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Describes the journey from Calais through Boulogne, with an overnight stay in Montreuil. During the journey French girls ran after the carriage with baskets full of apples, crying "English money very good... but I was not tempted either by the beauty of them or their apples, for both were very pretty". He arrived the next night at Beauvais via Abbeville and Grandvilliers.

On arrival in Paris he visited the Italian Opera. He has socialized and dined with English acquaintances such as Sir George Piggott, George Cunynghame, Lord and Lady Ruthven [James Ruthven, Lord Ruthven, a soi-disant Scottish peer, and his wife Mary], Lady Kensington [Dorothy, wife of William Edwardes, 2nd Baron Kensington] and the Countess Dillon [Marie Dillon, Dowager Countess Dillon, widow of Charles, 12th Viscount Dillon], "a very ugly woman with two daughters [Henrietta and Charlotte] equally so". He intends to remain in Paris for about ten days, then to head through the south of France to Geneva and thence to Italy. He confesses his difficulty in comprehending French prices.

Dated at: Paris.