Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0076
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

146
1827
April
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off from Suresnes at 2 40/60 — walked slowly up to Calvaire [Calvary] — Jane not well — the blood evidently much determined
to her head — her face and nose quite red — Got to the top of the hill at 3 1/4 — looked about us for an hour — very fine
from this the highest eminence near Paris — at our feet a fine sweep of river studded with white
villages — beyond Paris and Montmatre — the steeple of St. Denis [illegible] in the distance — looking toward the
south a deep winding of the river and the villages of Nanterre and Ruel quite near — beautiful valley towards St.
Germain — went into the chapel — a poor-looking one as yet, its plain plastered walls covered with pictures
and prints like a common room — they seem to be laying out a good deal of money about the place — several
workmen employed digging the foundation for and building a wall round the top of the hill so as to enlarge the
present precincts — Calvaire is to be removed — too much exposed — to be put lower down — the cave is rough
stone-work — a rough grotto-work of stones thrown together — a bedizened virgin stands on the tomb of our
Saviour — on the top outside, is our Saviour larger as life, on the cross between the 2 thieves — the Convent
fronts the East towards St. Cloud — a doric entrance colonnade is evidently only just done — the columns to be fluted one
of them being 1/2 fluted and the remainder of the column being marked out for fluting — several workmen in the
interior of the building — sauntered sometime in the cemetery, small and which seems well filled already — a fashionable
place of burial for the very pious and very Bourbon-proselytes of the day — a Mr. Henry Sheldon, of
Warwickshire, interred there — At 4 1/4 descended the hill, and turned our steps towards St. Cloud which
we reached at 5 40/60, across the country — all vines — the people, not many, chiefly women employed
cutting the vines (like thin raspberry bushes) down to the ground and pushing up the earth round them — a
mere country cart road that we went along — Jane obliged to sit down for a minute or 2 several times —
the brown Bois de Boulogne looked like a barren heath — the banks of the river (where no village)
with not a twig to break their uniformity, and like the sides of a brim-full canal — a vine country
is at this season particularly unpicturesque — no green to relieve the eye — I wondered where the fodder
came from for the cattle — so much light soil turned up looks at a distance arid and barren — entered the
shabby part of St. Cloud, by the rue de Mont Calvert — came out upon the place close to the great gate
of the Chateau — went to the bureau, au Grand Cerf, close by, took 3 places (15 sols each) in
the velocifère, sat waiting under the viranda of the house (a sort of café) of the house, and ourselves and 6 more
(5 gents. [gentlemen] and a lady — one of the party an old Englishman who would talk to Mrs. Barlow) filled the vehicle
were off at 6 10/60 (6 by their clock), and got out at the end of the rue Royale at 7 5/60 — the old
Englishman said the French excuse some very liberal who might give a glass of wine worth 2 sols gave the coachman nothing —
2s sols each would be enough — he had lived at ‘St. Clew’s’ a year — no place like England — should ‘bid good
night to France next August’ — his daughters had learnt French, Italian, and many languages — his ‘wife had gone
back in Lady Ranelagh’s carriage — so he was a private gentleman’, and went back in the velocifère — Dinner at
Mrs. Barlow’s at 7 1/4 — thick pease soup, and vol-au-vent, and salad — not much inclined for dinner (spoilt
it at Suresnes) but enjoyed the salad, and ate a great deal of it — almonds and raisins for dessert tea afterwards — sat talking [illegible]
all of us over the fire till George came at a little after 10 — got home at 10 25/60 — o. ~ very pleasant day’s ramble —
sat up looking at the map of the Environs of Paris, and reading Galignani’s Paris guide — think of going next
to Montrouge and Arcueil [illegible] — my birth day — but I did not think much about it —


