Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/12/0059
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

from near 3 to 5 wrote 3 ppages and the ends and a line under the seal to Miss MacLean very kind letter — scarce know
what to make of her account of herself — ‘Albane’s letter confounds me’ — .… yet if you cannot get here, — if you
may not be trusted here, how go to Mull, — how be trusted there? Vere says not much — she thinks the more?
‘and we have in common, at least, the feeling of anxiety — surely it cannot happen to Mr. Long to have all
‘his patients watched with so deep an interest as you are’….. would have met her at Calais or Boulogne
could she have crossed with the Hunters ‘and would still do as much as in those days of yore when you so
scolded me for the romance of the forty miles’….. ‘my aunt is not well enough to set me at ease on
her account — If Miss MacLean does not come my aunt will be almost as much disappointed as myself’ You
‘thank me for my ‘pretty words’ — well! be it so — I could, and should write many more, if all that lies
‘within my heart were crowded on my paper — Forgive me, Sibbella, for that in which I have sometimes
‘had the evil fortune to annoy you — your long and serious illness, — the passing thought, or fearful boding,
‘that you are going to cheat me of the 3 months, makes me oftentimes more sad than you may fancy’…..
‘Did Vere tell you we talked of a little journey tour together? How it will end I know not — the
‘2 younger of the party would like it; but I fear lady Stuart is not quite well…… she is so good and
‘kind hearted about you, I quite like her — If we go, it must be contrived for you to meet us, and
‘return with me? There is, withal, an archness about Vere, that pleases and amuses me — she will
‘have Henry Yorke I believe, though she little guesses that I know anything about it — It is an absolute comfort
‘to me to know her; and this is always what I think of whenever I have a bad account of you — we go to
‘Rambouillet on Saturday to return on Monday; and I shall call for her tomorrow for a drive — You
‘cannot, for I do not myself, comprehend the sort of interest I feel — I should be delighted for her to marry
‘happily, and ……. to have a little girl — she would bring it up beautifully; and I should dote upon it! who,
‘Sibbella, has ever felt for you a regard less changeful than my own?’ — an account of the somnambule —
mentioned the Lawtons being at Harrogate or Scarborough that Miss MacLean not to wonder if she had
not an early answer to her letter to M- [Mariana] about sending her watch — Enclosed my letter to ‘Miss MacLean
of Coll, John St. John Long’s Esquire, 41 Harley street’ in an envelope, with a line or 2 (asking if the
letter was in time if not to send it back and I would write another for Friday) to ‘Miss Hobart’ which George took at
at 5 1/2 by our clocks i.e. 5 25/60 by the day —
Breakfast at 10 and read over Galignani’s messenger — dressed — then between 11 and 12 Henry brought a small parcel from Miss
Hobart containing the little penwiper she had made me, and some small bits of black merinos for it that spared of what I took her the other
day, and a little note ‘I have the audacity to send you the very ugliest and untidiest penwiper ever seen….. I did
‘not see you the other day you know, and know nothing to prevent my going out with you a little tomorrow after two —
‘what say you to Saturday evening for Rambouillet? yours affectionately Vere Hobart I give up the Bishop for you!’ In about 10 minutes
or 1/4 hour sent back by Henry the following ‘Monday morning Dear Miss Hobart — not ugliest and untidiest, but to my eye, at least, best and
prettiest of penwipers — I will call for you tomorrow at 3, or perhaps a few minutes later — nothing can be better than your
plan for Rambouillet — agreed — we go on Saturday — we fix the rest tomorrow — I meant to write to Sibbella today, but
I am unexpectedly in the midst of letters on business, and uncertain whether I shall have any time to spare, or not — affectionately
yours Anne Lister — Sorry to hear from Henry that Lady Stuart has got a little cold, and is not so well today — I hope she did not get cold in seeing
the windows —

[margin text:] no lecture today on the mammifères —

my note no sooner gone than Perrelet came at 11 1/2 — talking to him about 1 thing or other 1/2 hour — he has 3
poëles and the kitchen fire, and only burns about 3 voies or 4 per annum — a cheminée burns twice, or 2 1/2 times
as much wood as a poële — coals so dear here, does not think we shall save much by burning them instead of
wood — then went in to my aunt, and staid with her some time — very poorly this morning — so swelled all over she could
scarce move — all her flesh sore — did not know what it was — said, as she often does, she thought it was not
dropsy — I never reply at all in the affirmation, but merely say it is a proof of great weakness — I certainly
think her becoming rapidly and seriously anasarcous — then read my letter from Marian Shibden dated Wednesday 15th. instant
3 ppages and the ends — good account of all at Shibden, my young trees, etc. etc. account of Mr. James Norris having inadvertently
turned the Lower Brea water out of its old course — but no harm intended — all be set right again — ‘the Walkers
leave Crownest on Tuesday I suppose Mr. Walker will be married immediately on his arrival in the South, and as
they are going abroad for a year, I fancy they set off directly for Paris’ — Marian declined sending any letter
by him — Miss Walker (his sister) declined going so they bring Miss Edwards (his cousin) with them — will be very
civil to him — glad we are in a presentable apartment — Throp has been employed for a few days (the
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Monday before Marian wrote) — Leyland well satisfied with John’s son — the 1/2 year’s bill
something more than what I left with John to pay it — wrote 1 3/4 ppages to Mr. James Briggs, and sent it to the Post Office
at 2 — to send notices to quit to Hardcastle Sowden and Hemingway but expected to agree with them — only wished
to ask what the farms were fairly worth, and therefore did not expect to have many changes — as for Oates and Pearson,
they must have notices — the latter a good tenant and should be sorry to lose him — Balmfirth always selling off, and
the only tenant I wished to get rid of — Not to let anything or let anyone take possession with my instructions
expressly to that effect — should not have consented to take Charles Robinson on the present terms — if he will not pay
the old rent etc. etc. vide copy let him give up the land — as soon as Wilkinson can satisfy Mr. Parker
about a title to the coal the money shall be paid — backwards and forwards talking to my aunt — mentioned going out
with Miss Hobart tomorrow, and to Rambouillet on Saturday — said I would say I could not make a little tour with lady Stuart and Miss
Hobart for my aunt so unwell could not leave her — she seemed pleased — said she be always afraid not for herself
but for lady Stuart’s being laid up on the road — then from about 3 to 5 1/2 wrote to Miss MacLean, and wrote the first
26 1/2 lines of the last page, — and sent off my letter — dressed — dinner at 6 — came to my room at 9 10/60 — coffee at 9 1/2 — came
to my room at 10 1/4 — fine day — Fahrenheit 67°. now at 10 50/60 — feel it warm, and have felt it warm all the
day, perhaps from not having been out —

Tuesday 21
11 35/60
Breakfast at 6 10/60 to 6 40/60 — took a fiacre from the boulevard and thence to the jardin des plantes in 1/2 hour — got there at 7 1/4 —
so had my choice of seats — took that next to Monsieur Desfontaine’s assistant which a lady afterwards came to claim, saying
it was always taken — I said it was not taken when I came in — she seemed to doubt that, and I looked cross to have
the lie thus implied and told she might ask the gents. [gentlemen] behind whether it was taken or not, on which she walked off —
33rd botanical lecture from 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 — then walked about — read 38me. leçon chimie générale and 38th. chemical lecture
began at 9 17/60 — came away at 10 20/60 — to 11 35/60 26th. lecture on the mollusques — then 21st. geological lecture from 12
to 1 35/60 — to my surprise there was only 1 fiacre on the stand, and that just taken — walked to the next stand Place Maubert in
DateJul 1829
Extent1 page


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