Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0091
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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May
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‘Politics run high just now, but I think the Canning interest decidedly has it — the King has indeed behaved nobly, he must have
‘a great mind, and he will be very popular in the country by this last act — we had in yesterday’s paper (of Friday 4th instant) Mr. Peel’s
‘speech in the house — it is like himself honest and high minded — I like Mr. Canning’s speech too, though one cannot depend upon
‘him so entirely as the former’ — from 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 wrote the last 18 lines — then wrote about 1/2 page 2 of my letter to M- [Mariana], and the Mrs. and
Miss MacKenzie calling (Mrs. Barlow came with them) went in to them at 3 40/60 and they staid till 3 55/60 — said I should be happy to see them at any time — asked them to dinner or tea or whatever might suit them
best — they hoped to see me — Humph! said I, you are at the de Boyves’ — I will send you my card in an envelope —
Mrs. Barlow returned as I was writing the last line — staid talking to her — then went out with her at 4 1/2 — walked in the gardens on the terrasse
d’eau — called for 10 minutes for Jane, and got back here at 6 1/4 — Mrs. and Miss Barlow dined with us and staid till 11 20/60 — Dinner at
6 25/60 — tea at 9 20/60 — after much pro and contra between going for 2 months to the South of France and Geneva in September and October, and asking IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] to come before — or
going to Geneva and Switzerland for the same length of time in June July and August (setting off about the middle of June), and letting IN. [Isabella Norcliffe] come
as she proposes, in September — decided for the latter — had tossed up for it, and, according to the toss up of the sol, were to go to
the South of France (including Nice if possible in the time), but Mrs. Barlow’s seeming preference of Switzerland turned the scale — my aunt
always the best in autumn — but the swelling of her legs, from what she now says, appears to be becoming, if not already become decidedly
dropsical — Mrs. Barlow does not like the feelings complained — the sense of hot water pouring down the legs, and great pain —
says her uncle de la Condamine had just the same sort of feelings — the water at last got to his head — he lost his faculties,
and died in 10 or 11 months — on going to my room musing over all this — think of writing to Dr. Kenny — glad in my heart to have
the journey even put off till the middle of next month — have not much idea of going at all — when it comes to the point cannot —
shall not leave my aunt — she would like me to ask Miss MacLean to come for the winter — I thought this might be too long to be turned
out of my bedroom and obliged to sleep in my sitting — we had been contriving how to do when IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] — to have a lit de
sangle moved backwards and forwards into the drawing room, and my buchet by day — on musing just before getting into bed, thought
all for the best — IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] coming for the best — would move my bookcases — put them on each side my fireplace, and my
little bed in the recess — 2 or 3 showers during the day till about 3 p.m. and then afterwards fine — fine moonlight night
at 11 20/60 —

Friday 11
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Twenty five minutes on the pot without doing anything  Did not sleep well — at my desk at 8 — wrote the
last 15 1/2 lines of yesterday — From 8 1/2 to 8 40/60 writing to M- [Mariana] — then so suddenly bilious and giddy obliged to lie down on my sofa — Madame
Sené came in about 10 minutes — had her in, but she saw how bilious I was, and merely staid to ask my aunt and myself to
dine with them to meet Mrs. and Miss Barlow next Sunday week — said my aunt had not been so well these
last few days — I feared her legs were now dropsical and really could not answer for her — but would let
them know — just mentioned expecting a friend in autumn — could the Senés let us have 1 of their bedrooms —
saw this could not be — Monsieur Sené constantly coming over — said I should not think of it — should move my bookcases and
have a lit de sangle in the recess — dozed till near 10 then [illegible] skimmed over the paper —
Miss Lynn died at Tours on the 4th instant and in about an hour wrote the latter 1/4 page 2, and page 3 of my letter
begun Tuesday 1 May — mentioned (quoted) what IN- [Isabella Norcliffe] said about coming — and that I should say we should be glad to see her — said Miss
MacLean’s coming to France was uncertain — from what my aunt now said, the swelling of her legs seemed to be already decidedly dropsical —
At present not improbable I should be with M- [Mariana] next year — what she said about the buying the living of Lawton all very well but
she must remember that a person holding a living ad interim [temporarily] could not be compelled to give it up or pay damages the whole transaction
being, according to a very late decision, simoniacal — said I was better in the country — It could not be Paris that
disagreed with me — it was the anxiety to which I returned — the bad account of her had given me ‘considerable pain’ — a better
account would do me more good than anything — her illness perpetually present to me — had been obliged to lie down, till
my time was almost expended — but was rather better on closing my letter Sent it off at 11 40/60 to ‘Mrs. Lawton
Lawton hall, Lawton Cheshire, Angleterre (port payé)’ — went to to give my aunt the paper and tell her of Miss
Lynn’s death — then wrote the last 17 lines, and breakfast from 12 to 12 40/60 — still very bilious — settled the accounts of yesterday — wrote 2/3 pages to Mrs. Lynn — then between 1 and 2
lay down again on my sofa — slept — my aunt awoke me at 3 to ask if we should dine at 5 — yes! then slept again till 4 — had just got
up when Mrs. Barlow came to me at 4 10/60 with some ribband for me to choose one for my aunt — from 4 20/60 to 4 50/60 finished dressing Mrs. Barlow came to me at
4 3/4 — dinner at 5 10/60 — Left the dining room at 6 40/60 — went to Mrs. Barlow — at 6 50/60 — we walked beyond the barrière de l’Etoile to the left to the Passy barrière — left Mrs. Barlow at her own

