Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0072
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

to judge from the appearances of 1 or 2 places — they say, it must have been 200 feet higher than at present —
(perhaps 2 tiers above the present arches, 3 stories high, as at the pont du gard) — falling rapidly into
decay — one arch fell down 6 years ago, and our laquais de place (about 60?) says he has
walked with ladies on the top of the whole length of it, so that the line of arches must have been
unbroken 30 or 40 years ago — 11 courses of 2 bricks thick each divide the Caissons and a 12th
course forms the key of the arch — the walls from which the arches spring are all pierced with another
arch upon the top of which lies the 7th brick course — these latter arches are several of them open particularly
towards the ends of this part of the aqueduct that is above ground — the inside of the arches is faced with diamond shaped
stones (about 6 inches from angle to angle) compact limestone probably originally polished — in some of the arches
all white — in others alternately white and dark coloured, and must have looked very handsome — the water that
falls on the top, sinks down into, and decays the brick course in the crown of the arch, and thus the arch is in
destroyed — this is evidently the source of the decay — were there a channel on the top, or paved glacés
to take of the water the present remains might continue as they are for centuries — walked over the
part of the aqueduct nearest Lyons which is, as near as I could stride it, about 75 yards long or rather
more? consisting of eight arcades — off from the aqueduct at 4 3/4 — pass at no great distance
under the village and the mere shell of the old castle of Francheville (left)
— at 5 5/.. at the fort or citadel they are now busy building on the top of the
mountain of Fouvières [Fourvière], near to the present telegraph, and the remains of the old Roman wall and fortification — consisting of 2 or 3
arches, and a tall, small round tower in apparently good preservation (and now inhabited?) — at 5 10/.. went
into the neat new church of St Irénée, built upon the old church — did not see the latter because now
encombré with rubbish said our laquais de place — soon afterwards pass the new good looking convent cloîtré
of St Michel — for women — once in, never out again — only speak to parents through a grate — a place,
said our laquais, where he knew 3 young girls who had learnt nothing but libertinism — at 5 25/..,
at the Roman baths — the house where they are, unoccupied at this moment — shut up — could not get in —
at 5 40/.. at Monsieur Perrères new square tower called le point de vue by our laquais de place — but properly called
I suppose, la tour de Fourvières [Fourvière] — 200 steps high, but easy steps of 6 inches — the bottom of the tower
500 feet above the level of the Soane — very fine panoramic view of the city and environs — the wind in the north, so
too thick for a view of the Savoy mountains — had the wind been in the south, it would have been clear; and
we should have seen Mont Blanc, the Savoy Swiss and Dauphiny alps very plainly and beautifully — from the tower
down immediately upon the very fine old gothic cathedral — very fine painted glass windows round the Apsis —
and the other windows of stained glass very neat — our laquais pointed out the damage done
during the six jours (from 6 April last) — just went into the votive church of Notre Dame (a black lady)
de Fouvières [Fourvière] — full of people and ex voto prints and pictures and ex votos in the shape of all the members of the human body that she
has healed — the insurgents rung the tocsin from this steeple and had a cannon on the platform of the tower
(point de vue) — the military had 2 cannon under our windows (hotel de l’Europe) and fired 3 balls
into the steeple, and struck the tower 3 or 4 times — several houses almost knocked down in the principal parts where
the fighting was — 1000 (1/2 military) killed — the insurgents fired with poisoned shot and ball (dipped in solution of
copper) so that the least scratch of a wound was mortal — home at 7 1/2 — dinner at 7 40/.. — had Eugenie —
wrote the whole of today till 11 35/.. and A- [Ann] wrote 2 1/2 ppages to my aunt — till 12 50/.. wrote the latter 1/2 page 3 and the ends and under the

[margin text:] Maison d’Auquetaille a retraite (board and lodging found) for life, for those who on entering pay down 3000/.
an asylum for insanes, and a prison for ‘femmes du monde’ [‘women of the world’] who are found on examination
to be not from the disease — if committed to l’Auquetaille a 2nd time they are immediately sent under escort home to their village.

