Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0162
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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1828
May
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thousands out at interest — Mr. Dodsworth has done pretty well during the 10 years he has had this house — does not
lose now, gains a little but now enough to pay him for his time and labour, times so bad — Rent and taxes when
he 1st took the house £1000 a year, now the assessed taxes reduced to one 1/2, £700 a year — pays now above
£100 a year poor rate — when he first came (the 1st year the best) sometimes from £30 to £40 a day for posting — had
last year 30 pair of horses — has this year reduced 12 pair — Shook hands with his wife when she came in and with
him when he left me at nine he shook my hand heartily and when I said perhaps I might not r
eturn this way said he hoped God would bless me wherever I went — had written the last 18 lines of today
then settling my accounts till 10 3/4 — very fine day —

Monday 19
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. . For fear of not being ready had merely taken off my gown drawers and stockings and slept in the rest
no motion yesterday nor this morning ~ On going downstairs good fire in my room, and on going to the coach office
to pay my fare to Alnwick, § found myself put down free — could not at first comprehend it, but it soon struck
as a little mark of attention on the part of Dodsworth — thick foggy morning — could not have seen much even
had I been on the outside — at 8 40/60 stopt at Belford to breakfast — a good Inn, and neat little town — off
again in 35 minutes Having in vain sat quarter hour in the water closet ~ 2 very respectably mannered young
men my companions — 1 a West India merchant just come to see his friends at Berwick have made a good
fortune — intelligent and agreeable enough — for the free trade system in spite of the complaints of Sunderland, Shields,
Newcastle etc. said the exclusive system of Bristol had done good to the individual merchants of the town,
but had not profited the town in general like the liberal plan of Liverpool which had been the making of the
place — such was the free trade — good for the whole body of the people, but not for many individuals who must
suffer from it — much more money — many more large fortunes had been made in Bristol than Liverpool —
trade an hereditary and valuable profession in Bristol — too much competition for this to be so much the case in Liverpool —
Stopt, merely to change horses, at Berwick at 10 50/60 — here we lost one West India merchant and took
in a Scotchman knowing every inch of the road to Edinburgh — Berwick a nice town — at 1 5/60 pass Dunglass
bridge, about 35 miles from Edinburgh, and enter East Lothian, the garden of Scotland — the land of mid Lothian improved
by its being so around Edinburgh — West Lothian not so good — beautiful husbandry — beans drill-set, and earthed
up by a light iron plough — beautiful even wheat — would average 4 quarters per acre — the climate not
so good as in Kent — Land in East Lothian let (but not generally on the average perhaps more than £4) at £6 per acre but 5 roods
to the acre — all coaches pay to government a duty of 3 1/2 d. per annum — Keep of a horse would be £40 a year —
Stages now average 8 miles — the London, Carlisle, Leeds, and Glasgow all run 9 1/2 miles an hour — i.e. 9 miles
including stoppages — the sea close on our right (lose sight of it very seldom) all the way from between
Alnwick and Belford to Edinburgh — § Alnwick a very pretty town — hestitated for a moment
whether to stop, and see the castle, but, finding there would be no coach till the union at 12 (had got there
about 7 1/2) and somehow not feeling very well, determined to give up both Alnwick and Bamborough
castle to keep to my time in getting into Edinburgh, and to go forward at once with-out the pother of stopping —
the exterior of the castle very fine — must see it some other time — the duke does a great deal of good here —
pass through Dunbore a neat little town — (all the towns and villages neat) at 1 55/60 — alight at the Black bull
Edinburgh at 4 3/4 — magnificent town — astonished to find no one knowing anything of Redford — took a porter, and
walked to 5 North Street David Street to get Miss MacLean’s address — she was just gone to Colonel
Thackwray’s, 35 Melville Street, for a few days — well thought I I was not off to Redford — returned to the Inn
wrote and sent off the porter with a few lines to her announcing my arrival — and sat down to dinner at 5 1/2 —
had hardly dined when at 6 1/4 Miss MacLean came in — very civil message from the Thackerays begging I would go back with Miss MacLean to them


