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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0055
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]


ed my hand with eau de cologne which replaced the one smell by the other I declared I knew little or
nothing about the thing but if I did should like it because it was her doing this however was more
on my lips than in my heart she is almost necessary to me now I should be dull without someone to speak
to and literally I have none else and know not whom I could well get I feel more and more the want of π [Mariana] how wi
ll this matter end when will she be with me but she shall never see before she does come how strong the
necessity has been to know it now might hurry her off and make her do what she ought not and must
make her unhappy she knows not how I am going on not that I love π [Mariana] the less off [or] Mrs. Barlow the more but such
is the fate of things of things Mrs Barlow is passionately devoted to me yet I love her not and could not be happy with
her I always feel not [illegible] to know sufficiently who or what she is and somehow I have always mistrusted
her at times ~ went out with Mrs. Barlow and Jane at 3 3/4 — through the gardens to Perrelet, rue du Bac,
now, after the death of his old master (old Braghy), the best watchmaker in Paris — a Swiss but
had lived all his life here — very clever — a good watch of his own making would be 800/. or 1000/..
could not engage to get it done in less than a year — the little watch Jane bought of him for 300/. Swiss
works examined and adjusted by himself, but no more — [illegible] thoroughly good watch could not be afforded
at this price — almost all the watches in Paris, Swiss works — Perrelet had great offers to go to
London; and he ought to have gone; but somehow, he did not go — then to a pot shop No. [Number] 19 rue du Bac —
then in rue Castiglione, and rue St. Honoré, inquuired in vain for bleu foncé gauze Italian gauze, or something
proper for my window blinds, as recommended by Madame Galvani — then went into the bazar rue St. Honoré —
some time there — coke fires — the smoke unsupportable — how should I take to the coal fires in England? I begin to think
Madame Galvani a raison — the sulphurous odour of our coals is very disagreeable — Left Mrs. Barlow and Jane
at the end of rue Duphot, and got home at 5 3/4 — put the card table I bought, into my study, and sent into the
salon the card table furnished and just new lined by Monsieur Sené, it being too big for me — Dinner at
6 1/4 — in the salon at 8 20/60 — Settled with George — settled my accounts — wrote the all but the first line of the first 23 lines of yesterday and came to my room at 10 10/60 — made long
minutes of all the rest of today — very fine day — very cold — hard frost — but a little pleasant sunshine —

Tuesday 6
7 1/2
12 10/60
Quarter hour on the pot but could do nothing ~ Rather long in dressing — did my hair — at my desk at
9 20/60 from then to 10 10/60 wrote the last 15 lines of the last page and so far of this — breakfast at 10 1/2 — read the paper
which took me till 11 1/2 — then looking over my money and calculating my probable expenses till 12 1/2 — finished dressing —
Went out at 1 40/60 with my aunt to make our 1st call (since our coming here) on the Senés — I stayed 1/2
hour and then left my aunt there to hear a little music — Monsieur Sené came in for a minute or 2 — I wanted to mention to
him 1 or 2 things I wished to have done — he was very civil — proposed (said it was a marché which he begged to
consider about) that if I chose to give up my present large remise, and take the small one, (it would just hold our
carriage — he had measured it), he would put the same sort of curtain before it (by way of door to keep out the
dust) he had put before his own which had cost him 50 écus (meaning 150/. though an écu is now only
worth 2/75) — on going downstairs looked at this little remise Said I was always happy to do anything that
could oblige him — that if the remise would really do for the carriage, it was matter of indifference to me — I would
mention it to George, and if he saw no objection, I should have none — on going downstairs looked at this little
remise — too small — only fit for a cabriolet — there is an end of the thing — I shall say nothing about it
to George determined to keep the remise I have — direct to Mrs. Barlow — got there at 2 1/4 — she put on her things
and went with me to Madame Irlande (rue des Vieux Augustins No. [Number] 8) to ask her to take back the kitchen table that came
on Sunday (I think) and got her 2 men (emballeurs not regular menuisiers) had spoilt this morning in attempting to
put a drawer in it — besides, the whole thing was of bad wood — green, sap-deal — from Madame Irlande very
civil but having bought it for me, and the thing being out of her line, I shall have something to pay — it was agreed the

[margin text:] hard frost very fine day.
Fahrenheit 19 1/2° at 8 a.m.
29° at noon
34 1/2° — 10 20/60 p.m.

