Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0151
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

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whenever I wanted it — he would secure 3 blue votes in letting his own property, these and
his own vote and one we might make, as I myself observed, of his foreman = 5 + Dunniston
Hopwood Lane fields tenant and John Bottomley = 7 good blue votes — mentioned what had passed the
other day with Mr. Sutcliffe — if he would give what I had asked the house was let for one year;
if not, I would think about his (Greenwood’s) proposal — then came home for A- [Ann] and she and I off in
5 or 6 minutes at 11 35/.. down the new bank — left A- [Ann] to go to Whitley’s while I went to Mr. Parker’s —
had met his boy with a note in the new book to say he Mr. Parker would come up to Shibden any time
tomorrow if I was not going to H-x [Halifax] today — desired the boy to make haste and say I was on the road —
then met Walton 1 of the £120 bidders for the Stump X [Cross] Inn — annoyed, he said, at Crampton
(Miss Jenkinson’s James Crampton) who was here (as himself had told Walton) on Monday, and told Walton
what he had bid etc. etc. wondered at all this being told to him — I said it had not come from me, and
as nobody else knew but Mr. Parker I thought Crampton must have been merely trying to get out
of Walton what he could — I had only to say, that the answer would be given by Mr. Parker tomorrow — mentioned
all this to Mr. Parker who explained that there had been a sort of juggle on the part of Walton
to get over the head of Crampton — Crampton could not bid more than £110 — said I thought he would be
better without the place — Mr. Parker to tell him so and console him — better save his money with
Miss Jenkinson a little longer till he could take a better place and better suited to him — Northgate itself would suit
him better — the juggle determined me against Walton and told Mr. Parker I had made up my mind
and gave my answer in favor of Mawson — Mr. Parker thought if Grieves should hold out, A- [Ann] could eject
and get rid of him in a year — then joined A- [Ann] at Whitley’s — She bought Townsend’s bible
arranged chronologically — poor Mr. Sunderland died a little before 12 last night — home at 1 1/2 —
sat with A- [Ann] a little while till William Oates came — I had told Samuel Washington this morning (he saying Oates
could not do without the privilege) he might have the 70 square yards for 3 months to lay the soil upon for
the consideration of 20/. — to be a written agreement — the man came to say it was too much — hoped
I would take 10/. — then talked about his carting the soil here for 1/6 per square yard — if he would do this,
he should have the privilege for 1/. and I would give him that back again — no! but he would do it for 1/8 per square yard —
I said he might go and see if his carting man would do the job at this price (1/6) and if he
would, Oates to call here again in the evening — he did come again between 5 and 6 — and brought ___ Shepherd
with him — after some talked agreed to let him (Oates) have the privilege for 1/. which I would give him back again on condition
of his delivering me the soil at the Low end of the little field at 1/7 1/2 per square yard — Shepherd had come about the Stump
X [Cross] Inn — had bid £105 — said that was like nothing — he was in fact too late — I had already given the answer to Mr.
Parker — between 2 and 5 1/2 p.m. had been some time with my aunt much grieved to hear of the death of poor
Mr. Sunderland — and A- [Ann] and I some time with my father and Marian She (Marian) would not be surprised at Rawson’s
failure any day — then out with Charles Howarth and John Booth — during the day read from page xxiv to page 5 of

[margin text:] on leaving Mr. Parker’s office he said with no small confusion he had
something he thought he ought to tell me etc. etc. It turned out to be
that he had a letter of apology from the Editor of the Guardian to be presented to
me for the paragraph of last Saturday — said we (A- [Ann] and I) had not annoyed ourselves about it —
but did not expect seeing it in the Guardian — should be satisfied with any apology through Mr. Parker addressed more directly to ourselves —

Agreement with
William Oates.


