Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0043
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

June Friday 13
7 55/..
10 25/..
A kiss last night fine morning Fahrenheit 61 at 8 1/4 — breakfast at 9 1/4 to 10 1/4 — out at 11 1/4 — 1/2 hour at the
cathedral — all new-done-up, white and clean — crypt not to be seen full of stone from France for the
new west tower — the cathedral all built of stone from Caen in Normandy — the tombs of Edward the black prince
and Henry iv. government some time ago promised to repair, as all the private tombs are undergoing repair by subscription —
the choir looks light and white and cold, the old oak wainscotting and tabernacle work being all
taken away, and merely the stonework screen (small gothic arches glazed) remaining — the old altar screen
is also removed and replaced by a stone one of handsome gothic work, but unfortunately not straight-topped
and consequently looking ill and out of keeping with all around — it rises in steps from the ends to the centre, and is a
sad disgrace to the taste of Mr. Austin (I think the man said) the architect — all strangers observe and abuse
it; and everybody sees the error now it is too late — sauntered about the city — then to the John Dean
walk, or Dunge hill, or mound or tumulus thrown up by the Danes, just within
the old fortification wall of the city — there is now a winding quickwood-fenced-off walk winding
to the top (480 feet high) of the tumulus on which is erected a column commemorating Mr. …… under whose
mayoralty and chiefly at whose expense the walks seem to have been laid out, and recording that
they are now made over to the public the corporation having allotted £60 per annum to keep them
up — they cover about 6 acres — the walk shaded with limes is 1130 feet long and 13 feet broad — the terrace is 1840 feet long by 12 wide —
Canterbury is a nice clean looking town, with good shops; and the Fountain is an excellent Inn —
sauntered to the remain of the old castle — merely part of the dungeon keep remaining, now a coal-
magazine — home at 1 10/.. — tired — somehow I do not get up my strength — lay on the sofa till
off from Canterbury at 2 5/.. and alighted at the Ship Inn Dover (now Worthington), who succeeded
Charles Wright about 4 months ago) at 4 1/4 — dressed or rather washed hands etc. wrote the above of today —
rain more or less almost all the way from Canterbury and rainy afternoon and evening — Dinner at 6 1/4 in an hour —
wrote and sent at 9 3 ppages to my aunt Shibden — account of our arrival — Sarah to bottle the cowslip wine immediately
Miss Walker will write to her aunt from Paris — no letters to be sent to her but those from her sister or from
Washington and none to me but from Washington or Mr. Parker and all Miss Walker’s too to be directed to me at no. [number] 27 rue St.
Victor — till I give my aunt another address — Monsieur Audoin will forward the letters from rue St. Victor will
write to my aunt as soon as we have fixed the day for leaving Paris and can give her another address —
tea at 9 in 1/2 hour — then went to bed — fine day till after 2 p.m. afterwards rainy, more or
less, afternoon and evening — Fahrenheit 65 now at 10 p.m. —

Saturday 14
6 10/..
12 5/..
A kiss last night fine morning Fahrenheit 64 at 6 1/2 a.m. — breakfast at 7 1/2 — on board the Fevret packet
Captain Hamilton, having put off from shore in a small boat, at 8 1/2 — under weigh at 8 3/4 — Miss Walker
and [I] sat in the carriage — she not sick at all — I very soon got rid of my breakfast — sick twice afterwards —
fine fresh air — a side wind and crowded all sail — cast anchor at 11 3/4 and, leaving Joseph with the carriage
that could not be landed before 2, got into a small boat (Miss Walker Eugenie and myself) and landed alongside the pier
about 12 1/2 — some people from 2 other boats had been carried ashore on men’s shoulders — Quillacq’s commissioner
in waiting and walked with him to the hotel and comfortable there at 1 1/4 — asleep on the sofa — Miss Walker very
well and sat by me — the carriage not landed till after 3, and not cleared out from the custom house till after 4 —
obliged to pay 400 francs duty for the carriage — my permit only for 3 years — could not do otherwise — must settle the matter
in Paris — had a veal cutlet and off from Calais at 5 12/.. — alighted at the hotel de Londres at Boulogne
at 9 1/2 — comfortable salon and double bedded room adjoining — tea — I had boiled milk as usual — very fine day —

