Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0049
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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‘matter Furniture all shew — no solid mahogany — a very thin facing which the least accident knocks off — wood
‘commonly used too green — to ensure its being well seasoned, you must pay a great additional price, which not everyone choosing
‘to do, doors will not shut, or drawers will not open, or tables will not stand steadily — the stone here is so
‘porous, it is not weather proof, and is obliged to be covered with a thick coat of plaster — yet this is not always thick
‘enough; and one ought to be aware of a corner-house — the east winds are the coldest, and most prevalent; and our
‘east aspect is the worst — the south is too broiling in summer, — when the sun is tremendously hot, and the dust suffocating
‘in all directions — yet Paris is a most agreeable place, and generally agreed to be the best town on the continent for a fixed
‘residence — There is much to please every taste — there is ample food for amusement or for edification, — for idleness or
‘for industry — and do not spare money, and you may have more comforts comforts, than you fancy attainable abroad
‘I am perfectly contented, and sigh not after the mountain grandeur of Switzerland, or the cloudless skies of Italy —
‘what say my good friends with you? That I shall never more return to live at Shibden? I hope they say not true’ —
‘mention having been busy buying Plate, linen pottery, etc. but have a friend here to whom I always apply ‘Mrs.
‘Frederic Barlow (Hampshire, not Yorkshire Barlows — Colonel Barlow was son to the general Barlow who was governor of Minorca)’ —
mention the reports of war, etc. etc. but that I myself do not believe a word of them — we are very quiet in deed; and I am
under no fear of being sent off — sent our ‘Do have the goodness to remember us very kindly to all those by whom
‘you know we should be sorry to be forgotten’ — mention [illegible] Walkins Priestleys Rawsons Waterhouses Saltmarshes
Mrs. Veitch — ‘I know you are not in the habit of seeing many people or seeing them often; but my sister is, I suspect
‘a bad one by whom to send remembrances; and I therefore the more carefully give them in charge to you who have lived long enough
‘to know, that we are not always either the good or the bad, the mindful or the forgetful that we may be thought’ —
ask [illegible] several questions then conclude with ‘though my writing is so small and close, surely you can read it! what can I
‘have more to add? my aunt’s and my own best regards to yourself and Mr. Priestley, and that I hope you will believe me always your never
‘forgetting and sincere friend Anne Lister’ — say we should be very glad to see them — they cannot do better than come in May —
and Mrs. Priestley (Mr. William Priestley’s) mother with them — leave the carriage in London and steam it thence to Calais — or have
the carriage at Wright’s Dover and thence to Calais — wrote the last 29 1/2 lines folded and wafered my letters and sent them off at
1 (by George) to the great post — to ‘Mrs. William Priestley, Lightcliffe, H-x [Halifax], Yorkshire Angleterre [England]’ and to ‘Miss Maclean
of Coll, Tobermory North Britain Ecosse [Scotland]’ — give Mrs. William Priestley a very good account of my aunt — mention her having hemmed
1/2 a dinner napkin on Friday and that she (Mrs. William Priestley) would since know her again she is so improved, and seems to be gradually and
daily gaining ground — Had just written so far when Madame Galvani came at 1 1/4 — and staid with me till 3 5/60 — she will get
me a pattern of the dress livery cloth Lord Granville and several other English use — and advises me to have gris de fer de livré for the
morning jacket — she will speak, too, to a French physician that she knows to let me have some of his vin de Bordeaux —
she advises me to buy wine at the marché aux vin a barrique (160 bottles) for the servants — a feuillette (1/2
that quantity) for myself — I had best buy wood as I want it, a corde, i.e. 2 voies, at a time — settled my accounts
which took me till 3 25/60 — went out at 3 55/60 — direct to our new apartment — saw Madame Sené, and afterwards Monsieur Sené — both
very civil — said we wished to leave this on Saturday — they will have all ready for us — thence to our Crêmier cul de sac
de Monthabor — thence sauntered along the rue Saint Honoré beyond the Palais royal — at a large tin shop No. [Number] 246. rue St. Honoré a
tea canister for 1 lb. 4/. had just refused to give 3/. for just such an one in the rue Castiglione — bought 2 lemons just beyond the
Palais royal — walked leisurely back — got home at 5 — Dawdling over 1 thing or other — Lyrand brought me 1/2 dozen more knives —
Dinner at 6 8/60 — afterwards read nearly aloud the long account in the morning’s paper of Mr. Wellesley’s cause and his impatient
behaviour in court before the Lord Chancellor — Did not put on my soutien this morning Felt my back very cold all
dinner-time and afterwards — Surely I have not got cold — at 9 1/2 wrote the last 8 lines — Hard frost — a few flying drops of snow
2 or 3 times during the day — very cold — very hard frost — Came to my room at 10 5/60 —


