Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/17/0166
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

February Thursday 19
7 5/..
11 3/4
.. No kiss as cousin came very gently last night on getting into bed very fine morning
but rain at 7 and afterwards, and Fahrenheit 44° now at 8 3/4 — breakfast at 9 1/4 to 10 — then a few minutes with my father
then had Mr. Washington — gave me his, and Mr. William Armitage’s, of Mirfield, valuation, at £5.5.0 per acre
of the manure laid on the Shibden low meadows by Mr. Carr — and a list of the Staups rents — and told
me that Stocks was going to buy land of Joseph Wilkinson to build a public house on the corner of land
between the new Northowram and Lower brea roads — told Samuel Washington to be on the look after this matter and invent some
of getting over Stocks — talked to Samuel Washington about Gill and the Yew-Trees wood baring business — and told him Samuel Washington
to measure and mark off the 3500 yards of stone sold to Samuel Freeman that I might know what part of the wood was
in my own hands and what part contained the stone sold to Freeman — Samuel Washington says it will be difficult
nobody knowing where the stone will run — own that for the one DW. [days work] sold another will
be spoiled — I said the £700 paid by Samuel Freeman would not repay me for the damage done — I will make
no allowance for ruttle in future but sell a certain plot of ground contain what stone it
may — Samuel Washington much approved this plan — saying he had nothing but trouble about allowance for ruttle
and nobody was ever satisfied — Left him with A- [Ann] at 11 — wrote the above of today — Sealed my
and sent by George at 11 1/2 my letter to ‘Monsieur Léonard Gaudin, Topographe, à Genève En Suisse Post Paid’ And off to
H-x [Halifax] at 11 50/.. A- [Ann] being with Miss Dyson of Willow hall who had just called on her — Went
down the old bank to Mr. Parker’s office — both he and Mr. Adam there the latter gave me his opinion of the
New house and Knowle Top coal lease (joint property) and the former said he was just writing the letters about
Trespass committed by the hunters — advised my putting a board up at the toll bar — told him to consider
how to word the notice given — he and Mr. Adam both for my confining my action to one or 2 of the hunters —
I instantly fixed on Messrs Jeremiah Dyson and John Carr — I forget who had applied for Northgate house but Mr.
Parker said I was let — then to District bank in George Street — Mr. MacKean the manager very civil, and a
well-behaved nice person to deal with — pleased with him so took his notes for both A-’s [Ann]
bills Hinscliffe at 2 months, due on the 26th instant for £30, indorsed only by himself and Patterson at 2 months due on the 20th
instant for £100.13.0 indorsed by himself and Messrs Briggs and sons and one or more others — I ought
to have taken more notice — MacKean said their bank was to have been the 1st of the new banks
opened but they had some difficulty in getting the premises — take the house smalland shop behind and pay £80 per annum
to Sutcliffe the Spirit merchant now occupying Northgate house — Said I was going to build and should by this time
12 month have a capital situation to let for which should have many applications — thought I, the
end house of my 5 new houses will surely be as well worth £80 per annum as Sutcliffe’s house
and shop in George Street — then at Whitley’s — Gell’s Itinerary of Ithaca published at £2.18.0 in 1807 Booth
would let me have for 20/. said I would think about it as well as about Ferguson’s Roman Republic 5 volumes
8vo. [octavo] for 35/. (published at 3 guineas?) — then at Greenwood’s — to come at 1 p.m. on Monday — home up the
new bank at 1 35/.. — wrote the last 18 lines till 2 10/.. then went down to Mr. Bradley — he had been upon
the housetop and ordered the glazier about a new lead gutter — the glazier and thatcher I had seen just before going to H-x [Halifax]
the former said the new gutter would cost a shilling per stone more than the old lead would sell for, and the new gutter
would consequently cost £3 or £4 — Mr. Bradley to be here at 9 a.m. on Monday (as I shall have Mallinson at 10,
and Thomas Greenwood at 1 p.m.)

