Monday, May 26, 1823
In the Monastery of St. Bernard it is the custom to preserve
the dead bodies of the Monks and afterwards place them erect in niches along
the walls. This is effected by baking them for five or six months in a very
slow oven, contrived for the purpose, and they will remain thus preserved
for centuries, without changing or being the least offensive. They are
dressed in their hoods and cloaks when placed up.