Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0063
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

February Sunday 25
7 1/2
11 3/4
finished dressing — about 9 letter from Marian 3 ppages and the ends — satisfactory and interesting (vide tomorrow) — the only one I
have had from her deserving this character since my leaving home — Sat down immediately to answer it — wrote 1 page — then breakfast
at 10 1/2 — read yesterday’s paper — the conclusion of the criminal conviction Sir Jacob Astley verses Captain Garth — Went into the drawing room at 12 — read the morning prayers and Sermon 13 bishop Sandford —
talked a few minutes to my aunt, and came back to my room at 1 1/2 and at 3 50/60 had written ppages 2 and 3, and 1 end, and 2 or 3 lines
on the other and finished my letter to Marian — then took it to my aunt for her to read — At 4 sat down to write Miss Mac
Lean 25 minutes reading her last letter — then till near 6 writing 2/3 of page 1 to her — dinner at 6 — told my aunt I was busy
writing left the dining room at 8, and came immediately to my own room — finished page 1 of my letter to Miss MacLean not
at all in a humour for writing — at 9 1/2 began to prepare for bed — Then wrote all but the first 4 lines of yesterday
and the above of today all which took me till 11 5/60 — very fine day — a pity I could not or did not go out — o.. ~

[margin text:] Fahrenheit 29° at 7 1/2 a.m.
— — 8 —
38° at noon
36° — 6 p.m.
very fine day.

Monday 26
11 20/60
Settled with the washerwoman — finished dressing — at my desk at 9 — Marian’s letter contains a list of the plates and linen
at Shibden – Mr. Rhodes surveyor of the navigation under Mr. Bradley has under taken to complete the Northowram
road in 3 years for £8000 — the Navigation up to the town expected to ‘be opened in 6 months or a little more’ — all my father’s
Shibden tenants paid their rent — It seems Marian did receive my letter from Dieppe — ‘I fancy the Rawsons did not think it
‘quite civil your omitting all remembrances in your letters — Mr. Christopher Rawson gave my father 2 to read, as he happened to call at
‘the bank soon after the receipt of each — I do not mean that they have omitted making inquiries, and I may possibly
‘be incorrect’ — This annoyed me at the time thought I I shall get out with them all I might have sent
compliments but somehow I liked it not and knew not it would be necessary in a letter of business
now I care nothing about it ~ Marian has had a take leave note from the Knights who are gone to live
at Hull except Mr. Knight’s sister who lived with them and who remains at H-x [Halifax] with her 1/2 sister Miss Knight —
A book sent to Shibden by Mrs. Knight for me, but Marian has not opened the parcel — have desired [her] to open it,
tell me what the book is, and if there be a note send me a copy of it — the hatchment was taken down Thursday
the 15th instant and put up in the church for which to pay 5 guineas Mr. Briggs does not think turning Northgate
into an Inn will answer but will write as soon as he has got the necessary estimates — William Green leading stones
for the fence walls at Godley — ‘the frost at present is intense, but not quite so cold as the 4th January —
‘the thermometer in the morning was down at 12 in the west window in my father’s (late my uncle’s) room, though there
‘was a fire in the room all day — I do not know that we have had a [more] severe winter — the storms have been
‘short — on the 8th January the glass was at 46 — the 10th 36 — the changes have been so great, it has been very
‘trying’ — Mrs. Greenup has had a large fortune left her (I suppose by her distant cousin Mrs. Hargrove of Leeds)
30, 40, and now said to be 60 thousand pounds — Mrs. Edward Alexander has left Mrs. Bramley 3 or 4 thousand pounds
to go to her daughters after her death and other news — my father and Marian going into the east riding about the end of April — my
father talks of saving £200 a year — Completely answered yesterday the whole of Marian’s letter — Beg her to keep
to the plan of noting down beforehand all she thinks worth telling us, and advise her, on receiving a letter, to mark
off with a pencil as I do, all that requires answering — Insist that all my letters have been duly forwarded from here —
George will write as she desires to his parents sometime about the end of next month — Inquire hope Cordingley is well, and
inquire after John Booth and his family — what Mary has done with Mrs. William Priestley, and what they have made of
Hannah — my father and Marian seem to expect our returning next April 12 month — take no notice of this but all
that can bear upon it at all is, ‘if my father is really able to put by as much as he talks of, my aunt
thinks it will help the climate to make a cure of her’ — give some account of the weather — 6 weeks hard frost —
all the French complain of the length and severity of the winter Mention Fahrenheit out of my window being 23 at 8 a.m. and 28.°
at noon 4 January — ‘It has never been so low as this day week’ (Sunday 18th instant) ‘when it was 13° at 7 a.m.
‘and 27° at noon; nor has it ,since the winter began, been more than 2 or 3 times so low as 24° at noon’ — …..
‘as my letters to Messrs Rawson are merely letters on business, I make them as short as I can, and never think of troubling

