Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0126
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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sitting drinking at public houses till 1 in the morning — but it does not seem that Mr. Wortley
himself, as Marian said last night, had ever been of these parties himself — Mr. Baldry seems
the ‘short tempered’ one of our party — Throp said I talked very fairly and reasonably, and had
shewed him a way he did not think of before that the 90 non-promisers had between made up
their minds as this might save turmoil and a contest by shewing who was weakest and ought to retire —
he thinks Wortley and Wood will come in — spoke handsomely of Mr. James Norris and Mr. Rawson —
he brought a scarlet arbutus which John planted in front of the house — examined the carriage
wheels, and sent Matthew (George having to stay at home and receive the sacrament) to Jonas Ward the
blacksmith to come and look at them, and say if he could put the tire on afresh by Monday
or tomorrow night — wrote the above of today till 12 1/4 — Mr. Musgrave came an hour afterwards —
and staid about 3/4 hour — being in a hurry — gave the sacrament in the drawing room to my aunt and A- [Ann] and Marian and myself and Oddy and George
in about 1/4 hour or 20 minutes — my aunt remained and dined downstairs with A- [Ann] while she got her luncheon, and did not
go back to her room till near 3 — Jonas Ward came about 2 — took off the 2 hind wheels of A’s [Ann] carriage — promised
to let me have them by 9 a.m. on Monday and John took them immediately in the cart to Ward’s
shop at Lidgate — A- [Ann] and I off at 3 1/4 to Cliff hill — met several of the hunt — on getting
to Cliff hill found they had killed a hare almost under the windows — the horses foot marks upon
the grass close to the sunk wall at this end — great deal of rabble had followed and been in the land
and many horsemen — A- [Ann] much annoyed — Binns has 3/. a rood for the walling but Washington
said the tops were to be put on with lime — went to Crownest (A- [Ann] having to leave the receipt
for making 90 buns) and saw Washington — said he had the offer of a good tenant for Grieves’s
farm — son to James Scholefield of Southowram, a cardmaker — doing well, and likely to bring
some trade into the village but would not take boarders — home at 5 1/4 — dressed — dinner at 6 1/4 —
A [Ann] and I some time with my father and Marian — coffee read from page 41 to 147 volume 2 Sismondi on the literature of the South of Europe — sat talking About π [Mariana] A [Ann] lowish at the
thought of my leaving her on Monday ~ 25 minutes with my aunt till 10 10/.. then wrote the
last 14 lines till 10 1/2 — very fine soft day Fahrenheit 45°. now at 10 1/2 p.m. —

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Good kiss last night very fine morning Fahrenheit 44°. at 9 20/.. a.m. at which hour breakfast — no Washington —
unpacking looking over and siding A-’s [Ann] kitchen things from Lidgate (left in the laundry here) till 11 — then off with A- [Ann]
to Cliff hill at 11 1/4 — went 1st. to Crownest — wondering why Washington had not called — found he had
left home in a hurry at 9 — then went to Cliff hill — the workmen going to dinner — I sat 25 minutes
there and left A- [Ann] there — took back the little pamphlet of Reasons for contentment by Archdeacon
Paley, and left a copy of Sir Robert Peel’s letter to his constituents at Tamworth — asked Miss Cliffhill
how she wished to be styled having 1st said (in answer to her asking after Mrs. Ann Lister) that my aunt
called herself Mrs. Lister and I should do the same when she had done with the brevet — Miss Cliffhill
to be styled Mrs. Ann or Mrs. Walker — In returning went to Hopkin’s — the sister better — promised to send
her a bottle of port wine — then into Lower brea wood, looking for sycamores to take up — then,
after 2 men, 1 of them carrying a gun — then examined the wood fence (bad) in Jonathan Mallinson’s


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land — then to Hannah Green’s — and staid talking about 1 1/2 hour — Aquilla would like to take the Mytholm
farm, — and to have a mill — Hannah thinks Robinson’s wire mill must be at liberty soon — had heard
he was under notice to quit — asked me if this was true — I said I was surprised at the report, and gave
no decided answer either way — heard the history and vindication of young Dewhirst, etc. etc. — Aquilla
to come and speak to me, and promised not to let the farm without letting Hannah know — from her house to
Cliff hill in 18 minutes at 4 33/60 — A- [Ann] had been waiting anxiously — Sykes still with her planting —
home at 5 1/2 — Joseph Robinson salesman for John Hemingway (who had Stocks’s
Delphs) waiting to tell me, he heard I wanted troughs for John Bottomley’s — would
furnish them of any size, at 7 1/2d per gallon — my tenant Abraham Hemingway carts for him —
Mr. Beattie was waiting in the drawing room for A- [Ann] — she told him the rent £38 per annum
for Grieves’s farm, the tenant to pay all taxes — would not take less — Mr. Beattie would agree
rather than miss the place — dinner at 6 1/2 — A- [Ann] and I some time with my father and Marian — then coffee —
then came upstairs — sat talking — read from page 146. to 183. volume 2 Sismondi on the Literature of the
South of Europe — then 1/2 hour with my aunt till 10 10/.. while A- [Ann] wrote note to go on Monday morning
to Mr. Beattie — had considered of his proposal; and, as he was anxious for an early answer, begged
to inform him, she would have pleasure in taking him as tenant — from year to year (he not wishing for a term
of years) rent £38 per annum tenant paying all taxes — to be a written agreement — buildings to be
put in good tenantable repair — wrote the above of today till 10 3/4 at which hour Fahrenheit 43 1/4° — very fine
day — Kind letter this evening 3 ppages franked by Lord Wharncliffe from Lady Stuart Whitehall —

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No kiss very fine morning Fahrenheit 45°. at 10 40/.. — Mr. Washington came at 10 1/2 before A- [Ann] was quite dressed ready —
had had both Mr. Warburton and Mr. Beattie to apply for Grieves’s place — but thinks neither can
be a permanent tenant — whoever had the free school will find Mr. Hudson’s house enough; for the master
will never be allowed to take boarders — Mr. John King the main person in the stir made
some years ago — Washington evidently thinks Waddington the cardmaker would be the better tenant — both A- [Ann] and
I disclaimed against the narrow policy of having so ruined the free school — did not know this ruin
was to last — A- [Ann] will reconsider the matter and not give an answer till next week — read a little
of the newspaper — At 12 1/4 A- [Ann] and I read prayers to my aunt Oddy, Eugénie and George in 1/2 hour — A- [Ann]
had luncheon — walked to church in 50 minutes — Mr. Wilkinson did all the duty — preached
18 1/2 minutes from Romans iv.7. Joshua Riley of Whitehall Inn buried at Lightcliffe this
afternoon — Mr. and Mrs. Lamplaugh Hird who got into their house at Lidgate on Thursday evening
last, made their appearance (1st. if they were not there in the morning) in Mr. William Priestley’s pew —
at home a little after 5 — looked after my travelling bag for tomorrow — dinner at 6 1/4 — A- [Ann] and I some time with
my father and Marian — then coffee — and came upstairs — A- [Ann] sent to the Post Office by John at 6 1/4 p.m.) her note
to Miss Plowers — Kind and saying she would send the carriage for her and send her back in the evening next week any day she (Miss Plowers)
liked to spend a day here — could not send for her this week on account of engagements — this note was
written in consequence of letter this morning from Mrs. Plowers (forwarded by the post from Willow Field) to
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