Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/6/0022
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

July Friday 5
7 50/60
12 1/4
Before Breakfast writing out a rather altered and shorter Welsh tour, finding my aunt and I cannot be absent more than 14 or 15 days — she talks
of only affording twenty pounds but my uncle says is to take thirty if she brings the rest back — this tour is
(from here and back) altogether about 320 or 330 miles — Letter from Marian to my aunt to say they will be detained a day longer
on account of my father’s settling with Mr. Robinson about stewardship-concerns — the furniture sold well — Marian sorry she forgot to
tell me 2 persons from Doncaster inquiring if there had been anyone from Cambridge (consequently I should suppose them Dr. Chafy’s agents)
and viewed the estate on the 10th of last month, and afterwards a person from Hull viewed it — what a strange sort of forget!
went to the stable, the new road etc. and came upstairs at 11 25/60 — I went down to speak to Blamire the farrier — the mare
almost well — He advises splitting beans, a pint each horse night and morning before their journey — he is a blacksmith also
found fault with the mare’s shoes she was cut — said he would shew me shoeing if he might shoe Percy — he is to do so — an hour
reading over from page 105, to 139, Aikin on canal navigation — then read from page 147. to 217. account of Manchester examined
maps, and made notes and references of things worth seeing, and wrote the above of today — all which took me till 5 40/60 — In the
evening at 8 1/4 walked with aunt along the fields as far as Mytholm, and then walked forwards to the Crownest-gates — returned along the new road loitered
there some time and came in at 9 40/60 — Came upstairs (not at all till after supper) at 10 50/60 at which hour Barometer 1/2 degree below changeable Fahrenheit 60 1/2° —
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Saturday 6..
7 50/60
12 1/4
.. Before Breakfast went to the new road to see how the men went on with lowering it above our gates — went again after breakfast with my aunt and came
upstairs at 11 25/60 — Read from page 217. to 254. Aikin’s Manchester consulting maps, etc. my father and Marian arrived about 2
from Skelfler (Market Weighton) having come from York by the Highflier — they are both looking very well — had a good sale, they
say — which produced £110 — Went with my father to look at Vienne and Hotspur — and during dinner (ordered at 3) was at the
new road near an hour — A few minutes after 5, my aunt and I set off in the gig — drove her as far as the top of the hill above Booth town
and back — altogether about 4 miles in 1 1/4 hour — because we never went out of foot’s pace on account of Vienne that George rode the first time
since she lamed herself on Tuesday — In the evening (dinner at 7) sauntered with my aunt and father to the new road walked on the terrace 1/2 hour with
my father and Marian and then 20 minutes (till 9 3/4) by myself — I think we shall get off to Paris about the last of next month
or 4th of September — My uncle told me this morning at breakfast that he would give me twenty five pounds
now and regularly allow me fifty a year I said how much I was obliged to him I hope this and some small ce
rtainty from my aunt will make me comfortable in future — Very fine day — a few light drops of rain about 4
p.m. Barometer 1 1/2 degrees above changeable Fahrenheit 60° at 9 3/4 — My friend came just before I went in to breakfast
E. only once on getting up I am a great deal better than I was but I fear I should still be bad as ever
without the syringe and alum lotion — Came upstairs at 10 40/60 Looking at French dialogues. Airing eight things twenty minutes

Sunday 7
8 1/2
12 50/60
Letter from M— [Mariana] 3 ppages (dated Lawton put in at Congleton) to say she cannot come now, and asks me to say by return of post ‘which
plan will be most advisable, to risk getting leave by and by for a few days, or to meet you at Northwich’ — Came upstairs
at 10 35/60 and wrote 3 ppages and the ends, pretty small and close, to choose her former proposition, saying I had some reasons against her meeting
us at Northwich which it was needless to name now, but which made me think it best to give up the thought of this at all events —
In fact, it would not look quite as I should wish — M—’s [Mariana] going (riding over) to sleep at an Inn (a very bad one I suppose) in that
way without Charles is not the thing; and, though it is a bitter business to me, I cannot consent to her doing (even to give me the greatest possible pleasure)
what my judgement does not quite approve — our cards are awkward ones to play — we must manage them carefully and with scrupulous
regard to appearances — sent my letter to M— [Mariana] (Lawton) a few minutes after one by William Green — asked her to write by next Friday Saturday
or Sunday without fail — wish her to send me twenty pounds if she can and to say what more she can spare before I go I have

