Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0157
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

sawing oak planks into 1/2 inch boards for wainscot-pannels — Off to Cliff hill again for A- [Ann]
at 4 1/2 and there at 5 10/.. — we then went to Crownest — got a cotton shift which A- [Ann] gave in
passing to Phebe Carter — inquired of Mrs. Washington the expense of the school at Brighouse where her 2
oldest little girls are boarded — Each costs about £12 per 1/2 year — returned by the old road all the
way and home at 6 25/.. — dinner at 6 40/.. — coffee — 3/4 hour with my father and Marian till 8 1/2 — then
wrote all the above of today — 20 minutes with my aunt till 10 5/.. — fine day — Fahrenheit 46° at 10 5/.. p.m.

Saturday 31
9 10/..
No kiss fine morning Fahrenheit 43° at 10 — breakfast — A- [Ann] had Mr. Lampleugh Hird for 10 minutes about
10 1/2 about her not signing the lease, she objecting to bind herself to pay his and her own prospective
property tax on the place (a general property tax being chiefly thought of and wished for by the whigs?) —
he at last proposed her letting the lease stand as it is for the ten years, and to say nothing about the
other 7 years for which Mr. Lampleugh Hird has an option, under the lease, of having the place or not — A- [Ann] agreed —
much annoyed at his manner — I had had Washington to whom I gave £41.17.6 1/2
to pay Pearson’s tenant right on giving up the Mytholm farm — I had also had Pickels who came
with Dobson of Southowram to be paid for wheel stone for Walker pit road (93 yards at ./11 1/2) and
covers for Whiskum cistern 12 1/2 yards at 1/6 — A- [Ann] and I off at 11 1/4 — walked with her as
far as Lidgate (on her way to Cliff hill about the thorn-planting in front of the house as yesterday) and
there left her and walked direct along the old road down the old bank to Halifax met Mr. Parker a little
way up it coming to Shibden hall to see A- [Ann] about Mr. Hird’s lease — he (Mr. Hird) had been
at Mr. Parker’s office and had not found out that A- [Ann] was annoyed — Mr. Parker turned back with me —
explained what A- [Ann] said and how much she was annoyed — that she would have written a note but was gone
to Cliff hill — would however write in the evening if Mr. Parker would prefer it — Yes! he should be thankful
for a note — for he would go to Liget [Lidgate] tomorrow and shew it to Mr. Hird — he (Mr. Parker) thought A- [Ann]
would be annoyed — not surprised at the way in which she took Mr. Hird’s words but quite sure
he did not mean them to be taken in that way — shewed me the memorandum A- [Ann] was to have signed —
said I was sure she would not sign it — so he said he would keep entirely it out sight mentioned
that A- [Ann] had told me, Mr. Hird seemed as if he was the Landlord not the tenant (and that she was
particularly annoyed by the manner in which he had told her she had seen the rough draft of the lease
and should have objected then — In fact, she had read it over too hastily — Mr. Parker not surprised
at the observation on Mr. Hird’s manner — just like him — they were all alike (meaning the Low
Moor Company) — and fancied they might domineer over everybody — I said it would not do here —
A- [Ann] so much annoyed would have nothing more to do with him — would probably never go near them (not
|visit them) and Mr. Parker must settle the matter — then gave Mr. Parker note of hand dated 2 February
|for £250 of his father’s money at 4 1/2 per cent to be paid-off the next rent day — this £250 +
|£50 I paid him in Country notes, + £100 paid before to Samuel Washington + £100 due from him to A- [Ann] for
|Lidget [Lidgate] hay of last February = £500 the price of Samuel Washington’s field to be paid up in full and title
|deeds signed on Monday — Mr. Parker very well satisfied with Mawson the tenant of Stump X [Cross] —

[margin text:] Payment for Samuel Washington’s field

thought I had chosen very well — Mr. Parker had inadvertently made an error in the advertisement
of about 4 DW. [days work] of land — which on being explained Mawson said very handsomely was of no consequence — I said
‘he will lose nothing by behaving so well’ — Mr. Parker advises letting Greenwood have Northgate house
and land on verbal agreement or a mere memorandum that he is to give up all or any part on a
certain defined notice (3 months) at any time — Went to Greenwood’s — ill in bed — had never
been out since he was last here — met Mr. Bradley on his way to Shibden as I went
to Whitley’s — brought home myself (too impatient to wait for John’s going at night) King’s Interest tables
Philip on Indigestion and Fortune on the funds, a large parcel — paid for these and the newspapers
binding and a small note for A- [Ann] returned up the old bank — home at 2 40/.. — Musing what A [Ann] should write to Mr. Parker
wrote rough copy and then found Mr. Bradley waiting for me downstairs — had found all going on
well — thinks Pickells, a clever, quick man who knows what he is about — (Parker took away
this morning the 2 old pistols and long ditto that used to hang up in the upper kitchen to go to Turner’s to be
cleaned) — Out with Mr. Bradley spoke of cottage near gate into A-’s [Ann] is-to-be flower garden — Mr. Bradley
said as I meant to take down the Conery houses those stones and materials would come in — Yes! said I, we could
take the Conery barn any time — this would do very well — and the cottage would be done for very little
before mentioning the old barn, he had said £80 would do — a little with Pickles at the drybridge — and
off for A- [Ann] at 4 20/.. — called at Cliff hill and left my compliments without going in, A- [Ann] being gone —
found her with Robert Scholefield repairing wall close to entrance gates — home at 6, by the walk —
A- [Ann] wrote as follows to ‘Messrs Parker and Adam, Solicitors, Halifax’ — Shibden hall 31 January
‘1835. Sir — Mr. Lampleugh Hird called upon me this morning, and finding that I declined signing the lease
‘with the objectionable clause in it respecting a prospective property tax, finally proposed,
‘that I should let the ten years stand as they are, and say nothing about the other seven, — to which I
‘agreed — I shall therefore be obliged to you to put the lease upon this footing, so that I shall then be bound
‘for a no longer term than Mr. Lampleugh Hird himself is bound — I wish you to be so good as inform
‘him, that I hope it will be as much to his satisfaction as to mine, that the matter should be left to you
‘to settle, without my having any further trouble than to sign the lease as soon as it is ready —
‘I am, sir, etc. etc. etc. Ann Walker’ — the above note was taken by John — dinner at 6 3/4 —
Washington came before we had done bringing A- [Ann] parcel (box containing epitaph of her daughter obitus in
1831 and a long madcap letter) from Mrs. Broadbent — had him in to wine and coffee — smiled
and said (on hearing of the nonsense and excitement about the dinner to Wood and Protheroe to be given on Wednesday)
he must really choose his colour — he could not be neutral — he said he had told his wife to say
if they came again (Mr. Bateman for his vote for the Riding for Morpeth and Strickland) he
would give his vote to those who paid him most of it — took that to mean, he would vote for A-’s [Ann]
side and mine — A- [Ann] and I sat talking long downstairs — Miss Sarah Inman came to Marian
this morning and is to be here from Saturday morning to Monday every week — this and Marian’s Cher ami
every Thursday evening will keep A- [Ann] and me pretty much out of my father’s sitting room — 1/2 hour with my aunt
till 10 10/.. sat up talking — Fahrenheit 34 1/2° at 10 10/.. p.m. fine day — mild —

[margin text:] A- [Ann] told her aunt of the division of the Estate — Mrs. Ann Walker
very well satisfied — Mrs. Rogers to go next month
old pistols
DateJan 1835
Extent1 page


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