Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0111
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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November Thursday 20
8 20/..
11 1/2
No kiss very fine morning Fahrenheit 49° at 9 40/.. at which hour downstairs and Moses Barker and John
Jagger just come — Barker a civil good sort of man and talks like a good farmer — pays £46 per annum
for 20 DW [days work] and Gledhill pays £26! for 27 DW [days work] equally good land if well farmed — but bad
buildings — wants £100 laying out — but it might be inferred that Gledhill is a shiftless fellow at
too low a rent — the hunters had always done damage very glad to get rid of them — Mr. George Pollard struck Barker’s wife
a heavy cut with his whip last year because she held his horse not wishing to let him pass through their side bar
without paying — which however he succeeded in doing — Barker went after him — Pollard said he was in a
passion and must be excused but told Barker to call on him which he never did — Pickels came
also to tell of hunters in Holcans wood yesterday and his friend Mr. Atkinson came with him —
I had him in the drawing room and left A- [Ann] to hear Pickels’s story — said I had no objection to his
Atkinson’s shooting with Pickels Atkinson is a Wortley man — there was a snug meeting of Wortley
men last night to consider what should be done — then came a man from Scotland to get
subscriptions for some works published in Edinburgh I declined having anything to do with them —
then came Henry Gledhill — civil — did not encourage hunters — should be glad to get rid of
them — then came Heblet (whom I scarcely saw having Atkinson the while) with loud complaint
against the hunters for damage done yesterday — complained more particularly of Mr. Jeremiah Dyson, and
the huntsmen — Eastwood with them a busy encourager of the hunt — after 11 or near 12
before A- [Ann] and I could sit down to breakfast and then had not done when came Mr. Benjamin Outram
of Greatland near H-x [Halifax] (cousin to Isaac Thwaite of Southowram) to shew us his lama-
-hair shawl and cloak-pieces — seems an ingenious man — had him into our little
dining room to take wine — said a lens was his pattern-card — a green, just-bursting-into
-leaf bush, or an ivyed wall beautiful through a lens — an analysis of the light, into points —
the lens had not been enough attended to — this and many of Sir Isaac Newton’s discoveries not sufficiently
followed up — bought £7.10.0 worth — 4 yards at 22/. for 21/. per yard 3 1/2 at 20/. on which
no 5 per cent allowed — It seems he has just opened a connection with Somerset house
‘Messrs. Halling Pearce and Stone, Cockspur Street London’ — told him his prices should have
been set higher for the London market — Has 2000 yards ready — about 1400 for gents. [gentlemen]
and 600 ditto for ladies — gentlemen’s black pelon (i.e. ‘Spanish for long hair’ or shag) at
24/. per yard would make a good common travelling cloak — wished for an introduction to Stultz
the tailor — advised his calling on him and stating fairly his article and prices, and if Stultz did not
take going to the next tailor of eminence — Outram said he would call occasionally and tell us what
he had new — staid till 1 20/.. — He would shake hands with me I did it but did not like it
though I did not shew my dislike — sat with A- [Ann] at her luncheon — then with Mrs. Lee and her assistant
and Charles and James Howarth doing up the bed in our room tent room and with the 2 painters till near 1/2 after 3 —
then wrote the whole of today till 4 — then again with the workpeople and with my father and Marian till 5 — then

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read 1/2 hour from page 458 to 468 Bakewell’s geology when William Keighley came (his father William died a short
while ago) about Sprigs colliery — my letter not received till yesterday — said they had no intention of buying any
coal without 1st agreeing with me about the loose — should not have any coal of Mr. Dean — it was valued
too high — besides, could not get it without agreeing with Stocks — he had bought all the coal in the
waste, and therefore claimed a road they should have to cross — said I was sorry William Keighley had anything to do
with Spigs Colliery if he had bought his share under an idea of having a right to my loose — he
said no! they knew they had no right — I explained about Mr. Clarke’s coming in the queer way
he did — annoyed — said they had no right to shew at all even for Spigs land — but as William Keighley
had come about it fairly I did not wish to be too hard — He said Holt my agent had said I had said I would
take £5 an acre for the loose — I answered that I had not bound myself as to what I would take but I had valued
the loose at £10 per acre and Holt had only the other day advised me to take £5 saying times
were hard etc. but that he behaved very well and wished me to employ somebody else in this
particular case on account of his relationship to the 2 young Holts (his cousins) — said
I would consider about it — would speak to some collier about it (not saying whom) and let William Keighley know.
I should want a regular agreement with power to send an agent to measure for me — to which William Keighley
made no objection — said I might send any time — It seems Wilson has got down to the soft bed
but something the matter with the engine that it will not work just at present — his estate
doubly mortgaged — Mr. Christopher Ward has the 2nd mortgage — Wilson can loose Stocks
but Stocks will not pay him much for the loose — mentioned the subject of James Keighley’s window
overlooking the Northgate property — James Keighley very ill — Joshua Keighley has bought Johnny Flather’s little
farm for something more than £700 — said I had offered him something more than that but he had asked
me £1200 — Johnny Flather had at 1st told Joshua Keighley that Mr. James Norris had bid him £1000 but
Mr. James Norris denied it — I said Joshua Keighley had bought it dear enough — yes! said William Keighley there was not
much to be got out of it, and his brother did not care about selling it — as if I might have it if
I chose — to which I merely said I did not care about it — dinner after all this talk at 6 1/4 — A- [Ann] read aloud
a chapter or 2 of volume 1. Last Days of Pompeii, and told me the story of the rest to the end
of the volume — then read me about a chapter of volume ii — while she read to herself I read the 1st 63 ppages volume
1 Italy etc by the author of Vathek (i.e. Mr. Beckford) — had Marian a little while — 20 minutes
with my aunt till 10 5/.. then wrote the above of this page till 10 25/.. — soft, small rainy, or damp, hazy
day — Fahrenheit 45° now at 10 25/.. p.m. Mrs. Lee and her assistant and Charles and James Howarth finished doing up our bed —

Friday 21
8 20/..
11 1/4
No kiss fine morning — ready in 35 minutes — some time with the painters — breakfast at 9 1/2 — read part of the newspaper
nothing to be settled as to the new cabinet till Sir Robert Peel arrives from Italy — the duke of Wellington likely to be premier
again now that the Melbourne cabinet is happily dissolved — A- [Ann] and I out at 10 50/.. — walked with her to the present
Hipperholme turnpike in 1/2 hour then down the old bank to Mr. Parker’s office and there 1/4 hour till 12 1/2 — then to the navigation office
DateNov 1834
Extent1 page


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