1813

8 March: A day of dissipation but of more enjoymtthan mere dissipation usually allows. In the forenoon I accompMrsW. Pattisson to Lawrences, where ML. sent us a promise that the picture wobe ready for the exhibition – I had a very pleasant conversation with Mrs P. whom I left to go to a dinner party at MGeo: Wedds – There I met Esther & Wedd Nash MJohn Hays The Andrews’sAnd a Law Student, a MAustin – I was in very high spirits – And they amused me at least I do not know whethey were so acceptable to the rest of the Co. [Mary H. not present]

22 March (Morley, I: 124): Forenoon at home; Law &c Afternoon a call on S. Robinson about the Sale of Coffee in consequence of wch he paid over on the follows day £286 15/ to Mess Barclay for W. Lincolne And bome 800 ls Consols for £474. He informed me of the dangerous illness of Mrs Kitchener. Her death woconcern me. She is a very respectable Woman And if she dye before her husbit will probably affect the interests of my niece Elizabeth. Took tea with Miss Hayes at MHills, Islington She has not succeedin her desire to live at Southeys, And is displeased with the Ansreceived.[1]I tried to weaken the impression of a disrespectful letter but I dare say her letter was thot  too sentimental. Miss H. is now thrown on the world She seeks a residence in some picturesque country. I fear she will not easily find one to her taste. Concludthe Evenat Mrs Roughs Read MH. to her & the Miss Strutts It did not appear to give much pleasure.

7 April:  The day spent chiefly over Nolan. Before dinner a call on Andrews – And after dinner at MHill’s Islington but Miss Hays was gone And Mrs Thornthwaite not at home.

16 April: . . . Walked with MAustins to MHay’s Black Heath.[2]A. was less disputatious than before & our Walk was not unpleasAt MH’s were M& Mrs Tooks MAtkinson of the Mint The day passed off tolerably. MT. is a very sensible man, but a strong Malthusian And on the Subjof populAnd most topics [       ] durthe day I was opposed to the Cin general wch I did not precisely with T. is a liberal ex-democrat with, apparently, no factious feelings.

       I had my full share of talk with too much vague & decisive declamation to be quite agreeable, however the day was so far pleasthat I accepted an invitation for next Sunday

       Rode back with the Wedds great part of the way.

18 April: At Breakfast with Becher And then read a little desultory law. Afterwards walked to Black heath by way of Redrif & 

      ReadGoethe’s life the latter half of the Volume abounds in the most exquisite things I ever read. The profound moral reflexion & the warmth & repose of feeling throughout are sources of excellence in this work almost without parallel. He seems to have been thro’ life the most enviable of beings I will not here say what I intendor in fact the translations wch I design to make as they will be better put into a book apart. I had the greatest conceivable delight in readthe book. At MHay’s I met with an Attorney a MPanther.[3]A Mor Captn[     ] And MAustin. As usual we had a quant: suff: of disputation  In comhome I had the most agreeable conversnwith A. He shewed himself more amiaas he took civilly some hints I evidently intended for him And his ardour tho’ sometimes troublesome & his confidence tho’ unbecomhis Youth ought not to offend me Unless a man may justly be disgusted with his former self – I observed to A. that nothis so offensive in dispute as meetyour adversary with a common place wch implies a great ignorance or want of understanding on his part.

      I also urged to him the necessof findwhen a conversnshobe dropped And how far without wearisomeness an argumtmay be pressed. We afterwwent again into metaphysics And were full of chat till we parted with a more cordial shake of the hand than either had ever received from the other before. The party besides at MH. was not equal to that on Friday. Mr  [     ] is a good natured vulgar man. The Atta man of more sense but not pleasing in his manners.

11 June [In Morley, I: 128] – Mem: On Friday night when I came home: C. Lamb was here his sister had been taken ill and he had broher from Windsor – he came with a note from Miss Hayes I was to ansAnd wch I did the next mornSupped at the Rough’s in the Evening where I met with Burrel with whom I had an agreeable conversation. He spoke of himself as havfailed entirely in his profession havno practice after being eight years at the bar – how sad a prospect for me for certainly I know myself to be a very inferior man to Burrel in most of the higher qualities of mind Perhaps I may have more vivacity & bustle & show – but he has infinite superiority over me And he had failed!

1 September [In Morley, I: 130-31]:  At Hazeleigh was my old friend Miss Hays. She shewed me letters from a lady in Northamptonsh: to whom she will perhaps go & live as a boarder. I wish her happiness wherever she goes, but I fear an over-strained sensibility joined to precise manners will make her offensive & ridiculous to the many, infinitely below herself in all essential qualities. MrsJos: Wedd was there Made furengagemsin order to have an opportunof seeing her Husband.

3 November:  Having reced a melancholy letter from Miss H. complaining of her solitude & want of newspapers, I applied to A.R. for his old papers, And sent some to her with a letter.

14 November:  Devoted this day to the third vol of Mad: de Stael’s work but had interruptions Called on Shoberl to find a book for Miss Hayes to translate.  S. shewed me the MS. of his Cataof Living Authors.[4]

14 December:   Took tea with Ant Rob And had as usual an interesting chat with him Cargil called on me & took me to Chitty’s first lectures on the study & practice of the Law. It was not eloquent or elegAnd had too many common places but it had also some judicious thoughts. Then came home lounged over CritRev: Wrote to Miss Hays aboa work for her to translate. Wrote Mems &c. &c.[5]


[1]William Hills, brother-in-law to Mary Hays, and former student at Ryland’s Academy, Northampton; Miss Hays is Mary Hays the writer, also a friend of HCR.

[2]Mary Hays’s brother.

[3]William Panter, Jr., commercial broker at 12 Idol Lane, Great Tower Street, London (see Pigot’s 1823 London Directory, 62). 

[4]Frederic Schoberl, John Watkins, William Upcott, eds., A Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors of Great Britain and Ireland … including notices of some foreign writers whose works have been occasionally published in England(London: Printed for H. Colburn, 1816). 

[5]Reference to Hays not in Morley.