Ann Walker’s Entry
Anne Lister’s Entry
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 Promenade shaded by Poplars & [gap] on each side – dinner & went to bed – 2 rooms – dearest came & wrote journal in mine till I was asleep –
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[up at] 6 50/..
[to bed at] 11 1/2
her bed stocks creaked so that the people in the adjoining room being up I put Miss Walker’s bedding on the floor and we had a good long kiss about three quarters hour with her – packing – breakfast at 9 to after 10 – dressed – Adney and I out at 11 40/.. – went to Dérogis bought Bardon’s antiques costumes of the Greeks etc. two volumes quarto bound Bailie’s histoire de l’astronomie 4 volumes quarto all for 35/. and the Dusseldorf gallery (fine old engravings) 30/. and the maps to Anacharsis 5/. and for Adney Michelet’s abridgment of modern history (seems very good) 1 volume broché duodecimo printed at Bruxelles 4/. then little panorama of the lake 2/. and coloured print of Swiss costumes 8/. – back at the hotel at 12 1/4 – as the carriage came to the door and off at 12 20/.. from the hotel des Bergues – told the master of the house I was very well satisfied – then to the bank (Hentsch’s) – sent up for the money for £50 two circulars exchange 25/25, and sat in the carriage while it was brought – got 32 napoleons the rest in silver having still Mont Blanc in my head – delayed 20 minutes – then took up the parcel of books and off from chez Dèrogis at 12 3/4 – pass thro’ the goodish ville of Carouge till 1816 belonging to Savoy and capital of the district of the same name – given by the holy alliance to Geneva – at the nice enough little ville of St. Julien, now capital of Carouge, at 1 40/.. and shewed my passport to the Sardinian Carabiniers, who immediately and very civilly let us pass – at 2 42/.. at Frabe said the postillion and at Feigère according to 1 of the douaniers and the map – the douaniers very civil – said they were obliged to examine something, but would not look into the carriage and only just peeped into 1 of the imperials while we changed horses, and we were off in 12 minutes – excellent road along the foot of the Salève, the high singular calcareous, white, steppy mountain we looked upon from our windows at the hotel des Bergues – the Salève very fine – the Mont de Sion a much lower mountain and all green and cultivated joins the end of it and closes the amphitheatre valley of Geneva – from the Mont de Sion very fine views of the town and lake – At 3 35/.. began the descent of Mont de Sion, and turn left round the foot of the Salève, and fine view down into Savoy, everywhere shut in in the distance by high mountains – white calcareous – the hoary rugged tops of many of them white as if streaked or covered with snow – very picturesque drive – at Cruseilles at 4 10/.. picturesque village at the bottom of the valley – no post horses kept here (we left the direct road to Aix and Chambery (right) just out of St. Julien) but luckily the diligence had arrived a little while before and without stopping to bait the horses properly we were off with them in 18 minutes, driving 3 and letting the 4th follow – we could not have stopt comfortably at the auberge at Cruseilles – from Cruceilles /Cruseilles/ the white rocky mountains rather approach one and finely back the green wooded cultivated hills – very picturesque beautiful drive – narrow tho’ good road – at 5 25/.. after crossing the little river Fier (probably in winter a large stream) over the new wooden bridge of la Caille, stop a few minutes at the little village of La Cale /La Caille/ to water the horses – the fine white rugged mountains seemed at a little distance en face – At 5 50/.. to 6 and afterwards the fine white rugged mountains magnificent – finely standing out like mountain headlands at sea – at 6 10/.. fine, beautiful magnificent descent up the the hill-strewed plain, and fine view of Annecy situated at the foot of the Mount of St. Catherine qui fait partie de la chaîne des Bauges but the lake not in sight, but the lake hid – at 6 47/.. view (near) of the nice town of Annecy with its 3 or 4 churches and fine large castle – at 6 47/.. 1st view of the pretty little finely mountain-locked lake – at the hotel de Genève à Annecy at 7 – walked 1/4 hour along the handsome poplar and Platinus shaded avenue along the shallow reedy top of the lake finely surrounded by mountains – dinner at 7 50/.. to 8 1/2 – the public salle manger but nobody there at 1st and only two gentlemen at last – man and girl (harp and she singing) came to us at dinner – sat writing in Adney’s room while she got into bed and fell asleep at 9 3/4 – and wrote out yesterday and today till 11 – very fine day Fahrenheit 68° at 11 5/.. p.m.
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