — had him into my salon — he said it was si peu de chose [so small a thing] I was to give him what I chose —
said Mrs. Barlow should arrange all that when she paid his wife for making the sheets — a man also just before this
from the 2 mérinos rue neuve des petits champs brought the pillow I ordered on Wednesday for George’s bed — wrote the above of today and
had just done at 2 35/60 My cousin came just before breakfast — Finished dressing — and went out
without going in to my aunt, at 3 1/2 — across the gardens to Legrand’s rue du Bac — ordered 6 more knives — i.e. said I would send for
them perhaps tomorrow — bade the man choose them out — took my snuffers I bought yesterday to shew him — he had none so good —
said they were very good — I had paid 5/. for them at least — I said nothing but came away satisfied I had not been
cheated — then to the left along the rue Bourbon to the 1st turn to the Quai — returned over the pont Royal and thence under the garden, and afterwards
along the river to some way beyond the pillars of the chain bridge — then crossed to the Grand avenue de Neuilly, and walked to
Barrière de l’Etoile — a little [dog] would follow me almost all the way in spite of my threatening umbrella throwing several
stones at it — at first I let it come near till jumped up against and dirtied me — went to Gilbert’s for a lemon
and came in at 5 5/60 — It was a spaniel dog did it follow me by scent on account of my cousin surely
not ~ Settled my accounts — wrote the last 8 1/2 lines — Washed and changed my linen ~ Dinner at 6 10/60 — came into
the drawing room at 7 1/2 — slept all the evening — came to my room at 9 50/60 — Very fine day — hard frost —
hard frost

[margin text:] fine — hard frost
Fahrenheit 32° at 8 a.m.
34° at 2 1/2 p.m.
— — 3 1/2 —
30° — 6 —
28° —— 10 —

Saturday 20
7 1/2
11 40/60
§§
Just before getting [in] bed last night [illegible] sat almost a quarter hour on the pot merely part
ing with half a dozen little buttons Feeling a good deal of indigestion pain last night after coming to my room
took 20 drops of the essence of mint (I bought in London for my aunt) in about a tablespoon full of cold water — found it very strong
but it did me no good — on getting up this morning (and lay in bed longer to see if the comfortable warmth would do any
good, having thrown my great coat over me last night instead of my plaid, and had awakened in the night my chest
in a perspiration) my bowels as yesterday all wrong — ’Tis very odd — they never were so in my life before —
I must take magnesia again tonight — I have thought much on the subject and cannot make out the cause of this so unusual
derangement — It occurred to me this morning while dressing to consult Dr. Tupper — now (9 a.m.) it for the
1st time occurs to me that perhaps wearing a soutien maybe heating and injurious — my bowels have been gradually worse and
worse ever since our arrival in France — when I was here before the climate agreed with me — there is nothing in my
diet to disagree with me — I know of no difference between now and the time when I was well except wearing this soutien —
I will throw it off — M- [Mariana] too suffers from indigestion — never lately, never at all suffered as she does now — she

[margin text:] Hard frost
Fahrenheit 27° at 8 1/4 a.m.
31 1/2° — 12 1/4 p.m.
34° — 10 —


