Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0151
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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stood by John while he cleaned the walk in the hollow in Lower brook Ing, over which the water had been suffered
to run — walked up and down — came in at 2 20/60 — expecting Mr. Briggs this evening changed my dress, then sat down and wrote out literary index
from 1 January up to today, and wrote out general index from 9 to 19 January last — John brought 80 large holleys from Throp’s — Mr. Briggs
came in with my father about 4 — heard my father from below laughing and apparently so well amused left them to themselves and did not
go down till 4 3/4 — On coming in, found a small parcel containing the probate of my uncle’s will and a few lines from Messrs
Thorpe and Gray, solicitors, York, hoping I should receive it safe — read the will over before putting it by — went downstairs at 4 3/4 to
Mr. Briggs and Mr. Oates the architect — The estimate of putting Northgate house into tenantable repair about £86 and I fear too low —
£100 will probably not be enough — Messrs Briggs and Oates then went to Lower brea about some more building that George Robinson — wants — will
cost about £200 — Dinner at 6 1/4 — Mr. Briggs brought me his cashbook, bills, plans etc. — found I shall have to pay
Mr. Carr for 300 yards ground at 1/. per yard at the rent day — Mr. Briggs drank tea with my father and sister while I dined —
Came in to them about 7 — then had Mr. Briggs for 1/2 hour in the drawing room (he is to be here by 9 on Wednesday to look all about)
and he went away by 8 — Rainy (small rain) morning till about 10 then fair for an hour or 2 then a couple of hours more rain
then finish afternoon and evening — Came to my room at 10 5/60 —

Saturday 19
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Went first down to my uncle quarter hour there ~ send John for more holleys — Message to say Mr. Scatcherd will not be at home till tomorrow consequently
cannot come here this morning — [illegible] from 8 to 10 wrote out index from 19 January to 16 February last — breakfast at 10 5/60 — from 11 to 2
wrote 3 ppages the end and under the seal and at the top of page 1 small and closeish to my aunt, and 3 ppages to Miss MacLean Letter from my aunt this morning
brought in at breakfast — very good account of herself — as to residing ‘it would not matter whether it were in England, Scotland, or
France’ — ‘as regarding climate, I have now tried it a year and a 1/2, and it has answered in restoring my health, and in some degree the use
‘of my limbs (I mean my fingers) as when I came I could neither use a pen, or a needle, and now I have the amusement of
‘both — I have not, nor can I expect to derive benefit either from climate (or anything else) in the way of walking, for I feel
’that my knees, ancles, and feet get gradually worse — I have had rather more pain and swelling in them the last week or 2, probably
‘owing to the change of season, as I have of late years experienced a greater weakness in the muscles during the spring months, that whether
“I am in France or England, it will be the same’ — Her teeth quite a take in — Shewn to 2 dentists who say it is an
ill done job — ‘the usual price is 500 francs for the whole thing, not considering at all how many, or how few teeth are
‘inserted, and that my mouth had not required any on the lower plate’ — Dr. Tupper quite vexed about it — Mrs. Barlow and my aunt mean
to try if they can get any of the money back again — ‘I should fancy that was quite hopeless — Do not pother yourself about it —’
Shall I hurry Horner, and send the teeth I have through Hammersley? — Expected Mr. Scatcherd this morning — cannot see him
till Thursday — cannot delay writing so long, and must risk [illegible] my letter in the H-x [Halifax] post office Oates’s estimate for Northgate ‘certainly too
low at £100’ — well if done for £150 — George Robinson wants more building (has dissolved his partnership) — ‘must
lay out £200’ Hopkinson wants a small barn — They want the square of the Stag’s head house completing — my father
has repaired the barn — Mr. Briggs not satisfied with Jackman — The new roof here as bad as or worse than the old one — must
get a new mason — not quite pleased with Thomas Greenwood’s management of Northgate land — high time to come over — satisfied with Briggs
‘The walk so overgrown with grass, ‘tis almost as bad as making it over again’ The holly hedges to be 1/2 renewed — young trees 1/2
smothered’ — It never occurred to me that my father would have at all neglected things of this kind after having desiring me not to
‘engage a per anyone to look after them’ — he well — Marian looks so, but seems delicate — The little Inman here above a year
to stay till my father and Marian go to Market Weighton in the autumn — Cannot claim for the coal road — The canal up to the town injures
the sale of home coal — potatoes, fruit, etc. will be cheap — The dividend likely to keep up at 20 percent — Think we shall get our
price for the ground for the new church — The tithe question will be settled by law ‘I must know more of all sides before I can adopt
any’ — Shall have to pay Carr for 300 yards of ground — Know not when I can be off — told Miss MacLean the end of this month —
M- [Mariana] ‘has no particular spot in view for us . . . . . my father has never once opened his lips upon the subject; and other authorities are

