Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0148
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

January Sunday 18
8 25/..
11 1/4
No kiss very fine morning — hard frost — Fahrenheit 35° at 9 20/.. a.m. in my study — breakfast at 9 25/..
in 1/2 hour — from 10 5/.. to 11 1/2 wrote 3 ppages and ends to M- [Mariana] almost fear she will begin to think me
long in writing — hope poor Watson is recovered and that she (M- [Mariana]) did not suffer from the fatigue
of her journey to London but was better for it, and found Dr. Foley’s opinion of Pavey favourable and that he had no serious apprehensions
for the future (from consumption to which M- [Mariana] thinks she has an hereditary claim) — M-’s [Mariana] better
account of herself a great comfort to me — ‘It matters little who or what it was did the good, medicines
‘or I, so long as the good really was done — my visit was altogether very well arranged; and, trust
‘me, you will be more and more satisfied about it — I am quite sure Louisa would be of this opinion —
‘now everything looks well, and everything will go well — the door is closed against every unpleasant
‘remark; and I confidently hope, and think, we may ‘all live to meet in happiness’ — at any rate,
‘I shall find no fault; nor is it at all likely, you should find yourself wanting in my ‘good
‘opinion to the last’ — I am not a person of all promise and no performance — you have, at least,
‘some confidence in the sincerity of my regard — and only get up your spirits, and take care of yourself, and I see
‘nothing for any of us to fear — I may still be ‘the little box with a slit in it’ with as
‘much security as ever — But you will understand this better, and believe it more implicitly by and by’ —
amused by her message from ‘Master Henry Hinchcliffe’ — ‘unfortunately his gain could not be my fear’ —
however much I should like the tour he mentioned cannot leave home — my aunt however great
her suffering may continue another 12 months at least — very busy at home — in Mr.
Lawton’s way, carting stuff from 1 place to another — She would see we gained our
point (Mr. Wortley’s election) by only one vote — but it is confidently hoped our present
premier will have a very sufficient majority in the Commons, and I think the present ministry
will weather out the 2 years and manage more I hope — Mr. Lawton wagered a guinea with
me that the present ministry would not last 2 years — …… ‘I had no especial reason
‘for leaving out the word you allude to; on the contrary, I had more reason for putting it
‘in, had I thought of it — give me some credit for being as steady in time to come as in time past,
‘and believe me always my dearest Mary very especially and affectionately yours AL’ Went to my aunt to read
prayers at 11 55/.. and with her till 12 3/4 — then reading the 1st xv ppages De la Beche’s Geological
notes till 1 50/.. — off to Lightcliffe church at 1 55/.. — there in 25 minutes — waited 12 minutes
Mr. Akroyd did all the duty — never heard so much nonsense from any pulpit belonging
to the established church of England — Mr. Akroyd preached 42 minutes from Matthew xx. latter part of verse 21 —
sad, unconnected, bad English and stuff — very cold work — sadly impatient and tired — home at 4 35/..
20 minutes with my father and Marian then wished good night and came upstairs — A- [Ann] had little John and
Ann Booth as usual — wrote as follows about the newspaper — ‘Shibden hall, Sunday evening 18 January 1835

‘Sir the morning Herald of Friday (the 16th) did not arrive yesterday evening, as it ought to have
‘done, and was not arrived this morning — I shall be obliged to you to send it me, as I am anxious to
‘have the set complete — Several papers of last summer, during my absence on the continent, were not received —
‘I am sorry to have to complain of this negligence — if it does not originate with you, I shall take care to
‘investigate the matter at the H-x [Halifax] post-office — Be so good as let me have your bill, up to the
‘end of last year (from 11 June); and I will give you an order on Messrs. Hammersleys for the
‘amount I am, sir, etc. etc. etc. Anne Lister’ — then at 5 3/4 put into the letter bag (to go by John this evening)
the above letter to ‘Mr. Robert Walker newspaper-vendor 2 Jones Street Berkeley Square, London Postage Paid’
and my letter written this morning to ‘Mrs. Lawton, Claremont house, Leamington, Warwickshire’
dinner at 6 1/4 — Coffee — came upstairs at 7 1/2 — sat talking 1/2 hour — then reading with A- [Ann] one of Plumpton
Wilson’s sermons volume 2 — then had the newspaper — with my aunt from 9 40/.. to 10 5/.. at which hour Fahrenheit 35° —
very fine day — hard frost —

Monday 19
9 10/..
11 3/4
No kiss ready in an hour — fine morning a good deal of snow fell during the night, that we are, as it were, in
Lapland again — Fahrenheit 33 3/4° in my study now at 10 10/.. a.m. at which hour breakfast in an hour — then looking at the
pedigree and setting A- [Ann] to copy the arms till 11 5/.. — then had Miss Jenkinson’s James (James
Crompton) about the Stump X [Cross] Inn for about an hour till 12 1/4 — told him I should not send the
answer to Mr. Parker till Thursday night — but that his (James Crompton’s) ticket was not amounting the no. [number] I
was considering about — his bid was not high enough — he put £10 to it making £111 per annum —
said if he made his bid £120 per annum I would take it into consideration but could not say more —
he hoped I would not think merely of the highest bidder — no! said I, if I take the highest I shall not
take £120 — there is something considerable bid more than that — asked what side of politics he took —
blue, he and all his family and if he had had 100 votes would have given them all to Wortley — said I did
not wish to influence anyone unfairly, but was anxious to have all my people conscientiously of my own
way of thinking in politics — could only say, he had better think the thing over and give his answer to
Mr. Parker in time — then at 12 1/4 had Hinscliffe — he came to say he could make nothing of
the Keighley’s — they said they were secured by their papers for looses and everything — well! said
Hinscliffe then you must come upon those you purchased the coal of to make all good — you must come
upon them for damages — Keighley’s said they would sell me the coal — Hinscliffe told them he thought I had
enough of my own — but if they heard from me that I was willing to treat for it, he would meet them
tomorrow — if they heard nothing from me by tomorrow they were to conclude, I did not want
to purchase — and he would see them on Saturday — He is for my stopping the loose — they say, if I do,
I shall stop myself (Walker pit) too — Hinscliffe thinks not — Walker pit will be on the upper
level — the water will not reach it, and I shall be able to get the 1 1/2 to 2 acres of coal if I do
stop the Spiggs Loose — Impossible to drive the level so dead but that there will be 10 yards gained between

[margin text:] James Crompton about Stump X [Cross] Inn
Hinscliffe cannot come to any agreement
about Spiggs Colliery — Advises to stop the Loose.
DateJan 1835
Extent1 page


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