Diary Comparison

Saturday 7th June 1834

Ann Walker’s Entry

Anne Lister’s Entry

Water so bad made tea at breakfast taste quite disagreeable – off at 10.15 for Witham common. dearest rather better –

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Saw Burleigh [Burghley] House. nothing particular in the house more than all state houses – very little statuary, & only a few specimens scattered in rooms here & there – a pretty view of 3 of the Churches at Stamford from one of the windows. collection of paintings good – much pleased with the celebrated one of Christ blessing the elements. by Carlo Dolci. Arrived at Stevenage 8.26 enquired in how short a time we could be taken to London with 4 horses, reply; 4 hours – determined to stay all night, very tired & dearest very weak – comfortable rooms, great deal of China in sitting room – Inn rather resembles a foreign – a gallery outside 2nd story Mr. & Mrs. Canning & 3 ladies there

Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale WYC:1525/7/1/5/1/2

[up at] 8 20/..
[to bed at] 10 40/..
up for a few minutes at 6 1/2 when very fine morning but found I had better get into bed again – better but very weak – breakfast (merely a little boiled milk without bread) at sundry times during dressing – off from Grantham at 10 10/.. – the house smelt so strong of paint, glad to get away – Drove up to Burleigh house and alighted there at 1 – waited in the hall 10 minutes having entered merely my name (Mrs. Lister) and date, before the housekeeper came 25 minutes seeing over the house – some good oak carving, and large, handsome oak panelling – several good pictures but the jewel of the whole is Carlo Dolce’s Saviour blessing the elements an exquisitely fine piece – the countenance is the most divine I ever saw – the next best picture but at a humble distance, tho’ very fine picture, is Domenichino’s mistress by himself – at 5 had a little cold ham in the carriage with Miss Walker and relished it – At Stevenage at 8 35/.. – tea – ready for bed at 10 1/2 – very fine day –

Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale, SH:7/ML/E/17/0041

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