[margin text:] —
Fahrenheit 31° at 7 a.m. very fine towards noon dampish day but fair —
32° — 8 —
40° — noon.
42° — 6 p.m.
43° — 10 —

bankers, or bankers’ clerks to distribute compliments for me’ — then beg our remembrances to Mrs. Rawson of Stony royde and all who inquire after
us ‘I hope you will say very especially, that we are much obliged to them, and do not either forget, or wish to be
forgotten, because we are a little way on the other side of the water’ — remembrances to Mrs. Veitch, — and the William Priestleys —
observe that the place price for putting up my uncle Joseph’s hatchment is no rule for my uncle Lister’s — Mr. Knight said
the chancel was double the price of anywhere else, but he would only charge us 5 guineas for my uncle Joseph’s
and me 3 guineas for my uncle Lister’s — Thus each ought to have been twice as much — but my father was right
enough to say I would pay Mr. Musgrave 5 guineas ask what sort of man he is — anxious to hear from Mr.
Briggs — ‘I do not say very much to my aunt of the despairing kind about money matters — my only anxiety is to manage
‘as well with Messrs Rawson, as I can — It is not probable, that I should be intentionally uncivil to them — However, though
‘I am anxious to make the most of our income, yet I shall not make myself uneasy about it — my uncle’s great wish was, that
‘my aunt should be comfortable; and I am determined she shall be so, as far as it is possible for any means we have
‘to make her so — I can get what money I want, without applying either to Messrs Rawson, or Mr. Freeman’ —
Say we find everything dear — cannot tell our expenses here yet — but, if they are not considerably less than at our
last apartment, it will not do — ‘wood and charcoal …. will cost us about £80 a year’ — Good account of my aunt —
mention Madame Sené’s frequent visits to my aunt, and their civility — obliged to my father for letting William lead stones for Godley —
obliged to pay 5 francs for my black cloth boots soling, and if heeled 6 francs — till last Monday had not written to Mrs.
Duffin since her marriage ‘I am not fond of letter writing, and do not ruin anybody with postage’ — writing all
the above of today took me from 9 to 10 5/60 — at this moment George brought me a letter (3 ppages and the ends and under the seal)
from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) — 20 minutes reading — the most affectionate and altogether most satisfactorily letter possible — it has roused
me, and done me nameless good — I am satisfied, and all but happy — She is all I wish and my heart let
me do what I may is wholly hers ~ wrote the last 3 1/2 lines, and wrote 7 lines to M- [Mariana] just to say what good her letter
had done me, then sealed my letter to Marian, and sat down to breakfast at 10 3/4, and read the paper which took me till 12 —
sent off my letter to ‘Miss Marian Lister Shibden Hall, H-x [Halifax], Yorkshire, Angleterre [England], port payé [post paid]’ at 11 — π [Mariana] says I think of all that is
[illegible] can make me most happy that my life is in trust within your bosom that you will guard it as your
own and that no earthly power can conjure up obstacle to this faith ~ ‘It really seems strange,…. but it is really
‘true that since I brought my mind to its present determination, Charles, as if by instinct, for it absolutely seems without
choice or reason, has changed in his manner in a most extraordinary way, he appears to have no will but mine …….
Should the present disposition last says π [Mariana] I am convinced it would be no difficult matter to get him to Par
is or anywhere else that I pleased ….. but then Fred unless I was near you I would as ssoon or indeed sooner be
here ....... but here we live at the extent of our income it would be well to save a little if we could for Mr Charles Lawton
would not be greedy of any over plus he might have ~ this sstrikes I shall think about perhaps I may
plan to get them here to be all in the same house to get into good society and to get Mrs Barlow off as she says
to England the summer after next and thus get rid of her poor soul how little she dreams of all this but I wi
ll always behave to her as well as I can ~ it seems as if Mr. Willoughby Crewe had not quite that tender regard for π [Mariana]
I fancied ~ It seems Steph has written to me — vide bottom of page 3. M- [Mariana] is all for one of Breguet’s watches —
M-’s [Mariana] account of her health very cheering — she seems in a fair way of recovery — Vide the last end about Mrs. Barlow
….. ‘I pity her from my soul because I can conceive no misery so great as loving you in vain but she has not loved
‘as I have loved nor so long to be in her place would kill me she will survive it and I hope will be happy….my pity
‘would perhaps annoy her more than her hatred could do me for I shall always be glad to hear that she is well whereas
‘my felicity can only aggravate her sorrow in pity to both of us cease all obligation be kind but avoid tender
‘ness you know not the charm your honied words produce I fancy I hear you now I feel as if I felt your touch think not
DateFeb 1827
Extent1 page


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