Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/9/0069
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

dressed — tea and coffee at 8 20/60 my aunt’s great fear (about this building ground and land at Godley) is that we shall
too much lessen our income — too great a reduction from one thousand to nine hundred, but is afraid of preventing
my doing which I might afterwards repent the not having done — Interrupted both morning and afternoon while writing
to Mrs. Milne — Settled with Sowdon, and George Naylor for stone leading, and paid George Naylor the stone — notes of both
Womersley and Akroyd — Hinchcliffe’s son came between 2 and 3 — said my uncle had thought it high time they
should pay for the coals they had the bed of which was under water — they ought to pay £30. the times were bad,
I did not wish to distress them, but they must fix a day for paying this money, and keep to it — I hoped they
would always be punctual in their payments — if not, I would stop the pit — and was not very fond of getting coals
at any rate — young Hinchcliffe said, they should go on better now; for he was appointed receiver
of the money — Very fine day — Barometer 4 3/4 degrees above changeable Fahrenheit 52 1/2° at 9 40/60 p.m. at which hour
came up to bed — Read 2 or 3 ppages of the 1st article in the last Quarterly review no. [number] 65. on the Reformation
in England — containing a good critique on Butler’s Book of the Roman catholic church (allowing the author
great praise but setting aside his arguments) and on the insidious partiality to the Roman Catholics of Lingard in his
history of England — vide ppages 3 and 4 of this review — wrote the last 7 lines of Thursday the whole of yesterday
and all but what is on this page of yesterday which kept me up so long — E.. [above] o. —

Sunday 12
6 3/4
11 1/2
Read over my letter and note to Mrs. Milne waited for the post before sealing up the parcel — Letter from
Mrs. Norcliffe (Langton) a page of useful memoranda for our journey — on the 1st page the 2nd left blank — to be
torn off — page 3 and the ends very friendly chit chat — Burnett only knew Betsy Harrison as
quite a child, and in fact knows nothing of her now that I am no wiser — Mrs. Norcliffe concludes
with ‘Remember me most kindly to your aunt whom I hope will receive every benefit from her journey
and do hope you will let me hear constantly from you and believe me to be most truly your affectionate
friend Ann Norcliffe’ Letter also from Miss Maclean (Edinburgh) 3 ppages the ends and 1/2 the 1st page crossed — she hopes to come in June — does not
think Macdonald too old for us — gives incidently a still more tempting account of her — she is
living at ‘General Drummond’s Culdees castle, Crieff, Perthshire’ — my friend hopes to see
me in Scotland some time or other ‘when that may be I shall not even guess — I assure you
‘I have often mentally blessed our drive to Otley — our meeting at Esholt completely
‘changed the style of my regard for you — and the time was so short we had no time to dislike each
‘other’ This rather strikes me she is evidently fond of me — Letter also (3 ppages and the ends)
from M- [Mariana] (Lawton) She is nervous at the thought of coming as the time draws near but puts it
off from Monday to Wednesday, hoping to be here on that day about 4 p.m. The delay on account of ‘a
miscalculation on my part of circumstances which a couple of days will rectify and which
I hope trust and flatter myself you will thank me for when we meet’ she writes on the first
page ‘my mind is perplexed thought wishes hopes and fears rush upon it so unbidden so unex
‘pectedly that I know not how to separate them and I feel as if the tumult of my mind was sso
‘much beyond control as to leave nothing for it but the best effort I can make to keep my feeli
‘ngs as little active as possible and to think of nothing but the present moment yet this is the
‘hardest of all possible tasks God knows I do all I can that I think right yet the treasure and the

