Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0090
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

May Wednesday 9
6 1/4
11 1/2
+ §
Slept well — bowels pretty well — at my desk at 7 1/2 — from then to 10 10/60 wrote out the journals of Thursday Friday
Saturday and Sunday then 25 minutes reading the French debates — Lafitte’s speech — if he was deputy for Paris, he would
impeach ministers for disbanding the national guard — if any 4 deputies would come forward with an impeachment, he
would be the 1st to sign it - … ’the country after having formed a camp full of glory, ought not to be
converted into a cloister without knowledge or real piety’ ..... ‘since 1820, the period when the territory
‘was liberated, the budget had increased from 869 to 939 millions. this calculation was not founded upon the
‘Estimates, but upon the real expenditure ..... In January it was said that the excess of the revenue in 1826
‘over the preceding year had been 31 millions; and from the product of January an equal increase might be anticipated
‘in 1827 — the receipts of February and March, however, had fallen off, and ministers, in order to conceal it as much
‘as possible, had confounded them with January, so as to make the deficit for the quarter to be only about 4 millions;
‘if, however, January kept its excess, the deficit in February and March would be 6,750,000 francs ….…. In England the
‘stagnation of trade proceeded from unmeasured speculation In France, on the contrary, it arose from the want of
‘confidence, and that want of confidence was created by alarming propositions, and the apprehension of a war in
‘consequence of foolish passions being stirred up against England The stagnation of trade was manifest, and afforded
‘good ground to conclude that the deficit would continue’ — In a speech of Monsieur Labbey de Pomfières that
deputy stated that there were 86,000 paupers in Paris — Breakfast at 10 3/4, and reading the remainder
of the paper till 11 50/60 — Sir Thomas Lethbridge to be leader of the present opposition — makes a long and ridiculous
speech — Mr. Peel, too, it seems intends to oppose Mr. Canning’s government pretty strongly — from 11 50/60 to 12 3/4, had
my hair cut by Nalin, as usual — the people say the King is ‘une machine’ — many of the national guard very
glad to get rid of the irksome duties of a national guardsman, they being often inconvenient to them as tradesmen
having other business to attend to; but everybody was angry at the manner of doing the thing — at 12 3/4 finished dressing
at my desk again at 1 1/4 — wrote out the journal of Monday and yesterday and the first 7 lines of today — Madame Galvani came at
3 1/4 and staid till 4 50/60 — Monsieur Lafitte has too much to do to make his own speeches, but Monsieur Manuel makes them for
him as to the political and philosophical part, and draws up the finance part (which Monsieur Lafitte so well understands) from
the notes which Monsieur Lafitte gives him — this Monsieur Manuel was one of the constitutional assembly — perhaps voted for
the death of the King Madame Galvani does not know — he had not fortune enough to be elected deputy till Lafitte gave him
in some way or other a house and land worth 25000 francs per annum, on such and such conditions — he was turned out of the chamber of
deputies 5 or 6 years ago, because of not having property enough? — Mrs. Barlow (she and Jane with my aunt) came to me as
soon as Madame Galvani was gone, and staid till 5 1/4 — Dinner at 5 20/60 — left the dining room at 6 40/60 — washed hands etc. and
went out (to Mrs. Barlow) at 6 55/60 — she had waited dinner (dines at whatever hour we do) for me to have some spinach —
ate as much as I could — Left Jane to practise on the piano, and Mrs. Barlow and I went out from 7 1/2 to 8 20/60, and walked
as far as the barrière de L’Etoile -— tea on returning — took one cup — got home at 9 20/60 — settled with George — prepared my
bedroom — went into the drawing room at 9 40/60 — Looking at the map of France and Galignani’s Guide through France — I had somehow, speaking to my aunt after dinner
of Geneva she brought it on, observed that in some respects she might do better there than here — might get into a
comfortable sort of pension where she could have a little English society whenever she wished it — mentioned the place where Miss
Gauntlet had been and the terms (with Monsieur and Madame Becherat at Rolle near Geneva) — but said I would not on any
account advise my aunt’s going, for, as she had occasionally hinted at Northgate and returning to England, I would not name what
would so much lessen her chance of getting back — yet still my aunt seemed to think of Geneva — In fact, she would
always like change of place — Mrs. Barlow and I had talked of this — If we made any of the tours (vide line 11 from the bottom of the last page)
we are all for the Rhone and now include Geneva to beat about the bush and see if there be anything there likely to suit
my aunt — It is the want, — the irremediable want of society here for my aunt that I alone regret — but it is really a
serious drawback upon all the other numerous advantages — came to my room at 10 1/4 — cutting open the leaves of Galignani’s Guide
through France for 1/4 hour —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 49° at 7 20/60 a.m.
55° at 11 1/2 —
58° at 6 55/60 p.m.
53° at 10 1/2 —
fine morning —
fine day —

