Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0062
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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‘William Milne died rather suddenly during his mother’s absence in London’ — has received parcel for
me Bibliotheca Hiberiana — George Robinson had been at Shibden and paid £50 promising the rest
the following week — Mr. Parker will deliver the notice to quit himself — has sent the one to John Pearson — the Staups
purchase papers will not be ready before the end of August — Trades unions over — ministers
very cautious and likely to keep in some time longer — all going on well at home — Mr. Freeman wishes
to see me on my return — Thomas Greenwood knows of a gentleman who wishes to ‘purchase Northgate house
and a little of the land’ — Letter at the Poste restante 1 1/2 pages from Lady Gordon dated Saltzburgh
10 July — Henry Devereux (her nephew) ‘seems rather epris with you’ (I must have met him
at Miss Berry’s) writes her that I am gone touring to Geneva for a month — She fancies this
means Chamouni ‘perhaps Mont Blanc etc. etc.’ — wants me to join her at Munich
where she will remain 7 or 8 weeks — country beautiful — walks long and fine views —
they have seen the Hallein salt mines — will be in England in October — fidgetty to be very
long and far from her mother — ‘What a sensation Charlotte Stuart seems to have produced in
the world!’ — to write to Lady Gordon Poste restante à Munich — They go to the Cerf d’or —
I ought to go to Munich if only to see the Egina marbles — Letter (at Heutsch’s bank)
from M- [Mariana] Leamington 3 ppages and ends dated ‘Leamington June’ — ‘For the 1st time in
my life, my dearest Fred, 3 weeks have passed without my hearing from you; and for the 1st time in my life
you are in England and Mary knows not where to find you; what can all this mean’ ......
3 weeks the day she wrote since she got my letter saying I was going for a few days to London — asks if
I got her letter directed to Dover street (yes! but she did not get mine sent to Warrens) — her journey
to London put off from illness — the gaieties of the Oxford business more than she could well bear — very
reluctant to give up London ‘as there were many inducements to prosecute my 1st intention; I
might have seen you’ etc. etc. Mrs. Milne and Hamlyn there — Mr. Crewe and his boys spending their
week in England in Hill street etc. etc. ... ‘I have been diligently trying to get well, and in due time
‘hope to succeed, my complaint seems to be a low fever, which has pretty fast melted away all
‘my fat; I am little more than skin and bone, and can neither coax appetite, nor rest, I have lived
‘for the last fortnight on port wine and jellies, and have a bed to myself ..... on Monday I began with the
‘shower bath, and hope in a few weeks to be allowed to ride, I cannot walk much my chief
‘exercise therefore is in a pony carriage’ — their going to Harrogate given up — They go to
Worthing in August — ‘your happiness and comfort is very dear to me, and I am not the last of your friends to
‘rejoice that you are satisfied of having secured both — may it be so! but for all our sakes perhaps it is
‘best that at present I should tell you this on paper — An unsophisticated mind I think is more likely to
‘secure your permanent happiness, than any such worldly one as that which falls to the lot of those who of late years
‘have been the associates — one may live in the world, and have no trafic in hearts, but the quiet country
‘fireside would be cruelly insipid had it none of this ingredient to flavour it, and God forbid that in yours it
‘should be wanting — You have lived long enough on hope, dearest, now the desire has come I trust it
‘brings with it all you have so often longed for — your friend will always be a source of interest
‘to me, and I will never rob her of her due; But you can tell me about her, and I will believe all


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‘you say which at least will be much for her advantage, because I am by no means sure that I could be an
‘impartial judge’ — Mrs. Milne tells her as they have not seen me in town, Mrs. Norcliffe cannot believe
I have been there — A- [Ann] found letter (good — all well and right) from her sister at the poste restante office —
She wrote to her sister while I wrote 2 1/2 ppages very small and close to my aunt and A- [Ann] wrote the rest of page 3 and the ends
to my aunt while I wrote 3 ppages to M- [Mariana] and we both sat up writing till 2 tonight — answered the business part
of my aunt’s letter — glad George Robinson’s prospects better — said he had a lease of the mill — sure Mr. Parker would
do all right — begged him not to forget the Hipperholme fields in the notice — should not trouble myself about
Northgate — not inclined to sell the house with a little of the land — glad of the so fair account of herself and hoped my
father would be better — mentioned our tour of Mont Blanc and A- [Ann] and I being well — left her to tell the little
particulars — said the weather had changed and driven us here from Chamouni — depended upon the weather
whether we should go for a few days more to the mountains or not — will add a line or 2 tomorrow —
wrote very kindly to M- [Mariana] said we had been mutually disappointed — I had expected hearing from her in Paris — sorry
she had not got my long letter left for her at Warrens — should have written from Paris but had not time — impossible
to write from the mountains — assured her my thoughts could not play truant long — grieved at the bad account of herself —
should be ill at ease till I heard she was better — beg her to write to Rue St Victor no. [number] 27 and to let me find
a letter in Dover street — very fine day Fahrenheit 70° at 2 tonight —

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Long kiss at twice last night and with her for an hour and a half Miss Walker and I between [us] copied my
letter to π [Mariana] — filled the ends of my paper to M- [Mariana] — saying I should surely be in Paris on or about the
15th August and begging her to write to Rue St Victor too uncertain to give her any other direction — concluded
with the assurance that I was quite incapable of neglect or forgetfulness towards her — very affectionate kind letter —
added a few lines under the seal to my aunt to tell her to write to rue St Victor that I was uncertain whether
to go to the mountains for a few days more or not — all depended on the weather but I would write again in a few
days — should be in Paris by the 15th of next month — at 10 35/.. sent Eugenie with George to put my letters into the
post in time for today’s mail — to my aunt Shibden and to ‘Mrs. Lawton Claremont house
Leamington Warwickshire Angleterre’ A- [Ann] also sent her letter to her sister (Udale) — vide yesterday
breakfast at 10 40/.. to 11 10/.. — then finished dressing — very fine morning Fahrenheit 73° at 9 3/4 a.m. — took George
and A- [Ann] and I out at 12 20/.. — a few minutes at Baute’s and bought earrings for M- [Mariana]? then at Briquet’s opposite the Post office
choosing prints etc. to the amount of 143 francs till 3 25/.. — then to the Toporama and ordered the model of
Switzerland as partly agreed upon before with Monsieur Gaudin to be 1500/. — he thinks the carriage and duty
to London will not be more than 100 francs! — then speaking of the Tyrol I wished to have the whole of it added
and he agreed to do this for 100 francs additional — that the model before 6 foot x 5 foot French will be now
be about 7 foot x 5 foot French — He gave me his address ‘L Gaudin topographe Rue du Grand
Mezet no. [number] 251’ à Genève! — and I gave him my address at Shibden desiring him to write his name on the back
of his letter to announce the sending off the model that if I was not at home it might be opened and properly attended to — desired the model to be
addressed to me aux soins de Mr. Hawkins 26 Dover street London — from 4 to 6 25/.. looking over minerals
and lastly books chez Desrogis, rue du Rhone no. [number] 479, nearly opposite Baute’s — Saw at Briquet’s
that one should go to Audin Quai des Augustins no. [number] 25 à Paris for the Promenade du voyageur en Europe
par Richard 4 volumes 12mo [duodecimo] — dinner at 6 1/2 to 8 — then read a little in Itinéraire de Chamouni bought this morning article Mont Blanc
DateJul 1834
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