Diary Comparison

Sunday 28th December 1834

Ann Walker’s Entry

Anne Lister’s Entry

No entry today.

[up at] 9
[to bed at] 11

one pretty good kiss last night – very fine frosty morning Fahrenheit 40° at 10 a.m. at which hour breakfast – sat talking (upstairs) till 12 – then went to my aunt – very poorly – in much pain – shortened the prayers as much as I could, down to 25 minutes the lesson being long – wrote out the first 1 1/2 pages of yesterday – A- [Adney] found her cousin coming   vide 30 November – drove to Lightcliffe church in 24 1/2 minutes – there at 2 10/.. – waited 20 minutes   Mr. Musgrave did all the duty – preached 35 minutes from Galatians iv. 4. excellent sermon – Some time talking to Adney upstairs – then at 5 1/4 she had Little John and Ann Booth and I, in 35 minutes, wrote 2 pages and ends to Mariana and copied the following (after giving her account of my journey home) ‘I was satisfied with the train of mind in which I seemed to have left you’ – and more and more persuaded my advice not to go to Switzerland next summer, under the circumstances named, was prudent – Shall be impatient to hear the medicines do her good – ‘I think the woman as like a quack as any of that profession I have seen; but benefits do sometimes come from where we not commonly thought of looking for them; and faith, hope, and charity may do wonders …… Adney was delighted to see me back again, and delighted with the little present, and begs her best regards and thanks – I have, by this time told her a great deal of the history of my visit, with all which she is pleased, more particularly with that part relative to your coming here’ – my aunt rather better – but ‘seems gradually suffering more and more, and, without amendment, I know not how she can get on many months longer – she appears to be losing ground faster than she did a few weeks ago – yet she is always interested about you, and is, on all accounts, glad of my visit – Indeed, my dear Mary, I hope we shall all be more and more satisfied – I never cease to hope all things for you – Keep up your spirits, and health, and, with it, every other blessing around you will improve – you have only to go on doing good, and doing right, and whatever may apparently promise but little just now, may, ere long, repay you abundantly – I will turn to my journal about Göttingen when I have more leisure – God bless you, Mary! I have never despaired for you or myself – Ever very affectionately yours AL-‘sent off by John my letter to ‘Mrs. Lawton, Lawton hall, Lawton, Cheshire’ and then dinner at 6 1/4 – Adney and I a little while with my father and Marian – coffee – wrote out all but the 1st 1 1/2 pages of Friday and the whole of yesterday and the 1st 7 lines of today till 9 3/4 – then 25 minutes with my aunt – Adney not well   on account of her cousin and having her feet starved at church – very fine frosty day – Fahrenheit 40 1/2 at 10 1/4 p.m. gave A- [Adney] hot wine and water in bed

Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale SH:7/ML/E/17/0132

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