June Sunday 15
8 1/4
10 40/..
A little kiss last night very fine morning Fahrenheit 65 at 8 3/4 — no fastener to our room door last night and put
on my Bramah-bolt 1st time I ever used it — breakfast at 9 1/4 — took up the carriage one catch on each side for
which sent for a coach maker who charged ten sols — very comfortable at the hotel de Londres — Off from Boulogne at 10 1/4
and alighted at the hotel de l'Europe at Abbeville at7 5/.. — Miss Walker’s neck and head poorly — could not bear to
walk so only sauntered into the nearest church (very neat — service — and a full congregation) and just went for a minute
or 2 on the boulevard and took a turn round the garden and came in in 1/2 hour at 8 — dinner at 8 1/2 — soup and fish
(pike?) fricandeau, roast chicken, pigeon smothered in peas, potatoes, cauliflower, compote de pommes
and dessert — very comfortable — Adny lay down while I wrote out yesterday and today till 10 5/.. — very fine day and evening —
Fahrenheit 66 now at 10 5/.. p.m. —

Monday 16
6 50/..
10 55/..
A kiss last night at two or three trials for the bed so small almost tumbling out and afterwards went to my
own bed and slept alone — fine morning though thunder shower about 8 and likely for more rain Fahrenheit 66 at 8 1/2
breakfast at 8 1/2 — one small 2 bedded room but made myself dressing room — good beds and breakfast and comfortable enough — the house
full — 2 or 3 English families on their way from Italy — breakfast from 8 1/2 to 9 — Off from the Hotel de l’Europe
Abbeville at 9 40/.. — might sleep at Airaines, La Poste. — nice largeish church on a hill with
bit of ruin close to it close to Poix neat little town in the bottom of the valley — walked up the hill
out of Poix in 13 minutes — Marseille stands in pretty wooded valley watered by the little river Thérain — just out of the neatish
little town see the largeish handsome looking château d'Achy Monsieur de Clermont Tonnerre — Achy a very small poor
but picturesque village — At a little distance beyond (at 5 25/..) the good but smaller château de Monceau [Monceaux]
on the hill right belonging to M.... sounding like Dardevillèlle from the postboy’s pronunciation — at
Beauvais at 6 35/.. — out [at] 7 for 1 5/.. hour — went to the cathedral — unfinished — no nave — but the choir
and transepts handsome old gothic — the monument of Cardinal Forbin Qb. 1714. by Costou, restored in 1804,
very fine whole length sitting figure of the cardinal in his robes — then walked round the court of the Evêché — since the
revolution (the last) the bishop’s revenue reduced one half that he had now only 10,000 francs a year — hardly
enough to live and keep up the large pile of old building — close to the cathedral — then sauntered about looking in at
the shop windows — much better town than Abbeville — dinner at 8 5/.. — meagre, and cold — not good as at Abbeville
only 1 two-bedded room — over the kitchen and hot, but one of the 2 Lady Vere and I had — fine day though a few slight
showers in the afternoon — very fine evening Fahrenheit 65 1/2 now at 10 1/2 p.m. Adny just in bed at 10 1/2 at which hour I finished
the above of today —

Tuesday 17
5 55/..
12 20/..
A kiss last night she could bear no more then went to my own bed fine morning Fahrenheit 64 at 6 3/4 — breakfast
at 7 1/4 — made all tidy — good beds as usual in France and comfortable enough in our one room — out at 8 1/2 — bought
strawberries in the market enough for all, servants too, for 1 franc/50 cents — then to the tapisserie Royale (tapisserie des Gobelins) at
9 1/4 — an hour too soon for the workmen, 64 of them including 10 élèves — work only for the royal family — but a few
pieces for sale — some little flower pieces as low as 150 francs — a large piece (the largest and best, with a beautifully done white
pointer dog in it, after game) 2500 francs — 3 meubles in hand — one for the prince royal — the 20 chairs and 20 fauteuils
cent mille francs — they work horizontally here — perpendicularly at Paris; but the effect is the same — the
poste aux chevaux between the tapisserie, and the nice-enough looking hotel d'Angleterre — ordered the horses myself in passing —
the hotel d'Angleterre looks quite as good as our hotel de l’Ecu de France, and more airy — home at 9 1/2 — had been
perpetual showers all the while we were out — Off from Beauvais at 10 5/.. — saw the abbey at St. Denis
in 1/2 hour — undergoing a thorough repair — very fine church — will be clean and neat as possible — off from St. Denis
at 4 3/4 and entered Paris by the barrière de Clichy at 5 20/.. — nothing but a 5me at Meurice’s — the Norcliffe’s and Miss
DateJun 1834
Extent1 page


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