Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0065
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

124
1827
March Thursday 1
6 35/60
11 3/4
My bowels all wrong — it must be for want of exercise — I was not out yesterday — I really must not sit so close to
my accounts or anything else — At my desk at 7 3/4 — from then to 10 1/4 made out all the totals, and wrote out the summary
(the rough draft made out sometime ago) of expenses from the time of leaving Shibden to the end of last year — And aired a dozen n
apkins ~ Breakfast at 10 20/60 — read the paper — at my desk again at 11 1/2 — Talking with the butter woman — she asked
36 sols a lb — Mrs. Barlow had told me only to give her 32 sols — however agreed to give her 33 sols rather than be obliged to send
to the halle — however told George when he went out this afternoon to inquire the price — from 11 1/2 Then till 1 1/2 settled my accounts of this
morning and completely finished the arrangement to my mind of my general book for 1826 — the next thing will be my
private book of 1826, then after mounting a regular cash-book of last year and this my work will be all but done —
wrote the last 3 lines, and, at 1 35/60, began to finish dressing — and went out at 2 3/4 - found Madame Sené with my aunt —
staid talking to her till 3 25/60 then direct to Mrs. Barlow — She was just gone out — overtook her going to call on Mrs.
Lefevre — waited — walked about — not at home — we all walked through the barrière de L’Étoile to the Faubourg du Roule —
got back at 5 5/60 — left Jane at home and Mrs. Barlow and I went along the rue St. Honoré through the palais royal to Galignani’s to buy his
Swiss guide for Mrs. Barlow in — Bought cheese at Bertrand’s parted with Mrs. Barlow opposite to our house, and came in at 6 1/2
Dinner at 6 40/60 — left the dining room at 8 3/4 — came to my room wrote the last 6 lines — Speaking today of our going to Switzerland
Mrs. Barlow would rather cross the Simplon and see a little of the North of Italy than go along the banks of the Rhine by Brussels —
Went into the drawing room to my aunt at 9 1/4 Mrs. Barlow insisting on my bringing home Galignani’s Swiss Guide, cut the
leaves and looked into it here and there — Came to my room at 10 20/60 very fine mild warm soft day, but a little windy, and the wind
higher at night — my aunt sleeping — I reading the first 44 introductory ppages of Galignani’s Swiss Guide —
1/4 hour looking at the maps of Switzerland and Italy —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 52º at 8 a.m. very fine and mild
59º at noon
54º — 6 1/2 p.m.
50º — 10 25/60 —


Friday 2
6 35/60
11 20/60
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Twenty minutes mending the buttonhole of my petticoat that I tore against the door handle ~ At my desk at
8 — from then to 10 3/4 made out the first summaries of the first 7 months of my private account of last year, and wrote out a
rough copy of the same, not writing them in my book now, not being yet quite certain how many columns
I shall require, or exactly on what plan I shall enter them — Letter from Miss MacLean at 9 3/4, but
I have not yet had time to read it — Wrote the above of this morning then breakfast at 10 50/60 — from then to 12 breakfasted (in 20 minutes)
and read the paper — From 12 to 3 10/60 did the summaries as above of the last 5 months of last year and of the 2 months passed of this year —
A little oversight error in doing the month of October, gave me a good deal of trouble — Heartily glad to have got on with my
work so far — 35 minutes, reading my letter from Miss MacLean 2 ppages the ends, the first and 3rd page crossed — close small,
writing explanatory in answer to my last, — which seems to have annoyed her past her bearing — I have somehow cut
too deep about this Quaker — It seems it is Albane who is the religious one — They must live on a quarter what
they did before their brother seems to have entered into some business with his wifes family and is
completely ruined (as far as he can be with an entailed estate) Drumfin and Quinish to be let where th
ey are to go uncertain ~ I am glad I did not write last week — the page written last Sunday will not do — I must
say no more about the Quaker — I have hurt her pride — yet just before concluding (crossing of page 3) she seems to
acquit me in some measure ‘your last has taught me what I did not wish to learn, but what full well
‘I knew I deserved and expected when we should become better acquainted — The fault is all mine, it is mine …
(a word I cannot make out) ‘gratitude for past kindness which can never be forgotten’ - ….. wrote the last 10 lines and had
just done them at 4 —finished dressing [illegible] and not which took me till 4 35/60 — for I was little inclined to hurry — thinking
of Miss MacLean’s letter — However meant to have gone out but found it raining at 4, and it is still raining fast now at 4 40/60 —
Then till six writing the rough draft of a letter to Miss MacLean — Dinner at 6 10/60 — Left the dining room at 8 5/60 — Came to my room for
1/4 then went into the drawing room (after having written the last 2 lines and prepared my bedroom for my going to bed) — read the last 20 ppages of the introduction
and the first 38 ppages of the work itself. Galignanis Swiss Guide — Came to my room at 10 1/4 —