mentioned the subject so that no oone could suppose I alluded to anything but a debt owing from her to me the
being obliged to express myself in this ssort of way clear enough tto her but to mislead others makes me long
er about it than I should otherwise be — Letter also the longest I have ever had from her from Miss Maclean (Quinish, Tober—
—mory dated June 21st or 22nd with the Glasgow postmark of 5 July) — 3 ppages the ends, and the 3 ppages crossed — account of her
journey — a pretty good account of herself though very thin and a little cough — ‘I have fortunately gained a very great deal of
strength since you saw me, but I am miserably thin, my clothes would contain 2 of my present size, I am quite
well, except a very trifling cough — we have very fine weather, but the wind being continuously north, I feel it very
cold, but it has not injured my throat’ — she has for some time washed her throat (I advised it in my last) with vinegar and
water she also uses it for her eyes and finds it of use — ‘my father’s cows sold at from illegible six to fourteen pounds
each’, at his sale of agricultural stock in Coll last May — thus old Coll’s cattle sold better in Coll than my
father’s at Low Grange farm near Market Weighton — Miss MacLean left Edinburgh 13 June — spent several days at Renhill [illegible] (then I think) [illegible] on the
18th she embarked in the Inverary Castles steam vessel 200 passengers but ‘landed and took in many on the way as we stopt
for 1/4 hour at Dumbarton, Denon’s? Port Glasgow, Greenock, . . . . . Rothsay [Rothesay] — next stopt at Tarbert? and then
took leave of the Inverary Castle I cannot make out where — got into a cart went to a little Inn — roused the next morning
at 5 to embark in the Highlander (steam vessel which took her luggage from Glasgow I suppose) at 7 about seven miles
lower down the canal — ‘at least a hundred passengers, all on their way to Staffa and Iona — French, English, Irish, and Scotch’ —
they got out of the canal by 8 and passed the gulf of ‘Corry vrechcan [Corryvreckan]’? ‘this dangerous spot is between the Isles of Jura and
Scarba — no boat dare venture through, except during a half hour at high [illegible] water — as the contrary tides that
meet there instantly sink any vessel that unfortunately is drawn into the whirlpool — we kept close to the shore as far from
it as possible, after stopping at Craignish, Blackmill bay, Esdale [Eskdale] — Oban — Achanacraig [Achnacraig], Artornish [Ardtornish], Aros, we
entered the harbour of Tobermorry [Tobermory]’ or ony ‘about seven in the evening 10 miles by land and 16 by sea from Quinish — they
then embarked in her father’s new sloop ‘the Aros castle after a salute of 3 cannon and a blast of the shrill pipe of
Duncan Mac . . . . . .’ which echoed from rock to rock — this salutation surprised the strangers on board’ … ‘after a good deal
of tacking against wind and tide, we landed safely’ (from the Aros castle) ‘a hundred yards from the house’ — they saluted with their 3 cannon
before landing and were answered from the house by the servants …… By the way the letter began with wonder at my asking Lady Seaforth’s
age — after rallying me on the subject of curiosity she says, ‘her eldest daughter is upwards of 40, so you may guess the mother’s age —
Her eldest and only son then died six years ago since’ — Poor dear fellow no I never was deceived in an own familiar friend
many I have found different from what I had at first judged them to be but I never had time to search for friendships
so much occupied from early life in domestic concerns — mine is not a twice but a twenty times told tale and you
know how delightful it is to fill sheet after sheet with the same subject — she long afterwards expresses great indiffe
rence to prolonged life — She mentions having finished her despatches for York — which she adds I suppose will end
my correspondence with the citizens I believe she likes me little time as I have I think of keeping a copy of my ans
wer to this letter — wrote all the above of today which took me till 2 1/2 — I did not tell M— [Mariana] I had heard from Miss MacLean I had
neither much time nor paper, and thought it did not signify much — the Scotch Earldom of Seaforth was attainted and forfeited by the Mackenzies in
1715, but the title was restored as an Irish Earldom in 1771 to Kenneth MacKenzie who died in 1782 being then colonel (he had the
regiment) of the 72nd. — It seems he left a son who died only 6 years ago — this son must have been Earl of Seaforth, but my uncle has found no
mention of him — wrote 2 1/2 ppages to Miss Maclean pretty small and close — Which took me from about three to six — In the evening read aloud
sermons 2nd and 3rd volume 1. bishop Horsley — my father and uncle and aunt went to church this morning Marian was tired and staid at home — Fine day — Barometer
1 3/4 degrees above changeable Fahrenheit 59° at 9 10/60 p.m. — Talking to my uncle near an hour after they all went to bed, and did not come upstairs till 11 50/60 —
DateJul 1822
Extent1 page


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