Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0050
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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1834
July Wednesday 2
5
12
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No kiss see last night very fine morning ¬— Fahrenheit 70° at 6 10/.. — A- [Ann] and I out at 6 40/..
sauntered along the rue du Rhone§ {— to the Toporama to see Godot’s fine model of Switzerland — not the
one I saw, in 1827, only 1/2 the size but containing more extent of country i.e. the Tyrol, Italian lakes,
part of Piémont and the whole of Switzerland — on sale — for not less than 24000 francs French — would sell
the other (the large and old one) for 9000 francs — a model in hand like the 24000 francs one, reduced from
about 15 by 9 feet French to about 3 feet by 2 1/2 feet French at 500 francs to be sent to Sweden, to baron Müller — had made
several on this scale and sent them to England — to Lord Grey, Lord Monson et aliis — made one of the
Mont blanc mountains only, on a very large scale for the École des mines à Paris — said I should
like a scale between the big and the little and he agreed to make me (in 6 months and send via Paris
and Calais to London there to be paid for on its arrival) a model taking in all the country — all the
étendue of the large one at 24000 francs for 1500 francs — said I should be back again from
Chamouni [Chamonix] soon, and would let him know about it — Miss Walker shockingly tired of standing so long —
about an hour there} — put in the post en passant my letter to my aunt ‘Shibden hall H-x [Halifax] Yorkshire
Angleterre’ and A-’s [Ann] letter to her aunt Cliff hill, and sister and Washington ¬— vide yesterday — home at 8 3/4
breakfast at 9 to 10 3/4 having George up 2 or 3 times to give him instructions in French —
§ went into the rue de la Cité and paid for plan of Geneve that came at 6 1/2 this morning etc. and staid there
some time — the man very civil — gave me 4 addresses for pensions (thought of leaving
Eugenie at one) — and gave me the relative value of Geneva money compared with French —
sols de Genève/pieces of Francs cents. 1 Ecu de 5 francs (French) vaut florins 10.10s
1/2 = . 0.2 } 2 francs ——— . . 4.4
1 = . 0.4 } 1 franc ——— . . 2.2
3 = . 0.12 } 1/2 franc ——— . . 1.1
15 = . 0.58 } 1 florin de Genève = 12 sols de Genève
21 = . 0.80 } 26 sols de Genève = 1 franc de France
then chez Joan Soupat Place du bourg du four, for little silk shawl for A- [Ann] had not one, but good
shop for Swiss muslins and linen etc. — they sent us to Louis Pernin fils au bas de la cité
no. [number] 51, and got a fichu [scarf] that would do, but no choice — home at 8 3/4 — breakfast etc. etc. (the 12 lines
within brackets belong to after breakfast from 11 3/4 to 1 3/4 when A- [Ann] and I out again —
|| had had the porter up after breakfast — said there were 240 rooms in the house of which 160 de maître — 34
|| chambres de maître sur chaque des 5 étages — price of a country house for the season (6 months)
3,000 to 4,000 francs — Coligny, that Lord Byron had, 4,000 francs — Had inquired at the police — Miss Pickford
had not been here of 3 years — A- [Ann] had lain down — had ordered a carriage at 2 — she and I out in it at 2 3/4 and took Eugenie
with us — went to the bank (H. Hentsch and company) on the quai almost opposite to our hotel des
|| Bergues — For £25 circular no. [number] 4096 received 11 double papers + 9 single ditto = 620 francs for
|| which paid (agio on the gold) 7/50? or more for gold now cost 15 francs per thousand and this not considered dear — a month hence would be 20/. agio per
|| thousand — forgot to ask for an account of what I received — suppose I paid 7/55 agio this would make
620 + 7/55 + (5 sols de Genève taken at sols French) ./20 = 627 francs 75 cents. = exchange at 25 francs 11 cents
from the bank to the Grand Chemin des philosophes, chez Madame Bacle for pension for Eugenie —
would take her (giving her 2 ground floor rooms) for 175 francs per month so that we could sleep a night or 2 there if
|| we liked — but for our own living to pay 10 francs a day — happening to inquire about Miss Pickford found she


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and Miss Maitland were chez Madame Palis, a house or two distant — went there — waited 20 minutes till 4 5/..
