Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/6/0014
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

May [June]
Wednesday 5
6 1/2
12 1/2
Before Breakfast wrote (all but the 1st 4 lines) my journal of yesterday — then till 8 3/4 looking over Miss Marsh’s letters of 1821, and reading the entries
of them in my journal — Downstairs to breakfast at 9 1/4 — Did not come again at all till 1 40/60 staid talking to my uncle as my aunt
was off to Whitwell place near Elland, to spend the day with Mrs. Veitch, before 7 struck this morning — My uncle talked
of little eelse than the Hipperholme school trust business whom to have for new trustees the last deeds appointing
trustees not being in the chest and Mr Hudson not able to find them etc. we were in the library reading Watson
about it etc. I know not when I have passed so deadly idle and tiresome a morning the like of this I could
not stand in fact I see quite as much of my uncle and aunt as I wish to do I should be miserable to spend my
time in listening to a thousand times told tales dawdling over useless papers and topics just
before one I absolutely went to the necessary for quarter hour for a bit of change no good could I do nor did I
hope it though I have done none this morning or yesterday — Fahrenheit 75° at 12 1/4 this morning and 73° about 11 3/4 yesterday —
wrote the above of today — (before 2) — then read from page 72. to 136. volume 2. Bingley’s tour in North Wales — then took a nap for 1/2 hour
etc. and went downstairs to my uncle in the drawing room at 4 — there read the 1st 90 ppages of
‘The Journey to Snowdon.’ a vignette of ‘Rudland.’ London Printed by Henry
Hughes. 1781.’ the advertisement to this ‘continuation of my tour in Wales’ signed Thomas
Pennant. dated Downing, March 1, 1781.’ 1 volume 4to [quarto] ppages 218, and one or more ppages appear to be wanting
Read Tuesday 25 June 1822

my aunt got home from Whitwell place about 8 — At 8 1/4 I set off to the Crownest gates and got back at 9 35/60 — at which hour
Barometer 3 degrees above changeable and Fahrenheit 74 very hot, oppressively hot day — very close and hot walking E... O Came upstairs at 11 20/60

Thursday 6
11 50/60
Took two pills last night of pilulae rufi and colocynth each two [illegible] grains and one grain calomel in each pill they ope
rated a little before eeight Came upstairs at 11 — [illegible] letter from Miss Maclean (Hunter’s Esquire 26 Queen Street Edinburgh)
3 ppages and the end the 2 first ppages and 1/2 the 3rd crossed — her brother young Coll (Hugh Maclean) expected in Edinburgh as
today — to stay a week, and then take her back with him to Quinish — She says is a great deal better — ‘my strength
increases daily, but the gentlest zephyr gives me cold which always seizes on my throat’ — She afterwards speaks
of her health as being ‘so very precarious’ and says she is sitting for her picture which she promised to give to her
darling Vere (her niece Miss Hobart whom she brought up from the age of 11 months) — ‘As to the discovery of the
‘author of Junius, it is hushed up for the present — I believe there were too many discoveries making — the person
‘who was making the search found many very odd papers — he dined here a few days before my arrival, and gave
‘a good many hints to my brother-in-law which he committed to paper the moment he was gone — I shall ask
‘to copy it for you, and enclose it in your purse — It is certain that Mr. Bell has received a snuff-box set with
‘diamonds from his majesty some months ago, and that he has stopped the intended publication’ — Sat down almost
‘immediately after coming upstairs sat down and wrote 3 ppages to Miss Maclean in answer to her letter — About 2 1/2 Thomas
(Greenwood) arrived with the 2 year-old bay colt from B bought of a Mr. Otley of the village of Brighton close to Selby for £29 —
A man led him to Leeds last night for 5/. [shillings] and 4/. [shillings] more to pay his fare back by the coach — and Thomas himself walked and led the colt
from Leeds this morning — He is a beautiful animal — Thomas said he was 15 and an inch, but he looks more — his dam was
a 1/2 blood, his sire full-blood — Sugden (the horse breaker) says he has not seen such a colt for long — and values him at
far above £30 — asked Thomas if had given 36 or 40£ from him but Thomas would not tell how much — Dawdling about in the stable —
and in the hall croft where we turned the colt to run with the 4 young calves (2 of them James Smith’s) about 4 — In the evening at 7 1/2
sauntered with my aunt to Mytholm and back — afraid of rain — then walked 20 minutes on the terrace and came in at 8 1/2 — then came

upstairs and wrote the above of today — My uncle paid all Thomas’ expenses and gave him a couple of guineas for his trouble
in buying both the horses — the colt to be called Hotspur — he is indeed a beautiful animal and is to be mine — I shall
pay for him myself with the legacy my aunt Lister left me — My pills worked me twice before breakfast and the same
number of times afterwards between eleven and two — Very hot day Fahrenheit 74 at 11 a.m. and 72 1/2° at
9 1/2 p.m. Barometer 3 3/4 above changeable at 9 1/2 p.m. — E... O Came upstairs at 10 3/4 Downstairs quarter hour airing things

