Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0066
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

July Wednesday 30
8 1/4
10 50/..
No kiss too hot last night as before breakfast at 9 1/4 — looking over maps and guide books — from 11 1/4
to 3 20/.. wrote out Sunday Monday and yesterday and inked over accounts — A- [Ann] writing her journal, and for the last hour or more
lying down sick of writing and heat — finished dressing — meaning to go out, but a thunder storm and rain came on at 4
then wrote out the 1st 14 lines of Sunday the 6th instant and then being fair took George and A- [Ann] and I went out at 5 20/.. — paid for
books chez Puthod — Vie des Saints 4to [quarto] to be had at Paris chez J. J. Blaise rue Féron, no. [number] 24
près Saint Sulpice — and Dictionary of geography moderne chez H. L. Delloye, Place de la Bourse,
no. [number] 13, who is editor of La France pittoresque et la France militaire — paid the maître de poste
for carriage of yesterday etc. and ordered caleche at 5 a.m. tomorrow if fine to go to la grande Chartreuse — got into his char and drove off to the nursery garden — about an hour there —
afraid of the heat for the rose-trees and wanted to send them en caisse a month or more hence — did not
like this — got off taking them at all — saw Monsieur Burdin himself — head of the establishment —
will take John Booth next spring, summer, or autumn for 3 years, or 2 would have been enough
had he been older — he would be very sufficiently well and comfortably boarded for 45 francs per month —
and there would be no other expenses but his clothes — said I would see if I could get his own consent and his father’s
and charged Monsieur Burdin to be very careful of the boy as to health and morals — said if he came, I should
bring him myself — home at 7 just as it began to pour with rain and the thunder and lightning came on
again and continued all the evening — dinner at 7 20/.. Fahrenheit 74 1/2° at 9 — With her from nine and twenty minutes for
half hour and had long good kiss —

Thursday 31
9 1/4
10 35/..
Good kiss vide last night It rained all the night and this morning till after 9 or till 10 — no going to
the grande Chartreuse — sent George to the Poste at 6 to say so — one of the firm of gardeners Monsieur
Burnier brought me some dried plants to look at, and left them — looked them over and got into bed again
at 7 to warm myself Miss Walker came to me at eight and ten minutes had shewed me her bosom and
on my asking her took off her night things and stood naked so then got into bed and we had a kiss
breakfast at 10 or beginning when Monsieur Burnier came for the plantes seches — would not take those but he
staid about an hour, and ended by giving him an order for a complete collection of alpine
plants to be sewed on white paper and bound and classed and ticketed in orders families and species according
to the system of Linnæus at 200/. per thousand to be 5000 or thereabouts — none but alpine
plants — to have no plantes de serre — to be ready about this time next year — gave him my address
at Shibden — but if I left home in the meantime would write to him what to do — would not have transport to
pay — not on account of the cost, but la peine and les désagrémens and les risques with the douaniers
etc. Monsieur Burdin will probably be in England about this time 12 month if so to bring the herbarium with him —
or I may pick it up myself — the collection to be très soignée and complite des Alpes — then breakfast
finished dressing — wrote all but the 3 first lines of this page etc. till 1 3/4 — then just going out (A- [Ann] rather sickish)
when Monsieur Frederic Burnier came again, awkwardly excusing himself for wanting an advance of 200 francs on the
herbarium — if I should die he would have been at all the expense of courses to the mountains and binding the volumes and have the thing on his hands — he saw my astonishment
hoped I was not blessée — no! said I but astonished at his coming now when he said nothing about it in the morning —
he said I had mentioned I would rather advance money than have the collection manquée in anything - yes! said I, and as you
did not ask for an advance then it is the more surprising you should come now — he blundered out something about
their thinking it very odd I offer to be at so great expense for a servant’s son that in fact I think they talked him into

