Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0146
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

‘Alpacca Lama shawls had sent some to London this winter for the 1st time — he is an
‘ingenious man, and one of the tenants of my little friend who traveled with me, in the summer, and who
‘makes no objection to my longer travels that I think of for some time hence — Are the books arranged
‘at Highcliffe? Ever, my dear Lady Stuart, very truly yours Anne Lister’ — got the box and letter bag
off at 7 50/.. — then coffee — then 1/2 hour with my father and Marian — I with my aunt from 9 3/4 to 10 10/.. —
thaw (rapid) but fine day overhead — Fahrenheit 43 1/2° at 10 1/4 p.m. — rearranging A-’s [Ann] books
taken out of the book case this morning — 2 of Greenwoods men here from 10 a.m. to about 3 1/2 p.m.
raising the middle part, the floor underneath it having yielded a little from the superincumbent
weight of case and books — Rubbed her back with spirits of wine and camphor for thirteen
minutes till thirty seven minutes past ten ~

Thursday 15
9 25/..
11 55/..
No kiss ready in 3/4 hour and breakfast at 10 10/.. — A- [Ann] very poorly during the morning, sickish
and I think bilious Pain in her stomacch and tendency to bowel complaint but it went off
Charles Howarth as yesterday putting up oak wainscot in north parlour passage — from 11 to 2 10/..
(but A- [Ann] very poorly about 12 and this interrupted me) wrote Tuesday and the first 22 lines of yesterday — A- [Ann]
not having been out since Saturday (except church on Sunday) thought a little fresh air would do good, and
got her as far as Park farm (in spite of small rain and disagreeable wind in our faces) then returned
and walked a little on the flags in front of the house — out for 1/2 till 2 55/.. — then I out again in 1/4 hour at 3 10/..
till 6 — at Whiskum Cottage — Pickels and his brother Nathan and son John putting 2
large rag covers over the reservoir — stopt them — told them I would have a pillar run up in the middle of
the reservoir for the covers to rest on — then went with Pickels to John Bottomleys water drift — and Walker pit to see the rag wheel-
-stones laid there (stones, and delivered at the spot at 11 1/2 per yard) — then down with him to
look at the draining (soughing) in the low land, and to see the walling just done, all
but tops, against the low point of Trough of Bolland wood — returned by the Godley road and Park farm,
and came in at 6 — dinner at 6 1/2 — coffee — Came upstairs at 7 3/4 — no going in to see my
father — Marian’s friend there — sat some while talking to A- [Ann] then settled George’s account etc. and from
8 25/.. to 9 3/4 wrote out from line 22 of yesterday to line 25. of page 278 of today — then 20
minutes with my aunt till 10 5/.. at which hour Fahrenheit 43 1/2° in my study — thaw — fine morning
overhead — Dampish rather small rainy afternoon — A- [Ann] poorlyish towards night — gave
her a glass of hot weak wine and water after she was in bed which did good — very
rainy night at 11 p.m. and afterwards till after I was in bed —

Friday 16
11 40/..
No kiss very rainy night and rainy morning — Fahrenheit 44 1/2° at 9 55/.. a.m. in my study — breakfast at 10,
and afterwards as I could — A- [Ann] had William Keighley in during breakfast, and told him to go and look after the damage
done by the snow in Holcans wood — will go on Monday — A little talk about the Spiggs Colliery business —
advised them to settle it with Hinscliffe — I would certainly stop the loose, if we could not agree — but I
was sorry for the William Keighley and his brother and did not wish to be hard upon them — but what I took for
the loose for coal to be bought would not be taken out of their pocket but out of that of the seller of

[margin text:] Had William Keighley.

of the coal — then had Joseph Mann — paid him £8.6.0 in full of £30.5.11 cost of driving the
drift to get water to John Bottomley’s — it looses at the far end — Joseph Mann thinks it had better be
puddled there — will do all that is wanted for 20/. — agreed — and it is to be done or begun on Monday —
puddling and getting the puddle to the place all for the 20/. — Pickels advised me yesterday to let it wait a
little (and he can tell whether water will come or not) before I lay out any more money on it —
thinks the drift will stand well enough — he can manage it — said very well — he might do what
he would with it, only he could pacify John Bottomley’s fears of its all falling in — talking to
my father and Marian about 3/4 hour till after 12 — then sat talking to A- [Ann] till got her out (very much
better — well as usual? today) at 12 3/4 — began to rain before we got to the Dumb Mill Inn, and continued
driving small rain at our backs all the way to Cliff hill — Mrs. A- [Ann] Walker very glad and surprised to see
us — would not sit down (because rather wettish) but stood talking 14 minutes — then back (by the high
road — the bottom of the walk overflowed from the drain into the brook, and in going we had got over the
railing into the Dolt and so along the footpath), — in 46 minutes at 3 35/.. — Rain, or hail, or
snow all the way back, and both of us wet — I staid out in the barn talking to John
till near 4 — then came in and changed my dress — talked a little while to Charles Howarth — John
had told me Mr. Joseph Wilkinson meant to bid hard for the Stump X [Cross] Inn; and Charles Howarth
told me Mr. Washington’s sub-steward (pays him £50 a year for sub-stewarding on the Leeds
and Whitehall road) Mawson, who keeps a public house at Leeds and did Mytholm-mill dam
for me, worth a good deal of money by taking jobs of this kind, — wanted Stump X [Cross] —
had spoken to Mr. Washington about it who was supposed to have told me — Thomas Pearson had
said he (Mawson) was worth a good deal of money, and Charles thought him a very likely tenant —
A man should have £500 to engage with the Stump X [Cross] — hoped there it would not be as at the
Mytholm farm letting — only one round of biddings — had there been a 2nd round one Lobley
who put in no ticket the 1st time would have put in a good one the 2nd time — and he was a likely
man — when Mr. Sunderland and Mr. Drake let Dove house and Caldwell hill (they themselves were the
letters) they had 3 rounds of bidding and after the 1st and 2nd declared who was highest bidder, as
is customary — In consequence of this came upstairs and wrote as follows to ‘Robert Parker Esquire etc. etc.
etc.’ ‘Shibden hall Friday evening 16 January 1835. Sir — you only put in one round of biddings at
‘the Mytholm-farm letting; and I have understood that, if, as is customary, you had declared who
‘was the highest bidder, and then put in another round, there was a person there who did not bid at all,
‘who would have put in a good ticket at the 2nd round — I shall be much obliged to you to have, at
‘least, 2 rounds of bidding tonight, or 3 if you think proper — I send this note by Charles Howarth, a man
‘accustomed to attend lettings, and well able to give a shrewd answer to any question that might be asked
‘him on such an occasion — I wish the biddings to be known to no individual but yourself — I am, Sir, etc. etc. etc.
‘Anne Lister’ — gave Charles the above note about 5 saying what it contained and desired him to give it into Mr. Parker’s own
hand, or if not there into that of the clerk in attendance for him, or to bring it back to me — it was written on a 1/4 sheet
and sealed up in a 1/2 sheet envelope —

[margin text:] settled
with Joseph Mann

give up John Bottomley's
drift to Pickels
DateJan 1835
Extent1 page


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