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

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.

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
8 1/4
11 1/4
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
Extent1 page


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