price of the table should be 10/. — quite enough for such a thing bad one — the menuisier here laughed when he saw
it, and is to make me a better at the expense of Monsieur Sené from Madame Irlande we went a very roundabout way
to No. [Number] 24, rue Thevenot to buy some bougies — (1lb. for Mrs. Barlow and one for me) — returned more directly —
Called at the Gourmand (Palais royal) for the gateau d’amande (2/75) Mrs. Barlow had bought in going, and as
we went along the rue St. Honoré bought poires tapis at 1/. a lb. and a small box of dried plums at 1/60, for
dessert — I saw Mrs. Barlow was determined to give me another good dinner — what nonsense! Got back to
Mrs. Barlow’s at 5 — Jane said Therèse had been very ill all the day, and had fainted last night in bed —
But Mrs Barlow and I sat tete [a] tete in her room merely saying and thinking perhaps the woman was in a family way all circumst
ances taken together it was very suspicious ~ Dinner at 6 — peas-soup, vol-au-vent, côtelettes d’
agneau, pommes de terre à la maître d’hotel — 7 plats for dessert — poor Therèse looked more
dead than alive — unable to do anything — but really unwilling to be sent to bed till she had got us all
we could want, and even brought in the tea things — She was almost fainting — was to have some eau de cologne
but Mrs. Barlow brought her in to me, to feel her pulse, to see if she had fever — the moment I felt it, found the woman
had so much fever, advised Mrs. Barlow to send immediately for Dr. Tupper — he came at 8 — ordered the woman 12 leeches
on the nape of her neck — sat a little while with us — hoped the woman would be soon better but could not speak
positively till he saw her again the next morning — not as we suspected — he is a tall big man — Speaking
rather broad — Mrs. Barlow says it is the Guernsey accent — certainly not a good one — nor did he strike me as at
all either gentlemanly or literarily — he seems a good practical doctor (as Mrs. Barlow says, he is), and that is
all — told him I should send for him if my aunt or myself required a physician — He has no opinion of French physicians generally —
Said that only a year ago a boy who had a white swelling in his knee had it treated with [illegible]
of just-killed cats cut open and laid reeking on the part! and this was all that was done — said that Madame Ireland’s
child that he had attended would have been lost had the treatment not been changed — the bowels were a little out
of order — the child was ordered to be put on very spare diet (to be more than half starved) and that to consist entirely of purée
de pois (peas-soup), the worst, most indigestible thing it could take — Dr. Tupper gave it a dose of calomel, and
ordered it to have proper nourishment; and the child was well in a week — Soon after Doctor Tupper went
Mrs. Barlow proposed my going to her room to lie down as I was often sleepy after dinner we were sitting com
fortably over the fire and I really did not wish to move however I said nothing but (at nine) away we went I thinking
to myself well I know what she wants and I must pay her for her dinner we got into bed right middle fin
ger up twice and she seemed well satisfied this was all required and I pretended to sleep a little
and got up very soon after George’s coming ~ George came about 9 40/60 — Sat a little while — Mrs. Barlow grumbling at my going
so soon, and got home at 10 1/4 — Mrs. Barlow thought my aunt unreasonable to expect me to go so soon ought not to
expect to stay at home with her always she might be very good but could be no companion for me she had said while wa
lking Jane thought my aunt beginning to dote indeed she was not very clever surely she was no
t always as now she repeated again and again the most silly things Doctor Tupper said the general effect of
her complaint was to gradually weaken and decay the whole system so probably her mind was weakened I said this
had not struck me before I should think about it and take more notice I certainly had observed my
aunt had no head for calculating but this she never had only it had struck me lately that she nev
er remembered the price of our apartment and seldom repeated the price of anything right but
I had observed no other difference she was never a clever woman but did not want common sense my uncle
was a clever man and might sometimes sseem to have little patience with my aunt her manner might tire him
but latterly not so much so he was ill himself my aunt used always to say if anything was wanted I must speak to my
uncle about it but really she had never wanted common sense ~ somehow dawdling tonight — broke my tooth glass by putting hot water into

[margin text:] it, let the top tray of my dressing box fall and broke the
the toothbrush tray, and let the socket of my little bed candlestick fall into the lamp glass — a series of gaucheries!
DateFeb 1827
Extent1 page


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