Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0086
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

Egyptians must either burn or bury their dead — wood too scarce for the former practice — the bodies did not in that warm
dry soil decompose quick enough for the latter — Monsieur Passalacqua and 2 or 3 others 1/4 hour opening the mummy-case — then 1/4 hour more before getting at
the 3 rolls of papyrus, and a smallish kidney shaped lump of something that might be a small ibis or nobody knew what — then 35 minutes
before the whole thing was over that is the mummy unwrapped — bandage after bandage without end — a very few words
of explanation were said to us now and then — that the membranes of the brain were très bien conservés [very well preserved] — the brain not
having been removed — a young man — from the tonsure, a priest — a large m.s. [manuscript] on the chest to be removed
another time — the 3 rolls of papyrus and the other thing seemed to be taken from the region of the pubes — Was the lump the penis preser
ved or was it rather too pointed towards the ends for this  Monsieur Passalacqua a good looking Italian (aetatis [at the age of] about 30?)
from Triesté — about 200 people at 10 francs in the amphitheatre — perhaps about 60 or more at 5 francs in the galleries at each end
of the salon — staid 1/2 hour after all was over to get a nearer peep at the mummy, but did not succeed very
well for the crowd of men — the ladies had gone away immediately — dressed in smart bonnets, caps, and feathers —
as many ladies as gents. [gentlemen], or nearly? — came away at 4 35/60 — sauntered along the rue de l’ecole de Medicine
looking in at the booksellers’ shop windows — many good medical works — I must go there again — cut across into the
rr. [rues] de Tournon and de Seine — No. [number] 15 the former bureau (shut) for the bulletin des lois — Sauntered along the Quais —
got to Mrs. Barlow’s at 5 50/60 — She and Jane would go with me to see the antiquities — Dinner at 6 1/2 — we were just setting
off when Dr. Tupper came — went with us — off about 7 1/2 — got into the gallery (Passage Vivienne No. [number] 55.) at 7 50/60 —
and staid there till 7 1/2 — interested — bought the catalogue raisonné 5/. which seems to contain some good and novel observations
by Monsieur Passalacqua — all pleased to have gone there — the collection sold to the King of Prussia some say 130,000 francs
some say rather more — the shewman told us — a very respectable looking Frenchman, very sorry the collection was going
out of France — had a good sight of the mummy, as well as the female 1 opened sometime ago before the duchess du Berri —
the gallery open from 10 to 6, and 7 to 10 — closes tomorrow — several men there and 1 or 2 ladies tonight — Dr. Tupper could not
stay and left us before 9 — In returning discovered I had left my umbrella — turned back — this detained us — got home at 10 10/60 —
for George to go home with Mrs. and Miss Barlow — gone to Mrs. Barlow’s for me — we all went, and I got back again at 10 40/60 — very thirsty — 4 glasses
lemonade from a lemon Mrs. Barlow had given me, and ate 3 oranges — Durst not attempt to read my letter from
M- [Mariana] (Lawton) that I had not had time to read in the morning — about 9 1/2 — in the midst of correcting my accounts and
did not like to break off then — determined to get done with my accounts at all rates — yet somehow looked into
Monsieur Passalacqua’s catalogue, and read a few ppages — o . 

Friday 27
6 55/60
11 25/60
my bowels only very tolerable — at my desk at 7 50/60 — all impatience to read M-’s [Mariana] letter, but knowing the ill consequence
of delaying my journal determined to do that 1st — wrote the last 4 lines of the last page, and so far of this, and had done at 8 1/2 —
now for M-’s [Mariana] letter — from 8 1/2 to 11 20/60 read M-’s [Mariana] 3 ppages and the ends, and wrote the latter 1/4 page 2, and page 3 and the ends and under the seal
and finished my letter to M- [Mariana] begun this day-week — then read over the whole of my letter and sent it off at 11 40/60 to ‘Mrs. Lawton
Lawton hall Lawton Cheshire Angleterre (port payé)’ — from 11 40/60 to 12 1/4 read the paper — then breakfast — from 12 55/60 to 1 1/4 read
the part of the yesterday’s paper I did not read yesterday — at my desk at 1 20/60 — vide M-’s [Mariana] letter bottom of page 1, top of page 2. terms of keping
keeping a boy at Eaton on the foundation the most authentic information seems to be from Miss Hexton who
keeps a dame’s house at Eaton. ‘Dame 10.10.0. washing if 3 sheets a week 3.3.0 mending 1.1.0 Shoes cleaned
and attendance 2.2.0 Candles 2.10.0. Tutor 10.10.0. master 3.3.0. making in all 32.13.6’ — Mr. Charles Lawton likely to sell
the next presentation of the living — ‘now though it is between 4 and 5 hundred a year yet as Mr. John Lawton is only 56, it will not
‘sell for much — perhaps a thousand pounds might buy it’ — if vacant before the boy should be old enough to take it, many would
gladly take the living and pay the interest of the purchase money till the boy was old enough — said this plan did not take with me at all —
5 per cent interest or £50 per annum must be paid for the money from the time of purchase during the present incumbent’s life, and this now
that money was so scarce and education, as it were, to begin, was a serious business — If the boy was steady and industrious he might
do better for himself, supposing him only to have moderate abilities — Besides I should not wish to purchase in that quarter — after
all, if the boy was mine, I would send him to Eaton, because it seemed to me, his chance would be better there than anywhere else,

