Catalogue Finding NumberWYC:1525/7/1/5/1/18
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleJournal page
DescriptionPage from the journal of Ann Walker, Jun 1834-Feb 1835

[Diary Transcription]
[page 32]

as fast as she could – I followed her & was there 8 minutes after her – rain continued all evening, night, & till 3 oclock next day -

July 21st David came about 8 to enquire what we intended to do, said we had determined to leave Cham[ouni] for Geneva. settled every thing dearest bought me box of minerals, & off from Chamouni about 12 – at Servoz bought specimen of Quartz – at Sallenche about 5 – off from there at 7 – at Bonneville at 12 – went to bed immediately very tired -

July 22nd Up at 6 – dearest repacked things, put on clean linens – breakfasted & off about 11 – at Geneva 20 to 4 – got money & letters at Bank – letters at Post Office from Mrs. Lister, Mrs. Lawton & my sister – dined at 6 – then wrote to my sister & part of a letter to Mrs. Lister – told my sister to direct to Paris “pour le retour” & advised her to get blue spectacles – bed at 12 -

July 23rd Up at 5 – copied letter for dearest at 1 went to
performance of Music in Church – Music good but singing very inferior – when over went to Bookseller’s shop to Bautte’s, & to a collection of minerals – bought a quere old chinese head & a few other specimens – dinner at 6.50 or 7 – went to bed wrote p[ar]t of a letter to my Aunt bought Prints of places we had seen en route.

July 24th Up at 6 – wrote part of a letter to my Aunt. at 1 went to performance of music in Church singing very inferior, but Music, good – when over went to bookseller's shop. dinner at 7 – letter from my sister –

July 25th Finished letter to my Aunt, told her we should return home end of August at 12 went to performance in Theatre,


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which did not commence till 2 oclock – even at that hour, got in with considerable difficulty, took the last bench in pit, Theatre very prettily decorated, 3 tiers of boxes, being covered with white calico, & wreaths of roses & leaves round the top & bottom of each tier, in the first tier the arms of the 24 cantons of Swissland displayed – singing better than at Church – Monsieur Drouet’s performance on flute in Overture to Der Freischutz, perfect. a complete beau sat before us, his hair curled in ringlets at the back – when over, went to Museum – founded by Monsieur Rath – born & died at Geneva but a general in Russian service born 1768 – died 1819 – he gave most of the pictures, & his daughters built the mansion, & gave it to the town – statuary all plaster of Paris. a painting of two children lost in the snow at St. Bernard – rain came on, had to wait there till nearly fair – dined at 6.30 Took a drawing of Screen & sofa.

July 26th Up at 6 – breakfasted, took another drawing of Screen & one of chair – breakfasted – sent letter to my Aunt to Post Office went to Bookseller’s shop bought Precis de l’Histoire Moderne – Par Monsieur Michelet – Bruxelles – 1824 – 5th Edition & a parcel of other works – back to Inn & off at – 12.45 & off to Feigere – then to Cruseilles – beautiful view of Lake of Geneva – for several miles after leaving town – the mountain of Saléve on the left & on the right sometimes gentle slopes down to valley, sometimes, mountains – the scenery from Geneva to Annecy presents an amphitheatre of mountains – & is beautiful & picturesque in the extreme – this road is seldom travelled the other to Aix being about 2 miles shorter – at Hotel de Genève at Annecy at 7 – walked 15 minutes along the
DateJul 1834
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