Ann Walker’s Entry
Anne Lister’s Entry
Mr. Samuel Houldsworth [Holdsworth] has just bought the place he lives at called [gap] for which he has given £2.500 it pays him about £50 per annum he has had to borrow money to pay for the purchase. his only child married Mr. Thwaite
Mr. Rawson’s bank clerk – [gap] Cordingley left –
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale WYC:1525/7/1/5/1/0040
[up at] 7 40/..
[to bed at] 12 10/..
no kiss very fine morning Fahrenheit 43 3/4° now at 8 25/.. at which hour breakfast till 9, having been out with Charles Howarth a minute or 2 – a few minutes with my father – George took my note to Mr. Freeman at 9 – William Keighley came at 9 1/2 – out with him at 9 40/.. – we went down to Throp (planting thorn behind the well in the Hall wood) and took him to Lower brea wood and gave order to take up part of the quickwood hedge to be planted in the daisy bank above the new wall on the slip down into the wood – William Keighley and I then looked over the wood on the Wellroyde side Tilley holm stile – marked and valued trees to be thinned out for the good of the rest – then went below Staups to see the bit of wood I have and then forward to Salterley worsted mill (lets for £250 per annum) – turned up the hill there and came out by (above) Staups to see the whole of my purchase – then looked into and went round Cowgate wood and walked the boundaries of my bit of common wood – the Keighleys took fall in 1829 which cleared to the Town and the Duke of Leeds (the former taking 1/3 the latter 2/3) £100 in 1830 = £60.0.0 in 1831 = £56 i.e. altogether £216 and nothing more to be taken for some time – bad ground for growing wood – but if it all belonged to some private person, it might be better – the coal might be worth something sometime yes! said I 2 or 3 generations hence – William Keighley said the wood was called 60 dayworks – we then went and pruned and marked and valued thinnings in Medley park wood, and in the far and lesser clough 1/2 of which belongs to the heirs of Jonathan Walsh – Told William Keighley to try and get them to give up to me the whole of the fence along the wood that belongs to them – I would pay for the trees – if not, I must make them keep up the fence between – then to Southholm wood – in it and all round it – William Keighley advised my taking out all the larches (soon) to which I agreed, and to have the wood brushed and pruned – he advised me also to take in the shrog and 3 or 4 more dayworks to the wood, which I shall think about and perhaps do – then went into the house for a minute or 2 to speak about the affair of Pickells the other day with the young man gathering sticks – said I should see Abraham and perhaps make a new arrangement about the wood – Mrs. Hemingway very civil – then into Yew trees wood – grieved over the quarry but said it was my own fault – no fault to find with Mr. Freeman – but for the 3500 yards I had sold 2 or 3 times as much would be spoiled – if it was to come over again I would have no quarry there – what I got would not pay me, at least for my annoyance to see the wood so cut up – On looking at the bare ridge beyond it, from the Southholme side, had told William to see if he could buy it for me of Mr. Thompson that I might plant it – William agreed with me that all the baring-stuff should be piled on the present mound without spoiling more wood, and that the face of the stone should not be covered up – home by the high Brighouse road at 3 40/.. and sent William in to the kitchen to dinner – Adney had just had Cordingley who seemed so hurt I sent for her into the north dining room and had her from 3 40/.. to 4 1/4 – Marian seems to have managed her going away woefully ill – I really had some pity for poor Cordingley and as she made all the amende honorable she could to me, I said I should retract my saying she was ungrateful and that I should never ask her to come here, and told her I should be glad to see her, but that so long as Miss Marian was here I should consider Cordingley Miss Marian’s company, and would not interfere, but leave her to manage for Cordingley as she thought best – wished Cordingley her health, and consoled her, and I gave her a sovereign and Adney gave her 1/2 ditto – then out with William Keighley again at 4 20/.. cutting down the large dying lime tree near the dry bridge – then with him in Trough of Bolland wood pruning while Adney walked about in the new is-to-be approach road – sent off William Keighley at 5 1/2 and walked with Adney till near 6 – then with Throp and his man and Pickells planting thorn in the Pearson Ing – then dressed – dinner at 6 35/.. – coffee – with my father from 8 to 9 – then had Oddy in the library – Eugenie too intimate with Matthew – more her fault then his – explained a little about Cordingley – told Oddy I was pleased and obliged by her telling me what she had done – would not name it as she wished me not – but hoped she would pluck up spirit to keep Matthew out of the room – she thinks Eugenie would have him if she could get him – then 1/2 hour with my aunt till 10 – then till 10 1/2 wrote all the above of today – very fine day. Fahrenheit 46° now at 10 1/2 p.m. –
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale SH:7/ML/E/17/0164 & SH:7/ML/E/17/0165
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