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De la Beche’s geological notes — dinner at 6 — coffee — Had Joseph Mann at 7 1/2 (had met him this
morning and told him to come) for about (near) an hour — said I had sent for him to consult him whether if I
stopt the Spiggs Loose, I could bottom the Walker pit — yes! thinks I can — I shall get vent from
Rawsons — asked if it was true that Rawsons had got my coal skirting along to Barraclough Lane
head — yes! thought it true — Could I turn all the Shibden water upon them — i.e. round the nook of their
coal — yes! he thought I could — but his brother knew better than he did and he would get him (his brother) to come down
here with him — charged him not to name a word of all this to anyone but his brother —
he says, Keighley has said John Oates and Jack Green have a paper given by my uncle conveying
the Spiggs Loose and acknowledging the receipt of £150 — said I did not believe any such thing — and that if
John Oates knew anything of such a paper he would produce it now, and not wait to let me stop the
Loose 1st — Joseph Mann says there is not above 1/2 DW [days work] of coal loose that we can get at
Walker pit — 1/2 DW [days work] instead of 2 acres, and that all small from the great weight always lying on
all sides by the coal being got all round about it — told him my plan of sinking another
pit about 60 yards forwards from Walker pit, and driving 2 drifts up to it, and setting water wheel
at Tilly holme stile — he thought the plan very good — nobody could hinder me of that — and when
I asked if my coal road would not be almost as good as Rawson’s that is near the bottom of the old bank —
yes! as good almost for the town in general and better for this end of the town — then wrote till 11 40/.. before and after going to my aunt for
1/2 hour till 10 10/.. wrote all the above of today — Letter tonight from Mr. Robert Walker 2 Jones Street Berkeley
Square London — the morning Herald always sent punctually from his office — Bill from 1 February to
December 31, 1834 = £8.19.3 — very fine winter’s day — Fahrenheit 37° at 10 10/.. p.m. —
{Joseph Mann said Rawsons had 70 yards to pump their water into the level that disembogues into the dam
{near Thief bridge, H-x [Halifax] — their engine is of 4 horse-power —

[margin text:] Joseph Mann’s information respecting Spiggs and Walker pit.

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No kiss Thaw — great deal of the snow gone — fine morning — Fahrenheit 38 1/2° at 9 5/.. a.m. — breakfast at 9 10/.. to 10 — A- [Ann]
and I off to H-x [Halifax] at 10 35/.. — down the new bank — left A- [Ann] at Whitley’s and went for 10 minutes to Mr. Parker’s office —
Mr. Parker gave me the letter of apology he had received on my account from the Editor of the Guardian — quite enough — said we A- [Ann] and I were quite satisfied —
Young Mr. Sutcliffe begged me to wait his father’s answer about Northgate till tonight — explained to Mr. Parker the approach
of William Oates and left at the office the agreement (I had written just before setting off to H-x [Halifax]) to be signed by William Oates
at Mr. Parker’s office at 11 1/2 a.m. — Messrs. Alexander promise to have the administration accounts and release business ready
in 2 or 3 days — went back to Whitley’s for A- [Ann] ordered King’s Interest tables price a guinea and Rennell’s catechism
of Geology and bought Essays on the church by a layman and 2 little shilling things on the preservation of the sight and hearing — then
to the post-office — Mrs. Bagnold not well — begged the young man I should be much obliged to him to take care that I had my
newspapers regularly — that of the 16th instant did not come till I wrote to London for a paper of that day to be sent and complained
of the irregularity to which I had just received an assurance that the irregularity did [not] arise in London — then to Roper’s — said
he should have my iron-mongery custom if he would take care to serve me as well and reasonably as anyone else
could me at ready money pieces — then to Nicholson’s and very civilly complained of the want of civility
to A- [Ann] yesterday — Nicholson very civil and obliged and said that what I said should not be lost upon him or his young men —
home at 12 1/2 sat with A- [Ann] reading Geological notes till out with John at 1 25/.. — went with him and Pickells
to look at the drains in the land let to Mr. Carr — then had his servant Joseph Booth (John brother’s) to look at the drains —
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