Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0150
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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servant for us — off from Crownest at 1 25/.. and home at 2 10/.. — Had met Hinscliffe in going
who said he could lend us 20 pair of 4 foot rails and would call as he passed and tell Joseph Mann
that Pickels’s cart might go for them directly to Hinscliffe’s smithy (now Walker’s opposite the
Crownest gates) — Hinscliffe said, too, that he had agreed with Farrer for the iron rails at £8 per
ton for 2 tons — the money to be paid on the delivery of the full quantity and he (Farrer) was to return
5/. — about a ton would be ready in a day or 2 and the rest soon — A- [Ann] came in to luncheon at 2 10/..
and I went to Charles Howarth in the farm yard he and James Howarth cutting up the old mountain ash (blown down
last spring at the top of the Allen Car) — for sleepers for the iron rails to lie upon in the drift —
stood talking about stopping Spiggs Loose — Charles thinks there will not be above a yard gained between
Slip-in pit and Walker pit — (vide last line of page 285. Hinscliffe thinks there will be 10 yards gained) ⸫
Charles thinks stopping the Spiggs will certainly stop Walker pit — but thought I might stop Keighleys, and
still keep the water low enough not to stop myself at Walker pit — came in at 2 50/.. and till 3 25/..
from page xii to xxv. De la Beche’s Geological notes — then went down to Mr. Washington and settled the rent account with him —
he had paid Mr. Carr £3.10.0 before he could settle with him for the 1/2 DW [days work] of litter called manure and that
1/2 raked off again — A- [Ann] and I sat talking from 4 till after 5 — She had just gone to my aunt when I called her
away to Mrs. Grieves who paid her £50 and got back the promissory note for this sum, getting A- [Ann] to pay
her 4/. for the stamp as Mr. Beattie told her it was customary for the receiver to pay for stamps
A- [Ann] said this was neither law nor custom but she would willingly give her the 4/. — I went down to Marian for
1/2 hour and told her to her great satisfaction that A- [Ann] wished things to go on as they are — Marian thought
that if I had taken charge of the establishment my father would probably have gone into the Eastriding
Of course, I said how glad I was to do anything for the best — dinner at 6 — coffee — we went to my
father and Marian at 7 20/.. for 1/2 hour — then till 9 wrote out the whole of today — 4 ppages of common
sized letter sheet from Lady Stuart Whitehall (thanks for the Shawls) and 3 ppages and under seal of 1/2
sheet from Lady Vere (Whitehall) franked by Lord Stuart de Rothesay — very-kind letter from Lady Stuart
Captain Stuart returned for Rothesay — nothing yet said about Lord Stuart de Rothesay’s being employed but he sure
of not being forgotten though Lady Stuart knows not what to make of the long silence about it in high quarters —
they all tell her she looks well — she herself knows her own feebleness — Vere says she has only
seen ‘Miss Agnes once, and Miss Berrys’ (Berrys) ‘not at all — they asked me to a soirée but I have not been
‘out once, and I do not encourage them here, for they are much too exciting folks for us. Lady Charlotte Lindsay
‘is far less so, and more amusing’ — A house in a town without good shooting will not do — the rent
asked for Gisbourne £300 but taxes and wages of gardeners etc. would mount it to £450 — but the
Lindsays hope to get it for £300, all included — A- [Ann] read aloud the paper — with my aunt 1/2 hour till
10, at which hour Fahrenheit 34° fine, very fine winter’s day — hard frost —

[margin text:] Iron rails borrowed of Hinscliffe
ditto ditto agreed for of Farrer


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No kiss finish, hazyish winter’s morning — very hard frost Fahrenheit 31° in my study at 9 5/.. a.m. the water
in my footpail frozen over 1st time, and the ice so strong could not break it quite off round the edges, even with all the force
I could use with my tooth brush handle — by much the coldest morning we have had this winter — breakfast at
9 20/.. Off to Halifax with A- [Ann] at 11 — down the new bank — to Nicholson’s — then to Whitley’s, left A- [Ann] there
while I went to Mr. Parker’s office — out — left the rough draft of A-’s [Ann] lease to Brooke of Grieves’s farm —
Mr. Parker generally at home (in the office) from 9 to 12 then goes out — some time longer at Whitley’s — bought Bloxham
on the monumental antiquities of Great Britain 12mo [duodecimo] published at 12/. got it for 11/. and A- [Ann] bought 1 or 2 little things —
In returning met Mr. William Priestley on the bridge — he said Mr. Sunderland was so ill, gout in the stomach, Dr.
Kenny had no hope whatever of his recovery — A- [Ann] and I turned back and went to inquire at the surgery — Drs.
Kenny and Moulson — apothecaries Jubb and Lister in attendance saw Mr. Sunderland at 10 a.m. — great danger —
home at 1 1/2 — I some time with my father and Marian — Then read the first 12 ppages of Bloxham — then a little while with
my aunt — all of us much shocked and grieved for poor Mr. Sunderland — then the whole of the afternoon in and out —
the 2 gin wheels arrived from Low Moor about 3 — great piece of work to get them through the approach
gates by raising the gin wheels up on the waggon so as to be above the stone posts of the gates — then much
work in getting the gin wheels into the new coach house — the 2 cart drivers (a man and a boy) and 2 Howarths
and John, and Batty of Dove house who happened to be passing and Joseph Moore who was coming to
me for the poor rate I should have paid him the other day all helped till after 4 — Moore then sat
a long while in the upper kitchen — I avoided telling anything about Staups — merely said that so much
as £160 per annum had not been bid — a little talk about the coal left in Staups land — said
I had heard at what it was valued — Moore said £1000. yes! said I exactly that sum — well! but
said he, could I loose it without expense Yes! — then would get Wellroyde Loose loose, oh! said I avoiding
a direct answer, I have loose enough if wanted — read a few ppages forward of Bloxham — dinner at 6 —
coffee — near 1/2 hour with my father and Marian — then read article Gout in Hooper’s medical dictionary —
and then wrote the above of today till 8 40/.. — at 9 John brought the postbag, and note from Mr. Sunderland’s
with Mrs. Sunderland’s compliments (written by one of the young men) to say compliments and sorry Mr. Sunderland is no
better this evening — 25 minutes with my aunt till 9 50/.. — very fine winter’s day — Fahrenheit 32° at
at 9 50/.. p.m. —

Thursday 22
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No kiss fine winter’s morning Fahrenheit 33° at 8 40/.. Matthew brought word that Mr. Sunderland is dead — I and
the whole house are heartily sorry — I know not any man in his rank of life whose loss will be
a greater public loss — breakfast from 8 3/4 to 9 35/.. when left A- [Ann] with Mr. Washington, and came upstairs — reading —
then down to Samuel Washington — Greenwood came at 10 1/2 — out with him shewing him the intended Walker pit road —
very well satisfied — Afraid I should think him presumptuous, or would have said before that he should like to take Northgate house
house and land — would take boarders — sure he could make it answer — could let his shop for 50 guineas a year and get
£30 a year for his workshops, and pays £12 per annum for his Shew rooms = £94.10.0; and he would give
me for Northgate house and land £100 a year — I said could he not give me £110 per annum — no! he would give
me £100; but if I could make more of it, begged I would do so — If he had it, would give it up or any part of it
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