seal very small and close to my aunt — said we should shop tomorrow at St Etienne, and hoped to be at Clermont in
Auvergne for 2 or 3 days, and at Paris on the 19th or 20th — very hot so cannot travel very rapidly ‘but we
hope to be at home about the time mentioned in my last’ — will write if but a few lines both from London and Paris —
very fine day. Fahrenheit 72° now at one tonight —

Monday 11
8 10/..
12 10/..
Long good kiss last night twenty minutes with her from one and a half and she came to me for about an hour this morning
lay talking ~ very fine morning Fahrenheit 72° at 9 a.m. — breakfast at 9 3/4 — no! at 10 — A- [Ann] and I out with our laquais
de place at 11 1/4 — at the bains Romains (Place des Minimes) in 20 minutes — in the garden of the house belonging
to Monsieur Bounet — 10 6 or 7 inch steps down from the surface of the garden (potatoes here) to the door, and from the door down into
the piscine 8 deep steps (10 to 12 inches? deep) — the piscine a square pierced by 3 arched passages opening
every way into a wider arched passage running along or enclosing the others [drawing: of piscine] the 3 smaller passages
about 4 feet wide by about 7 high to the springing of the arch, and the great passage about 6 feet wide by
8 or 9 or 10 feet high to the spring of the arch — in the middle of each passage a conical opening to the top —
which of course communicated with the baths above, now a potato ground — asked our valet for the
ruin of the amphitheatre — he knew nothing about it — well laid down in the plan of the city, in
the garden of the Sourds muets — went there — the aumonier (priest) very good naturedly shewed it us —
a little way above the house — over grown with ivy and low trees etc. but 1/2 an amphitheatre very distinct,
and some of the arches which probably were the loges of the wild beasts — the ground within has been fouillée
but not deep enough to find anything of value — these ruins well worth examining — much more left than
we saw at Angoulême? in 1830 — saw the church of St Just (belonging
to the convent of filles de St Michel) that I saw yesterday and its under church, and its calvaire en plein air —
very handsome — then at the Porte of St Irenée wanted to turn along the chemin de l’aqueduc
but got into the chemin de St Foy and had long hot walk in vain before getting into the chemin de l’Aqueduc
and from that round the new fort they are building — only 3 old Roman arches entire and the long small Roman tower not round
as I thought yesterday but oblong — In the crypt or old under church of St Just pictures of Ste Blandine and St Potin the 2 confined in the
dungeons of the Eglise d’Ainay — home at 1 50/.. but A- [Ann] went in, and I walked round the large handsome place de
Bellecour, and bought small 18mo [octodecimo] Lyons guide — trees on the South side of the place and cafés and journeys as in the Tuileries gardens —
home again at 2 35/.. and out again with A- [Ann] (and took Eugenie) at 2 3/4 — went chez Paturle — the black embroidered satin
shawl for Miss Walker of Cliff hill had a little flaw in it — returned it — obliged to go and take something else — chose
black shawl for my aunt — hunted about for another black embroidered, or rather broché, satin shawl — could not
get one good enough — home at 3 50/.. — off from the hotel de l’Europe, Lyons, at 4 3/4 (had just peeped
in passing into the handsome neat church of St Nizier) — at 5 40/.., detained 5 minutes in a good village — the shafts
had come untied — likely to have nothing but pother with them — sent for a Charron and sold them for 2/.!
paid 2 for a new bolt to them at Voiron and paid 15/. for them at Calais — at Brignais at 6 — good little town
35 minutes there — they were for giving me only a pair of horses — but I would have 4 — just before 7 wind up the hill
out of the vine-clad nice valley of Brignais — road lies over the hills — asleep part of the way — Not inclined
to talk Miss Walker fancied I said something this morning that I did not could not get her to tell me what and this
disappointed me she bbserved [observed] my silence but thought me not well ~ Too late to go farther so stopt
at Rive de Gier at 9 — good supper at 10 — very fine day — very hot — Fahrenheit 71 1/2° now at 11 1/4 p.m. —
DateAug 1834
Extent1 page


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