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1827
January
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,too, has worn a soutien since being here — I have long thought of taking some warm baths — I will begin perhaps next
week by throwing off the soutien,, by taking perhaps a low diet, — barley water at breakfast instead of milk,
only a little meat at dinner, and that hot or cold boiled mutton and mutton broth — and by taking stewed prunes
and senna — In fact, I will attend to myself, and see the effect — to go on as I do now is to sow the seeds
of some disorder or other I may never be able to throw off get rid of — Besides I have for long, of late, felt
a disagreeable sensation of sleepiness all down my left arm — I have this morning for the 1st time put on
a didnity [dignity] waist underneath my frilled handkerchief which makes me have an additional pair of sleeves on; and I feel
more comfortable — If I cannot get my bowels right again, I will take some rummaging journey next spring or
summer — set off by myself and go some where or other — or shall I go a little way with the Mackenzies
on their way to Italy — or if Miss Lynn lives so long, and Mrs. Lynn takes her to Barège again, shall I go to
them there for a little while? I might be absent 2 or 3 weeks well enough — my aunt is almost the better of the
2 now — she hemmed very neatly one end of one the fine dinner napkins yesterday — She is very
well seemingly gradually better every day — Her bowels quite well — what should so disorder mine? —
Came to my room this morning at 8 1/4 — finished dressing — wrote all the above of today which took me till 9 20/60 —
I feel better after writing it — the fancying, — hoping to have thought of some means that holds out the least
chance of doing me good seems to begin the work of good already — somehow I never felt the cold
so much my hands are very much swollen with chilblains — my fingers quite stiff — the moment they touch cold water
or anything cold, they seem actually frost-bitten — they have been full of chilblains these 6 weeks —
in spite of the mild weather — they began [illegible] before Xmas [Christmas] day — at 9 1/2 began a letter to Mrs. William Priestley
had just written 5 1/2 lines when George brought the paper — read the whole of this before and during breakfast — breakfast at 10 1/2 —
sent out the breakfast things at 11 1/4, and had my boot-trunk and my Imperial brought in to look over — left them till another
day and from 11 1/2 to 4 wrote 2 2/3 ppages very small and close to Mrs. William Priestley — was thinking to go on and finish my letter when Mrs. Barlow came
in, a little after 4, to caution me not to buy much — all the world talking of war — war so currently reported and believed
she began to think seriously of it — Madame Galvani said if we were sent home by war, we should not be liable for our rent beyond
the time of our stay — Dr. Lefevre — had just called — he all in low spirits about war — ditto Madame Galvani and the music master and every body —
I only laughed at it all — said I had no idea of war, but would not spend more than I could help — told Mrs. Barlow my bowels
were so out of order I did not feel well — thought I might perhaps consult Dr. Tupper — his address rue Castiglione,
no. [number] 8 — At last I got my hand up her petticoats finding her well inclined and my right middle finger up
much to her satisfaction I myself caring nothing about it she afterwards ssat by me talking she w
as very wet and evidently gratified ~ while she went to my aunt I washed and changed my linen ~ Mrs. Barlow sat
with me till 5 3/4 — then went to my aunt till 6 5/60 then went home — would not stay dinner — while she was with me, a man came
from Mellerio about the plates I had ordered, to know in fact what it was; for the old man I saw had neglected to write
the order down — reordered the 3 teaspoons (plain) for the kitchen, and 3 couverts de dessert (à filets) — to be done on Tuesday —
Dinner at 6 10/60 — Came into the drawing room at 7 1/2 — slept till 8 3/4 — then settled my accounts and wrote the last 15 1/2 lines —
hard frost all the day, with sunshine occasional snow-showers — came to my room at 9 55/60 —

Sunday 21
7 20/60
12
#
Just before getting into bed last night took two teaspoons of magnesia — in the juice of a lemon (about a tablespoon full of juice) which made
me have a natural motion this morning — came to my room at 8 20/60 — finished dressing — sat down at my desk at 9 — the ground white with
# a sprinkling of snow — snowy morning i.e. small snow or sleet — from 9 10/60 to 11 55/60 (sat down to breakfast at 10 1/4) wrote the latter 1/3 of page 3, and
the 2 ends, very small and close, and thus finished my letter to Mrs. William Priestley begun yesterday — took less bread than usual and only 1 cup to drink, and that milk and water, more
than 1/2 water, determined to try what spare diet will do for my bowels — from 12 to 1 5/60 read aloud the morning service and sermon 10 bishop Sandford —
came to my room again at 1 20/60 — from 1 1/2 to 5 55/60 (interrupted near 1/2 hour about 2 taking a tumbler glass of weak hot milk and water and a little biscuit — felt rather
faint after reading so long aloud — and between 4 3/4 and 5 1/4 dawdling over the fire and eating a roasted pear) wrote all but the first 11 lines of page 3, and wrote the ends, all
very small and close of my letter to Miss MacLean begun on Friday week — Dinner at 6 5/60 — came into the drawing room at 7 1/4 — having drunk nothing at dinner had a cup (breakfast cup)

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 33° at 8 1/2 a.m.
35° at noon
28° — 6p.m.
27 3/4° at 10 —
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