Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0095
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

May Monday 21
6 35/60
11 3/4
wrote short note to Madame Droz, to say I had just ordered horses, and if she was well enough, and disposed, the carriage should be
at her door at 12, or perhaps it might be a few minutes afterwards — sent George to Bartley’s for horses, and if he had them,
the note to be taken to Madame Droz (rue Caumartin No. [Number] 10) — plenty of horses, but none for the man to ride — only 2 pair
of these and they were let out for 4 months — Sent George to Drake — could have horses at 12 — then sent my note at 7 3/4 —
the washer woman came at 7 20/60 — 10 minutes settling with her and entering the account — at my desk at 7 3/4 — wrote the
above of this morning — from 7 50/60 to 10 10/60 read the 1st 20 ppages volume Haüy’s physics, and read articles analogue, langue, and partly
language in the Dictionnaire des Difficultés de la langue Francaise — breakfast from 10 10/60 to 10 3/4 — from then to 11 1/2 read the paper —
finished dressing — the carriage horses came at 12 1/4 — my aunt and I inside, and George and MacDonald outside off at 12 25/60 — through the
barrière de Passy (the last we were in our own carriage and through this very barrier M- [Mariana] was with us!) over the pont de
Sèvres, close past the porcelaine manufactory up the hill to the entrance gates to the Château de Meudon and turned down a
little distance close to them on the left to Monsieur Senés where we arrived at 2 — a very civil and apparently cordial welcome —
Monsieur Séne seemed to have great pleasure in shewing us his really very pretty campagne — his houseservant and
gardener carried my aunt up and down to the best points of view — really beautiful of the river and Paris, Montmartre
and all the prominent features of this fine landscape — at 4 Monsieur Séne and I set off to see the terrace of the château —
a 1/4 hour’s business so ordered the horses in 1/4 hour — magnificent view from the terrace — the whole country laid out as on
a map before us — the old chateau pulled down at the revolution — the foundations left which now form the end of the
terrace — asked if I could see the interior of the chateau — yes! the duke des Castries not yet arrived — to come very soon —
met the directeur of the chateau Monsieur Marechaux — he very politely (Monsieur Séne seems to know them all well and to
be on really good terms with the duke who is governor) shewed us all over — 3 interesting of Louis 16 and 18, and the present
King when boys — all brought up in this palace — good picture (too) of their father the Dauphin, son of Louis 15 — picture
of Louis 18 at his marriage — much altered between the taking of the 2 pictures — a very small chateau but very comfortable —
park extensive and beautiful — walked about so long (Monsieur Séne had a concession from Napoleon and confirmed by the late
King to drain water into his pipes from the chateau lake to his grounds) we did not get back of an hour and 1/2 till 5 20/60 —
took our leave — all well pleased, particularly my aunt who had borne the journey very well — off at 5 25/60 —
returned by Boulogne? came along the back of the Ecole militaire, and hotel des Invalides, and got home at 6 25/60 —
the porter’s wife said a lady had inquired for me who had expected going with us into the country — It was Madame
Droz — what a mistake! — George brought back for answer this morning ‘mi-jour’ — he was sure he could not tell what
it meant — I fancied it was something like a mi-carême, some religious fast or other, but at all rates that it
meant no! and therefore very composedly went off without taking further notice — much annoyed — went
off immediately and called on Madame Droz — out — had left my aunt to dine by herself saying it was the hour I had
promised to be with Mrs. Barlow and I should dine with her — got there a little before 7 — She had had a very bad dinner — had
got her new servant Ferdinande — in fact, there was nothing for me — took Mrs. Barlow with me and went to my
old restaurant in the rue neuve de Luxembourg — had fricassée de poulet, fricandeau de veau, and
epinards au beurre (which I could not eat, so bad — the butter strong), and in about 20 minutes (about 8) we set off
and walked to the barrière de l’Etoile — said how much I was annoyed — parted with Mrs. Barlow at her own door,
and got home at 9 5/60 — 1/2 hour making lemonade — then prepared my bedroom — settled with George — came to the drawing room
at 9 50/60 — wrote all the above of today but the 1st 7 lines — Monsieur Séne said (I asked him) his house in the country
cost him altogether 200000 francs the lead for the water pipes cost him 30,000, and the other expense of the water about
30,000 francs more — and the ground cost about 50,000, and the rest went for buildings etc. — the ground in place de la Madll
Madeleine had cost him 12,000 francs per square toise (36 square feet) and ground next to his on the boulevard had been sold for
15,000 per square toise — this house (place de la Madeleine) had altogether cost him 600000 francs — yielded 5 percent for
his money — well satisfied — people here (in France) did not expect more — In buying land in France 3 percent very good interest —
often paid only 1 or 2 or 1 percent — writing the above took me till 10 25/60 — then went to my room o. — drank one solid basin full of lemonade —

[margin text:] 58° at 7 a.m.
67 1/2° at noon
58° at 10 1/2 p.m.

finish morning but
no sun — the weather not
seeming quite certain — very
fine cool pleasant
day — could not be more vivid

