Diary Comparison

Tuesday 2nd December 1834

Ann Walker’s Entry

Anne Lister’s Entry

No entry today.

[up at] 8 5/..

[to bed at] 11 3/4 no kiss breakfast at 9 1/4 – wrote and sent by John at eleven to ‘Messrs. Kendell upholders etc. Leeds Postage Paid’ and on the 2nd leaf note for them to forward to ‘Messrs. Baines and Newsome, Booksellers, Leeds’ ordering Nicoll’s map mounted in case 4 1/2 guineas – to be sent tomorrow week by Kendell’s cart with drawers and chimneypiece – from 11 1/4 to 2 10/.. wrote the whole of these four last pages out with Adney at 2 20/.. at Whiskum cottage went in with Wombesley to ask what toll he was to pay for 3 horse coal cart – I did not recollect – Mrs. Pickells said 8d

John Bottomley was waiting with 2 one horse carts full of coals to pay 4d each – told him to come and speak to me this evening – Adney and I then returned home and walked in the walk and came in at 4 5/.. – moved papers drawers now painted light oak back into tent room – a minute with my aunt – at my desk at 4 55/.. from then till 5 1/2 wrote 3 pages (wide) to Norcliffe thanking him for his letter which waited my return and probably arrived here the very day I left home (this day week) for York etc. where I drank tea in company with Charlotte that evening – very truly condole with them all on the death of poor old Fisher – ‘I very truly condole with you all, on the loss of so faithful, and invaluable a steward, and friend – Few have passed thro’ life with greater credit and respectability; and, when it comes to our own turn ‘to go hence and be no more seen’, may we, one and all, leave behind us as good a name as he has done’ – sorry to have no better account of his (Norcliffe’s) mother, and glad to have so good an one of his little boy – ‘Few have sons of better promise; and I heartily hope his future fortunes will exceed even a father’s most sanguine expectation – Do tell Isabella, she ought to have written to me long ago – you do not touch on politics – Perhaps you are glad to escape from them’ – then add that [there] is some hope for Wortley here – that they make sure of Sir John Beckett at Leeds – and that ‘the radicalism of Hull is abominable; and the Tories there are weak and disunited – ‘you know I am a very moderate person; but I should be glad to be no worse off than I am – my kind regards and condolence to you all at Langton, and believe me always very faithfully yours A Lister’ 

had Pickells – and wrote the above of this page till 6 – dinner at 6 1/4 – coffee – played and won 1 hit and 1 gammon then had John Bottomley to get his vote for Mr. Wortley – he is all for him now of his own accord so said nothing pleased me better and that I was much obliged to him and only wished he could persuade some others to be as wise – then 10 minutes with my father and Marian – 20 minutes with my aunt till 10 10/.. and sat talking to Adney downstairs till 11 – fine day – Fahrenheit 48º at 11 1/2 p.m.

Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale SH:7/ML/E/17/0117 & SH:7/ML/E/17/0118

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