‘heart must go together in pity Fred do not love me less let not change of circumstances change
‘the heart that has confessed int never loved before nor ever can love again oh if you knew how perpe
‘tually how constantly how entirely my every thought is yours you would be sorry for me often
‘when your heart knows not how mine is aching’ — tis plain enough she would leave L- [Charles Lawton] for half
a word, but I will not give it she must weather it out I am attached to her and have no thought but
of being constant but she must wait I like not the idea of having another man’s wife — after
hastily reading over my letters sat down and wrote 3 ppages to Mrs. Norcliffe thanked her for the memoranda — said I was anxious about
my aunt — much engaged — no time to spare — several serious concerns on hand — besides thought of making some
purchases that would ‘lessen our income a hundred a year for 3 or 4 or more years to come’ but promised well for the future
should not hesitate but for my aunt — would not for worlds abridge her comforts ‘do you think we can live
upon £900 a year?’ Promised she should always hear how we were going on — closed the parcel, and sent
it down (directed to Mrs. Milne Mrs. Norcliffe’s Langton hall Malton carriage paid — to go by the old mail) at 10 1/4, continuing my letter to Mrs. Milne, my note to the same,
and my letter to Mrs. Norcliffe (Langton hall) — breakfast at 10 1/4 — read aloud to my aunt the morning service
and sermon 56 volume 2. my uncle’s collection — after which had 1/2 hour’s nap in my chair — staid downstairs talking to my aunt, and standing by her as she sat
on the flags in the garden for perhaps 1/2 hour — went out about — walked to the end of the walk, and up and down
it, and came in at 5 — wrote the whole of the last page — dressed — dinner at 6 10/60 — afterwards wrote the last 16 lines —
then wrote 1 1/2 ppages to the servant recommended by Miss Maclean to ask the necessary which if she answered
to our satisfaction we would immediately write for her character to her present mistress, Mrs. Drummond —
then wrote 2 ppages to M- [Mariana] to say, with my aunt’s best love, we could not hear of her leaving Watson and Offley
Crewe at the Inn — they must all come here — said I could understand her feelings of nervousness better perhaps than
she thought, but her mind would be ‘tranquil and contented satisfied before the dawn of Thursday’ — then wrote
a note for my aunt (for more medicine) to Mr. Sunderland — all which had done and directed in an hour —
tea and coffee at 8 — Very fine day — Barometer 6 1/4 degrees above changeable Fahrenheit 51° at 9 50/60 p.m. at which
hour came up to bed — read from page 7 to 17 1/2 last Quarterly review no. [number] 65. on the Reformation — strong observation against Lingard’s
history of England — Settled my accounts —

Monday 13
6 1/2
Sent down my letters (written last night) for the post — to M- [Mariana] (Lawton) and to ‘Mrs. Macdonald, General Drummond’s, Culdees Castle, Crieff, Perthshire, North Britain’ at 7 35/60 set off to Lightcliffe — got there in 1/2 hour — Mr. Walker Priestley there — breakfasted — shewed Mr. Kershaw’s plan —
Mr. Walker Priestley would only buy lot 20 of 52 yards — thought Mr. Kershaw’s lowest price for the whole more that than the ground was worth —
I had already made up my mind (thinking of Godley) to buy only lot 20 — Mr. Walker Priestley thought Godley very desirable —
but £4000 too much to borrow for it — sat a little while with Mrs. Priestley came away about 10 — she walked back with me all
along our new walk, as far as up to the garden door, I then returned with her to the top of Mitholm hill, and we parted a little after 11 —
met Mr. Carr coming to me in the walk — walked about, and in the Godley land almost an hour — would evidently be glad
to sell me the whole farm — I said his price was quite beyond my reach — To sell a small part, he must have £200 a days work —
he would take less £175 a days work if I took the field adjoining us next the brook, the field next the wood, and as much between
as would straighten the fences — which would make as he thought 8 days work — I bad him 1/. a yard or £160 a days work for this quantity —
I could not give more — he would consider of it, and come again tomorrow morning at 11 — came home at 12 1/2 — Long talk with my
aunt — wrote to Mr. Kershaw to say I would give him his price for lot 20, 52 yards at 15/., but could not agree to his terms
for the rest of his ground — would take the walls at a fair valuation — returned the plan, and sent George in the afternoon with this and the letter —
DateMar 1826
Extent1 page


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