Anne Lister diary transcriptions Anne Lister's diary 1828 Anne Lister's diary May 1828

Monday 26 May 1828

Incurred a cross just before getting up after she left me. Having been foolish on Saturday night made a point of being better last night and hardly touched but she lies close to me always. Breakfast at 10. Miss Sarah Riddle called. A nice ladylike sort of person. Colonel Thackeray called at 11 10. Left Miss McL- & went out with L- at 11 20, 1st to the jail. About 70 prisoners, all in good health. Tolerably airy. The prisoners allowed a bottle of ale a day if they could pay for it but in no case more. Then to the Bridewell close by. Like 5 stories of wild beast cages round a small court. No air, no place for exercise. 3 tread mills only 1 working. Women not put upon it now. Men sometimes on it 9 hours a day. 194 prisoners, 27 sick. Obliged to work a certain task. For all done about that received one fifth of the gain on going out & another fifth, or the other 4 fifths if they did not return to Bridewell of 6 months & had a good character from some employer. The cells or bedrooms very clean here & at the jail. Began to rain heavily. Went to see some wretchedly bad waxwork figures in Waterloo Place. Then when fair, walked to Holyrood House. Heavy rain while there. Nothing worth seeing but for historic associations. The gallery of the fancied portraits of the Scottish kings 150 foot by 24 and 18 foot high. The throne room when the first king came was 3 rooms. All done in 9 days. 70 workmen worked by teams night & day. Done in such a hurry the crimson cloth against the walls spoilt from the damp of the new plaster. Then as soon as fair walked up to the castle but so thick no view. Did not think of the regalia. Returned by Princes Street gardens – very pretty – & got home just as it began to rain again at 2¾.

Sat talking to Miss McL-. At 4 hair dressed. At [?] to Lady Seaforth’s to dinner. Dinner at about 5½. The party the Misses Charlotte & Augusta McKenzie, the oldest sister, Mr Stuart McK- & a Miss Cadell who was ward to Dr Coulthurst’s brother, Mr Matthew C-. Lady S- did not appear till after dinner, looking like death but a very ladylike old person. The Misses McK- very pious ones. Brought tea about 9. All began to talk & the evening passed [pleasantly]. Mrs Stuart McK- [was] Lady Hood & in India with her then husband. A clever pleasant woman. Talked of [druids?] & dreams. Miss Augusta thanked me for making them spend such a pleasant evening and all seemed pleased with me. Lady S- told Miss MacL- I was very ladylike. Miss Augusta told me I had best take Miss MacL- to Paris and that she was of quite a different grade from all her family. I have asked her to spend next winter with us in Paris and tho’ she says she cannot leave her father I think she will for they do not seem to want her at home. Got home at 10½. Fair at 5 & apparently all the rest of the evening.

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6 thoughts on “Monday 26 May 1828

  1. I am enjoying your transcription ad am looking forward to further developments. Are there any differences between your writings and those in the book by Whitbread? Just curious! I Too signed up to volunteer but never heard anything. Thought maybe it was a ploy to get one to sign up for the software. Best wishes!

    1. Firstly, I am a complete amateur compared to Helena Whitbread. She’s been studying Anne Lister since the 80s, I am a novice. However, the transcriptions I have posted are for the most part not in Helena Whitbread’s books. She’s covered the time periods 1816-1826, I’m trying to transcribe and post entries that haven’t been published before. I also post the full diary entry without anything cut, but Helena Whitbread in her books has cut out parts that are repetitive or boring for the sake of making the story flow better. Finally, thank you for your interest.

  2. Really enjoying your transcriptions. Don’t know how you read Anne’s plain hand! Are you working on the West Yorkshire Archives Transcription Project? Just wondering.

    1. Thank you. It just takes practice to read the plainhand. After a while you get used to it. I@m going to do a blog post with some tips soon, maybe this weekend if I get time. I have volunteered for the transcription project, just waiting for them to give me stuff to do.

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