Ann Walker’s Entry
Anne Lister’s Entry
Up at ¼ to 8 – heard of Mr. Sunderland’s death before breakfast; – after breakfast Greenwood came – dearest went out with him – Washington brought me Hipperholme Rents. my own [gap] Joint – [gap] that perhaps Greaves might choose to hold over & if so I could not get rid of him without a Lawsuit – desired him to pay my Subscription to the Dispensary – got to my drawing – at 11 ¼ dearest came for me, & we walked to Halifax met Walton in the Bank, who spoke about Stump cross Inn – dearest said answer would be given tomorrow – not able to get black satin ribbon at Nicholson’s so bought it at Skaife’s – at Whitley bought Townshend’s Bible £1..1s – & ordered a Memorandum book – 4 candidates for Dispensary – Mess[rs]. [Messieurs] Holroyde Garlick Lister & – [gap] saw Martins’ print of the Last Supper – – – at home about 2 oclock – had luncheon got to my drawing – for ¾ hour then Ann Booth came shewed her how to finish her glove, chatted with Miss Marian – long talk about R[awson]’s [Rawsons] perhaps not hold out 2 years longer – she said Mr. C- made sure of Mrs. W- (tho’ did not propose) before sale of canal shares, on purpose that his Uncle might buy them & gain the benefit (what a money bargaining concern – will it answer? – who will be cheated in the end? dearest went to Mr. Parker whilst we were in Halifax who told her about the Apology from Editor of the Halifax Guardian – she said it would be accepted if he wrote one to her thro Mr. Parker, & she would return a verbal answer by him – A little before 5. Mr. Lister called to ask for my vote to dispensary – gave it him & wished him success – he said it was a pity to see Mr. Sunderland’s family they were in such great affliction, Mr. S- [Sunderland] had not been out since Saturday week. no one knew he was ill (at least of the medical men till saturday last – )
pity he except Dr. Moulson, who had called merely as a neighbour – pity he had not advice sooner – Sat with Aunty ½ hour – dinner at 6.15 – Joseph Mann came – – –
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale WYC:1525/7/1/5/1/37
[up at] 7 3/4
[to bed at] 11 40/..
no kiss fine winter’s morning Fahrenheit 33° at 8 40/.. Matthew brought word that Mr. Sunderland is dead – I and the whole house are heartily sorry – I know not any man in his rank of life whose loss will be a greater public loss – breakfast from 8 3/4 to 9 35/.. when left Adney with Mr. Washington, and came upstairs – reading – then down to Samuel Washington – Greenwood came at 10 1/2 – out with him shewing him the intended Walker pit road – very well satisfied – afraid I should think him presumptuous, or would have said before that he should like to take Northgate house house and land – would take boarders – sure he could make it answer – could let his shop for 50 guineas a year – and get £30 a year for his workshops, and pays £12 per annum for his Shew-rooms = £94.10.0; and he would give me for Northgate house and land £100 a year – I said could he not give me £110 per annum – no! he would give me £100; but if I could make more of it, begged I would do so – If he had it, would give it up or any part of it whenever I wanted it – he would secure 3 blue votes in letting his own property, these and his own vote and and one we might make, as I myself observed, of his foreman = 5 + Denniston Hopwood Lane fields tenant and John Bottomley = 7 good blue votes – mentioned what had passed the other day with Mr. Sutcliffe – if he would give what I had asked the house would let for one year; if not, I would think about his (Greenwood’s) proposal – then came home for Adney and she and I off in 5 or 6 minutes at 11 35/.. down the new bank – left Adney to go to Whitley’s while I went to Mr. Parker’s – had met his boy with a note in the new bank to say he Mr. Parker would come up to Shibden any time tomorrow if I was not going to Halifax today – desired the boy to make haste and say I was on the road – then met Walton 1 of the £120 bidders for the Stump Cross Inn – annoyed, he said, at Crampton (Miss Jenkinson’s James Crampton) who was here, as himself had told Walton, on Monday, and told Walton what he had bid etc. etc. wondered at all this being told to him – I said it had not come from me, and as nobody else knew but Mr. Parker I thought Crampton must have been merely trying to get out of Walton what he could – I had only to say, that the answer would be given by Mr. Parker tomorrow – mentioned all this to Mr. Parker who explained that there had been a sort of juggle on the part of Walton to get over the head of Crampton – Crampton could not bid more than £110 – said I thought he would be better without the place – Mr. Parker to tell him so and console him – better save his money with Miss Jenkinson a little longer till he could take a better place and