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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0060
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

February Saturday 17
6 1/2
11 40/60
my bowels pretty well yesterday and this morning — at my desk at 7 20/60 — from then to near 11 wrote 2 ppages small and close to
Mr. Duffin — breakfast at 11 then read the paper — the debates, English and French, very interesting took me till 12 10/60 —
from 12 1/2 to 2 35/60 wrote page 3, and the ends, very small and close of my letter to Mr. Duffin the last 1/3 of page 3, and the ends, being
addressed to Mrs. Duffin under the title of ‘my good friend’, being somehow unable to address her as Mrs. Duffin —
then finished dressing went out at 3 35/60 — Madame Sené just coming to sit with my aunt — having sent George with newspapers
and to tell Mrs. Barlow I should probably call there by and by, went there direct after calling at St. Beuvés about the fourneau for which he paid me — found Mrs. Barlow in bed with a stiff neck — Jane
better — Therèse recovering very slowly — Meant to walk stood talking to Mrs. Barlow some time perhaps twenty minutes then
took off my hat and got into bed to her soon right middle finger up found I had not done enough for her
at her again soon afterwards then by and by at her again a third time squeezed her close to the wall pushed my
self against and did it long and well for her she now and then encouraging me by saying that’s right her passi
ons are strong I said I not want anybody else she was quite enough for me I in my heart wished myself ou
t of the scrape her breath was bad and thought I I will take my walk first another time jumped out
of bed ~ Hurried home and came in at 6 5/60 — Dinner at 6 1/4 — after looking over my accounts a little and wrote the last 9
lines — very fine day — the coldest day we have had — very hard frost but fine and sunshiny — went to my room
at 10 10/60 — St. Beuvés Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré paid me 5/. for the Fourneau bought 6 October last, and took it away this afternoon —

[margin text:] very hard frost on the windows
Fahrenheit 16° at 7 1/4 a.m.
24° at noon
28° — 3 35/60 p.m.
24° — 6 10/60 —
17° — 10 1/4 —

Sunday 18
6 3/4
12 5/60
My bowels pretty well — I seem to have got over my bilious attack — Colder than ever this morning — finished dressing — done
at 8 1/2 — then got my clothes ready for the wash, and wrote the washing bills ready to put the nos. [numbers] and prices tonight — which
took me 1/2 hour — then did last week’s summary and at my accounts (calculating 1 thing or other) till 11 20/60 — then
breakfast — I think I can pay all but my private expenses for two hundred franks a week ~ my weekly
housekeeping account has never been so little as last week — and it might have been 7/. less well enough — nothing
like these weekly summaries, and constantly looking over one’s account — wrote the last 4 lines, and went in to read prayers
at 11 35/60 — read the prayers and sermon 12 bishop Sandford — and came back to my room at 12 40/60 — Read over my letters written yesterday to Mr.
and Mrs. Duffin — mention my aunt’s being marvellously recovered probably as happy as she ever was in her life, and as Dr. Tupper observed, may live these dozen years, but cannot bear travelling.
‘I see no prospect of her bearing to return know no present end of our remaining here’; yet if she continues as well as now,
I can leave her quite well for a few weeks per summer, and shall try the Duffins’ hospitality — count upon
being in England if not next summer, next summer 12 month — in the meantime ‘I much wish Mr. Jonathan Gray
to send me his account’ — of course he will take care of the probate copy of my uncle’s will — home got the rough draft of my own
signed and witnessed at Lawton — our apartment ‘a little too high up’ but ‘the picture of comfort’ when we get into
it — we should have preferred a 2nde [second] – It is the floor generally preferred — people think nothing of 60 steps — mention
the situation and its excellence — say I have ordered 25 dozen excellent Burgundy ‘of the best vintage there has been for long,
1822’ — ask the Duffins to come and help us off with it — and say I will try to give Mr. Duffin some good claret his favourite
wine — have no spare room — nobody has here — but will get them lodgings somewhere near — never minded the reports
of war — have spent about ‘Though our apartment is furnished for us, et cætera of one sort or other have cost us a hundred
pounds’ — ‘On comparing prices with Mariana, she says, ‘I think all household goods are higher priced with you,
‘than here — …. the linen would have cost you 1/2 what it has done in France’ — there is no saving in English-frequented
‘foreign capitals, but by reducing establishments, and living abroad like little people, instead of at home like great ones’ —
say I do not visit at all — mention not having been quite well since my arrival — having ‘suffered from what I never
suffered before, indigestion’ — seem better for my late bilious attack — ‘Our wood and charcoal will cost us about £80
‘a year 4 constant fires’ …. ‘How is Eliza Raine’ — will see Mr. Marsh go to Winterslow the next time I go to England — Have
anxiously expected hearing from Steph — have made all allowances — so well satisfied with the effect of his medicines, will
now excuse him if he does not write at all — my remembrances to him and Mrs. Henry Stephen Belcombe the Bests, Mrs. Anne and Miss Gage,
the Yorkes and Cromptons — page 2 (to Mr. Duffin) contains great part of the quotations from the pamphlet (vide page 111) observing ‘the

