Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/9/0008
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

at 2 50/60 went out to the library — looked over the catalogue — subscribed for a month — sauntered to the top of St Anne’s
Cliff, and walked about there, and came in at 3 1/2 — Dressed for dinner — sealed my letter to Miss Maclean (of Coll, Tobermory North Britain)
gave it to Cordingley for the Post-office and went down to dinner at 5 — A Mr. Entwistle, a young man (a Mr. Haigh) and a fat man, and 4 ladies
an addition to the dinner table — They had 3 servants in livery, and one in black with an epaulette — a pine and a melon which they handed
round to us all after dinner — yet they are a vulgar party; and Mrs. and Miss Hall appeared to great advantage — they (the Halls) are Irish; and I begin
to be sorry they are going very soon — 3 Buxton guides came from Moore’s and the 2 first volumes of Amelie Mansfield —
looked over the Buxton guides, and chose one — tea at 8 — then read aloud to my aunt the first 74 ppages volume 1. Sayings and doings —
excellent — know not when I have laughed so much or so heartily — we both laughed — came up to bed at 9 35/60 — Sat up
reading the first 79 ppages and several ppages at the end of volume 1. Amelie Mansfield — the story interesting — How poor the language after that of Rousseau!
this struck me instantly — I will keep to Rousseau to form my French style — How he spoils me for such language as Madame Cottin’s! —
2 or 3 showers in the morning (earlyish) otherwise very fine day — Fahrenheit 64° at 12 p.m. at which hour had done the
11 lines of today — E..[above] o...~

Wednesday 10
7 55/60
3 10/60
.. Mended my stockings and gloves — Breakfast at 10 — my aunt went out in the gig (for an hour) at 11 — Came up to my own room at
11 — meant to have gone out but sat the whole morning reading from page 80. to 292. end of volume 1. Amelie Mansfield, and reading the
first 31 ppages of volume 2. of the same — Letter from M- [Mariana] Lawton about 1 — Too much interested in my book to leave it off cried over
it almost all the time read M’s [Mariana] letter just before dressing for dinner ~ M- [Mariana] proposes coming over for a day —
if the journey is too long (coming and returning) hopes to get a bed at Clayton’s lodgings — once thought of not telling me — then
thought it best to tell me, lest, as her coming was against my wish, I should frown too severely on her disobedience — Miss Pattison
wishes to be introduced to me — perhaps will make M- [Mariana] promise to gratify her — 2 friends of hers (Miss Pattison’s) would like to know me —
M- [Mariana] wishes me to write as soon as I can — her letter is dated Saturday and Sunday last — Had I read it earlier I might
have written directly but I was too much taken up with my book told my aunt the contents of π’s [Mariana] pages then
thought no more of the [matter] till evening when the music played then Mrs. Barlow and π- [Mariana] jostled together in my thought
somehow Mrs. Barlow is uppermost yet I shall tell π- [Mariana] we shall be glad to see her shall offer her half my bed ~
we had the military music in the evening — tea at 8 — read aloud to my aunt from page 74. to 101. volume 1. Sayings and Doings —
Came up to bed at 9 40/60 — took up volume 2, Amélie Mansfield — read from page 30, to 280, end of the volume — wrote the above
of today — all which took me till 2 40/60 — a light shower in the morning — 3 or 4 loud peals of thunder and 2 or 3
flashes of lightning [illegible] but a fine day — Fahrenheit 64° at 9 40/60 p.m. — My cousin came about eleven this morning
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Thursday 11
8 3/4
2 20/60
Breakfast at 10 1/4 — my aunt went out in the gig at 11 — read from page 161. to 290. volume 1. Sayings and doings — went upstairs
to my own room — the band began playing at 12 for near 1 1/2 hour — wrote 3 ppages and the ends of a letter to M- [Mariana] (Lawton) and sent it after dinner — say I shall be
glad to see Miss Pattison — ‘a person from whose regard and society I know you to have received so much comfort, can never be
uninteresting to me; and I shall meet your friend as one of my own — you ask if I am ‘inclined to make acquaintance’ —
In the case of a friend, and cousin of Miss Pattison’s, ‘a very sensible indeed superior woman’, I, of course, say yes!’ ......
‘you were quite right to mention your thought of coming over, or you might not have found me at home — My aunt would have been
‘delighted to see you; and I should have regretted every moment of your society, that I had so foolishly lost — I am not likely to frown
‘very much severely — Having done what I felt to be my own duty, I am satisfied — You are now responsible for the
‘rest — You know what manner of person I am; and you are the best judge what impression I am likely to make upon yourself and your
‘friends — if it be pleasing, I shall be delighted on your account; if it be the contrary, I shall be contented on my own — you will
‘be shocked to see me so much tanned — should you stay all night, your thought of getting a bed at Clayton’s lodgings, rather
‘surprised me — should you come alone, you will find my room very comfortable; and, should you bring Miss Pattison, she can be

