Wednesday 26th November 1834
Ann Walker’s Entry
Anne Lister’s Entry
Up & at breakfast about 10 – Mr. Gray called – advised me to send notices to the hunt from our tenant said the writer of the letter to the master had evidently favored the master – who in fact must be a private friend of his –
advised instructions about division of property – said that if any objection was to be made by the opposite other side, my remedy must then be to put in a petition to the Lord Chancellor, which would make the division cost about £150 more – Asked him if a gent[leman] had right to claim the waste which had been allotted an [word crossed out] enclosure to a farm left to him by an Uncle who died unmarried – which farm was in fact bought by 2 brothers, & the younger brother of the deceased made over his half to the gent[leman] because he had without a title – only to half – but the deceased’s younger brother did not make over the waste allotted to the farm – but continued to receive the rents for it, & enter it in his rent book till the day of his death, his son being under age, & the person to whom the farm was left being one of the Trustees & executors to the son, had of course access to the books, & deducted all the rents the father had received during his life, [word crossed out] wrote in the Executors books that the waste was allotted with the High Sunderland Estate – Mr. Gray said he conceived no such right could legally be taken, but the deed of conveyance, of the other half of the estate must first be searched for in the Register office – & if not mentioned in the conveyance he conceived the allotment of waste was reclaimable. Mr. Gray also said upon my asking him about Church Pews that they were generally supposed to go with the Estates, frequently, this supposition was erroneous; as it depends upon whether they were freehold or how they were bought Called on Mrs. Bewley, who was not at home, & Mrs. H[enry] Belcombe, she acted as very friendly, said I was looking surprisingly well, & looking much younger – talked about Eau de Cologne, & foreign trip &c – saw Dr. Belcombe just as we were leaving – he told dearest he had seen Mr. Freeman in London – , &c &c – back to the Inn, & had a drawing lesson from Mr. Browne for 2 hours – – then had luncheon, & off for Hull at 4 ½ – arrived at Hull 9 ½ – had tea & went to bed –
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale WYC:1525/7/1/5/1/0033 & WYC:1525/7/1/5/1/34
[up at] 8 50/..
[to bed at] 12 10/..
no kiss fine morning Fahrenheit 50° at 9 1/2 a.m breakfast at 9 3/4 – Mr. Jonathan Grey came at 10 and staid till 11 1/2 – Adney consulted him about the partition of the joint property – if done amicably might cost about £50 – if not Adney must file a bill in chancery to compel it which would cost about £150 – on my asking him to write down the best form of expressing the matter he wrote as follows ‘to make a partition of the joint property, either by dividing it into 2 shares as equal in value as may be with reference to its contiguity to the two entailed estates, or else to divide it into 2 shares of equal value without reference to contiguity, and after it is divided, the 2 parties to draw lots for their respective shares’ – Adney mentioned the circumstances of the 2 large pews in Lightcliffe church claimed by the Sutherlands as belonging to Crow nest – Adney to inquire how the pews were acquired by her grandfather – if they were a freehold, they were not entailed with the Crownest estate and Adney would come in as joint heir – Adney mentioned also the circumstances of Mr. William Priestley’s taking Black castle as an allotment to High Sunderland – Jonathan Grey to search the register office at Wakefield for the copy of the deed by which Adney’s father conveyed his moiety of High Sunderland to William Priestley – Adney mentioned also the circumstances about the trespass of the Halifax Hunt – shewed copy of Mr. Adam’s note to Mr. Jeremiah Dyson and his written answer – Jonathan Grey saw thro’ the thing at once – the friendship of Messrs. Parker and Adam for Mr. Jeremiah Dyson and the awkwardness of summoning before magistrates who were all interested parties – it would be best to give regular discharges in the names of the tenants and then if further trespass was committed bring the action – the discharge given only in the names of the proprietors would not be good in law – Adney and I out at 11 3/4 – called on Mrs. Henry Belcombe said to be out – in fact, not up – then walked to Mrs. Bewley’s – out – returned to Mrs. Henry Belcombe and sat with her about 1/2 hour – she as usual – just saw Dr. Belcombe for a minute or 2 – he had been in London – said he had seen a friend of mine Mr. Freeman Lady S–‘s [Stuart’s] apothecary to whom he had talked he said of me and told him I was the most intimate friend he had!!! oh! oh! thought I but said nothing in reply, I am glad I know this – I shall know what to say should it ever be hinted at – Mrs. Henry Belcombe asked us to go and stay there – I merely said how much we were obliged but that we were troublesome people and if the /we/ could spend any time in York, should be obliged to her to help us to a lodging – hurried back to the Black Swan for Adney to have Mr. Brown at 1 1/2 – left her with him to take her lesson in drawing and perspective and walked to the Duffins – out riding – then sat about an hour with Mrs. Anne and Miss Gage – very civil – begged them not to name it, but mentioned my thought of spending 3 or 4 weeks in York if I could get a Micklegate and while they (Mrs. Anne and Miss Gage) were in York – on their mentioning them looked at 3 lodgings in returning Carr (the druggist’s) let – Richardson’s, Bacon factor, no price named – and Hands’s the auctioneer and upholsterer – this lodging (only one sitting room) would do – £2 per week, and must pay a person for cooking or live from the Falcon – back at the hotel at 3 1/2 – we had a mutton chop – and were off at 4 1/2, having sent Charles Howarth forward at 2 p.m. per coach with a note ordering all to be ready for us at the Cross Keys in the market place (Geldard) – alighted there at 9 48/.. – had tea – sat talking till 11 – very fine day – Fahrenheit 46° at 12 in our bedroom feeling cold without fire –
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale SH:7/ML/E/17/0113 & SH:7/ML/E/17/0114
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