Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0050
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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January
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from 11 3/4 to 1 55/60 looking over my bills to find those for wood, and for Bertrand’s charging very good raisin de Malaga
at 22 sols a lb. — considering and making memoranda of what I ought to do, etc. etc. the man came from Mellerio with the
3 couverts de dessert and 3 cuillers à café for the kitchen for which I paid him (including gravure 9/.) 105/60 —
I will not have more plate just yet — wrote the last 4 lines, and had just done them at 2 — a snow shower between
12 and one — went out at 2 25/60 direct to our new apartment — saw Madame Sené — asked for several little things to be done —
bells, etc. and asked her to make inquiries for a buffet, commode, dining room carpet, and if she heard of one that would do for
my salon to let me know for all which I would pay — inquired about her butcher — she pays 13 sols a lb. for meat — employs
the butcher in the rue Godot de Moroy — went there — offered 12 sols a lb. — did not see the mistress — left my address — a person
to come and treat with me tomorrow evening at 7 — I scarce expect they will take less than 13 sols a lb. — thence to the pot shop No. [Number] 1.
Boulevard de la Madeleine en face [in front of] la rue Caumartine — asked the price of several things — well enough satisfied — the best white china
plates, à choisir, 10/. a dozen tumbler glasses at 7 sols — handsome wine decanters 24/. the pair — then sauntered along
the boulevards — went into the great comestible shop — a little round from de Hollande at 18 sols the lb.— then to no. [number] 7 Boulevard des Italiens where I bought the snuffers when M- [Mariana] was with me — meant to have made this my shop —
but found the man rather a cheat — went into the passage des Panoramas — then No. [Number] 7 Boulevard Poissonnière (a civil
woman) bought a pair of snuffers and stand at 1/25 — then went as far as the porte St. Denis — In returning (about 1/2 way
back) heard a voice behind me repeat my name — It was Mr. Droz — very civil — walked with me to the end of his
own street — Madame Droz had had a violent fright about a fortnight ago saw a man thrown out of his cabriolet, and
fancied he was killed — this had brought on a fausse couche [miscarriage], and she had scarce left her bed since — expressed my sorrow —
said I would call to inquire after her tomorrow if I had time — got home at 5 25/60 — Mrs. and Miss Barlow with my aunt — they staid till
6 10/60 I in the room with them all the greater part of the time — Mrs. Barlow came to me for a minute or two had lain awake last
night fretting because I had never once told her yesterday that I loved her I said she was a goose she
made me promise to tell her when I ceased to love her best poor soul she seems a little beside herself about
me I think ~ Dinner at 6 1/4 — afterwards wrote the last 17 1/2 lines and settled my accounts which took me from 7 40/60 to
vide the last line of the last page — the observation alluded to in this morning’s paper page 1. column 2. A definitive treaty of
friendship signed at Teheran 25 November 1814 between England and Persia signed by James Morier and Henry Ellis, Esquires —
‘By this treaty, it is understood that Great Britain guaranteed to Persia, in case of invasion by Russia,
‘not only military support, but a subsidy of £200,000 a year so long as the war should continue ......
‘Mr. Willock’ (our chargé d’affaires) ‘had arrived in this country to respresent to his majesty’s government the full
‘reliance of Persia upon, as well as the absolute necessity of, its aid, at the present moment .... Persia
‘may be regarded as the Portugal of the East. the basis of our connexion with her is strikingly analogous.
‘A similar Casus fœderis being established, would exact from us similar interference Persia, too, like Portugal.
‘has been the theatre of political intrigues and pretentions (wherein a marked resembleance may be traced) to subvert
‘the ascendancy of England; while the interests at stake are of incalculably greater magnitude. So important, indeed,
‘are these latter that it is not hazarding too much to affirm, the general policy of the country would step in to prevent
‘protect Persia from becoming a Province, or Pachalic, as it were of Russia, even if it were possible to shew
‘that she was not the original aggressor ..... New Times’ — page 2. column 1. ‘the quantity of tea taken for home
‘consumption within the last 20 years, amounts, in the whole, to 430,308,170 lbs. weight average yearly consumption therefore
for that period 413,758 lbs. or 58,947 lbs. in each day. Times’ — Further continuation of the Wellesley cause,
but not yet finished — a snow shower between 12 and 1 otherwise a fine frosty day — very fine evening — came to my room at 10 —

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my bowels wrong again — In my room at 8 1/2 finished dressing — and all done at 9 — read the whole of the paper page 2 column 1. there is the following
from the Times ‘we refer to the supposed refusal by the court of St. Petersburg of the offer of mediation made by England, between Russia and
Persia’ the refusal positive — ‘has arisen from the discovery that a secret treaty was in existence, by which England was pledged to afford assistance
to Persia ..... this rumour is too well supported to be altogether without foundation, but according to the best information we can
obtain, the period of that treaty has expired, and it cannot consequently lead to any political discussions’ — page 2. column 2. ‘Sir Walter Scott is