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my bowels pretty well this morning The bottom of my back feels very cold without the soutien did not think of it
till starved there while sitting at dinner yesterday ~ In my room at 8 1/4 — florid frost this morning on my bedroom
windows the 1st time I have observed it — the coldest morning we have had — finished dressing — dawdling over 1 thing or other — looked
over my money — from 9 20/60 to 10 1/4 made out and wrote out the summary of last week — Breakfast at 10 20/60 read the
whole of this morning’s paper — long and interesting continuation of the Wellesley cause before the Lord Chancellor — whether he
will get the care of his children seems uncertain — surely he will not — much evidence is adduced to prove he is utterly
unfit for it — Both in this morning’s and yesterdays paper there is mention made of the Novelle di Casti an improper and indecent book — 20 minutes
glancing over my weekly summaries — I think we shall manage to get on tolerably — what a satisfaction there is in being
able to see one’s expenses and affairs at a glance! when I get my cash book and all my books regularly set a going, I see
it will be a great comfort to me — Had just done writing the last 6 lines at 12 — went out of my room at 12 40/60
talked to my aunt 10 minutes — then direct to Mrs. Barlow’s — while there George came — sent him off with the letter he brought yesterday from the
Countess de Courcy Boulevard de la Madeleine No. [Number] 17 to Madame Galvani in answer to the letter from Madame Galvani with which I had sent him and gave him also 8 napkins to take
that Mrs. Barlow had bought for Madame Galvani waited for Mrs. Barlow and Jane to get ready and get something to eat, then at 2 1/4 set off to walk —
passed the barège de l’Etoile or as far as the entrance to the Bois de Boulogne — then returned and got back to Mrs. Barlow’s at 4 —
then leaving Jane at home, Mrs. Barlow and I went out — in passing called at Roland’s — she had in the morning agreed with
Mrs. Barlow’s new French servant to let her have all sorts of meat at 13 sols a lb. — I have always [paid] 14sols — said I had had an
offer of being supplied at 12 sols but if Roland would do it for that I would not change my butcher — Madame Roland said
she could not — she would for 13 sols but 12 sols would leave no benefit — the butcher I mentioned could not supply me with the
best meat at that price — I bade her think of it — we then went along the marché Saint Honoré au Gagne Petit —
got a coupon de toile de Cretone — 3 ells though only 2 1/2 ells required for 2 pillow cases for George’s pillow — order a tin tea canister at a shop near to be done on Friday — thence
chez Bertrand — got 1 lb. mould candles for Mrs. [Barlow] at 22/. 22 sols 1 lb. ditto chez Theriat rue neuve des petits champs au cour de la rue des Moulins
at 23 sols, and 1 ditto at Gilbert’s at 22 sols — got to Mrs. Barlow’s about 5 1/2 — tried the candles — Gilbert’s decidedly the best —
saw Mrs. Barlow only for a minute or 2 tête à tête — Nothing much beyond a kiss did or could pass ~ Mrs. Barlow’s carpet
put down in her lodging room this morning — got home in about 5 minutes (ran almost all the way) at 6 1/4 — Dinner at
6 1/2 — from 8 3/4 to 9 55/60 settled my accounts and wrote the last 14 1/2 lines — very hard frost all the day — very cold though
sunshiny and pleasant — went to my room at 10 5/60 — In returning this morning along the Champs Elysees this morning
almost if not quite sure the countess and Miss De Noe passed me but did not speak I looked at them but not as if cons
cious of knowing them in fact who they were did not occur to me till they had just passed do they mean to cut the acqua
intance I suppose so or they would surely have called or taken some more notice of me lately perhaps I am not sty
lish enough for them do nnot visit or they fancy me poor I neither know nor care if I can make them of any
use to me I shall I am quite easy on the subjects nowadays ssaid not a word to Mrs Barlow nor to my aunt I mean to
have the policy and temper never to mention anything of this kind whenever it may happen

[margin text:] very hard frost
coldest morning we have had
Fahrenheit 17 3/4° at 8 1/4 a.m.
23 1/2° at noon
28° at 6 1/4 p.m.
25° — 10 5/60 —

Wednesday 24
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11 1/2
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Incurred a cross thinking of Mrs. Barlow yet π [Mariana] occurred to me for my affections are hers alone my bowels pretty well — In bed and washed and dressed, and in my sitting room in 1/2 hour at 8 40/60 — this very cold weather
makes one quick — Dressed myself had not MacDonald to tie my petticoat and emptieth the pot myself and brought
into my room and did all this in the half hour ~ finished dressing — had done all by nine — then read the whole of this morning’s
paper — breakfast at 10 1/4 — then read over the whole of ‘The Poetical works of the right honourable George Canning, M.P., Secretary of
‘state for foreign affairs, etc., etc., etc.; comprising the whole of his satires, odes, songs, and other poems:
‘with a biographical memoir of the author § Paris, Baudry, rue du Coq — Saint Honoré, No. [Number] 9;
‘Galignani, rue Vivienne, No. [number] 18; Bobée et Hingray, rue de Richelieu, No. [Number] 14. 1827
§ ‘Canning is a genius, almost an universal one, an Orator, a writer, a Poet, and a statesman . Lord Byron.’
Printed by Crapelet, 9 rue de Vaugirard’ a little unbound 12mo. [duodecimo] or 18mo. [octodecimo] ppages 67.
Had just done writing the above of this morning at 11 3/4 — this morning’s paper has one or 2 important passages which I must observe upon tonight —

[margin text:] hard frost
Fahrenheit 27° at 8 40 /60 a.m.
29° at noon.
27° —— 10 p.m.
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