The Journal of Sir Walter Scott from the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford February, 1832
by Sir Walter Scott
February 10.—We went to Pompeii to-day: a large party, all disposed
to enjoy the sight in this fine weather. We had Sir Frederick and Lady
Adam, Sir William Gell, the coryphæus of our party, who played his part
very well. Miss de la Ferronays,  daughter of Monsieur le Duc de la
Ferronays, the head, I believe, of the constitutional Royalists, very
popular in France, and likely to be called back to the ministry, with
two or three other ladies, particularly Mrs. Ashley, born Miss
Baillie,  very pretty indeed, and lives in the same house. The
Countess de la Ferronays has a great deal of talent both musical and
 Probably Pauline; married to Hon. Augustus Craven, and
author of Récit d'une Sœur.
 Daughter of Colonel Hugh Duncan Baillie, of Tarradale and
February 16.—Sir William Gell called and took me out to-night to a
bookseller whose stock was worth looking over.
We saw, among the old buildings of the city, an ancient palace called
the Vicaría, which is changed into a prison. Then a new palace was
honoured with royal residence instead of the old dungeon. I saw also a
fine arch called the Capuan gate, formerly one of the city towers, and a
very pretty one. We advanced to see the ruins of a palace said to be a
habitation of Queen Joan, and where she put her lovers to death chiefly
by potions, thence into a well, smothering them, etc., and other little
tenderly trifling matters of gallantry.