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Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0073
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
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Description[Diary Transcription]

March Monday 26
6 40/60
11 1/4
My bowels pretty well — the washer woman came at 7 35/60 — had settled with her, and was at my desk at 8 —
from 8 to 11 (breakfast at 11 and reading the paper till 12 10/60) and from 12 10/60 to 5, making out and writing out the balance
sheet of 1824 — however it is right at last — I have thoroughly what I received at the bank of my own, and am
satisfied that I have got the right balance with which to begin 1825 — I had could have drawn the thing up more easily
had I done it as I am now accustomed Debit and Credit, but I wished to conform it to my old way, and began with
the new and much better one till 1826, the natural period for all changes, when by my uncle’s death my
situation was completely altered — Surely I shall get on well now, and surely I shall finish
the business next week allowing for letter writing and other interruptions this week — Wrote the above of today
and began to finish dressing at 5 1/4 — Went out at 5 55/60 — down the rue des Capucines to Bertrand’s —
bought several things, among the rest a bit of fromage de Rocfort [Rocquefort cheese] at 2/ a lb. — Very strong — like old
Cheshire — too strong for me — told him about the pot of apricot marmalade I had bought on Wednesday at 1/80
and he had formerly said 1/50 per pot — no! it must have been cherries — These I might have at 1/50, but apricots
he found cost him 1/50, and I must give 1/60 I said he had certainly told me 1/50, but it was no matter — he must
have made a mistake — However I see I may have it at 1/60, instead of 1/80 a pot — Got home at 6 3/4 —
Dinner at 6 50/60 — Came to my room at 8 25/60 — settled with George and my accounts — wrote the last 6 1/2 lines — Went into
the drawing room at 9 1/4 — lay on the sofa — talking to my aunt, and, latterly, 1/2 asleep — Came to my room at 10 1/4 — o.. —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 41º at 8 a.m.
49º at noon
46º at 10 1/4 p.m.
fine morning rather frosty —
very fine day —

Tuesday 27
6 35/60
11 1/4
My bowels all wrong — At my desk at 7 35/60 — from then to 10 3/4 wrote out my account of French money received in 1824,
and 1825 — balanceed the 2 years — breakfast at 10 3/4 — and read the paper which took me till 12 — from 12 to 1 10/60, musing
over my accounts — I made out my balance sheet on Friday so as to have 7.3.4 1/4 — too much — It has occurred to me how
I can perhaps account for 6.5.0 of this sum, so that at this rate, I shall be right to 0.18.4 1/4, — which shall satisfy
me — wrote the last 3 lines — began to finish dressing at 1 1/4 — Went into my aunt — shewed her my general summary book —
Asked if she could remember giving me the 4 dirty Halifax one pound notes just before leaving home for which I think I never paid her —
and which I must therefore enter among my receipts — staid with my aunt 25 minutes — Then came and began to finish dressing at 1 3/4 —
Went out at 2 55/60 — got to Mrs. Barlow’s at 3 — waited for Mrs. Barlow and Jane 1/2 hour, and then we all set off (by the new
road, Elysée Charles) to the bois de Boulogne — About 1 1/2 hour going and the same returning, and sauntered about (along the route d’Angoulême
allant à Longchamp) the rest of the time — Left Mrs. Barlow and Jane at their own door, and got home at 6 40/60 — dinner at 6 3/4 — Left
the dining room at 8 1/2 — Came to my room wrote the last 3 1/2 lines — both my heels hurt in walking today — it must be
my worsted stockings that are too thick, and heating — My cash-book came home this morning, that I was promised to have at least
10 days ago; — and the man, rue des Capucines, brought me this evening the 5th pair of shoes he has made me — All hitherto rather too
small — and this will be the 4th pair I have kept of this man’s — besides the pair I got the other day of Gaz, rue de la paix, that suit
me the best — My aunt had not been so well this last fortnight, and seems worse today — Could scarce get to the Senés
this afternoon — Cannot bear to talk much — it would bring on pain across her chest from the soreness of the bones —
Complains of her feet being heavy and swelled always cold till evening after dinner, and then hot and prickly — How will she
be next winter, and next spring? — Went into the drawing room at 9 10/60 — read from page 295. to 317 history of Germany Anquetil
volume 10 — Came to my room at 10 10/60 — o.. —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 43° at 7 1/2 a.m.
55º at noon
54º at 6 3/4 p.m.
50º at 10 10/60 —
fine morning
very fine day —

Wednesday 28
6 1/2
11 35/60
My bowels all wrong — Twenty five minutes on the pot at twice to no better purpose than two or three hard buttons
Trying on my shoes that came last night — will do — but too tight bound will hurt my heels — where shall I get a pair
of thoroughly comfortable shoes? — At my desk at 7 55/60 — from then till 9 20/60 writing the above 2 1/2 lines, correcting the balance
of my account of French money in 1825, and reading up both French and English balance sheets to see that all was right —
from 9 20/60 to 10 1/2 (breakfast at 10 1/2 and reading the paper took me till 11 50/60) from 12 1/2 11 50/60 to 12 1/2 (Mrs. Barlow came
at 12 1/2 and this interrupted me an hour) and from 1 1/2 to 2 50/60 (i.e. altogether 3 10/60) writing out the debtor (receipt)
side of my cash account of 1826 — the per contra side will not take 1/2 the time — I shall then have
my new large cash book to mount — my French cash account of last year and this to do and a few etc. all which I

