Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0153
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
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Description[Diary Transcription]

294
1835
January
what he thought it worth — he said £100 was a very fair price for it —
I answered that was exactly what I had set it at in my own mind — but said
Holt I think the Spiggs Company have the same right in it as Oates and Hinscliffe junior —
well! said I, if that be the case, perhaps we can more easily come to a settlement —
Let the deed be produced, and let us see what we can do — I think I am the
person to buy it; for without me, it can be of no use to anybody —
Holt said he should [see] William Keighley tonight — Well! then said I, tell him you
have seen me, and tell him what I have said — This will put the thing on a
new footing; and without something new, I must keep to what I have said and have
my price; and I have set £10 per acre for all the beds included — I only want
to do what is fair — but though I believe John Oates to be an honest man, and his
word has great weight with me, yet his loose undated little account can
have no weight in a court and I really cannot understand the finding nothing
corroborative of it in my uncle’s books — Holt thinks Keighleys will be
sure to agree and as soon too as possible as they are driving a drift,
night and day at 18/. a yard that will be all lost if I stop the Loose —
Told Holt I meant now to propose asking Keighleys and company to let me send
into their works to measure what they have still to get of Spiggs coal —
Holt says says they have 6 DW [days work] loose and 14 DW [days work] under water
which the drift is to loose — John Oates said he thought they must have 20 DW [days work]
still to get —
getting coal, and how they were driving the drift (in what direction) towards the top end corner
of Spiggs wood to loose the coal under water — not more than 8 DW [days work] to get, and this
all under water — none loose — when I said (without mentioning names) that I had heard there
were 6 DW [days work] loose and 14 DW [days work] under water — why! how could that be? (said James Mann — all along
the spokesman and oracle) when Keighleys only bought the coal for 12 DW [days work] and then
they thought they could get as much from Samuel Holdsworth for loose for his coal adjoining
the Lane, as they had paid (I suppose they paid £600 for their share which equals one half)
nay! they had told him they should want £1000 for the loose on which Samuel
and they had had a deal of fratching — the fact is, Samuel Holdsworth had 15 DW [days work] loose independent
of the Spiggs Loose; but the Spiggs Loose can loose him 40 acres, and will loose all this
in spite of us if there be not a sufficient barrier of coal left all along the Lane side —
and how is it likely they should leave a sufficient barrier when they have but 8 DW [days work] to get and
the Lane is 250 yards long and the barrier should be 50 yards broad? 250 x 50 = 12500/3136
= 4 DW [days work] — 44 yards — no! indeed it is not likely they should leave 1/2 their coal ungot —
and Samuel Holdsworth knows this well enough — but Samuel is almost fast with Stocks and Emmett

[margin text:] Holt’s valuation of
Wilkinson’s grant of Loose.
quantity of Spiggs coal
still to get.


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1835
January
+
They used to make him drunk almost every day at one time till they got him bound to keep open
2 drifts and I know not what — Almost fast about cleaning out some of his outer drifts, or water
headhold or something having bound himself to lay no rubbish etc. etc. etc. — In fact, if a
sufficient barrier of Spiggs coal is not left, Samuel Holdsworth and Dean and 1/2 Northowram that way will be loosed —
Seemed to think Mickle moss should be loosed another way, by the deep valley just below it —
and Stocks’s coal upper brea way — Advised me not to stop the Spiggs loose
till I have bottomed Walker pit — I can then throw water on the Rawsons, by driving through
their barrier of coal left about the top of my land — there will be about a DW [days work] loose that can
be got from Walker pit — the pit will be bottomed in or by the end of August — I can then dam up the
water all along the face of my coal, and give Rawsons a fine quantity — it will then be
for the best to stop the Spiggs concern altogether — and it will be time enough
no mischief can be done before then — their drift will just be finished and all lost
to them, for it will be full of water — James Mann thinks Rawson has from 50 to 100 DW [days work]
of his own yet to get — a sight of coal already got on this side — Pitchforth’s
coal came in very well for Rawson, and now Sammy Hall’s — but the water I can after
bottoming Walker pit throw upon him (if Spiggs be loosed) will = 2 horse power to
lift — (thought I then this + Holt’s = 4 horse power that Rawson’s engine must be double what
it is now) — home at 12 3/4 for A- [Ann] had sent for me to say a pipe from the water closet
cistern was burst — sent for the glazier — the frost did it — it is the pipe bringing water into
my aunt’s closet — something must be done to secure it in future before the wainscot is put up —
Had Pickells about more covers for the drain in the Low Land — said I could not spare more
from the Little field wall — he picked 2 loads about home and made them suffice — off
with A- [Ann] to Cliff hill at 1 3/4 — there in 50 minutes for an hour — Mrs. Ann Walker very civil and good
tempered and glad to see us — home in 50 minutes at 4 20/.. — then down with Pickells at the draining in
the low meadows, and then took him to Walker pit and out planning the new pit-road till
dark — came in at 5 50/.. — dinner at 6 1/4 — Coffee — 1/2 hour with my father and Marian till 8 1/4 —
then reading aloud to A- [Ann] the Halifax guardian ‘Protheriance’ the long silly letter of Mr. Prothero senior and then reading a little of
the London paper till 9 3/4 — 20 minutes with my aunt till 10 5/.. — fine day — Fahrenheit 43 1/2° at
10 1/4 p.m. — the Leeds Intelligencers of and for many years back and last years morning Herald, not quite
complete for the year came home this morning from binding at Whitley’s —

Sunday 25
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No kiss ready in an hour — fine soft morning — not a trace of snow left — Fahrenheit 44 1/2° at 9 3/4 —
at 10 3/4 to 12 20/.. at my desk — A- [Ann] and I read prayers at 12 20/.. to my aunt and Oddy and Eugenie and George as usual till after
one — then wrote the following to ‘Mr. Samuel Washington, Crownest, to be delivered tonight — ‘Shibden hall
‘Sunday afternoon 25 January 1835. Sir — I can manage very well about the levelling so that you do not
‘need have any trouble about it; nor need you look over and value the surface till the end of the week — you
DateJan 1835
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