[margin text:] very hard frost coldest morning
Fahrenheit 13° at 7 a.m.
15° — 8 —
27° — 12 3/4 p.m.
26° — 6 —
25° — 10 —

‘above passage bear so striking an analogy to the corresponding sentiments expressed by our great able minister; they are,
‘therefore, so doubly interesting from the pen of a foreigner, and so curious as an illustration either of the borrowing of
‘opinions, or of the sameness of opinions upon this momentous subject in great and original minds, that I make no apology for thus
‘filling my paper ….... there is plenty to talk of, and think of here, without war — these are altogether eventful times —
‘that one line, ‘fera triompher la raison universelle ….. will make reason universally triumph over
‘all superstitions politcal and religious’, contains the secret of our national incompatibility with all the
‘apostolicals of our day — Here may be the soil, and here the seed ahead sown, of future discord; but I think
‘the time of harvest is not come as yet; and a few more summers may have passed us by, ere that ‘war of opinion’ commence,
‘whose end no human foresight can foresee — surely it is impossible for an Englishman to live here, and not
‘reflect, — and to reflect without being thankful that he is what he is, a subject of the happiest, and perhaps the
‘best, and most perfect government that was ever yet vouchsafed to man — Our croakers may croak as they
‘please — Send them to this next happiest country to our own, and let them hear with their ears, and see with their
‘eyes, and understand with their understandings if they have any, and, surely, they will return home, and be satisfied —
‘I mean not to complain of France; — it is a good and pleasant land; I am resident and comfortable here; but take it
‘all in all, there is no place like England’ — …… ‘but the climate is delightful; — one is happy by the mere
‘influence of the air; and, as I sauntered the other morning before breakfast in the Bois de Boulogne, I could not help
‘saying to myself, we have no air like this in England’ — ask him to wafer his next letter — wrote the last 21 lines
of the last page and so far of this which took me till 1 50/60 — from 2 to 5 1/2 read over Mrs. James Dalton’s last letter; and wrote her
3 ppages, small and close and the ends and under the seal — Mention our apartment as ‘all we wanted; but we soar for it; and you certainly would have
no occasion to say, ‘Friend go up higher’ — ask if she is ‘turned radical reformer, and determined to abolish
all places whatsoever’ that she will not let me remain ‘purveyor general of jujubes’ — beg to ‘keep my past
appointment for life’ — ‘My memory towards my friends is better than many of them seem to imagine — some think continental
air bad for it; — some think it cannot live without letter writing; — some think one thing some another — I recognised
Marianne’s handwriting in the direction of your letter — she never sends her love to me — give mine to her, and tell her,
‘cælum non animum mutant, qui trans mare currunt’ [‘They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.’] — hope to see them at the Rectory one of
these days — fancy Isabella not well — uneasy about her ‘should I be able to cross the water for 2 or 3 weeks
‘next summer, perhaps she will return with me’ — ‘I have not been quite well since our arrival here (in Paris),
‘and am still listless and lethargic’ — do not visit at all — have not been once to the theatres this winter — do
not like to leave my aunt in an evening — ‘I have not yet made an effort any attempt to get into any literary society.’ Not
therefore seen Mr. Bankes — should I meet with him, will think of Mrs. James Dalton — should like to know him — 5000
English here, instead of the 1,500 last winter — the Count de Montlosier’s works have produced a strong sensation — the
duchess d’Angoulême said to have gone on her knees to prevail upon the King not to dismiss the 3 members of the
academy — the duke d’Angoulême said to have prevented the dissolution of the whole academy and the creation of new peers among
the bishops being against cramming the press law down the people’s throats whether they will or not — Mention the excessive
cold — Diligence horses covered with a sheet of icicles — ‘I was particularly struck by this the other day’ (last time but 1 I went to
Madame Irlande) ‘having never before seen 5 dark bay horses so completely metamorphosed into as many white bears’ —
Distress here among the lower classes — no trade, and bankrupts every day — Mrs. Lawton’s remark on the dearness of our linen
‘good beef and mutton at 6 1/2d and 7d a lb. and veal at 9d — with this exception, we found all eatables dearer than in our dear past
‘part of Yorkshire, at home — House rent enormous — Our wood and charcoal will cost us about, or upwards of, £80 a year for
only 4 constant fires during the winter, and bedroom fires very occasionally — Live from hand to mouth — …. ‘no spare rooms — no store-
‘rooms — one markets every day — They have a proverb here ‘(Madame Sené told it me just before we came here), ‘Les provisions ruinent [Provisions ruin]
DateFeb 1827
Extent1 page


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