Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0079
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

August Sunday 24
She with me in my bed half hour this morning but quite quitely — all sorts of tradespeople –
Victor could not get the address for the bellows — Perrelet came gave him back the watch with directions
to give it to Miss Berry at Bellevue or inquire for her of Blondel, embassy porter — Perrelet went for the
bellows — brought back the man, and I bought 2 pair — sent Victor to Lesage for the Ecran à secretaire
and had it packed to go on the top of the imperials — wrote a large sized 1/2 sheet full and enclosed it in
envelope to ‘Mademoiselle Mademoiselle Ferrall chez la Comtesse Emilie de Blucher
à Copenhague’ and sent it with 2 ppages of 1/2 sheet civil note (in French) ‘Pour la retour de
Madame Madame la Comtesse de Bourke, Faubourg St Honoré, no. [number] 53’ undercover, with a
1/4 sheet civil note of thanks to himself, to Monsieur Monsieur Edouard Ferrall Faubourg St Honoré
no. [number] 53’ — Kind enough to Miss Ferrall glad to have seen her brother — very much improved — very good looking and agreeable — knew no young man more likely to do well — hoped still to see them all again at Copenhagen — would let
her know when I could more nearly fix the time — hoped not to be forgotten — should have written oftener
than the once she had heard from me since my return to England but my letters not worth postage — that not
the case with hers, and begged her to write — gave my address at Shibden and said that was sure to find me –
should rejoice to the last moment of my life I had come home when I did — my aunt’s satisfaction, and,
⸫ my own, had more than repay me for a dozen such journeys — should have written to her sister
at-her-elbow, but had not time — would try to leave a few lines for Lady Harriet with Lady Stuart –
merely civil thanks to Madame de Bourke not doing at the top unluckily forgot to date my note at the end — said Monsieur Ferrall
knew of no letter for me about the carriage — but I still hoped — if nothing could be done, still thanks
to Madame de Bourke — a well enough written note? Though myself astonished at the rapidity with which the phrases
poured from my pen — could not have written so quickly in English! — sent Victor off with this packet
to Monsieur Edward Ferrall — breakfast by snatches till 1 — Fahrenheit 66° at noon — heavy rain between 2 and 3 for
above an hour — left the servants to dine, and A- [Ann] and I went in a fiacre to rue St Victor at 3 40/.. — having
forgot to leave my passport for horses, drove off to the Poste aux chevaux changed about 2 years since to rue Montblanc Faubourg Mont
-martre, ordered 4 horses — back at Meurice’s at 5 20/.., and paid all in the public Salle à manger,
(servants 2/. a day included in the bill as in Dover Street) and off from Paris at 5 35/.. just as
the 4 horses I had ordered came up to the door — Victor had got horses by borrowing some gentleman’s passport!
Explained to the postillions on arriving at St Denis — they wanted 1/2 pence for themselves for waiting they said 3/4 hour, and
1/2 pence for the other postillions — gave the former — declined the latter saying I would settle it with Meurice, if,
as they said, he was obliged to pay the 1/2 pence — fine till about 2 — heavy rain between 2 and 3 for above
an hour — fair about 4 p.m. — fine evening and night but coldish –

Monday 25
At Beauvais at 1 1/2 a.m. fine night and fine morning as it became light — Oats (short and poor) to cut
near Poix — at 10 20/.. cutting poorish barley — at 10 18/.. pass 1st bridge into Abbeville — at 10 35/..
alight at the hotel de l’Europe at Abbeville — the moyeux of the wheels (naves) merely
wedged and so flying in pieces — had the Carossier from 3 doors off — all the wheels made safe and carriage raised behind and before (the box of
the off fore wheel broken — put into the fire, and fastened in its place with straw and matic of argille
i.e. clay puddle — the grease had got between boxes and naves — George said the iron rim of one of the naves

was loose after the 1st day or 2 — the boxes too short — should be as long as the perforation of the nave,
in order to keep the grease out — naves should be bored small and boxes heated and driven tight in — surprised
who did such a job — the wheels ‘dangereusement malades’ but might last some time — astonished
to hear they were new not 3 months ago — naves not wedged now in this way either in
London or Paris — Had worked for Daldringen in Paris — knew he was dear — recommended
Binder rue Cadet, Faubourg St Honoré — wheels here 60/. a pair = 120/. the four and
painting 160 francs — springs weighing from 50 to 60 lbs. fer de Berri at 2/50 per lb. –
Restive horses at Montreuil and laughing impertinent people clustering round the carriage — (the garçon
had said the wheels wanted greasing and took two off — no! not at all wanted touching but George fancied
them hot or warm) — A- [Ann] sadly frightened — said I would complain of the horses, the postillion said
there was no reason but I might do as I liked — so got out at Cormont next stage, went
into the single house (not an auberge) — and wrote ’25 August 1834 Mrs. Lister having taken 4 horses
from the poste at Montreuil to Samer, this evening, complains of the restiveness
of the horses’ — Should have written Cormont instead of Samer — paid the impoli postillion 30 sols
per poste and gave the other 1/. in addition — fair, but rather dullish day, i.e. little or no sun
but rather warmer than yesterday –

Tuesday 26
12 10/..
Alight at Quillacq’s, at Calais, at 5 25/.. — how lucky — the mail packet sails,
or steams, at 6 — got the commissioner to do what was necessary about the carriage (he keeping the paper
that I may have nothing to pay the next time) breakfasted and all on board the Fire fly, Captain
Hamilton? (his vessel the Ferret? lying up — go 2 weeks and lie up one) at 6 25/.. — set on the steam, and
weighed anchor, at 6 28/.. — A- [Ann] and I in the carriage — neither of us sick — capital passage — stop the Engine
off the sands of Dover at 9 13/.. — land from small boat, and at the Ship Inn, Dover, at 9 40/.. –
the mail packets leave Dover at 8 1/2 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays the other 3 days vary from 5
to 7 a.m. — Monday the best for going from Dover, because no French mail that day, and can leave
Dover when they like, and suit the tide in a range from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. so that passengers embark and
disembark immediately from the steamer — 2 days in a fortnight oblige to land in boats
at Dover as today and tomorrow — Lord and Lady Warwick 2 carriages and yellow baggage waggon crossed
from Dover yesterday in 2 1/2 hours — roughish but good passage Lord Townsend too crossed at the same time –
sat down to my writing and till at 1 40/.. wrote the last 18 lines page 145 and the whole the following ppages as far as
here — A- [Ann] has borne the 2 nights up uncommonly well — seems not at all tired — slept very well
and quietly all last night — so did I between the stages — Eugenie complained of pain in her stomach yesterday
morning — but seemed better on landing — the carriage could not be landed with us — but was to be on shore by one
p.m. — off from Dover at 2 3/4 — Birmingham has managed all exceedingly well — the duties reduced
1/2 only 3 days ago — prints now a penny each — a new tariff coming out — Birmingham will send it me — and will get
me over books or anything directed for him to the care of Quillacq, Calais — En sortant de Canterbury
nice model of gateway, machicolated, pointed arched, narrow enough, between 2 round towers — at Rochester at 9 35/.. –
tea and shrimps and came up to bed at 11 5/.. — fine day till about 10 p.m. — then a little rain Slept together and lay playing quietly at first
DateAug 1834
Extent1 page


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