Diary Comparison

Thursday 8th January 1835

Ann Walker’s Entry

Anne Lister’s Entry

No entry today.

[up at] 9 35/..

[to bed at] 11 35/..

no kiss  fine frosty morning Fahrenheit 39° at 10 20/.. at which hour breakfast – Had 3 men (1 of them Hanson, Mrs Sutherland’s tenant, to recommend a relation, and another man from Mr Hird’s Shelf works also to recommend Hanson’s relation)  about the Stump Cross Inn – said I could only say it was to be let by ticket on the 16th when the conditions would be made known – I heard people objected to the sort of yearly lease I let upon – I thought it right to say, I thought no reasonable objections could be made (then explained the nature of the lease) and that I knew as well as anybody how to keep a good tenant – the place to be taken as it stands but put into good tenantable repair – for all new buildings (and I would do what was necessary or really wanted for a good tenant) I should want a percentage – they all agreed this was very fair – then had George taking all the boxes etc. out of the north parlour passage ready for having the wainscot put up and arranged them in the hall chamber – then had Charles Howarth – he wanted something to drink for himself and others 11 or 12 (John Bottomley and workmen and pitmen) in honour of Mr. Wortley’s election – then with my father and Marian and with my aunt and got ninety from the two former and fifty pounds from the latter to make up for Staups and be repaid on Monday   A– [Adney] furnished five hundred and I myself three hundred and ten of the nine hundred and fifty I took to Mr Parker Off to Halifax at 12 40/.. down the old bank – at the bottom of it a yellow mob of women and boys – asked if I was yellow – they looked capable of pelting me – ‘Nay!’ said I, ‘I’m black – I’m in mourning for all the damage they have done’ – this seemed to amuse them, and I walked quietly and quickly past – At Mr. Parker’s office before 1 – he hardly expected me – thought I might not like to venture out – wondered I had not got his note to fix 1 1/2 instead of 2 – glad I happened to be in such good time had gone so early because I could only raise 950 instead of eleven hundred pounds as I had told him   so he had to draw on Rawson’s bank for the deficit   Mr. Parker not in on my arrival – had just written him a note for his clerk to take to Stead and Dyson’ s when Mr. Parker returned, and I therefore burnt the note – paid him towards the purchase money £500 in bank of England £200 in country notes £55 in country notes + £25 in bank of England and 170 sovereigns = £950 + £1000 for which I signed a bond to Mr. Wainhouse at 4 1/4 percent + £1000 furnished for a few days till Adney’s administration-thousand is ready + £70 furnished for a few days by the above Mr. Wainhouse, and by Messrs. Parker and Adam for a few days £198.7.7 = £3218.7s.7d being the sum paid today for me by Mr. Parker at the office of Messrs. Stead and Dyson for the Staups estate bought by auction at £3500 – of which £330 deposit was paid at the time therefore principal remaining to be paid = £3170 + Interest at 4 percent on principal since day of sale (16 April)

£55.5.3 that is            3170.0.0



                                6.17.6   last 1/2 year rent received from the tenants Moore and Oates

                                3118.7.11 but made £3218.7.7 by Mr. Parker who paid exactly this last sum

Messrs. Parker and Adam also advanced me £100 to be paid to Washington on Saturday which hundred I told Mr. Parker I would repay him on Monday or Tuesday

By the conditions of sale the sellers had the power of taking the rents, or interest at 4 percent on the purchase money till the conclusion of the bargain, and they chose the latter that the rents, except those of Moore and Oates (£6.17.6) are now due to me, and I desired Mr. Parker to receive them on my account   waited at Mr. Parker’s till 2 1/4 then came a message to say the parties were at Messrs. Stead and Dyson’s and begging me to go there – declined this – sent Mr. Parker to conclude the business for me and went to Whitley’s and waited there about an hour – Mr. Henry Priestley there – some time talking to him and Booth on the subject of our hard-run election and the damage done by the mob yesterday estimated at £10,000 – £2,000 of which said to be done at Mr. James Norris’s Bull close – all the furniture of the lower rooms utterly destroyed – pictures and books thrown about in all directions – all the windows broken, and the frames torn out – sad devastation too at the Shay, Mr. Jeremiah Rawson’s – his carriage and gig pulled out of the coach house and quite demolished – much damage to the furniture – much damage also done at the vicarage – the 1st person who broke into the house there was a woman – old Mr. Briggs had been seen tearing down the state of the poll yesterday, and his son Rawdon being spoken to, said he could not command his father – Just before the swell mob commenced proceedings (at 3 p.m. yesterday) clubs had been thrown out among them from Mr. Protheroe’s committee room window – several people had seen this – Mr. Protheroe persuaded the mob to give up their intention of doing damage at Wellhead, saying there was an invalid there – they then called out for ‘Jem Norris’s’ and tho’ so near Wellhead, Mr. Protheroe contented himself with sending his servant to ask for mercy there but did not go himself – Report says, Mr. Rawdon Briggs junior was seen to laugh when the mob went to Mr. James Norris’s – at all rates, none of the whig or radical gentlemen made any effort to appease the mob – taken with a political article in this month’s Blackwood’s magazine and got Booth to let me have somebody’s number, bought it and also a little Goldsmiths almanac – then at 3 1/4 back to Mr. Parker’s office – he had just returned from completing the purchase – said all had been done very agreeably – the ladies (Mrs. Barton and company) regretted they had not come to his office sorry they had not seen me – there had been some mistake about it – what a lucky escape thought I – desired a few handbills to be put out at advertising Northgate house to let – the expense would be about 20/. – the town very full of people crowding about the Swan, and running about to see there the damage was done – the old bank very quiet – returned up it, and came in at 3 50/.. – sat talking to Adney – Dinner at 6 1/4 – coffee – Marian had her company so no going to see my father for Adney and me – Had Dewhirst about the Mytholm farm house and skin pits for about 10 minutes (till 8) – He said he understood his uncle Pearson was empowered to let him them – How so, said I – said there must be some mistake – this was not at all the case – Pearson had the land till 2 February and the buildings till 1 May, but nothing more to do with the place – I should keep to what I had said to Pearson, to his son Thomas Pearson, and to Mrs. Dewhirst herself – that I had no objection to Dewhirst (her son) but his present want of respectability – that he, in his present circumstances was not sufficiently respectable for a tenant of mine – he said nothing so I then said I supposed there was nothing more to be said and he wished me good evening and went away – Adney and I then sat reading the Halifax Express, and London Morning Herald – then 50 minutes with my aunt till 10 – then sat talking over the fire – very fine frosty day – Fahrenheit 37° at 10 20/.. p.m. in my study – the note I should have had from Mr. Parker in the morning came per letter bag tonight –

Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale SH:7/ML/E/17/0139 & SH:7/ML/E/17/0140

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Deb Woolson

I'm semi-retired and live in the US. Between researching for ISAW and dabbling in politics, my time is well spent. I watched GJ S1 and was overwhelmed by the beauty of Yorkshire and the amazing story of these two women. (Months later I learned my ancestors came from Yorkshire!) I have such admiration for Ann Walker and am honored to work with the talented ISAW team to bring her story to the forefront.