being afraid I was not to be trusted — he however tried his utmost to fight off this, and seemed sorry for himself and his
errand — it ended in my paying him 200 francs and his giving me a receipt for the money after his having staid talking
and explaining and excusing himself about an hour — this delayed us — not off till 3 5/.. (from Chambéry) — at 3 50/.. at the very
pretty cascade de Choux, in 2 streams one considerably greater than the other — went almost up to it through a close almost grown up brush-wood path —
the spray like a shower — beautiful road all along the bottom of the wooded rock-ravine — the little river Yere
tumbling over its precipitous bed, seldom seen — much prettier road than to Aix — At 4 8/.. La poste (single
house, and change horses) of St Thiebault de Loux, the neat picturesque little ville and nice new church a little beyond —
the postillion wanted 1/50 for 4 horses instead of that for the 3 we had and 1/. for the other — the maitre de poste
they could compel me to pay it, but as I had not paid it elsewhere, they wished to encourage travellers
and he would not demand it — so I got off — the fact is, it is conventional, and I ought always to make the agreement —
fine, green-striped (with brush wood — much beech amongst it) white calcareous rock-ravine — at 5 35/..
sent the 3rd horse back — all the rest of the way descent so came down with 2 horses — at 5 52/.. at La Grotte, and the fine
tunnel through the rock — close by on the left, is the old road — it would have taken us 20 minutes to walk
down it and return to the carriage; and, the clouds being very black, and drop or 2 of rain having already fallen, we
durst not venture — well we did not heavyish rain came on before we could have been back — the valley
hid in mist — alighted at Les Echelles at the auberge de la poste (not the poste itself) at 6 23/.. — poorish looking place —
but good honest people — dinner at 7 3/4 — good potage 1 trout (trout 3/. a lb) chicken, roast mutton, riz au lait, and plenty
of strawberries, and dined very well — afterwards wrote the last 25 lines of today till 9 3/4 — very rainy morning
till about 10 — then fine but heavy rain with thunder and lightning a few minutes before 6 for above
1/2 hour — then tolerably fine evening — Fahrenheit 72° at 9 50/.. — the opening of the tunnel into the valley upon Les Echelles
is very fine — the immense wall of rock separating this valley from that of Chambéry is magnificent — besides
the old road through a natural fissure in the rock, there seems to be another winding fissure to the south of it
(left, as we came down) —

August Friday 1
6 35/..
No kiss last night not with her at all — fine morning Fahrenheit 70° at 7 1/2 a.m. breakfast at 7 40/.. — Took
George and A- [Ann] and I off at 9 10/.. in little char to Pont-Saint-Laurent — at the bottom of the street cross the river (Guier vif-
the Guier mort on our left 2/3 way from Pont Saint Laurent to the great Chartreuse) and very soon after stop at the French
Douane — (the town of Echelles partly on one side partly on the other — the south side French the north Savoyard) — They searched
our char, and then told us to go to the woman to have our persons examined — this was too much — went into the bureau —
shewed my passport and remonstrated and got off — well we had it — the master of our auberge had gone out
and forgotten to give it, and I had waited 10 minutes for it — on our right (west) the round topped verdant hills
very pretty — left (east) the magnificent wall of white hoary calcareous rock dividing Savoy from France — cross the
Guier mort and almost immediately enter the little town of Pont Saint Laurent and stop at 9 55/.. at (in front of) L’auberge du
midi, chez Tartavel — a sort of cabriolet-calèche diligence at the door — 35 minutes before we could get
our 3 mules ready and be off — would not have more than one guide — A- [Ann] on a Spanish saddle, and my English
one not very comfortable — off at last at 10 1/2 — soon enter the magnificent defile pass under the 1st arch-way and then — pass an iron
foundry — at 11 40/.. the valley closed by a magnificent natural high pyramidal rock, and an
arch-way under a ruined building abutting against the rock on each side very soon after, at the bottom
of the hill cross the river over high 1 arch unbattlemented bridge — a peep at the Chartreuse when we were 1/2 hour off —
DateJul-Aug 1834
Extent1 page


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