better suited to him – Northgate itself would suit him better – the juggle determined me against Walton and told Mr. Parker I had made up my mind and gave my answer in favour of Mawson – Mr. Parker thought if Grieves should hold out, Adney could eject and get rid of him in a year – then joined Adney at Whitley’s – she bought Townsend’s bible arranged chronologically – poor Mr. Sunderland died a little before 12 last night – home at 1 1/2 – sat with Adney a little while till William Oates came – I had told Samuel Washington this morning (he saying Oates could not do without the privilege) he might have the 70 square yards for 3 months to lay the soil upon for the consideration of 20/. – to be a written agreement – the man came to say it was too much – hoped I would take 10/. – then talked about his carting the soil here for 1/6 per square yard – if he would do this, he should have the privilege for 1/. and I would give him that back again – no! but he would do it for 1/8 per square yard – I said he might go and see if his carting man would do the job at this price (1/6) and if he would, Oates to call here again in the evening – he did come again between 5 and 6 – and brought _____ Shepherd with him – after some talking agreed to let him (Oates) have the privilege for 1/. which I would give him back again on condition of his delivering me the soil at the Low end of the little field at 1/7 1/2 per square yard – Shepherd had come about the Stump Cross Inn – had bid £105 – said that was like nothing – he was in fact too late – I had already given my answer to Mr. Parker – between 2 and 5 1/2 p.m. had been some time with my aunt much grieved to hear of the death of poor Mr. Sunderland – and Adney and I some time with my father and Marian she (Marian) would not be surprised at Rawson’s failure any day – then out with Charles Howarth and John Booth – during the day read from page xxiv to page 5 of De la Beche’s Geological notes – dinner at 6 – coffee – Had Joseph Mann at 7 1/2 (had met him this morning and told him to come) for about (near) an hour – said I had sent for him to consult him whether if I stopt the Spiggs Loose, I could bottom the Walker pit – yes! thinks I can – I shall get vent from Rawsons – asked if it was true that Rawsons had got my coal skirting along to Barraclough Lane head – yes! thought it true – could I turn all the Shibden water upon them – i.e. round the nook of their coal – yes! he thought I could – but his brother knew better than he did and he would get him (his brother) to come down here with him – charged him not to name a word of all this to anyone but his brother – he says, Keighley has said John Oates and Jack Green have a paper given by my uncle conveying the Spiggs Loose and acknowledging the receipt of £150 – said I did not believe any such thing – and that if John Oates knew anything of such a paper he would produce it now, and not wait to let me stop the Loose 1st – Joseph Mann says there is not above 1/2 daywork of coal loose that we can get at Walker pit – 1/2 daywork instead of 2 acres, and that all small from the great weight always lying on all sides by the coal being got all round about it – Told him my plan of sinking another pit about 60 yards forwards from Walker pit, and driving 2 drifts up to it, and setting water wheel at Tilly holme stile – He thought the plan very good – nobody could hinder me of that – and when I asked if my coal road would not be almost as good as Rawson’s that is near the bottom of the old bank – yes! as good almost for the Town in general and better for this end of the Town – then wrote till 11 40/.. before and after going to my aunt for 1/2 hour till 10 10/.. wrote all the above of today – Letter tonight from Mr. Robert Walker 2 Jones street Berkeley Square London – the Morning Herald always sent punctually from his office – Bill from 1 February to December 31, 1834 = £8.19.3 – very fine winter’s day – Fahrenheit 37°at 10 10/.. p.m. –
Joseph Mann said Rawson had 70 yards to pump their water into the level that disembogues int the dam near thief bridge, Halifax – their Engine is of 4 horse-power –
on leaving Mr. Parker’s office he said with no small confusion he had something he thought he ought to tell me etc. etc. It turned out to be that he had a letter of apology from the Editor of the Guardian to be presented to me for the paragraph of last Saturday – said we (Adney and I) had not annoyed ourselves about it – but did not expect seeing it in the Guardian – should be satisfied with any apology thro’ Mr. Parker addressed more directly to ourselves –
agreement with William Oates
Joseph Mann’s information respecting Spiggs and Walker pit.
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale SH:7/ML/E/17/0150 & SH:7/ML/E/17/0151
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