Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0127
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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1834
December
announce her daughter’s arrival at Mrs. Dyson’s — In the letter bag tonight came a letter from Mrs.
Sutherland to her aunt ‘Miss Walker, Cliff hill’ etc. franked by J A S Mackenzie (Stuart MacKenzie)
on which A- [Ann] and I talked and speculated — odd to be so long in answering in A-’s [Ann] letter (sent a fortnight
ago last Tuesday) and wrote to her aunt to whom Mrs. Sutherland does not owe a letter — A- [Ann] fancies the
Sutherlands are against a division of the property and wish to find out whether she is quite able to act for
herself! What a strange business! — But A- [Ann] does not seem very much disturbed about it —
1/2 hour with my aunt till 10 — then till 10 1/2 wrote all the above of today — very fine day rather frosty
day — Fahrenheit 45 1/2° now at 10 1/2 p.m. —

Monday 22
9 10/..
2 5/..
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No kiss downstairs in 40 minutes to speak to Joseph Mann — could have had the pit down in May
if Holt had had the drift ready for him — talks of boring which will take 2 months and cost 7/.
per yard — driving done in about 3 months at 5/. a yard — about 150 yards to drive — then had
Pickells — A- [Ann] had Mrs. Greaves and Pearson to beg (in vain) for them to stay — that breakfast
not over till 11 1/4 — very fine morning Fahrenheit 48 1/2°. at 11 1/4 a.m. — had put my pelisse
on in my hurry to go downstairs this morning — changed my dress, and did up my writing case and wished my
aunt good bye, and just ready when Mrs. and Miss Bramley called on A- [Ann] this delayed us about 1/4 hour —
that not off till 12 5/.. — A- [Ann] went with me as far as the post office — no letter for her — she would
return up the old bank — set her down and drove off at 12 1/4 — passed the turnipke at the foot of Blackstone Edge,
and immediately alighted at 1 35/.. and in 25 minutes walked to the top, past the canal reservoir, and got into
the carriage again not far from the Inn at the commencement of the district — at the Roebuck,
Rochdale at 2 38/.. — got out — 14 minutes there — off again at 2 52/.. and at Manchester, Royal
hotel at 4 20/.. — Took Eugenie inside and off in 7 minutes — at Wilmslow at 6 2/.. — off in 4 minutes and at Congleton
at 8 5/.. — got out — off in 6 minutes, and at Lawton at 9 — i.e. 8 3/4 by their clocks — Shewn in to π’s [Mariana] room and she
soon came nervous ssobbing but she got over it pretty soon and well had a couple of nice
little mutton chops, and then coffee — Mr. Lawton just came in for a minute or 2, but finding we were still going
to have coffee said he had had tea, went back to the dining room and we saw him no more — M- [Mariana]
and I sat talking till 11 35/.. by H-x [Halifax] — she gave me the history of Martha Booth — not good —
her head full of novels that she had read before coming to M- [Mariana] and her principles spoilt by the
bad examples of 2 successive cooks — had been deceitful — was too much set up — Mrs. Duff, the
new and excellent housekeeper here, might not be able to keep her — but Mrs. Duff to give
me Martha’s character — M- [Mariana] not to tell me anything — I said if Martha left here,
I should have nothing more to say to her — M- [Mariana] then gave me the history of Miss Crewe (Offley Crewe’s
daughter) going to marry her father’s pennyless bloodless Curate Mr. Wedgewood,
nephew to ‘Wedgewood-ware’ - * Lady Vere not writing to inquire after her child of 3 weeks etc. I never felt less in loves danger I thought π [Mariana] prosy
but this was better than the way she talked in at first despairing and as if the sooner
she died the better she would not listen to my proofs that she herself had had things


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between us all her own way however I would not give up the point though I pressed it gently
I was very affectionate spoke kindly of Mr Crewe and said I would do anything in the world I
could for her but there was no love in my manner or thoughts I merely thought I was glad
this was at an end and that I was as ~ talked of the Norcliffes and Mrs. Milne’s sarcastic manner which seems
to have shewn itself to M- [Mariana] at Scarborough — M- [Mariana] said she always appeared to know all about me whether
she did know anything or not — She had talked at Leamington of her great anxiety to
see Lady Vere as the most particular friend of her π’s [Mariana] most particular friend! I have
guessed right π [Mariana] does does not want to lose the eclat of my friendship Dr. Henry Stephen Belcombe much
hurt that I had not inquired after Percy as M- [Mariana] calls and as I said I should therefore call her — said the truth
was I had really not thought of it — True said M- [Mariana] but I must have you lose your interest in her — To which
I said nothing particular in reply mentioned doctor Belcombes telling Mr Freeman I was
one of the most intimate friends he had but did not dwell upon it or make any
comment yet I think π [Mariana] noticed the thing and perhaps fancied it not to my taste
however her manner of speaking of Vere is liable to the same sort of remark on my
part ~ she says she Vere is cold mannered and has no heart and they all at Leamington think so
but it is right in me to defend her ~ π [Mariana] came upstairs with me to my room and
staid ten minute a little nervous again and hung on me and went off talks of giddi
ness in her head and not living long but I said I should do her good in fact as I shrewdly
hinted I shall not be the death of her ~ thank God I am as I am — I thought very
little of π [Mariana] as I came along and never felt more calm ~ very fine day — till one
tonight wrote all but the five 1st lines of today — till 1 1/2 wrote 2 ppages to A- [Ann] to go tomorrow —
account of my journey — good account of things —

Tuesday 23
9 20/..
1 5/..
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(go by the Lawton clocks) breakfast at 10 20/.. — then sat talking till 12 — from 12 to 2 walked (about 2 miles)
to see a poor man (James Shaw) confined to his bed these 30 weeks from having fallen into a hot
salt pan — Luncheon with Mr. Lawton in his room (I not eating) then sat talking in M-’s [Mariana] sitting room — out
at 4, for 40 minutes — walked to the Lodge to see Mrs. Grantham, and a couple of neat new cottages near the Lodge and close
to the Canal — then sat talking in my dressing room till 5 40/.. — dressed — dinner at 6 10/.. — Coffee — tea —
read a little of the Globe of today — came upstairs at 10 1/2 and M- [Mariana] sat with me 1/2 hour — sealed and gave her my
letter written last night to A- [Ann] (Shibden) to be put into the post before 9.a.m. tomorrow — annoyed
this morning to find I was too late for today’s post — the letters must be there at 9, and the mail
goes at 10 — Told π [Mariana] she had never come to me to see if I was up this morning she said she would
but thought I should not like it. I was rather attendrie this morning particularly
after our walk she told Mr Crewe had been with her at Scarborough glad I had not heard of it
in York and that she herself was first to tell me of it he had said he hoped to her happy with the
friend she liked best staying with her at Warmingham meaning to have me with them I asked
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