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 44° at 7 1/4 a.m.
56 1/2° at 1 p.m.

fine morning

for the money spent — Further proof of Willoughby Crewe’s being in love with her say ‘my confidence in you is unbou
nded but I am more restless than ever I see too well his hopes are jostling against mine and must sink the spell he
dreams not of’ bid her not fancy London or any place will produce forgetfulness of a growing regard rooted in esteem he is the last man in the
world to marry ‘now the murder is out remember now that he knows that you know it you ought to be doubly
‘cautious were I in his place I should calculate all the chances in my favour and however much my saying so
‘may surprise you he has apparently some right to build upon the future’  bid her not mind it now it
is done but I am half sorry you gave him the papers (her marriage settlement and the bond I gave her for two
hundred pounds) to take care of  Little Emma Crewe dead — say I have given up all thought of Switzerland — not
only when it came to the point should not like to leave my aunt — My heart refused to go did not like the being
so thrown upon my companions though one or both had been with me on all my little excursions and I had had no reason to re
gret it yet still almost envied π’s [Mariana] being as Willoughby Crewe observed in a desert as far as feeling was concer
ned say I am not unhappy but unsettled my mind is intent on one object my heart is not here it is with π [Mariana]
should anything happen to my aunt will never mind L- [Charles Lawton] but go to Lawton and π [Mariana] may then prepare me a room as ssoon
as she likes π [Mariana] says she did not give me so much credit on parting at Boulogne as I aimed at say what
ever she gave me was probably even more than I deserved never was less philosophical  my letter
not glowing but gravely and deeply affectionate this and the mention of Mr Crewe make it unfit for public
gaze  She seems to have understood my aunt to be worse than she is — I merely meant to say, she might eventually
be dropsical — no sign of dropsy as yet — for these last 2 days a little tendency to spasms in her chest — she is
very uncertain — Sir George Prevost and his sister coming here for a fortnight — Miss Pattison thought M- [Mariana] had better give her
a letter to me — M- [Mariana] said she had promised not to subject me to ‘promiscuous introductions’ — said she was right, but
at the same time I should be glad to do anything in my power for any friend of Miss Pattison’s my remembrances and tell her
so — somehow I had no inclination for society, nor did I think I should till ……. Meaning till π [Mariana] was with me
I had not called on Madame Droz since just before leaving rue Mondovi — she confined to her sofa — in a family way —
I liked her, but somehow had no inclination to see her — much better in health, and looking again much as usual —
glad that M- [Mariana] has received benefit from the shower-bath — ‘Is it wise do you think to set one’s whole mind so
entirely one object?’ ‘yes! in one, we may not be disappointed — in many we are almost sure to be so — we
‘want but one staff to rest upon — that one destroyed, I have little in finding another in this world’ — from 1 20/60 to
2 20/60 wrote all but the 2 first lines of today — from 2 20/60 to 5 1/2 read over the whole of Passalacqua’s preface and Catalogue part and his
account of the 4 overwhelmed by the rubbish of a pit he was excavated — they were got out as if by miracle page 212-220. —
then read the Introduction Historique page 113-116. and wrote the last 2 lines which took me till 5 50/60 — finished dressing —
went out at 6 1/2 — walked direct to the barrière de l’Etoile — got back at 7 25/60 — dinner at 7 1/2 — left the dining room at 9 40/60 —
came to my room settled with George, and my accounts — went into the drawing room at

Saturday 28
6 1/4
12 50/60
my bowels pretty well — finished dressing — went out at 7 55/60 — to the chantier rue Basse du Rempart No. [number] 64 — asked 38 francs for
what I got for 36/. — came away because would not take less than 2 francs pour la voiture — would only give 1/50. — called me back — agreed — waited
to see the wood measured — for which 6 sols par voie — came home to tell George to be ready — and to get money returned to the chantier [worksite] paid the bill — waited
to see the wood loaded and off — came with it, and got home the 2nd time at 8 40/60 — ordered the wood to be coupé en deux — always
pay 15 sols per cut — went out again immediately strolled along the boulevard — left my parasol to be mended at No. [number]
1 Boulevard de la Madeleine — sauntered about and read at a bookstall close by for about an hour — Mécanisme
de Langues par La Pluche [Mechanism of Languages by La Pluche] — on the proper plan of learning languages, and improper plan pursued at schools, and in general
likes not the plan of writing doggerel and themes — the pith of him seems to be that one should seek the conversation
of well educated persons and read the best authors translating them into our own language not attempting to translate
our own language into the language we are studying — then went to Mrs. Barlow (got there about 9 40/60 — found her in bed reading the

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 50 1/2° at 7 a.m.
59° at 10 1/2 —
64° at noon
65° at 7 1/2 p.m.
59° at 11 —
fine morning — sunny —
very fine day —
warm enough —
DateApr 1827
Extent1 page


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