Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0071
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

132
1834
August Friday 8
7 1/4
12 50/..
Quiet night a good deal of cousin fine morning — Fahrenheit 67° at 8 a.m. breakfast at 8 3/4 had our
host — paid all (I made out the bills) and bought for 35/. his napkin fait à la plume — he said it cost him 50/. the gilt cadre
being 20/. of it — off at 10 from l’hotel du Cours, chez Berne, Department de l’Isère, à Voisin — Voisin
a good little flourishing town — the situation of our Inn looking upon a promenade shaded with
trees very good and pretty, and this part of the town airy and handsome — fine drive — at 11 33/.. delayed 8
minutes Went to a little farmhouse A’s [Ann] bowels disturbed there was neither pot nor necessary so
A [Ann] obliged to go behind the barn Kidney or French beans growing in rows rodded like peas in England, at at least 10 feet high —
hemp grown about Grenoble 10 feet high — very fine drive fine rich country — have slung our
shaft underneath the carriage, and had 4 horses, and 2 postillons (1st time) today — beautiful view at 12 5/..
down into the wide valley or plain of Montferrat — there at 12 21/.. — nice little town — fine open, hilly,
liveable country — corn and hemp, and nicely wooded — the mountains of Echelles or of Pont St Laurent in sight
(right) — at 1 8/.. in tolerably good village turn (left) to Lyons — the Poste au chevaux at Gaz merely one
good house and farmstead — La Tour du Piré [Pin] a nice enough little town — l’hotel Cholat looks good — very
neat, clean exterior — shew passport there — Bourgoin a goodish, largeish, busy town — delayed 1/4
hour rearranging the shafts under the carriage — the postboys wanted 40 sols per poste — but I said I had given
up giving more than 30, and they were civil enough — with 4 horses I have determined to give only 1/50 — fine
rich plain bounded by hills and just near the town a few vine-coteaux — Verpillière shabbyish
little town — St Laurent des Mûres [Mure] a long straggling village — the plain gradually increasing from
Bourgoin is become very extensive at St Laurent des Mûres [Mure]— Corn, potatoes, trefle, hemp (not very good)
etc. etc. — merely the poste and 1 or 2 more houses at our relais at Bron — lovely evening — at 7 3/4,
fine view down upon Lyons — had the tower upon the hill above the cathedral almost from leaving Bron —
alight at the hotel de l’Europe at 8 1/4 — very good handsome apartment au 1er — salon and 2
chambres de maître (with 3 beds) a sort of anteroom, and servants rooms upstairs for 18/. a day — dinner
4/. a head breakfast 2/. ditto servants at 4/. a day each — without any bargaining — seated at our good
dinner at 8 3/4 to after 10 — very comfortable — wrote the above of today till 12 10/.. very fine day — very hot —
Fahrenheit 74° at 12 1/4 tonight —

Saturday 9
7 35/..
1
U
Quiet night cutting nails and preparing another linen for cousin very fine morning Fahrenheit 72° at 9 a.m.
very hot in the night — breakfast at 9 — out at 11 35/.. A- [Ann] and I with George, and laquais de place (in landaulette open) —
chez Paturlet et Circie Place St Pierre no. [number] 1 buying shawl for Miss Walker of Cliff hill and for Marian — then at a
print shop or 2, and home at 2 1/2 — A- [Ann] had cold fowl — out again at 3 20/.. — bought plan of Lyons — and
at the musée from 4 20/.. to 5 — the silver shield found in the Rhone sold by the authorities of the city for a great
price to government and gone to Paris — government wants the large picture, view of the taking of Lille by Louis 14 — but not
to be sold unless for a large sum — the cabinet (a large, handsome noyer armoire) of 15,500
medals not to be seen but by express permission of the authorities of the city — 2 good pictures by Rubens, and 1 or 2
by the old Italian masters, otherwise nothing very particular — from 5 to 5 25/.. in the musée of natural
history in the same building (old convent of dames (de St Pierre) — this musée has made great acquisitions
this year and is being newly done up — the mineralogical part all yet to place in the handsome noyer armoires of 500 to 600 francs a piece — very fine
fossil fish from the county of Dorset, and several thing from England — said I had chez Lafont mineralogiste on the quai
but found him too dear — for a smallish specimen of iron from Chessy asked 6/. because the mine of this
iron Epuisé — asked 40/. for a quartz cristal very large and fine but not worth so much — from the musée