May Tuesday 22
6 1/2
11 1/2
Too small a motion 1/2 asleep over my prayers — kneeling alongside and lying down on the bed for 3/4 hour — mended my sock 1/4 hour — at
my desk at 8 20/60 — wrote rough draft of index of yesterday — wrote out my accounts of yesterday — all which took me till 8 3/4 — from then to 10 1/2 finding
the value of a French gramme at 15 1/2 grains troy, and of a French millimetre which may be taken at 1/25 of an English inch,
and reading 1 or 2 ppages volume Haüy’s physics and Madame Huchez’s woman came to try on — quite made, but took it back to lengthen the waist — from 10 1/2 to 11 10/60 breakfast and skimmed over a few paragraphs in
the paper — an advertisement which struck me — a French lady going to the waters of Vichy with her femme de
chambre (Madame Ste. Marie, rue Ste. Anne 29) would like to have a companion French English lady who would share the
expense and go by easy journeys — wrote the last 5 1/2 lines — from 11 1/4 to 11 3/4 finished dressing — went out at 11 50/60
got to no. [number] 1 Quai Malaquais at 12 20/60 — the lecture (3rd) began at 12 1/4, over at 2 — Short recapitulation of the subjects lecture of
Saturday then began with mechanics or the science of estimating force and its direction — mechanics divided into statics
the weighing or putting in equilibrium of solids — and hydrostatics the ditto ditto ditto of fluids — Statics again divided into statics and dynamics (statics as to the weight dynamics or résistance as to the power)
Hydrostatics and hydronamics — then we had the composition and decomposition of forces — of several forces each separate force called
force composante — the sum of the forces, force resultante — exemplification of the lever by means of a brass rod
suspended from 2 strings hanging over 2 wheels — observation on parallel forces — In dragging a boat up a river on both sides
(as an instance of decomposition of forces) [drawing of a boat being dragged] of the 2 forces ab, ad, complete the parallelogram — af would equal the force
resultante — clear — note that the shorter ab and ad, i.e. the less acute the angles baf, daf, the less will be the force
resultante and the less the advantage gained — thus the reason plain why haulers have always very long cords — could not haul
all on one side, the boat would come too near the bank, but the rudder keeps it off — then on falling bodies — always
fall in a line perpendicular to the earth to the earth centre of gravity of the earth — all bodies would converge — meet in a
point — but no notice taken of this — the convergence imperceptible to us — the line of falling considered vertical — the weight
of bodies must à la rigueur decrease a little according to the distance of the body from the earth, but this so imperceptible, not
noticed — shewed (found) the centre of gravity in a Trapezium by a plumb line (at the point of intersection of 2 plumb lines) —
how to find the centre of gravity of a Triangle and by dividing every irregular figure into triangles this find the centre of gravity by calculation —
no neophyte could possibly be much the wiser for this — a double cone (2 cones joined end to end) seemed to ascend in
reality descended along an inclined plane — a little figure filled with mercury by this means perpetually changing its centre
of gravity tumbled head over heels down 3 or 4 little steps to the amusement of the 8 pupils besides myself who — In standing let
the heels be distant a foot’s length [drawing of a trapezium] (the heel at each dot) we stood the firmest when the 2 little angles were of 25°
each — In walking obliged to lean to the left when the right foot was lifted up and vice vérsâ, thus the lateral motion of the
body in walking and the necessity of 2 people taking the same step (marcher au pas) pour prevenir le danger des choes —
then the subject of the lever again — 3 kinds scissors of the 1st kind — a lever rested on au appui to elever une pierre
and an oar of the 2nd kind — almost all our limbs ‘membres’ of the 3rd kind — e.g. the fore-finger — the knuckle the appui, the bout de
doigt la resistance, la force (consisting in the muscles) entre les deux — the next lecture to be upon machines
consisting of levers — It does one good to see all the apparatus used — otherwise, the knowledge one could gain from such
lectures must be the merest smattering, or zero — sauntered along the quais looking at prints — so long, did not
get home (came direct as to road) till 3 20/60 — at my desk at 3 1/2 — turned to Hutton’s course mathematics — wrote the last 27 lines — which took
me till 4 50/60 — no lecture on Thursday because ascension day — thought whether to go to look at Madame Ste. Marie (line 6) on leaving
the lecture — will name it indirectly to Madame Galvani tomorrow — Madame Ste. Marie nonobstant her saint name may be a
Magdalene Mary for aught I know — read the last 6 ppages of Haüy’s Introduction — Dinner at 5 10/60 — came to my room at 6 50/60 — Settled
with George, and my accounts — read from page 21 to 33 Haüy’s introduction and the 1st 2 or 3 ppages volume 1 of the work itself — prepared my bedroom etc. and went into the drawing room
at 8 20/60 — read the paper — then looking at Ebel’s Keller’s map of Switzerland and reading Ebel’s guide — my aunt very infirm tonight —
I think more so in consequence of her drive, but she says the air did her good — came to my room at 10 25/60 o. —

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 57 1/2° at 7 3/4 a.m.
67° at 11 50/60 a.m.
60° at 10 1/2 p.m.

fine morning and fine till
rain about 6 p.m. till after
7, more or less — afterwards
fair but damp —

gramme = 15 1/2 grain troy
millimetre = about 1/25 English inch or rather more vize 0.0393 English inch
DateMay 1827
Extent1 page


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