Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0067
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

128

1827
March
V
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and it was enough I was very good to go and see her today she was in a perspiration and said it had rel
ieved her fever her breath was bad I could not leave her and therefore have had no walk entreated
her not to pother herself and to be cheerful she promised said she would see me on Saturday which she took
quite well said she began to like π [Mariana] said π [Mariana] did not like her thought she had behaved sstrangely
hoped she should never behold her again but wished her every good Mrs Barlow said she could bear to h
ear me praise her would be sorry to interfere with her only wished me happy somehow we mentioned
Mr Hancock and Mr Bell wished she had never know anyone I disliked and that she was all to please me her on
ly fault was loving me and she cried and would but I would have her be calm and quiet and take care of her
self she kissed my hand and clung to it and looked almost as if beside herself ~ Got home at 6 1/2 — dinner
at 6 40/60 — came to my room at 8 20/60 — wrote the last 15 lines — Went into the drawing room at 9 10/60 — Looking over
Ebel’s Swiss Guide — Came to my room at 10 20/60 — - o..- ~

Wednesday 7
6 10/60
11 1/2
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My bowels all wrong — I have worn my tight gown these last 3 or 4 days — that may have partly this bad effect —
At my desk at 7 10/60 — from then to 10 35/60 at my accounts — remade out the whole the cash account of the last year —
Could not get it right — I seemed to have between £40 and £50 too much — At last, recollected that in conseqence consideration of many
years arrears of Hampstead rents, due to my aunt, amounting to considerably above £100 (near £150 ? my aunt made
out the account but I have not it here), it was agreed, that Marian should forego her legacy of £50 left her by
my uncle and my father should forego the £50 I owed him (of the £200 put into the bank in my name, for him, in November?
1825) vide my Journal of 15 February 1826 volume 12 — Thus I had to enter £50 more among my receipts
and this set me right all but £5.4.8 1/4 which setting down as unaccounted for, or lost during 1826
makes me shew clearly 31 December 1826 a balance on the right side of £299.13.8 1/2 i.e. as
per Rawsons account £271.1.0 in the bank, and cash and bank of England notes in my writing desk £28.12.8 1/2 § —
Heartily glad to have got so far — now I seem to stand on my legs — All the rest will be plain
sailing, and I can manage it in time — Wrote the above of today, and sat down to breakfast at 11 1/4 —
vide page § of this balance of £299.13.8 1/2, be it, however remembered , that having (vide M-’s [Mariana]
132 account) bought her £125
3 per cent consols at £101.15.0, and adding to this the balance otherwise between us, I owed her 31 December 1826
£194.19.4 — It is quite a relief to me to have got so far on my way — 10 minutes — just
looking at the paper — began to finish dressing at 11 55/60 and went out at 12 35/60 — a few minutes in the cellar — then — the men to come again to seal the bottles - direct Mrs. Barlow to take her
back her umbrella and inquire after her — found her in bed but better Madame Galvani there — A girl brought stays — would not leave
a pair without being paid — Mrs. Barlow would not therefore buy any — The girl impertinent a Madame Galvani sent her away —
She returned to say she would leave the stays — after some consultation, Mrs. Barlow agreed not to take them — I went to speak
to the girl — Almost turned her out of Jane’s room because she was unwilling to go without seeing Mrs. Barlow
Mrs Barlow seems to be half distracted if I say the least thing that annoys she would have me say our hearts
were married I would not at first but did just before leaving her poor soul she seemed
grateful and said she was too happy upon my word she seems a little beside herself ~ Walked
with Madame Galvani from Mrs. Barlow’s here — Came in at 2 1/4 — Madame Galvani staid till 4 1/4 then went away in a fiacre — Said I
hoped to get my accounts all done in about a month — Then I would study, and when I could speak French better, would
call on Madame Giguet — perhaps next September — She is never in Paris in the summer — generally goes to some baths
Was at Aix last summer — suffers much from rheumatism — will probably spend next winter at Nice —
Madame Galvani recommends me to read L’histoire de Venise par Monsieur Daru assez volumineuse —
We talked ancient history and mythology almost all the time — On Madame Galvani’s going wrote the last 13 lines and settled
my accounts which took me till 5 5/60 — from then to 6 20/60 making out the cash account of this year so far, but there is some error in it —
Dinner at 6 25/60 — George busy about the wine — waited upon ourselves — The marchand came up to my room about 7 — He said they

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 44o at 7 10/60 a.m. fine
52º at noon rain at 12 ½
52o at 10 20/60 p.m. for the rest of the
day — fair at night