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1834
August
de l’histoire naturelle to the bank of Veuve Guerin and company — got 1990/. for £75 exchange 25/20 did not
not out of the carriage — sent for someone to come to me — then to the Jardin des Plantes — rather a nice pretty
promenade for the people over looking from the top part great part of the city — then to Léonard Drivon, au
ingenious velvet-weaver the inventor of the means of weaving velvet 1 1/2 aune wide — begun 8 days ago
and will finish in 8 months, 45 ells of this, vert éméraude, at 250/. l’aune for the King of England, to
his salon with — much interested — the weft is divided into toile which forms the piece and poile
which starts up through the toile, is cut, and forms the nap on velvet — the battant (beam) weighs 150 lbs.
the poile is raised on a brass wire round with a small groove in it on one side, and the 2 other sides flat
and brought to an edge opposite the round part — this groove is by a lean forward of the beam brought to the
top, and a small tool runs along and cuts the poile and thus forms the velours or nap — it takes 6 1/2 ells of
poile to make 1 ell of velvet — the man and his daughter (ætatis [age of] 16) have 50/. an ell for weaving and
can weave an ell in a week — only invented the means of weaving velvet so wide, 5 years ago —
was doing some for Charles X, but when he was déchu, his order was countermanded — he had his frames
to knock up, and thus lost 4000 francs by the revolution — the négocians do not manufacture themselves — the
workmen find looms and have room and everything for so much an ell — Léonard has all the workmen
in this building, under him — and he has one 1/2 and they the other of what is paid for weaving — setting a frame for
a waistcoat piece of velours broché, costs 400/. or 500/. francs so that in fact, the master workman does not
gain enough — his wife upstairs (2 stories) with the people weaving these waistcoat pieces — she can earn
15/. a week having 9/. an ell for the piece she is doing — left A- [Ann] downstairs with Léonard, and went
to see the waistcoat weaving — the frames (the mechanism at the top, to form the pattern) very complex —
Léonard is employed by Monsieur Montera and Circie rue des Feuillans — he deals in all sorts of
Soierie — a great wholesale warehouse, but will sell by retail — cheaper than the retail shops —
A- [Ann] and I will go and see — home again at 7 1/2 and dinner at 7 3/4 — A- [Ann] much better today — wrote all the above of today
till 12 tonight — very fine day — very hot — I am now sitting in my dressing gown in a state of
solution — Fahrenheit 72 1/2° at 11 1/4 p.m. A- [Ann] in bed by 10 1/2 p.m. —

Sunday 10
9 10/..
1 50/..
U
Quiet night very fine morning Fahrenheit 70 1/2° at 10 20/.. — breakfast at 10 1/2 — had our laquais de place to fix what
to do, and writing notes of things to be seen — from 12 1/4 in 1/2 hour read prayers to A- [Ann] and George — out at 1 20/.. (A- [Ann] and I and took George)
At the Eglise d’Ainay in 5 minutes — very interesting — on the site of an old temple of Diana — in the aisles
old Roman pilasters of the original portico still remaining and some of the old mosaic about the high altar — the 2
granite columns that stood at the ancient entrance (time of Augustus) but since cut into 4 and standing at the entrance to
the chancel and near the high altar — go along the Cours du midi into the allée de Perrache and at 2 pay 8 1/2 sols toll, and pass the new Pont de Mulatière,
an iron rail-road (right side) for coal waggons from St Etienne — the bridge is over the Soane just before its junction with
the Rhone — pass through the village of Oulins, and along the little valley of ditto with its vine-clad hills to the ruin of Roman Aqueduct — not seen
till within a short distance of it — 16 entire arches standing, in 2 pieces or lengths — a wide gap in
middle where several arches are wanting — and where one crosses the Bionnat rivulet over a little wooden bridge — the few scattered houses
here are called Bionnat — at the aqueduct at 3 5/.. — A- [Ann] sat down on a log of wood and ate her cold
poulet in 1/2 hour — the aqueduct must have been very handsome — perhaps from 250 to 300 yards long here above
ground, and, above or below, extended 14 lieues from Les bains des Romains on the Montagne de Fouvières [Fourvière] to St Etiénne —
remains of it discovered here and there all along its line of route — it must have been much broader than the present remains,
DateAug 1834
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