then sat with them till 4 1/2 — Miss Pickford said nothing but seemed surprised — was she not nervous? looked well —
told her of her letter received in Paris last July — they are going to England on Tuesday Paris viâ Dijon, by
voiturin, the one from here they have had at Naples and everywhere — Miss Maitland a very tall
large woman — asked me to stay and dine with them at their public table! — Miss Pickford said nothing — she probably
knew me better — declined very civilly on account of much to do, and going to Chamouni [Chamonix] tomorrow — Miss Pickford
hardly seemed at ease — true she lost much (‘pretty well’) by Miss Threlfall who died 2 years ago —
might have recovered it, but it would cost more than it was worth — the musé under repair could not be seen —
perhaps may be a fortnight hence — 20 minutes in the botanic garden goes up to Mr. Eynard’s nice house
and grounds — the garden arranged on the natural system — very ill kept — the Serres full of workmen — then
to the cathedral — full of workmen preparing for the grand Helvetic concert on the 28th instant —
neat, clean, handsome gothic pile ¬— du temps de Charlemagne, the woman said — 3 fine
painted glass windows in the apsis — Charlemagne, in that on the right — home at 5 1/2 — dinner at 5 40/.. —
had just the loueur of the carriage — called the distance to ‘Sallenche 15 lieues (instead of 12 or in truth
11) and asked 48/. — though he had agreed with the porter for 36/. — said people gave the cocher 3/. a day —
30/ + 4/. for cocher would have been enough the porter owned had it been last year — now for age
dear and 36/. fair — offered to get me another carriage — no! said I would go en poste — poste arranged
as in France 30 sols per cheval and 1 extra cheval not put on for us at 20 sols — so I shall leave the
carriage at Sallenche and Eugenie too — sat long over dinner and dessert — dawdling talking — from 10 1/4
to 11 20/.. wrote the above of today — fine day till lowering at 5 1/2 and between 6 and 7, (and long afterwards flashes
of lightning at intervals) heavy rain and a thunder storm — lightning very vivid much thunder and 1 peal
so near the house seemed coming down — Fahrenheit 72 1/2° now at 11 20/.. p.m. Miss Walker owns she has
had whites again (had them years ago and since) these last two or three days burn her in ma
king water said she had rather affected me on Monday night ~

Thursday 3
5 3/4
9 50/..
No kiss did not go to her bed at all last night fine morning — Good proper motion the first
I have has [had] ssince leaving England ~ Fahrenheit 71 1/2° at 6 3/4 — looking over money etc. till 6 40/.. — then
dressed — breakfast at 8 1/2 — had the imperials turned out and almost repacked them myself — busy over 1 thing or
other that could not get out till 10 40/.. — shopping — back at 11 3/4 — paid all — had the master of the house up — said he
had not so many rooms — 34 chambres de maitre on 4 étages instead of 5 — could not have fixed prices as Meurice’s,
because Meurice had only English, and he (Monsieur Rufenacht) must depend upon all — had now 6 French families and only 2 English
ourselves and another — only 3 months since he opened the hotel — the porter advised our not attempting to bring the 3 common Swiss striped muslin handkerchiefs
I had just bought for A- [Ann] price 1/50 — sure to be taken and would subject us to have everything examined — off from the
Hotel des Bergues at 12 40/.. — ran to the shop for the handkerchiefs (not sent home) and stuffed them in my drawers —
Then let down the blinds Miss Walker shut her eyes and I got napkin out of bag and pinned to it the three handkerchi
efs and put all on and wore them till we had passed the Sardinian custom house no view of the lake
after getting out of sight of Geneva — fine, rich, beautiful magnificent drive — on entering Amenas [Amiens] at
1 33/.. the Sardinian Carabiniers civilly asked if I had anything à déclarer — non! — and they let us pass
on — 2 minutes farther stopt a moment (at the Douane?) and shewed our passport and were suffered to drive
on immediately — the postboy whispered how civil they had been — said there was an understanding between the officers and the
DateJul 1834
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