[margin text:] valuation of manure put on Carr’s land
Throp and his man filled up Medley Park Top far corner hedge etc. and left off this afternoon till sent for again —
District Bank Rent of house etc.

to give me a rough idea about Northgate and my future building plan that I may know what to say to
Thomas Greenwood — just hinted to Mr. Bradley that the end house of the 5 new ones might be a good situation for a
bank — yes! said Mr. Bradley and for a news room — Mr. Bradley has no doubt of my getting a good
tenant for Northgate house if it was an Inn, and thinks I should get it licenced — Joseph and John Mann
had been in the house some time when I went to them at 3 leaving Mr. Bradley taking a rough
sketch from the plan of the Northgate property — Had the 2 Manns 1st in the hall, and afterwards in the north dining room
till 5 — had the small plan of the estate down and they made me understand their plan about the coals § — (dinner
at 6 1/4) — coffee — 1/2 hour with my father Till 8 3/4 — then sat talking — about 1/2 hour with my aunt till 10 10/..
fine morning — from about 2 p.m. very wintry stormy afternoon — Snow, large flakes, and rain and windy towards
night — Fahrenheit 42 1/2° now at 10 3/4 p.m. — Found cousin coming very gently in the course of the
morning and put on linen for dinner ~

Friday 20
7 20/..
12 5/..
No kiss had slept in cousin linen with paper as usual and white worsted stocking besides which kept all
very comfortable A [Ann] never found out that I had cousin ~ ready in an hour — snowing and Fahrenheit 40°
at 8 20/.. and breakfast and talking till 10 — then a little while with Charles Howarth in the workshop, and with my father and
1/2 hour with my aunt and then had Aquilla Green 1/2 hour till 12 — he wants Mytholm farm — never thought
of my letting it without letting him know — said that I really understood that he did not want the farm
unless he could have the mill, and that therefore as I had given up all thought of building a mill (which I called to
tell his mother some days ago but she had people with her that I went away again without saying anything)
I considered the farm quite at liberty for anybody — mentioned how far matters had gone with Mallinson
and that if I heard no more from Aquilla Green between this and 9 a.m. on Monday morning I should agree with Mallinson
said I should reserve the buildings and holm — and would not let them to Dewhirst at any price, so long as he
remained unmarried — was determined to keep up the respectability of my tenantry — had asked Mallinson
the same rent I had set Pearson if he Pearson had kept the farm — i.e. £65 per annum and deducting
for the buildings and holm there would be 27 DW. [days work] or thereabouts for which I should ask according to
Samuel Washington’s valuation or with some small addition as his valuation of the whole farm and buildings was £1 odd less than mine —
§ their plan is, supposing the water wheel to be put down at Tilley holm stile, to sink
a pit in Charles Howarth’s paddock (No. [Number] 139) No! said I say John Oates’s Croft (No. [number]
133a) which they agreed would do as well particularly if the pit mouth raised a little
so as to get easily up the hill of the road, — And drive up 2 heads from Tilley holm stile
to this Pump-pit which they could do very well if they had a vent-hole in the
corner of the Dolt (No. [Number] 41) just behind my walk which vent-hole a chimney might be filled
up again as soon as the Pump-pit was bottomed — they would then make Pump-pit not
only a working pit as soon as bottomed (and the coal would sell, at the pit’s mouth at 7 1/2 per corve or load)
but a vent pit for Walker pit — and they would drive 2 straight heads from Pump pit to Walker pit
and all the coal above the Wakefield road and between the 2 pits would be pulled at Walker pit, and
all the coal below the Wakefield road would be pulled at Pump-pit — and though the coal
at the latter would be at 1/2d a Corve cheaper (that is sell for a 1/2d a corve less) than at
the former, the difference would be gained in the pulling (say 110 yards to pull at Walker pit and 60 yards at

[margin text:] Aquilla Green wants Mytholm farm
DateFeb 1835
Extent1 page


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