May Thursday
6 1/2
12 40/60
+ §
Bowels pretty well — said my prayers — up about 20 minutes but feeling very sleepy lay down on the bed for a few
minutes fell asleep and lay till MacDonald roused awoke me by attempting to come in to make the bed at 8 55/60 — washed
etc. immediately — at my desk at 9 40/60 — from then to 10 50/60 wrote all but the first 7 lines of yesterday and the above of today —
about 9 3/4 George brought me the paper and 2 letters 1 from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) and 1 from IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] (1 Oxford Row, Bath) — I often wait
to do that I like best, so read IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] letter first — 3 ppages 2 1/2 of them crossed — widely written — mentions the death of
Mrs. Fisher 3 months ago of a lingering illness — IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] health good — Mrs. Norcliffe has had a little touch of the gout lately —
Charlotte Norcliffe better for her trip to town — their uncle John and the Dalbiacs there — none of them asked Charlotte to dinner —
I cannot sufficiently express my contempt at such conduct as I am perfectly certain that a few sho
rt years ago the most sneaking attention would have been shewn such is the way of the world 
Spent a pleasant winter in Bath ‘the plays have been our great amusement’ — .… ‘Nothing would delight me so much as to
‘pay you a visit in Paris, if you could, without inconvenience to yourself and your aunt, take me in — I think I could contrive to
‘come to you for a short time in September — In your next, tell me if you would really wish to see me, and if I am alive
‘and well at that time, I will come to you — but do not hesitate to say if it will be the least inconvenience to you’ — Lucy
Foulis married to Charles Eyre the other day — Beatrix has had an operation performed on her eye (to remove a film) by Mr. Hay of Leeds —
Norcliffe and she going to Holland the 1st of June — Mrs. Schalch (late Miss Vallance) has just miscarried a 2nd time Charlotte Norcliffe ‘saw her
husband in town, and says he appears to be very pudding headed’ ….. ‘the change of ministry here, has caused a
‘great ferment — Canning has either gained great friends, or most violent enemies, but I think the latter preponderate.
‘Those who are in favour of the Catholic question, are delighted, whilst, on the contrary, the antipapists almost execrate
‘him’ — … to ‘speak to La Fitte about our French dividends; they are always paid sent over in bills of 2 months date,
‘so that instead of receiving them in March, we do not get them till the end of May, which is a great inconvenience’ —
Mrs. Yorke of Bewerley [Beverlely] brought to bed of a son — Mrs. Norcliffe will make a detour — they will not be at home till
1 June — to write immediately and direct to Fisher’s — Mrs. Duffin has been sick — jokes about it — asks what is thought
here about the dismissal of the national guards — Somehow I have often wondered Mrs. Norcliffe has never written to me
but it probably means nothing more than [illegible] that she has not felt inclined it cannot be that I am at all out of her g
ood books  from 10 50/60 to 11 1/2 reading IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] letter and writing the last 21 1/2 lines and the rough draft of index — went in to my aunt
for 1/4 hour or 10 minutes — told her of IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] coming etc. She thinks her legs becoming dropsical — said it was not improbable, but
she might not be the worse for it — one might be dropsical for many years — then read M-’s [Mariana] letter 3 ppages and the ends, closely
written which took me till 12 10/60 — breakfast at 12 1/4 till 1 — then till 1 1/2 read the paper — then finished dressing — at my desk
again at 2 1/4 — L [Charles Lawton] so poor this half year he has been obliged to borrow of some of the tenants π’s [Mariana] last quarter’s
allowance due in March not yet paid  Busy reading Denham’s discoveries in Africa — very entertaining — ‘Thursday 26 April
‘either the bath (shower bath), or the medicine I am taking now, disagree with me, and I cannot tell which — but I have such perpetual burning in
‘my cheeks and forehead as makes it uncomfortable to come near a fire, perhaps for 5 or 10 minutes my face is scarlet, and my
‘pulse quickens while my feet and hands are quite cold’ — It seems that the following day 27th ultimo Friday ‘it was violet to a degree
‘that was absolutely alarming — I was completely scarlet and my pulse was at 104’ — Mr. Davenport ‘seemed to think it was
‘occasioned by the shower bath’ — she was to leave it off, and the tonic medicines, and ‘to take neither meat nor wine’ — better but had
much pain in her stomach Monday 30th ultimo she consulted Dr. Northern — ‘he seemed to think the pain at the stomach
‘entirely indigestion, and the flushing in the face to proceed from the same cause’ — ordered leeches on the stomach, and gave her a prescription —
seems to have had 6 applied to the stomach, and 2 on each side the temple on Wednesday the 2nd instant — vide page 2. then vide the 1st
end. She is to dine at 2 — her eyes so swelled she could scarce see — she had no pain in the stomach Friday the 4th instant —
finishes her letter early Saturday the 5th that hopes she is going on well — bids me not make myself uneasy — is not ill —
Perhaps if she was with me all would be right at once  Does not see why the living of Lawton should not be bought for Charles
Milne as well as anybody else. Mr. Charles Lawton wants a little ready money — the purchase money would not at all benefit M- [Mariana] — vide the
bottom of page 3. (or near the bottom of page 3) — and the bottom of the last end —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 53° at 9 1/2 a.m.
62° at 12 10/60 p.m.
55° at 11 55/60 —
fine morning after 12
2 or 3 showers till about 3 p.m.
afterwards fine — fine moonlight
night at 11 20/60 —
DateMay 1827
Extent1 page


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