Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0132
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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1834
December
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out with A- [Ann] at 2 1/4 — walked with her to look after her planting at Cliff hill — 25 minutes
with her aunt — home at 5 — A- [Ann] went to my aunt — had Pickells — the hunters had been yesterday week in
Hopkin’s land, and done him much damage — Pickells thought they had even been in the garden — told
him to make inquiries — dinner at 6 10/.. — 20 minutes with my father and Marian — Coffee at 7 3/4 — Washington
came again (with A-’s [Ann] navigation money and my aunts ditto from Mr. Parker) and took coffee and staid till 8 1/2 — sat
talking to A- [Ann] with my aunt from 9 3/4 to 10 10/.. — very fine frostyish day — Fahrenheit 42 1/2° at 10 1/4 p.m.

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One pretty good kiss last night ~ very fine frosty morning Fahrenheit 40°. at 10 a.m.
at which hour breakfast — sat talking (upstairs) till 12 — then went to my aunt — very poorly — in much pain —
shortened the prayers as much as I could, down to 25 minutes the lesson being long — wrote out the first
1 1/2 pages of yesterday — A [Ann] found her cousin coming ~ vide 30 November — drove to Lightcliffe church in
24 1/2 minutes — there at 2 10/.. — waited 20 minutes Mr. Musgrove did all the duty — preached
35 minutes from Galatians iv. 4. excellent sermon — Some time talking to A- [Ann] upstairs — then at 5 1/4
she had Little John and Ann Booth and I, in 35 minutes, wrote 2 ppages and ends to M- [Mariana] and copied the
following (after giving her account of my journey home) ‘I was satisfied with the train of mind in which I
‘seemed to have left you’ — and more and more persuaded my advice not to go to Switzerland next summer, under
the circumstances named, was prudent — Shall be impatient to hear the medicines do her good —
‘I think the woman as like a quack as any of that profession I have seen; but benefits do sometimes
‘come from where we not commonly thought of looking for them; and faith, hope, and charity may do
‘wonders …… A- [Ann] was delighted to see me back again, and delighted with the little present, and begs her
‘best regards and thanks — I have, by this time told her a great deal of the history of my visit, with all which she is
pleased, more particularly with that part relative to your coming here’ — my aunt rather better but
‘seems gradually suffering more and more, and, without amendment, I know not how she can get on many
‘months longer — She appears to be losing ground faster than she did a few weeks ago — yet she is always
‘interested about you, and is, on all accounts, glad of my visit — Indeed, my dear Mary, I hope we
‘shall all be more and more satisfied — I never cease to hope all things for you — Keep up your
‘spirits, and health, and, with it, every other blessing around you will improve — you have only to go on
‘doing good, and doing right, and whatever may apparently promise but little just now, may, ere long,
‘repay you abundantly — I will turn to my journal about Göttingen when I have more leisure —
‘God bless you, Mary! I have never despaired for you or myself — Ever very affectionately yours AL—’
sent off by John my letter to ‘Mrs. Lawton, Lawton hall, Lawton, Cheshire’ and then dinner at 6 1/4 — A- [Ann] and I
a little while with my father and Marian — coffee — wrote out all but the 1st 1 1/2 ppages of Friday and the whole of yesterday
and the 1st 7 lines of today till 9 3/4 — then 25 minutes with my aunt — A- [Ann] not well On account of
her cousin and having her feet starved at church ~ very fine frosty day — Fahrenheit 40 1/2 at
10 1/4 p.m. Gave A [Ann] hot wine and water in bed ~


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December 29
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No kiss A [Ann] had her cousin fine frosty morning breakfast at 9 1/2 — A- [Ann] had Mr. Parker at 10 1/4 about
the administration release business and signed the release to Mrs. Clarke and I had Holt — walked with him to the fish pond to see about
the line of drift — explained where I wished it to be, and how have the stuff thrown up against the high road —
wall — the men asked 4/6 per yard for driving — Holt had offered them 4/. and thought it quite enough — could
have it done for 3/3, but thought the Manns had better have the job — said I would rather they had it, and
was satisfied with what he had offered — he said if they would not take it, he would advertise the drift to let —
I never said a syllable about the delay there had been — that the drift should have been begun 3 months ago, or
at the time they began sinking the pit which must now stand 3 months till the drift is done — on
coming in (having left Holt to go across the fields) found Hinscliffe waiting for me — Left
him for a minute or 2 to speak to one of Turner’s sons who came from the top of Common wood
delph about stone posts — said he must speak to Charles Howarth — and to speak to Mrs. Bottomly
sister to Mrs. Dewhirst and to Pearson, who came to ask if I had any objection to a woman for
tenant of Stump X [Cross] Inn — I said no! I had no objection to any body who be a good tenant — the
place would be let by ticket on the 16th of next month and anyone was at liberty to bid —,
and I supposed those who wanted it, would bid — Mrs. Dewhirst had come to me twice about
the Mytholm farm before the letting but had put in no ticket so I supposed she did not then
want the farm, and I meant her to quit the place — Then resumed with Hinscliffe —
he said the drift ought to have been begun when the pit was — but Holt had neglected — in fact,
he neglected his own concerns, and drank so, he was not the man he used to be as his
own brother at the Woolpack told him — but this I was not on any account to name —
Hinscliffe then gave me some information how the drift ought to be done, and advised
my looking after it myself — said it should be rather barrel-shaped [drawing: of drift]
2 feet 6 inches at the bottom }
3 feet in the middle for elbow room, and }
3 feet or 3 feet 6 inches high }
}

this drift if the measures are
hard enough to stand, will be much the best not
walled at the sides — a and b are the 2 sides of the
drift and c the line of vent-stone reared against the
side of the drift, the vent stone from c to d not to be less than
18 inches and not less than 1 1/2 inches thick —
these vent stones to be good stuff, good sandstone, freestone, not rag — to be very well
squared, that is, ‘regular, fettling’ as for flags or slates — for these vent stones should be
set in clay, and all the joints well stopt with clay so as to be thoroughly air-tight,
or else we should lose our vent — and when we got to the pit (to go in the dirt band, and then
as the 2 Manns said spend our level, that is get gradually (with about 30 yards of the pit) into the
coal band 8 feet below the dirt-band) — we should have to bore to the old upper bed works?
or carry air down in tubes? Boring done at from 2/. to 5/. or 6/. a yard according to the hardness
of the measures and depth to go — the 2 Manns had said the boring would cost 7/. a yard — Hinscliffe
said we should want a chimney for the drift about 1/2 way the length — would have not exactly over but on one
side of the drift because then it would not injure the top of the drift —

[margin text:] dimension of etc.
Drift

DateDec 1834
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