Friday 7
8 20/60
1 10/60
Letter from Marian (Skelfler Market Weighton) the sale of the furniture is to be on Monday the 1st July that ‘it will be Wednesday
‘most probably before we can leave here, that perhaps my uncle will have the goodness to receive my father’s rents as he did at Xmas [Christmas]
‘you seem to doubt whether my father intends to go abroad or not — I think he is doubtful of its practicability,
‘but says we may please ourselves, that of course we are to go — I wish heartily we were there’ — They have seen
nothing of Dr Chafy’s agent — Letter also not quite 3 ppages (the ends and top of the 1st page filled by by Bill) from Marianne Dalton
(Croft Rectory near Darlington) — IN. [Isabella Norcliffe] it seems is still with them — Both the girls dote on Isabella Marianne says
I do I do love her most dearly I have told her that I used not to love her till I had confessed this I felt every
kind look and word as a tacit reproach ..... I believe she is in every kind and amiable quality superior to almost
everyone inferior to none and I think I love her the more ardently now from the sense of having formerly done her
injustice’ surely there is a good deal of youthful nonsense in all this and I should not think Isabella likely to
elicit it from any sensible girl of four and twenty Tib [Isabella] has taken here above a bottle of wine and more than an ounce of
macouba snuff a day all this added to her habits of indolence abruptness of manner etc. etc. I should think
ill calculated to excite any great ardour of rational esteem or love — Went into the stable after breakfast and
into the hall—croft to look at the young colt Hotspur — and did not come in till 11 1/4. then came upstairs and wrote the above of today —
Fahrenheit now (11 3/4) at 67 1/2 it was at 74 at 11 yesterday — When the black mare Vienne comes in from the breaker in the evening she
stands on 3 legs, and both George and James Smith Sugden the horsebreaker are afraid she is putting out a spavin — my aunt mentioned yesterday that Mrs Veitch
told her Mrs. Kelly (Miss Brown that was) was expected at H-x [Halifax], and is now probably with her father and mother at Westfield —
I made no remark it has once or twice occurred to me whether to call or not but I think I shall let it alone —
she cannot call here I have no reason for keeping up the acquaintance and have in fact thought little or
nothing about it perhaps she may be at the old church on Sunday but if it is very hot I shall not see her for
I shall not go — From 12 to 5 50/60 looking over letters to be burnt — Looked over those from Captain Alexander
with some mortification ditto those from Emma Ralph which prove me to have been rather more foolish
than I thought I shall keep them a little while longer as records of past folly in professing too soon and too
much — Looked over poor Emily Norcliffe’s letters and could not make up my mind to give them now to the flames — Mrs.
Norcliffe’s always contained much news, and I shall keep them a while — I have shall thinned my stock of old letters
a great deal, but not 1/2 enough — I must try to do more some other time, and, in future, destroy all useless letters as soon
as they are answered; for they have made me rather melancholy and vapourish — In the evening 1/2 hour in the stable — James Smith examined
the mare and could see nothing like spavin — At 8 set off to H-x [Halifax] (walked) sat above an hour with Emma Saltmarshe and got back
(in 25 minutes) at 5 minutes before 10 — Very fine day — fine air and much cooler and pleasanter than yesterday Came upstairs at 11, at
which hour Barometer 3 degrees above changeable Fahrenheit 64 — Counted over all my letters before burning them, and then committed to the flames in the kitchen
(having 1st got ready for bed) 3 letters from Mrs. Marsh; 1 from Mr. Marsh; 2 from Mr. Duffin; 8 and 1 Note Captain Alexander; 20 Anne
Belcombe; 9 and 1 note Mrs. Henry Stephen Belcombe; 4 Dr. Henry Stephen Belcombe; 1 Eliza Belcombe; 5 Mrs. James Dalton; 1 Isabella Dalton and partly from Marianne Dalton;
1 and 1 note from Emma Saltmarshe; 1 Helen Waterton; 1 Miss Duffin; 3 from my aunt; 1 Marian; 87 and 11 notes Miss Marsh —
Mrs. Walker’s (of Crownest) letter to me about getting Miss Bramley a situation as governess Miss Hoyle’s note (to Mrs Walker) as to her qualifications copy of my

[margin text:] letter to Mrs. Thompson of Sheriff Hutton on the occasion together with a great many (perhaps 20) copies of the answers to the letters burnt —
airing a chemise etc. for ten minutes E... O — Burnt 150 letters besides notes and copies of letters —
DateJun 1822
Extent1 page


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