Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0133
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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Vent stones should be 18 inches broad, and not less than 1 1/2 inches thick, and lengths not less than 18 inches
varying to 2, or 3, or more feet as might be, but not too long, because the stone would be too heavy and bad
to get in and out of the drift — these stones 18 inches broad should be 4d a yard because flags sold
at 8d per yard of 9 square feet ⸫ [therefore] 18 broad x 3 feet long = 1/2 yard of flag or 4d and 4d
a yard enough to give — try 3d on 3 1/2d per yard — because we could take all lengths, and the quarries
had not this advantage in the sale of flags — Several yards length of the drift at its beginning
would have to be covered in — to get 2 feet broad x 3 feet 6 inches long rag covers at 4d per yard — much
obliged to Hinscliffe for all this information — said I wanted all the water I could get —
indifferent about getting coal — I should look after Mr. Rawson all the rest was as hereafter
might be — On the subject of the Spriggs Colliery thought the loose worth £400 to be
paid £20 a year for 20 years — but Keighleys should pay one 1/2 and Samuel Holdsworth the other 1/2 —
but Samuel Holdsworth difficult to make pay, ‘bad to geer’ — Holt had led the Keighleys in
by telling them they could get £300 or £400 from Samuel Holdsworth for the loose he would want,
and then went and told Samuel Holdsworth how to manage without paying them anything — I could stop
him, but not without stopping the Keighleys too — Said I did not want to be hard on the Keighleys
had no objection to £20 a year as proposed for the coal they had were getting at present Samuel Holdsworth paying 1/2 —
if they could make him but if they bought more coal (of Mr. Dean for instance I thought
I ought to have 1/2 the worth of it for the loose — it made no difference to them — it was to
Mr. Dean the difference was, and I was not inclined to give him my property — Samuel Holdsworth bought
the coal he is getting of Colonel Dearden at £40 (each bed I suppose i.e. £80 per acre
for 2 beds?) — that coal-loose worth £20 per acre for each bed — and if the
Keighleys paid Mr. Dean the same price as paid to Mr. Dearden and me £20 per acre for each bed I thought it would only
be fair — Hinscliffe could not or did not say anything against this — but agreed to speak
to William Keighley in a friendly way, and try to make a proper agreement with Samuel Holdsworth — I thought
the Keighleys had better get out of the concern and let Samuel Holdsworth have it all — to which Hinscliffe
agreed — Took Hinscliffe into the low land — to the old pit in Godley bed — to the ‘livering
drift’ i.e. the goit through the Wellroyde holmes, and we then walked by Mytholm and Gonda
and Cowgate road to see the Mytholm far fields; and what sort of Loose belongs to the upper brea
Wilkinson could do nothing without an engine — and Stocks had better give me £100 a
year for the loose I could give him than take Wilson’s for nothing but keeping it going —
parted with Hinscliffe at Hannah Green’s at 2 10/.. — then went up to the pit-sinkers not there —
Pickels carting the stuff away — the road very bad — all the upper Conery wall giving way — had
better lay rag wheel-stones on the low side — would be 8d per yard — told Pickels to see about getting

[margin text:] price and dimensions of vent stone
Spriggs Colliery


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then walked down with him to Whiskum Cottage where he had 3 men sinking the reservoir he
is to have for water having drained in John Bottomly’s field to get water off the coal-stone to fill it —
ordered that the reservoir to be 3 yards square should stand 5 feet deep of water — home at 2 50/.. — got A- [Ann] out
at 2 55/.. and we walked an hour in the walk — then with Charles Howarth in the shop preparing bees wax
for doing the wainscotting of the north parlour — Charles and James Howarth at it all Saturday afternoon and all Friday
and all today — came upstairs at 5 — some time talking to A- [Ann] then wrote and copied 1 1/4 page small and close
to Mr. Grey asking what could be done by A- [Ann] and myself against the hunters — sealed and gave (before dinner)
for John to put into the post this evening my letter to ‘Jonathan Grey Esquire minster yard
York’ — A- [Ann] had not sent another notice according to the form Mr. Grey had given but had just
got one signed by her tenantcy and was on the point of sending it — the hunters had been in ground
occupied by herself last Friday week, could she not bring an action on the strength of the notice already sent?
and could not I bring one (explained) for their ranging and finding a hare in one of my woods,
of all of which I pay the taxes? (found the hare last Friday week in Yew Trees wood) — dinner at
6 25/.. — coffee — a little while with my father and Marian — wrote all but the 1st 7 lines of yesterday —
1/2 hour with my aunt — saw A- [Ann] into bed and gave her warm wine and water — from 10 1/2 to 12
wrote the whole of today — very fine frosty day Fahrenheit 41 1/2° now at midnight in the study —
I have sat writing in the blue room — my study much too cold without fire in the library stove —

Tuesday 30
9 10/..
11 1/4
No kiss very fine soft sunshiny morning now at 9 55/.. and Fahrenheit 44° in my study — breakfast (upstairs) at 10 and
sat talking over it till 11 then turned out rainy — — then till 12 50/.. looking over bills to be paid and tidying bills etc. in
my study — then a little while (a few minutes) with my aunt — better today — had had a goodnight —
Till 3 20/.. wrote 3 ppages and ends to Mrs. Norcliffe — mentioned my visit to Lawton and being there 3 days
Xmas [Christmas] day 1 of them — ‘its last anniversary had been spent with you at Langton, a circumstance
‘which did not escape my remembrance — I spoke of it to Mariana who seemed well enough aware of the
‘disagreeable impression made on the minds of Charlotte and Mrs. Milne — I am thankful to find from your
letter, I was right in the steady belief, that your faith could not fall away so easily — the fact is,
I knew, and had long known, of your going to London — I dined in Micklegate on Thursday the 29th of May
(left York on Tuesday 3 June) when Mrs. Duffin told me, you were to be off in a
fortnight, or 3 weeks, I forget which; but, whichever it was, my friend and I even calculated, as
we drove along, that you could not possibly arrive before we should be gone — I mentioned this both
to Isabella and Charlotte in Paris, and repeated it in the minster court, surprised, at this
latter time, to find the truth of my assertion deemed impossible — I am sure, you can imagine
my annoyance at the moment — we are none of us faultless — but, be my own faults what
they may, they are not those little-minded ones of which I have too often been accused — Ill and hurried
as I was, I should have thought it no trouble to seek you in London or anywhere — to you there is not
in my power any attention bespeaking grateful and affectionate regard, which I should not be delighted to pay —
But enough of this — I have your good opinion; and I am satisfied — …. Poor Fisher! You will for
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