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agreeableized staid till 8 — in returning through the causeway, broke the near hind gig-spring — John got out to walk — obliged
to go very slowly — myself got out at the top of Godley lane walked down and came in at 9 40/60 — Sat up talking to
my father about the tithes till 11 3/4 then came to my room — While driving between Pyenest and Millhouse felt
my cousin come ~ Thoroughly rainy day, not heavy rain but incessant — a soaking day — [illegible] better at night; for it
was more drizzling rain — Found on my return Note from Mr. Parker asking for the Northgate title deeds — 2000 yards wanted — copy of the
letter sent by the vicar to the commissioners of churches, mentioning that 10/6. per yard had been paid for ground for a ranter’s chapel, that I only asked 6/. etc.

Wednesday 23
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Mr. Briggs came at 9 1/4 went down immediately — breakfast — Went out with Mr. Briggs at 9 50/60 — to Stone view lane above Well Royde
Wood that the Godley road people have spoilt — saw Mr. Wilkinson there, and the head workman who will both do what
they can to serve — Then to Lower brea — saw George Robinson the building may cost £150 or from that (I should think) to £200.
mentioned having a lease, and that George Robinson — had taken the benefit of the allowance my uncle had made during the panic but would
have discontinued (as he had told the tenants the last rent day he attended) had he lived — George Robinson said the £10 abated was to be a permanent thing! — he was to value all he had laid out in order
to make a fair lease — said he had laid out £500 — well but, said I, will your interest in this never wear
out? If you were to go now, or 20 years hence — I want to know your own idea of the difference — Said much of what he had
done was of no good to me — Thence to Dumb Mill (told Mr. Briggs I would not pay for 2 stones putting together
upon one another till the business of the lease was settled; — told Mr. Briggs to buy the bit of waste of Mr. Christopher Rawson
and wall it in — get the chimney mended — told him about walling in and planting that bit near Pump, to ask Messrs
Sunderland and Drake to hang a gate at the top of the lane and I would at the bottom — my father told me yesterday the
Southowram people want to lead stones down that way and also down bairstow to make a road there to mend the Wakefield road —
Thence to the Springs — spoke to Barber — Mr. Briggs to give him an authority to take care of the wood and for this to take care
Pearson does not increase his rent — Then to the quarry — Then to Hopkinsons — best to build a barn that will
easily turn into a house, £130 at least — most wait about this — Then to Hilltop — 4 cottages — Sowden lets 2 of them £6.10.0
one £2.2.0, and one (very bad) £1.15.0 — Then along the fields came out at German House, and parted with Mr.
Briggs at Mitholm leaving him to go home while I returned along Lower brea lane and the walk — Had asked him if he thought all the estate
would bear to average 45/. per days work — no! on talking it over a little Yes! Surprised to find Southolm at
21/1 1/2 per days work — ‘some of it worth 50/. some not more than 40/.’ — walked up and down the walk (got there about 1 1/4)
musing — till John returned to his work soon after 2 — cleaning the walk — then dressing trees — standing over John —
putting in 5 hollies along the near end of the cross sunk wall between Charles Howarth’s pea-field and acre field — came in at 5 1/4 —
lay down 1/4 hour — dinner at 6 1/4 — my father at a meeting of the central committee about the tithes at the White lion
did not get home till about 7 1/2 — nobody to pay any particular sum too much as before but just what the proper dues
would amount to — Understand from an extract from my letter of his that the vicar would take £1500 a year and be quiet — Then he must officially inform Mr. Swallow
president of the last general meeting — perhaps he got a little frightened — just coming up to bed at 10 when got to talking
of my aunt’s returning to England — of her coming here — my father said she might very well if she would — mentioned all the
difficulties — as to rooms, my father we could do very well if we liked — Then from little to more — I did not stay in Paris
to please myself — mentioned why we must change our apartment that I had been with Madame de Rosny could not stay
in our own apartment on account of its newness — said my father might be much cleverer than I, but I was ‘quite
fast in it’ — Thought and thought what to do for the best — could scarce tell what — I had before mentioned my wish
to pay Mr. Freeman (having told Mr. Briggs to ask if he had any objection) 1/2 I owe him — said I could get the money — could have it at
4 percent which would save me so much — I could get 1000 perhaps more — I thought of π’s [Mariana] in the funds for fear of
my fathers thinking me too rich but this perhaps was hardly right I always plead poverty but appear very open
in my communications ~ Fine day — Came upstairs at 11 and wrote yesterday and today which took me till 11 55/60
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