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were very large unequal sized bottles I had bought — unusually large — consequently instead of as Madame Galvani told me
above 300 bottles in each cask of wine, only 276 of the Beaune and 291 of the Joigny (for the servants) —
It is always customary here to give the barrels to the tonneliers (men who bottle the wine) as their perquiste —
or I must give 30 or 40 sols when they came to ask me for something for their trouble — (besides being paid
by their master — he said he would agree take the casks from me, but then he must make up for them to the men —
no! no! said — I wish to do as everyone else does — and the men may have the casks — the man persuaded
me to try 6 bottles of his Chablis 7 years old, at 2/. a bottle — paid for them — afterwards went into the
cellar, counted the bottles — then came up to my room at 8 40/60 — wrote the last 9 lines - settled my accounts
calculated the price of the wine per bottle — adding the price of 600 bottles at 18/ a 100 (24 francs a 100
for new bottles) the Beaune will cost me 1 franc 33 292/276 cents and the Joigny (servants wine) 0 francs 75 175/291
cents a bottle — I shall save about 8 sols a bottle on the wine we drink ourselves and about 4 1/4 cents (not a sol)
on the servants wine — but then I have the bottles for another time — Went into the drawing room to my aunt at 9 50/60 —
and came back to my room at 10 1/4 — -o..- ~ A little motion just before getting into bed ~

Thursday 8
6 1/2
11 1/4
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My bowels better — I did not walk either yesterday Tuesday or Sunday farther than Mrs. Barlow’s, but I wore my old (loose)
gown yesterday — I cannot bear anything the least tight — At my desk at 7 1/2 — from then to 10 20/60 at the cash
account of this year — There is some confusion — some mistake in my making it out — for my life I cannot understand
it — Letter from M- [Mariana] about 9 1/2, but I have not yet opened it — 1/2 determined to get this account right — but in vain —
I will get my breakfast — This puzzling makes me feel bilious — the wind has now blown off the rain — I must
go out — breakfast, now, at 10 25/60 having just written the last 3 1/2 lines — no! read my letter first (good
account of M- [Mariana]) and breakfast at 10 3/4 — 1/2 hour more (till 11 3/4) at my accounts — I must give them up for a day or 2,
and then try what I can make of them — began to do my hair — then off again to my accounts as if involuntarily for another
1/2 hour (till 12 25/60) — Then began in earnest to finish dressing after writing the last 1 1/2 line — I really will
try to get these accounts out of my head if I can — wrote down some memoranda of observations to make to M- [Mariana] — went out at
1 1/2 no! 1 40/60 for the man came about the bottles and I paid him — at first I thought he was tipsy — but he became very
civil when he saw the money, and said he would arrange with me about taking the bottles back again when I went away —
down the rue Duphot and rues de Luxembourg and Rivoli to rue de [illegible] L’Echelle chez [illegible] Schey the famous
Gayter maker and ordered a pair of black Kerseymere to button to be brought home on Sunday morning — thence along the place de
Louis 15, along and the back of the Faubourg St. Honore and turned into the great avenue and went very near to the barrière de L’Étoile —
a couple of regiments drawn up — a sort of review — They fired very well — for all the world like a man with a
bowel complaint — I staid looking on for I could not get forwards — On looking up I saw the clouds gathering over the
barriere — made the best of my way back, but impeded by the crowd — The rain came on a little before 3 (2 3/4)
turned to the left to the bottom of a longish court or alley 2 or 3 doors above the rue d’Angoulême — finding
a door open went in — upstairs — saw a workman — asked him to let me take shelter — Sat down in
a room with an unmade bed — apparently a gentleman’s room — by and by came a little well — enough dressed young
woman and asked me what I wanted — Told her — She said it was ‘si singulier’ [so unusual] …. Singulier, said I, ne
vouloir pas être meillée [not wanting to be bettered] — However I begged pardon for having intruded and asked if there was a portier —
‘yes’ — Went downstairs — not a regular lodge — but rapped — the woman let me in — very civil — Sat there above an hour —
Told her of the woman I had seen above — Madame Duploy — her husband a master joiner (menuisier) — Gave the poor
woman a franc with which she seemed much pleased, and bade her be always equally to strangers — returned to the gardens
along the terrasse d’eau, and rue de Rohan to the Palais Royal Chevet — Bought vináigre à Ravigote — Thence along rue de
Richelieu (stopt at the bookseller’s number 14 — has books from London every month — for every shilling of London price you pay 30 sols here
which includes carriage and everything — i.e. you pay 1 fifth more to have English books here — not so dear as Galignani who charges

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 48º at 7 1/2 a.m. rainy
53º at noon high wind fair
49º 1/2 at 6 p.m. and fine. heavy rain
46º at 10 1/2 — from 3 to 4
a few drops afterwards
DateMar 1827
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