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 48º 1/2 at 7 1/2 a.m.
58º at noon
59º at 6 1/2 p.m.
56º at 8 1/2 —
54º at 10 5/60 —

fine morning
very fine
day — windy
and moreso at night

shall surely be able to get done next week — As ssoon as Mrs Barlow came in said she was sso fresh and sweet from hav
ing come out so early I wanted a kiss she nothing loth placed ourselves on the sofa right middle finger up two alarms threw us
back a while recovered after a little additional dalliance and she had a good kiss or rather excitation or
what not for I have never done more than my finger could do ~ she would be cuddled a little aft
erwards and this detained me half hour ~ wrote the last 10 lines — Then feeling a little excited by wri
ting them leaned back on my chair put my hands to myself and incurred a cross gave a slight kiss ~ this is bad work I have
never done it here in this manner of time and place before may it be the last as well as first ttime ~
began to finish dressing at 3 1/4 — Mrs. Barlow who had been sitting with my aunt since 1 1/2 came to me about 3 1/2 — At 4 she had a little
bread and butter which detained us till 4 20/60 — then went out — direct to the Bois de Boulogne by the route royale, and got just
within the gates in 55 minutes — Got back in 58 minutes — Sauntered to the rue de Sèze and to the new buildings near here — parted
with Mrs. Barlow at our own door, and came up to my room at 6 1/2 — Dinner at 6 40/60 — Left the dining room at 8 1/2 — my aunt better
than yesterday but still not able to talk much, and having a tendency to spasms — Mrs Barlow now thinks her life uncertain I said I tho
ught she might not get over the spring after this then I would send off MacDonald take George and get the carr
iag and Mrs Barlow and Jane and go to Italy for a year or longer as might happen for carriage hire that is towards
posting they should only as much as it would have cost them to travel per diligence or vetturino so that
if my aunt should not be well enough for me to go to Switzerland this ssummer we might perhaps get to
Italy the next the thought seemed to please Mrs Barlow she said Mrs (Madame) Droz had said much of me on Sunday
in my praise and that if all Madame de Boive said was true (that I was half and half) it was not my fault but
misfortune and she should pity me very much ~ Prepared my bedroom for night — Wrote the last 12 lines, and went settled
with George and my accounts, and went into the drawing room at 9 20/60 — lay dozing on the sofa or talking to my aunt — Came to my room at
10 5/60 — o.. — Just before getting into bed took as near as I could guess 2 teaspoons of magnesia in the juice of 1/2 a lemon —

Thursday 29
6 35/60
1 55/60
My magnesia did not do much good — dawdled over finishing dressing — Had another little motion ~ Took 2
tumbler glasses of warm water and walked about my room — Went out at 9 — across the gardens to no. [number] 15 Quai Voltaire to ask the porter to
send the charbonnier with a sac of charcoal — The porter changed — but very civil — the old porter in the
house — will inquire what man I before employed, and send him tomorrow morning loitered looking into the bookshop
windows — returned through the place Vendôme — Called at my shoemaker’s rue des Capucines — will send back my
shoes to be rebound — too tight in the binding — Got home at 10 10/60 — Letter from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) 3 ppages and the ends —
and joint 2 ppages from Mr. Duffin and 1 and the ends from Mrs. Duffin (York) — Breakfast at 11 — read the paper
and my letters which took me till 12 20/60 — Good account of the Duffins — will be most happy to see me
next summer — want me to go in April and meet Mr. Marsh — Mrs Hargreaves left Mr. Marsh
and Mrs Duffin £1000 each, and the rest to Mrs. Greenup — The accounts of the amount exaggerated, but
they hope it will be a comfortable competence — secured to Mrs. Greenup and her children — no late and
no promising accounts of Mrs. Lynn — Mrs. Duffin wishes I could ‘go to her and bring her to England — She has taken a great
fancy to you’ — The Norcliffes return home in May — Charlotte now in London with Mrs. Bevan — Fisher has
lost his wife — Mr. Duffin says he has just bought ‘Ackerman’s history of Scotland, a work highly spoken
of — there are 4 volumes’ — The house new furnished — new set of servants — M-’s [Mariana] account of herself pretty
good — but a heart at ease cannot quite all ailment as yet — Colonel Marsh does not send the expected
remittances — Steph does not like to pay back just now what he borrowed of Mrs. Marsh — difficulty to fit Edward
off for Addiscombe — Steph not perhaps ssatisfied about Clifton Mrs Belcombe’s purse [illegible] not too
heavy L [Charles Lawton] proposes buying Lady Johnstone’s house in York and settling it on π [Mariana] has written to in
quire the price but π [Mariana] will give no opinion till she hears from me about it — M- [Mariana] has got the cap etc.
and a civil note from Lady Ouseley to say she sent the things as she received them the cap having been worn by some greasy
head till it was disgustingly dirty — Respecting my tour with Mrs. Barlow ‘If you think my observation on the subject

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 44º at 7 40/60
53º at 12 1/2 p.m.
42º at 9 —

fair till after 3p.m. darkish clouds about but fine -
afterwards rainy afternoon and evening and
night with highish whistley wind appearance of having rained in the night
my aunt says there was a tremendous storm of wind and rain
and Madame Sené says there was thunder -

DateMar 1827
Extent1 page


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