[margin text:] rain from 4 p.m.
for above an hour
damp evening —

Fahrenheit 49o 1/2º at 8 a.m.
58º at noon
42º at 8 10/60 p.m.
41º at 10 1/4

very fine and mild air
but windy towards noon


125
1827
March Saturday 3
6 35/60
11 1/2
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My bowels all wrong again — Surely it is for want of more exercise — at my desk at 7 35/60 — from then to 11 40/60 added
up all the totals of the summary done yesterday — proved the whole to be right, and wrote it out in my private summary book —
delighted to have got it done — Breakfast at 11 40/60 — at my desk again at 12 5/60 from then to 1, writing some memoranda to be for
future consideration, as to the final arrangement of my financial system — and writing some other little matters — From 1 10/60 to 2
read the paper — then finished dressing and went out at 2 50/60 — ordered a box for McDonald (Martin’s rue des Capucines)
then to Amyot’s rue de la Paix to ask the price of Mrs. Starke’s Advice to Travellers — they had not Galignani’s Edition in 1 volume 8vo [octavo]
of last year, but shewed me one printed at Leghorn (last year or 1824) in 2 volumes 8vo [octavo] price 12 francs but 11/. to me —
It rained when I went in, so staid 1/4 hour till the shower was over — Looking over Mrs. Starke — I think I shall take it —
Thence along the rue neuve des Petits Champs to the Grandes Messageries rue Notre Dame des Victoires — a Diligence to Geneva every day
or every other day at 4 p.m. — It was just starting as I entered — price (coupés 74 francs), 4 1/2 days on the road —
Thence returned through the palais royal and court of Louvre to No. [Number] 79 Quai de l’horloge L. Breguet, the most celebrated
watchmaker in Paris — M- [Mariana] wants to have one of his watches - saw 2, Swiss works, but garanties, 1 at
500/. (‘une petite montre à cylindre de Rubis [a small ruby cylinder watch], prix 500/.’) ‘une à cylindre d’acier les trois
Rubis,[a steel cylinder with three rubies] 400/. Une autre entièrement de notre établissemesnt [Another one entirely made by us] prix 1200/. Une très petite, très platte,
très extraordinaire [a very small, very thin, very extraordinary, or unusual], un chronometer 3600/.’ — Told him what a great reputation he had in England — said that one
{of his watches belonging to the Duke of York sold the other day (M- [Mariana] tells me it was bought for Lord Crewe) for 70 guineas — made by his father — a capital one —
{He said it must be une petite reprision — he should have been glad to buy it at the price — it was very cheap — they
{sold it to the duke 16 years ago for 150 guineas — They had sold the duke one 2 years ago for 5000 francs — Madame
{Galvani says Perrelet, rue du Bac, an élève of old Breguet’s, is now the really best (cleverest) watchmaker
in Paris, - He is a professor of mechanics at the école polytechnique, but this present Breguet (the son)
is not near so clever as his father who was besides a world, went much into good society and was a man of polished
manners and well informed on all subjects — Yet thought I to myself Breguet has the name and he charges for it —
Perrelet would sell as good a watch as Breguet’s of 400/. or perhaps 500/. for 350/. and for the first rate
watch made by himself, he asked me only 2000/. — He would make a first-rate chronometer for 4000/. ? Perhaps
I have noted this before — the day I saw Perrelet — From Breguet’s came direct to the gardens — got there at 5 — walked about
3/4 hour (on the terrasse d’eau) and got home at 5 50/60 — Dinner at 6 5/60 — Came to my room at 8 — Wrote the last 21 1/2
lines — Settled my accounts and went into the drawing room at 8 5/60 — from then to 9 20/60 (at which hour came to my room)
read from page 38 to 81 Galignani’s Swiss Guide — A little past 8 George brought in a note from , the wine
merchant Faubourg St. Martin No [Number] 83 (recommended by Madame Galvani) de la part de Madame Giguait, to
say he had sent the 2 casks of wine ‘2 pièces de vin — je suisse vous assurer que vous serez
contente quand le vin aura de la bouteille il sera beaucoup mieux’ ['2 casks of wine - I can to assure you that you will be happy when the wine has been bottled it will become much better'] — He will send a
man on Wednesday to bottle it — The wine ought to have come on Monday — I had almost given it up —

[margin text:] Friday 9 March it was the watch sold 16 years ago for 150 guineas for which Mr. Brooke Greville
gave 70 guineas + and the ‘petite reprision’ sold 2 years ago for 5000 francs (about £200)
for which Lord Crewe gave 150 guineas —

Fahrenheit 39º at 7 1/2 a.m. very fine.
51o - noon showers between
54o - 6 p.m. 3 and 4 p.m.
48o - 10 20/60 afterwards fine -

Sunday 4
6 35/60
11 3/4
my bowels pretty well — I really must go out every day, and take plenty of exercise — At my desk at 7 40/60 —
wrote the last 5 1/2 lines, and at my accounts at 7 50/60 — from then to 10 35/60 looking my old original banking book beginning with
1820 and looking over my account with M- [Mariana] etc. trying to make out what I have been worth and however since I had a sixpence
and trying to get a correct view of what was my income meaning to set up make out a regular cashbook from as far back
as my purchase into the 3 per cent consols — Breakfast in 20 minutes at 10 35/60 — Then at my account books again till
11 1/2 — then wrote the above of today, and finished dressing — From 12 5/60 to 1 read aloud the service and sermon 14 bishop Sandford — 1/4
hour talking to my aunt — Then came to my room — trying on shoes (those I bought rue des Capucines) and gayters — the shoes do not
suit me — I must have others — the gayters rather too small and only fit for dry weather — must have black ones — and put on my boots
again — I shall have probably endless trouble to get strong shoes or light walking shoes here, to suit me — Went out at 2 —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 50o at 8 a.m. (fine)
54º at 11 1/2 —
50º at 6 1/4 —
40º at 10 20/60 —
DateMar 1827
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