Catalogue Finding NumberWYC:1525/7/1/5/1/16
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleJournal page
DescriptionPage from the journal of Ann Walker, Jun 1834-Feb 1835

[Diary Transcription]
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my neighbour, most gentlemanly of the party, a young Englishman, who was in bad health had been on the Continent since last October, travelled a good deal in Italy – went to bed as soon as we could –

July 11th not well – left breakfast table to lie down – Monks gave dearest some plants (Alpine) & recommendation to clergyman at Orsiere, if we slept there – saw the Morgues, a sort of chapel where people who have perished in the snow are placed, that they may be recognised by their friends – & the chapel, a neat little edifice, in it is a monument to memory of General Desaix, who decided the victory at Marengo in favor of the French. from 7 to 8000 persons annually visit St. Bernard off about 12 – dined at Liddes – & arrived at Village du Ferrêt about ten, & only one two rooms for us, guides, George & widow with 8 children – two children slept in our room that cried half the night – did not undress –

July 12th Breakfasted & off at 8 – [word crossed out] crossed Col du Ferret, ascent of mountain very steep, got a third guide to top – beautiful view – after descent, went along valley thro’ Presec to Cormayeur, saw baths there arrived about 4 o'clock – washed – dined at 6 – walked out saw the Princes’ fourgon a tool box, & small round box for oil, suspended underneath it – went to bed as soon as we returned to the Inn – a great noise in Salle a manger

July 13th Up at 9 – breakfasted & off about 10 – thro Pre St. Didier Goletta, Pont Seran, along the Isere [Isère], to the petit St. Bernard – lunched at the Hospice on Turkey & cheese, no monks there, church not finished – 2 leagues of descent to Bourg


29.

St. Maurice – on [gap] ordered supper – fish &c. – people said no fish to be had, & so cross that dearest had only bread & milk & I part of Turkey – valley beautiful & scenery lovely – Isere makes great ravages in winter -

July 13th [should be July 14th] Breakfasted & off at 9 – for Chapu [Les Chapieux] – rain came on – heard story of the two English gents who were lost in September 1832 – Chapu a very small place consisting of two or three chalets – ascent from there in some places almost perpendicular – snow on Col de Bonhomme considerably less than when we passed just 8 days before – saw nearly 100 peasants who had been ordered out by King to mend the roads – threw a stone on monument to 3 English ladies who were lost at foot of Col de Bonhomme – dearest had long conversation with two peasants – told them they were in grande toilette, & one very pretty, praised them for not being married – said they lived with their parents & were mantua makers – remarked the superior make of dearest Pelisse & my habit – arrived at Contamine at 7 o’clock – good dinner & beds -

July 14th [should be July 15th] Up at 6 – breakfasted & off about 9 – thro’ valley of Bionassey to Mont Vosa – thence to Temple de Belle vue, where we saw a frenchman making notes who afterwards ascended Mont Blanc as far as Grand plateau, with an avocat from Sallenche & 6 peasants – they went no further, & fortunate it was they returned as a thunder storm came on, & most probably they would otherwise have been all lost, only one of the party ever having been at the top of the Mont.
DateJul 1834
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