Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0075
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

on di Santi, né à Urbin en 1483, mort en 1520’ [known as di Santi, born in Urbino in 1483, died in 1520]’ — vide page 221. Notice des Tableaux — wrote the last 6 1/2
lines — sent off my letter at 11 25/60, and breakfast at 11 1/2 — from then till 1 1/2 breakfast and reading the paper — the Trial of the
Wakefields for the abduction of Miss Turner — Mrs. Wakefield, Miss Davis of Macclesfield that was, seems to have
been the main spring of contrivance, and is found guilty of the conspiracy with the brothers Messrs Edward Gibbon and William Wakefield —
At 11 50/60 went in to Madame Sené (who was with my aunt) for 1/4 hour she wanted Mrs. Barlow’s address to
inquire further about the English governess Mrs. Barlow recommended to them yesterday — from 1 1/2 to 4 20/ 60 wrote 3 ppages to Miss
Fletcher, but, having somehow spoilt the sheet, shall write it over again — wrote the last 6 lines, and went out
at 5 1/4 having been kept waiting 25 minutes during a shower — in which time read from page 324. to 342. volume 1 Anquetil’s
précis of the history of Germany — direct to Mrs. Barlow waited a few minutes while she got ready — then went out together at
6 35/60 and walked in the gardens — parted with her at our own door, and came in at 6 40/60 — dinner at 6 3/4 — Left the dining room and came
to my own room at 9 — wrote the last 4 1/2 lines settled with George and my accounts — prepared my bedroom as usual and went into the drawing room to my aunt at
9 35/60 — paid my aunt the copy of what I had written to M- [Mariana] about Lady Johnstone’s house — then lay on the sofa as usual — Came to my
room at 10 5/60 o.. ~

Saturday 31
6 55/60
my bowels very tolerable — only pretty well — at my desk at 8 — read over what I wrote yesterday to Miss Fletcher From 8 1/4 to 10 1/4
wrote 3 ppages and the ends to ‘Miss Fletcher (Betley Court, Newcastle Staffordshire Angleterre [England] Post Payé’)
considerably different from my ppages of yesterday — sent my letter to my aunt to read, and sent it to the post at 10 42/60
breakfast at 10 1/2 — at my desk again at 11 — Satisfied with my letter — civil, kind — very sufficiently so — I should suppose
Miss Fletcher must be quite satisfied — from 11 to 3 1/4 read about 1/2 the paper and wrote out the per contra (credit) side of the balance
sheet of last year — wrote out the balance sheet of this year up to 8 January — copied out into my cash book
2 ppages of receipts (rents and sundries ppages 9 and 10) which belong to the book in its character of Receipt book, before being
made a cashbook, — and mused over my income — and what I ought to receive next midsummer —
then wrote the last 5 lines, and began to finish dressing at 3 1/2 — went out of my room at 4 1/2 — found Mrs. and
Miss Barlow sitting with my aunt — then came Madame Sené to ask my aunt to go and hear some music — She took Jane
with her, and at 4 55/60 Mrs. Barlow and I went to the gardens — walked [up] and down to the terrasse d’eau — came in at
6 40/60 — Mrs. and Miss Barlow staid dinner — dinner at 6 3/4 — left the dining room at 9 1/2 — tea at 10 — sat talking till
11 10/60 — they then came to my room to put their things on, staid talking 1/4 of an hour, and went away at 11 25/60 — had up a bottle
of the 51 bottles of Medoc Bordeaux (at 5/. a bottle) that came the other day — very good, but wants age —
In good spirits — In fact, a little society now and then at home rouses and does me good — ask Mrs. Barlow to beat
about the bush, and get to know for what Madame de Forax would give me a few lessons in German — wrote the
last 7 1/2 lines, and had just done them at 11 40/60 — o. ~ settled with George and settled my accounts —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 42° at 7 1/2 a.m.
48° at noon.
39° at 11 3/4 p.m.
fine morning — windy —
black clouds hovering about a shower
before I went out — between 3 and 4 p.m. or
earlier — afterwards fine —

Sunday 1
6 25/60
11 20/60
Had no lamp burning last night for the 1st time these 4 or 5 months — perhaps on this account I did not sleep so well
as usual Incurred a cross thinking a little of Mrs. Barlow — my bowels all wrong this morning — Quarter hour pot did nothing but three little buttons prepared
my clothes for the wash — at my desk at 7 50/60 — from 7 55/60 to 8 55/60 made out and wrote out last week’s general
summary, and last months private ditto — from 9 5/60 to 10 5/60 wrote out Index from 30 January to 18 February last —
breakfast at 10 5/60 and read the debates of yesterday which took me till 11 10/60 — wrote out the Literary Index up to today —
began to finish dressing at 11 40/60 — went into prayers at 12 20/60 from then to 1 1/4 read aloud the morning and sermon 18 bishop
Sandford on self examination having the one on the sacrament to be read another time — I know not how it is I read aloud
now for any length of time, with difficulty — today I felt it at my chest, as if the exertion had made it sore —
lay on the sofa talking to my aunt, then came to my room at 1 35/60 — lay down on my own sofa, fell asleep, and did not
rouse till 2 3/4 — then wrote the last 4 lines, and went out at 3 10/60 — to Mrs. Barlow not at home — went along the Champs

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 41° at 7 1/2 a.m.
47 1/2° at 11 50/60 —
44° at 10 10/60
fine morning
a very little small rain during
the afternoon now and then and rather
thickish, but pretty fine.

