Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0149
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

Ship-in pit and Walker pit — but if the worst comes, I can carry down my vent
from the drift the Manns are now driving in pipes to the bottom of Walker pit — will have
to carry down about 60 yards — Asked if I could do it for 5/. per yard — Yes! and less — perhaps for
3/. per yard and the boards (inch boards would do) would be worth something afterwards — Besides, said he,
you may keep the water up for 6 months, and then lower it a little afterwards if you like — and
if Rawson’s have made a trespass, it is sure to find them — this body of water, he said, lying
up against my coal, would be a protection to it — and if Rawsons had made a trespass, or had
even got the coal in the waste, and thus taken away the barrier, the water would reach them,
and they would have it all to pump — they would find it out by and by — it would incommode them
very much — I then said, they would have incommoded me if they could, and I did not see why I might not
incommode them — now that he (Hinscliffe) had put this idea into my head of protecting my own
coal by the barrier of water, I was glad the Keighleys would not agree — begged him not to say any
thing more to tempt them to agree — well he thought I had given them every fair opportunity, and he
would therefore tell them on Saturday that whatever happened they had not me or him (Hinscliffe) to blame —
They asked for the paper (vide page 269) I gave him, and he left it with them — He said Samuel
Holdsworth would do nothing (that is would agree to pay nothing to me) — while speaking of Mr. Rawson’s
having all this Shibden water against him, said I heard he was going to get Mr. Samuel Hall’s coal
immediately — I asked if this water would not be against him — yes! very much — said I knew nothing but
from common report — but I sometimes went to the top of the hill, for the farm where Joseph Hall
lived was mine — what was that farm mine? Hinscliffe did not know that — he then asked if Mrs. Machin
had not some land there — and somehow (not at all bungingly) contrived to ask me if I was about
buying the coal — thought I — this is good — Surely this is well done for Rawson —
Said (apparently very off hand) I think I have coal enough — but one of Mrs. Machin’s daughters came
to me about it, to ask if I would buy it, and I told her — very well! I would think about it —
I would bid for the farm itself if it was for sale — but I would let them know — I had therefore sent
Washington, to bid what I thought the coal worth but they thought it so much too little,
I had not troubled my head about it since — I wonder what Holt has done about it —
What Hinscliffe said about throwing all the Shibden water onto Rawsons, seemed against them —
this inquiry about Mrs. Machin’s coal makes me think of the several other very little things which have led me
to fancy he was fishing for information for the Rawsons — Joseph Mann came in to say they
should want rails — theirs would be done tonight — Hinscliffe said he would lend us a few, and have 2 tons
of new ones ready — said Farrer has about as many ready cast but asks £9 per ton —
Stocks pays him this price — rather heavier rails (than some) and will not reach out quite so

[margin text:] told Hinscliffe that even if I did stop myself I had only to sink another pit nearer this way about 1/2 way between Walker pit and the Allen car
and leave a sufficient barrier of coal, and then I could loose myself without trouble —

price of carrying vent down in pipes

Observation on Hinscliffe’s inquiry
about Mrs. Machin's coal.

To throw all the Shibden water
against Rawson’s colliery —

but told him I thought £16 ready money would tempt Farrer if not to give him a few shillings
more — Hinscliffe staid till 1 50/.. though he was to dine at 2 at A-’s [Ann] Shibden Mill rent day —
then a little while with A- [Ann] poorlyish — and siding letters back into letter drawer when Mr. Sutcliffe
and his daughter and little granddaughter came about Northgate house — had kept him waiting 10 minutes to
speak to William Oates of Crossfield, Albion Street, who wants the privilege to lay soil and stones
on my Northgate land adjoining for 2 months, while he builds 6 cottages to back up
against my land — would pay any reasonable damages and give me the soil for letting him lay
it on my ground — will want about 60 or 70 square yards to lay his stuff on — wanted an
answer tomorrow — said I would give it as soon as I could, but could not so soon as tomorrow — Said he should
have let me know sooner — if the land to let would take it — talked of £4 per DW [days work] — I said that
was no problem — but would I sell any — no! he could get me 6/. a yard for it though his was bought of
Mr. Kershaw at 5/. per yard for Hird and companies (Low moor company) coal staith — very
civil to Mr. Sutcliffe and his daughter — he said he did not want the land — I said that would suit me
very well — Said the house and buildings were valued at £85 per annum but I had mentioned to Mr. Parker
that I would take £80 — and set the land at £6 per DW [days work] — If I let the place on lease for
some years would not take less than £120 per annum — but not anxious about letting — my plans about the
house uncertain — then said if a good Inn was wanted I would rather make the house into one than
dispose of it in any other way — Mr. Sutcliffe to talk with and make his proposals to Mr. Parker —
Told Mr. Sutcliffe I was glad he had given Mr. Wortly a plumper — Mr. Sutcliffe left me at 4 20/.. after having
had wine and biscuits and gingerbread — then a little while with A- [Ann] then finished arranging letter drawer — dinner at
6 10/60 — coffee — 1/4 hour with my father and Marian and we came upstairs at 7 25/.. — then till 8 3/4 wrote the above but
the first 2 1/2 lines of today — Cordingley who had been ill this fortnight went to her sister’s this afternoon
for change of air — Matthew drove her in my father’s phaeton — 1/2 hour with my aunt till 9 50/.. fine winter’s
[day] till about between 12 and 1 afterwards small snow flying about a few light snow showers, and wildish wintry
cold day — Fahrenheit 35° now at 9 50/.. p.m. —

[margin text:] William Oates wants privilege
to throw stuff on Northgate land

Mr. Sutcliffe called
about taking Northgate house

Tuesday 20
8 35/..
11 40/..
No kiss very fine winter’s morning — more snow in the night — hard frost — Fahrenheit 36° now at 9 25/.. —
breakfast in about an hour — Went in to Marian to ask her to speak about the smoke last night in the kitchen —
long talk — Cordingley not to return except for Marian’s convenience till she got another servant — had thought of inquiring
for a cook housekeeper — what A- [Ann] and I pay is perhaps not quite enough to cover the additional expense — said we would pay
whatever more might be required — offered to take the whole establishment in and out upon myself if Marian liked — my father
allowing me whatever his present expenses were — Marian herself had no objection — but my father must be
consulted — well! said I, and so must Adney; for all the indoors trouble would fall on her — said I was glad
Cordingley was really going or gone — A- [Ann] and I off to Cliff hill at 11 — talked over what had passed with
Marian — A- [Ann] quite against our having anything to do with housekeeping — thought things had much better go on as
at present during my father’s life — she easily persuaded me to her opinion — Sat at Cliff hill from 12 to
1 10/.. — Mrs. Ann Walker very good humoured and glad to see us — I told her of Cordingley’s going on account of ill health, and she
(Mrs. Ann Walker) will try to hear of a servant for us — a little while at Crownest, and asked Mrs. Washington to inquire about
DateJan 1835
Extent1 page


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