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excused myself — she to come to me between 11 and 12 tomorrow — Looking miserably thin and ill and aged with a bad cough and wanting a pad be
hind and though always elegant and ladylike yet wanting a little Parisianizing in dress ~ had had
pease ssoup veal cutlets and a tart and a bottle of moselle all which I drank think its acidity might
do my bowels good — went to my room about 7 1/4 — fine day — My cousin had come an hour or two before reach
ing Edinburgh ~

Tuesday 20
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Pretty fair motion Dawdling over 1 thing or other, and did not leave my room till 10 40/60 — breakfast immediately — Miss MacLean came soon after 11 —
sat cozing — just attempted to walk towards the Calton hill, but an east wind death to Miss MacLean on
account of her cough, so returned to the Inn — put ourselves and my luggage into a hackney coach and got to the Thackeray’s 35
Melville Street about 1 1/2 — Lady Elizabeth Thackeray a remarkably pleasing interesting ladylike little person, marked a little with the
small pox, but having so good a countenance as to be absolutely pretty — Colonel Thackeray (of the artillery) very gentlemanly
little man — Sat talking — the 'baby' (20 months old little girl) an excellent amusement to us all — luncheon brought
up — at 2 1/2 went out with Miss MacLean and called on her uncle and aunt MacLean the latter a singularly talkative
old lady of 73 — [illegible]came in again at 3 5/60 — The Thackerays out — Sat upstairs in our own room talking — the
hair dresser (from Gianetti’s George street) came at 5 — dressed my hair very fairly — a Monsieur and Madame Thiebaut, a
young Mr. Carnegie, and ditto Mr. Charles Stuart (Miss Hobart's cousin) of the 4th King's own (infantry) dined with us —
both very gentlemanly young men dinner at 6 1/2 — Monsieur Thiebaut cousin to Lady Elizabeth — Madame Thiebaut an English woman — They live near Blois — he in the
French guards — not of very large fortune — a nice little girl of 4 1/4 years old — Madame Thiebaut talked incessantly about
France and her establishment and difficulties etc. etc. in managing the French lower classes, etc. etc. — on going away, gave
her my address in Paris — Came upstairs at 11 — fine day — east wind — I to take half Miss Maclean's bed
but have a dressing room — the dinner today, too handsome for the party — Sauterne, champagne, Sherry and Madeira
at dinner — ditto, and port, and claret, and a foreign sweet wine afterwards, and 2 sorts of ice —

Wednesday 21
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Talked nearly the whole of the night not more than an hour or two's ssleep she came closeish put her
arm over me but I had my drawers etc. on and lay very still and at a distance thought too uuf [of] her cough
and would rather have been alone — breakfast at 10 1/2 — down stairs looking at maps — Talking to the Thackerays about
our Tour — Captain Cawdor called — about an hour upstairs making ready to go with Miss MacLean to Redford —
the Thackerays very kindly making us promise to return to them tomorrow — off at 1 1/2 in Mr. Hunter's carriage (left
behind and the horses also on some account or other) — went to 1 or 2 shops — pretty drive enough but took not much notice of it —
reached Redford at 2 1/2 (5 miles southwest of Edinburgh) ~ Sat talking the rest of the day — A damp little sunk
place with a very nice garden felt as if struck with rheumatism the moment I entered and soon that is by dinner
time felt a thoroughly bad cold come on could not live here glad I came not sooner nor for
longer told my being sure of two thousand a year on my father's death might be more told
of π’s [Mariana] coming to live with me if anything happened to L [Charles Lawton] said we had made up our quararel [quarrel]
but did not explain it said what sort of terms with Mrs. Belcombe it was about what π [Mariana] ought to
have had under her mother's settlement said I had said she had been cajoled out of it and I could not retract
my sister very good but not like me I had no influence with her ~ Miss Maclean equally confidential
about her brother's match etc. his wife had since their marriage spent three thousand a year his
girls had their mother's fortune forty thousand the interest of this what her brother chiefly
lived on now Breadalbane one of the pious too much so it seems to make those around her happy
Dinner at 5 1/2 — very nicely sent up — Sat talking till 12 3/4 — very fine day — Slept together as before ~
DateMay 1828
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