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1827
April Wednesday 4
7
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my bowels pretty well — finished dressing — at my desk at 8 1/2 — wrote all but the 1st 3 lines of yesterday which
took me till 9 35/60 — then at my French cash account of last year — from 10 20/60 to 11 20/60 breakfast and read the paper —
the new prime minister determined upon but Mr. Canning declined mentioning names as yet — the time I had before breakfast
and afterwards till 4 1/4 made out and wrote out my French cash of last year and this, — and counted over my money twice —
I never omit setting anything, and now always find any money right when I come in from Shopping —
as this was not always quite the case last year I thought not much of having lost 24 francs from 28 August
to 31 December — but now the matter is different and I am surprised I have already lost 34/55 this year —
of which seem (it appears from a memorandum of the 12th ultimo) that I have lost 8/65 since that date — thus I
am persuaded? I have not lost fairly — or I cannot understand it — Can MacDonald have anything
to do with I do not suspect George — I will keep an account weekly of the money I have in
each purse — wrote the last 9 1/2 lines — which took me till 4 25/60 — went out at 5 1/4 after
talking a few minutes to my aunt — down the rue de la Paix — called at No. [Number] 11 — my Swiss journal book done, but wove paper so
obliged to wait and have another made — ordered an account book for my Travelling daybook — both to be done this week — then went to Gay’s
No. [Number] 10 to speak about my shoes being bound slacker — they made my heels sore yesterday — called en passant at Amyot’s —
the Geographical dictionary of France too large a book for me — not the thing I want — must have Galignani’s French guide, or Guide
through France price 10/. a new edition just published — from Amyot’s to Schey rue de l’Echelle — ordered a pair black sort of stuff gayters —
to be done on Tuesday — returned along the rue Florentin — at the corner of the rue Richepanse bought a little 4 sols blank book
think I shall I get my common stationery at this shop in future — got home at 6 1/2 — dinner at 6 40/60 — came to my room at 8 1/2
wrote the last 7 lines — settled with George my accounts — etc. went into the drawing room at 9 1/2 having staid in my room
writing out my my wine account in my new little book — Took it with me into the drawing room — did a little more —
came to my room at 10 1/4 and from then to 11 10/60 finished this wine account from Wednesday 20 September up to today — this is one
good job done — wrote the last 2 1/2 lines — o. ~

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 51 1/2° at 7 1/2 a.m.
60° at noon.
50° at 11 1/2 p.m.
fine mild morning
fine mild day — not
much sun —

Thursday 5
6 1/4
11 50/60
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Twenty five minutes on pot and could do nothing — came to write a note to Dr. Tupper to say I should be glad to
see him any time today before 1 — but did not write — Felt as if I could have a motion and had a pretty
fair one which satisfied me for the time — Have lately begun to take oranges just before getting
into bed — 2 (first time) Monday night 2 Tuesday and 3 last night — finished dressing — sat down at my desk at
8 40/60 and at M-’s [Mariana] account till 1 — Letter from Miss MacLean about 9 1/4 wrote very nearly a page to her then — from 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 breakfast and read the paper — from 11 1/2 to 3
writing ppages 2 and 3 and one end to Miss MacLean Madame Galvani came at 3, and staid till 4 3/4 — Went out at 5 1/4 — called at Mrs. Barlow’s — out —
then along the rue de Rivoli, Dauphin, and rue St. Roch to Bertrand’s — bought Thon à huile, at Madame Galvani’s
recommendation, and oil for salads etc. she having advised me to change my manner of living — give up
eating butter — take instead of it Thon à huile, or anchovies, or sweetmeats at breakfast and wine and water
instead of milk and water — take fish and salads at dinner — poor Bertrand in sad distress — his little boy
run over close to the house yesterday, and his thigh badly broken — not certain whether the child will recover —
from Bertrand’s to Amyot’s — bought the Epitre aux Chiffonniers — could have Bossuet’s universal history
6 volumes 18mo. [octodecimo] bound for 6/. the Comte Lacepèdes modern history (of Europe) in 18 volumes 8vo. [octavo] 7/. a volume I to
have it a 6/. — bought a small bunch of radishes (2 sols) at No. [Number] 7 rue neuve de Luxembourg and got home at 6 3/4 — dinner at 6 50/60
came to my room at 8 3/4 — speaking of the Bordeaux this morning Madame Galvani said it was 3 years old — it should be brought upstairs
the day before wanted — all Bordeaux should be kept warm, but not warm by fire — all Burgundy and Rhine wines would bear the
cellar — all wines from hot countries should be kept warm — all ditto from cold countries kept cool — wrote the last 11 lines —
settled with George and my accounts etc. and went into the drawing room at 9 1/2 — lay on the sofa — asleep part of the time — came to
my room at 10 10/60 — o. ~

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 50° at 8 a.m.
62° at 11 1/2 —
59° at 10 1/4 p.m.
Fahrenheit 69° at 3 p.m.

very fine morning sunny.
very fine day — very
warm — the sun very
powerful —
DateApr 1827
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