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 52° at 8 a.m.
58 1/2° at noon
55° at 6 50/60 p.m.
50° at 10 1/4 —
rather rainy morning
soon fair, and fine cold day —


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1827
May
door, and got home at 8 3/4 — settled with George for butter got yesterday — paid him this morning for the rest of what was got yesterday — prepared my bedroom — wrote the
last 3 lines — went into the drawing room to my aunt at 9 10/60 — Jane in bed all the day with a bad cold — Looking over Mrs. Starke’s traveller’s
guide — came to my room at 10 1/4 — ate a bunch of raisins —

Saturday 12
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Thinking of Mrs. Milne just before getting up  bowels right — from 10 3/4 to 11 3/4 read the paper from 11 50/60 to 12 1/2 breakfast — then
wrote a note to Mrs. MacKenzie ‘Mrs. and Miss Lister will be happy to see Mrs. and Miss McKenzie MacKenzie to dinner, at
‘6 o’clock, on Friday next the 18th instant Mrs. and Miss Lister hope Mrs. MacKenzie’s cold is better’ — dated ‘Place Neuve de la Madeleine No. [number] 2 Saturday 12 May 1827 —
‘The servant will call for an answer tomorrow morning’ — From 1 to 1 1/2 finished dressing — Letter from Mrs. Lynn
at 1 40/60 ppages mentioning the death of her daughter — fearing it had not appeared in Galignani — if not, begging me to have
it inserted, and giving me a copy of what was, in fact, inserted in the paper of yesterday — saying also she could not leave France
without writing — going to Dieppe on Tuesday — to stay there 3 weeks, and thence direct to Northamptonshire — the poor girl
suffered very much — given up since January — her bones cut through her skin which therefore became full of sores — Mrs.
Sherard in deep anxiety for her husband — very ill — sat down immediately — Took up the letter begun yesterday — said a bad
sick headache had obliged me to leave it and go to bed, and I was [illegible] yet hardly sufficiently recovered to bear writing but afraid of
not finding her at Tours, should not know her address at Dieppe, and wished her to know our sincere condolence
our sincere interest in her welfare, and that we should be happy to do anything for her here now and always —
‘we condole with you in your affliction — we congratulate you on the Xtn [Christian] fortitude with you bear it’ — I had
just before observed ‘I have neither head nor time to fill my paper with reasonings of any kind — we know that there is a
‘power which ordeth ordereth all things wisely — It is enough — we want no other and no better reason for submitting
in patient resignation to the apparent evil, or the hidden good which may befall us’ — ‘I grieve over the distress
‘of my old friend Mrs. Sherard — will you remember me to her in whatever way may seem kindest and best’ —
ask for 2 or 3 lines from Dieppe — my aunt joined me in best regards — ‘your welfare will always interest me as
‘though I had better right to assure you that I am always, my dear Mrs. Lynn, your very sincere friend’ — had finished
my letter (wrote the latter 1/3 page 1. and the whole of page 2) at 2 1/4 — read it to my aunt — took George with me and went out at 2 40/60 —
put my letter into the post à Madame Madame Lynn Rue Royale, No. [Number] 17, Tours’ — it will get to Tours on
Monday — went to the bank — exchange 25/40. — about 20 minutes there — as to IN-’s [Isabella Norcliffe] dividends Mr. Phillips said there were so many bills wanted last March
at short dates, impossible to get them — but the Norcliffes had not been losers — they would get a better exchange by waiting — however, it
might not occur again, that he might be obliged to send them bills at 2 months — Lafitte himself seldom at the bank
after 12 — went to the Chambre des Deputes at that hour — sent George home and with the note to Mrs. MacKenzie vide above — went to Madame Huchez, told her to come at
9 1/2 on Monday morning — then to Madame Contant — said I was ashamed to have kept the book so long, but would buy both this and
the Mémoire à Consulter — then sought ought Herpin le vinaigner rue de l’Eveque — then went rue de l’Echelle
about my gayters — to come without fail on Thursday morning — then sauntered along the rue Saint Honoré the marché Saint Honoré
rue Neuve des Petit Champs and Neuve des Capucines, and got home at 4 3/4 — wrote 15 or 16 lines of the above Dinner at 5 1/4 — came to
my room at 6 50/60 — wrote the last 10 lines — settled with George — counted over the money got this morning all which took me
till 7 10/60 — went out at 7 20/60 — to Mrs. Barlow we went out together almost immediately — walked to the barrière de l’Etoile and up and down
the Champs Elysées — got back to Mrs. Barlow’s at a little before 9 — tea almost about 9 1/2 — sat talking till after 11 — Mrs. Barlow had given up the
idea of our going to Switzerland this year — said I did not quite give it up — the chances were about even whether we went or not next
month — had talked much of my aunt while walking — my regret at her being so much alone — perhaps should like to have Mrs. Lynn
with us — or to have someone here whose attentions and company I could pay for — or to have my aunt comfortable in a pension at
Geneva where she could always have society if she wished it — got home at 11 25/60 — read the Contes de Voltaire for 10 minutes —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 54° at 11 1/4 a.m.
54° at noon
54° 1/2 at 1 p.m.
55° at 7 1/4 —
fine morning no sun —
fine sunless day —
DateMay 1827
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