‘accommodated in the house, unless some material change takes place immediately — Perhaps by waiting a
day or 2, you may find the weather more settled — I should like to know what day you will come — But, if you cannot
‘write, and tell me, shall I expect you some day next week?’ Went out at 2 3/4, and sauntered about the top of St.
Anne’s cliff till 3 1/2 then came in to dress — read while walking from page 290. to 336. end of volume 1. Sayings and Doings —
Had just written the above of today when tea came at 8 — my aunt and I talked afterwards of home concerns — M- [Mariana] — Mrs. Barlow etc. —
Came up to bed at 10 10/60 — took up volume iii. Amélie Mansfield — read the first 44 ppages then skimmed and skipped, and then read from
page 134. to 268. end of the volume — the most dismal story — or 1 of the most dismal stories I ever read — Ever wept over for I h
ave litterally cried most bitterly ~ Madame la Comtesse de Waldemar made the most diabolical instance of family
pride, that surely human imagination could portray — it was 1 1/2 before I had finished, and could leave this book — then wrote the last 5
lines — Fine day — Fahrenheit 66° now at 1 50/60 at night — Comment je suis enfant, lire de tels ouvrages jusqu’à telle
heure de la nuit! Helas! Je suis encore trop intéressée aux tels détails — je suis encore trop — romanesque au cœur! [How childlike I am, read such works until such a time of night! Alas! I'm still too interested in such details — I'm still too — romantic at heart!] —

Friday 12
9 5/60
12 1/4
Breakfast at 10 1/4 — at 10 3/4, took George in the gig, and off through Fairfield to Wormhill where stopping at the Red Lion
Inn, left George and the horse to get something to eat, and took the landlord George Hill to shew me Chee-tor — He rents the place — has paid
£4 a year for it, now pays £3 — for 13 or 14 acres of land that he takes pays £30 a year — Sir William Bagshaw lives at
Bath practices as a physician has 13 or 14 children — left his place here — it is a boys’ school — 14 boys there now — the
land let with the house let dear, — at between 2 and £3 an acre — Land lets for £2 an acre pretty generally about the
village of Wormhill — Chee-tor certainly does not seem 360 feet high as said in the Guide books — this must be a mistake —
the ravine through which the Wye here runs very narrow — certainly a fine piece of scenery -‘At one point’ (according
to the advertisement my guide gave me, and which he disperses for the better notoriety of his ‘coffee house’) ‘the beholder
is presented with the romantic and picturesque landscapes of the 4 vallies of Wyedale, Cheedale, Flagdale,
and Waterfielddale’ — It is along this last that you approach having walked about 1/2 mile of bad road from the Inn before you turn
into the dale — this is rather a puff about the 4 dales which except Cheedale and Wyedale, along which the river runs, are
insignificant — nothing after the scenery of Wales, and not much after that of Craven, yet worth seeing — the drive
from the first turnpike on the new Tideswell road (2 miles from Tideswell) after which you come into after driving a mile
of hardly fit road for a gig (the boulder limestones are so round and bare the horse could hardly keep his feet) is certainly
fine the whole way (5 1/2 miles) to Buxton — the road we went (by Fairfield) is called 5 miles — a hilly road
which took us above an hour — I was rather more than an hour in visiting Chee Tor — and had waited 1/2 hour at the Inn
the landlord being out — just an hour in driving from the Turnpike to Buxton 5 1/2 miles — got home at 3 1/4 —
Found my guide very civil — he is to let me know privately when the duke of Devonshire has his band to play
at Chee-tor (he talked of it last year), and perhaps I may go that day — for this promise of letting me know and for the
man’s civility I gave him 2/6 which seemed to please him much as well it might — Asked his charge — ‘what I
pleased’ — but he expected a shilling each from a party — which by the way seems quite enough — one needs no guide
a 2nd time — my aunt had much pain last night — could not go out today, nor did she dine at the public table (at 5) —
large party today — the Leghs of High Legh, and Mrs. Fitzherbert (the Mrs. Fitzherbert) and her sister Mrs. Smith and one or
2 more — all in very neat undress morning gowns — Mrs. Fitzherbert herself evidently as she would walk out — in a large
leghorn bonnet — In leaving the room, got a full look at her en passant — a very handsome woman for her age —
about 62? how strikingly handsome she must have been in days of yore — his present majesty had a good choice as
far as beauty was concerned — her complexion must have been very good — rather aqueline nose — dark blue?
eyes — good countenance — very handsome — I have thought of her ever since — talked a little today to my neighbours one of the
Misses Entwistle and the reverend Mr. Childers — tea at 8 — the duke’s band played in the evening about 1 1/2 hour — after tea wrote all the above of today —
DateAug 1825
Extent1 page


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