Elysées almost to the barrière, then almost round the Tuileries gardens — could not find her — went to her house — got there at 4 1/4 — lay
on the sofa — Mrs. Barlow came in at 4 1/2 — she and Jane had been at Madame Galvani’s — staid talking — 1/2 hour in Mrs. Barlow’s room — she and I went
out at 5 20/60 — to Chaillot along the Champs Elysées (close to the river near the pompe à feu) to speak to Mademoiselle Sacken (English)
who Mrs. Barlow had recommended to come to the Senés for 6 months as governess — It being late, Mrs. Barlow would call again the lady
being too unwell to walk into to Paris — parted with Mrs. Barlow at our own door, and came in at 6 35/60 — dinner
at 6 40/60 — Came to my room at 8 1/2 — prepared my bedroom as usual — wrote the last 6 lines — and wrote out the washing bills,
and went into the drawing room at 9 1/4 — lay on the sofa — came to my room at 10 10/60 — o. ~

Monday 2
6 40/60
11 20/60
§ +
My bowels all wrong — quite wrong — the washerwoman came at 7 40/60 — settled with her — at 7 55/60 took 2 teaspoons
of Epsom salts in about 1/2 a tumbler of warm water — From 8 to 10 read from page 342. to 387. volume 10. Anquetil, and took
a glass of hot water, and walked up and down my room — Parted with some little bits twice then two little
motions very loose from 10 to 11 1/2 Four or five more motions and (breakfast at 10 1/2) breakfast and read the paper — a curious disgraceful sort of letter
from Mrs. Bathurst to Mr. William Wakefield — Mrs. Barlow came at 11 1/2 — She would sit by me while once more on the pot a good grubbling on the sofa then
slept roused at one she did my hair — finished dressing, and went out at 2 1/2 — a few minutes with my aunt
then Mrs. Barlow went with me to call on the Senés to pay Monsieur Sené our rent (1/2 yearly due today, not at home) desired Madame Sené to say it was ready for him any day — and to read
Madame Sené Mrs. Bathurst’s to her ‘dearest Willy O’ — Mr. William Wakefield, treating the matter in a very light scandalous
manner — Madame Sené thinks she must be in love with him his mistress, or could not write in such style — Staid with Madame
Sené till after 3 — then to Felix Passage Des Panoramas for Mrs. Barlow to get something to eat — I foolishly ate 2 petit patés
a religieuse of apricot, and a little biscuit soufflet — In returning bought a pair of slippers No. [Number] 19, Boulevard des Italiens — left
them and the 4 Manqués glacés (for dessert) with our porter, and went with Mrs. Barlow home for Jane — got there at 4 1/2 —
1/2 hour talking — all went out at 5 — a little small rain — Jane turned back — went to Gay rue de la Paix to order another
pair of shoes — it rained [illegible] a little more — went to stay till it was over, at Amyot’s — skimmed over a 4 francs pamphlet
just come out against the ministry as being governed by the Jesuits — Madame Amyot all against the Jesuits, and going to confession —
when 17, she confessed having taken a little soup on a fast day — the priest therefore not only refused her the communion
the following Sunday (which was the Sunday before Easter) but refused it to her till the Xmas [Christmas] following! which disgusted her,
she said she would confess no more, and never has done but once just before she married when she must do it — and then she
said very little — on taking her 1st communion the priest had said many things to her she ought not to have heard or
known for she was very innocent — her little boy is 8 years old — if the priest makes any nonsense about him,
he shall change his religion, and become protestant — parted with Mrs. Barlow at our own door, and came in to my room
at 5 25/60 — Just in time had another little very loose motion — Dinner at 6 35/60 — left the dining room
at 8 and came to my room wrote the last 16 1/2 lines — settled with George and my accounts — etc. and went into the drawing room at 9 —
lay on the sofa, latterly 1/2 asleep — came to my room at 10 10/60 — o. ~

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 43 1/2° at 7 1/2 a.m.
54° at noon.
54° at 6 1/2 p.m. —
51° at 10 1/4 —
fine morning — a little small rain
at 5 — a few larger drops about 5 1/2
afterwards fair — altogether pretty fine day

Tuesday 3
6 3/4
12 50/60
my bowels as if still remembering the salts of yesterday — Two little loose motions ~ finished dressing — looking
over Mrs. Starke’s advice to Travellers till 9 1/2 and also looking at Galignani’s Paris guide for the places in the
country — breakfast at 9 1/2 from then to 10 1/2 at breakfast and read through the paper — wrote the above 3 lines — and went out at 11 —
waited for Mrs. and Miss Barlow and off with them at 11 1/2 — walked slowly on account of Jane — went direct and got to to the bridge of
Neuilly at 1 — loitered there some time sitting on the parapet enjoying the fine air and view — measured the immense
stone about the middle of the left hand parapet going from Paris — marked 34 feet long — or about 12 yards English — about
3/4 the length of my umbrella (nearly 28 inches English) thick and as much broad — what an enormous mass! walked
slowly along the river for a short distance till leaving it a little passed through the village of Puteaux and thence
to that of Suresnes at the foot of Mont Valerieu or Calvaire — at 2 stopped at a restaurant
at Suresnes, and had a hot a hot veal standing pie (30 sols) very good — the addition of bread and knives and
forks, and water, and a clean napkin for tablecloth cost us six sols more — not an expensive repast —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 50° at 7 a.m.
54° at 10 1/2 —
53 1/2° at 10 1/2 p.m.

fine mild morning —
very fine day — not much
sun, cool and pleasant
DateMar-Apr 1827
Extent1 page


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