Ann Walker’s Entry
Anne Lister’s Entry
– Passport sent back at 6.30 breakfasted & set off at 10 – guide Michel not able to get his passport signed in time to set off with us, he overtook us at a single house by way side,
where near Etrobe [Etroubles], where we eat fowl – & I laid lay down on bed, then on to St. Remy – got into apartment where were a Lady & gent[leman] from Chamouni who had passed us on our way to Aosta, very civilly begged us to enter, lady was English [gap] a widow with a good fortune gent[leman] & she told us she was related to the Duke of Argyle, & acquainted with Mrs. & Miss Campbell, who were waiting at Geneva till weather was favorable for ascending Mont Blanc – Mrs. Campbell has lately bought a house near Inverness – she about 50 & her daughter 30 years of age – good figure, not very tall – Gent[leman] was a Russian – in the army, & married for money – at least so supposed – they left for St. Bernard soon after we sat down to dinner – we heard story of 3 servants from the convent Hospice, being lost in snow . . . bodies not found till following spring – ascent all the way from St. Remy to St. Bernard – road better than usual up such mountains – arrived at St. B….. [Bernard] Monk very civil walked out on terrace & went to site of temple of Jupiter, picked up a small piece of Roman brick – situation of Hospice rather picturesque, but cold bleak & snow clad – a small lake in front & here & there a little square garden plot on side of hill – air very cold, large fires in salle a manger – large party at Supper – a clergy man of name of Walker, a [?] awkward looking man, spoke in raptures of the Forclaze & Tete Noire: another gent[leman], officer in army with his 2 sons, represented in exaggeration the difficulties he encountered in travelling from Chamouni the very route we had taken just before him – 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 –
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale WYC:1525/7/1/5/1/15 & WYC:1525/7/1/5/1/16
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