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‘to receive £11,000 sterling for 8000 copies of his Life of Napoleon, the Bartonet [Baronet] himself paying for the paper and print. The
‘copy-right is to revert to the author after the sale of the 1st edition of 8000 copies — Times’ — ‘January 19 average price
of grain in England and Wales, from the returns received in the week ending the 12th January, 1827: — wheat, 53/10; Barley, 34/10;
Oats, 29/1; Rye, 40/6; Beans, 46/1; Peas, 49/4.’ page 3. column 2. — Breakfast at 10 1/4 — wrote the above of today and had just
done at 11 5/60 — then after having had the porter’s wife and given up to her all the pottery and the plate — wrote 3/4 page 2 of my letter to M- [Mariana] (the 1st page written yesterday week) — the porter’s wife really behaved — very
handsomely — did not want to take anything for the 4 common plates and 1 soup plate (terre de pipe) we have broken — and would
make me accept the grande cruche (great brown earthen pitcher that M- [Mariana] and I used to have together and therefore I so value it) as a
little cadeau — we shall part very good friends — she wishes everyone was aussi juste que moi [as fair as me] — was
going on with my letter to M- [Mariana] when, about 1, the porter’s wife came with 2 letters 1 from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) one from IN. [Isabella Norcliffe]
‘1 Oxford-Row, Bath. Friday January 12th 1827’ where they arrived on the 26th ultimo — the porter’s wife staid talking 1/2 hour — will not believe there will
be war between France and England — says Monsieur de Villele declares he will not make war — he will if there is to be war
give up his place at once — wrote the last 7 1/2 lines at 1 3/4 took up M-’s [Mariana] letter to read — wishes me to have an
apartment a little farther from the rue des Champs Elysées, than that in the rue d’Anjou — But she trusts me and is ssatisfied ‘one ye
llowish subject carries me onto another’ to Miss Maclean ‘I am glad to have had a rather more open answer to my
remarks than you gave me at first’ she is ssatisfied ~ ‘I am a little surprised by what you tell me of the
impression left on your mind by your visit to Esholt ‘It is the purity of her feeling towards you that makes me like
her.... surely there must be something particular in your fat that as ssoon as ever you suffer yourself to pay
attention to anyone they begin to dote my Fred you are a person not only singular in yourself but also in the pe
culiarities that happen to you every day knowing and feeling this can you wonder at my fond and impatient
wish to be near you’ ~ Her account of herself (Thursday the 11th) much the same as before — she seems aware that the evil is
one originating in the mind — she bears our separation less well than ever — ‘my regret at having parted with you’
(line 23. page 3.) ‘has never faded since the moment my eyes last rested on you in the harbour of Boulogne, so far from it,
‘it seems to increase daily’ I feel myself more miserable since our last separation than I ever did be
fore from the same cause and neither use time nor necessity have any effect upon me in this particular
yet I often try to argue myself out of this weakness for such in truth it is knowing as I well do that just
at present the privation I mourn over is unavoidable time may remove it but repinings will not cannot
do good no one wishes to do right more than I do yet my feelings too often master my reason and I have not power
to rouse myself into that active virtue which under all circumstances but particularly in mine is nec
essary to my health and to both our comfort you see I spare you the trouble of hunting for my faults when
I tell them so plainly you will be displeased I know and it is fit you should for indeed I am often very fool
ish ~ poor π [Mariana] my heart sighed deeply over this oh that we were together we are both unhappy ~ no impro
vement in L [Charles Lawton] he seems to be bad as ever and the squire less manageable ~ She had a letter from Steph on the
11th ‘Do not’ (says he) ‘fancy your complaint will go away afits, whatever maybe the cause, it is evidently what
‘medical men know by the term ‘the 2nd stage of indigestion’ it is I trust now completely under the control
‘of medicine, but if not promptly assisted, it will degenerate into a nervous affectation entailing many a bitter year
‘as well as bitter dose’ — he then orders 12 leeches to the pit of my stomach, and sends me 3 prescriptions which I would write
‘down for you to see only I think I shall not make them legible — 2 pills are to be taken every other night and a draught
‘the next morning — besides this, a mixture 2 tablespoonfuls 3 times a day — I am neither to take meat nor wine. This
‘plan is to be tried for a week, but not persevered in without further advice, unless quickly beneficial — Tuesday 16 — I
‘put on the leeches on Saturday and think I am better the medicines I have also taken since Friday but I cannot sleep, last night
‘the pain in my stomach went so completely through me that I should have found it difficult to say whether I had most pain
‘before or behind — the heat at my stomach is not diminished, but I am not so sick in a morning — however a few more days
‘will make me better able to say whether or not the medicines agree — before this letter goes on Saturday, I shall have had a little
‘more opportunity of judging’ — my letter did not arrive on Tuesday as usual Wednesday Thursday up to Saturday the 20th no letter — Her agitation
seemed extreme on Saturday (20th) just before sending off her letter to me — no mails were due — ‘I am in a perfect fever of dread

[margin text:] hard frost.
Fahrenheit 26° at 8 a.m.
30° — 1 1/2 p.m.
28° — 6 —
29° — 10 10/60 —
DateJan 1827
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