Thursday 18 April 1839

Rainy morning and windy - fair about 9 - had Ann then with Robert Norton the joiner - till Fahrenheit 44 1/2 inside and 40 outside at 7 3/4 - moving books till breakfast at 8 5/60 in about 1/2 hour

Mr Horner came about 8 40/60 - then till nine and a half preparing linen for cousin and sewing up one stocking for ditto Ann would be bad as ever but as I told her I would make no more inquiries and take the least possible notice

From 9 35/60 to about 10 1/2 at accounts &c. then went down (Ann came for me to see her drawing) to Mr. Horner till 10 50/60 - then gave Ann her Brodie tonic 1 teaspoonful in 3 ditto of water and she lay down by me for a few minutes till 11 10/60 - then had her with me dusting and moving books till luncheon at 12 for about 3/4 hour or more - She had a Cup of sago with a glass of sherry in it - stood talking said I would ask her to trust but was decidedly of opinion she had better do it she says she will and we are to go to York on Saturday for the purpose of seeing Mr Watson the occasion she is afraid of being taken from out of my care

After luncheon had Ann with me in the tower study till after 3 - She rode off to Cliff hill at 3 1/2

Note from Mr. Parker this morning (the boy waiting an answer - said I would send one tonight) while in the tower study to say 'Mr. Day will not give up his draft plan, but engages that one fair plan shall not exceed six guineas, and thinks it will not come to so much - Mr. Day quite understands that the ground is to be laid out in streets and Building plots. Should you accede to Mr. Day's terms, he would make the plan &c. next week'

I have just written (now at 4 50/60 and Ann is just come in) as follows Sir - I do not 'attach any particular value to Mr. Day's draft plan - I merely mentioned it, supposing it would give him less trouble to let me have first, then a fairer copy - I wish to have two plans, one to be kept at their office, and one to be kept here, Both which, the one being a copy of the other, might perhaps be furnished for six guineas - if not, the matter may stand over. I am, sir, &c. &c. &c.’ I would rather pay a little more and let Mr. Harper get it done for me by sending over some of his people from York - with Ann

Went out at 5 1/2 - to Listerwick - some time talking to Robert Mann he and William Lord walling against the road

Ann having told me this morning that she had on the 18th. ultima told Booth to get locks for the Hatters Street necessaries, told Robert Mann to see about them tonight - to get them put on, and give me the bill - told him I had not named it to anyone but Robert Norton, but I thought of going from home for 2 or 3 days on Saturday and begged him to see about the meer skew bank and getting water into the paddock, and let me know about it tomorrow - then with Joseph Mann at the waterwheel trenching for Pearson - then saw Pearson - told him what had passed with Turner, and that his (Pearson's brother I named) was to have the field with a shed in the corner nearest the Crows nest entrance gate at 20 guineas per annum - on written agreement - he paying all taxes - Pearson told me he understood Greenwood was going to sow the field with oats - a second white crop - and the field full of wicks toward the Conery - he would play up with it

Then at Listerwick Edward Waddington there at the blacksmith's shop chimney and Mallinson and company at David Mann's cottage roofing and Baldwin and company almost finishing the blacksmith's shop slating - settled with Joseph Mann about righting up John Oates's garden

Walked to the back Lodge gates with Robert Mann - he intends to write to me if the thinks all not going right - thinks the colliery will soon keep itself and may pay better than one had expected

Came in at 6 50/60 - Ann had very soon afterwards Womersley who came to know if the schools and house were to let and in short to find out what would be asked for them - wanted for towns meetings and business - wished Ann to inquire of Captain and Mrs. Sutherland - she came up to me - went down with her - advised her to have nothing to do with inquiring anything of the Sutherlands unless Womersley authorized her to say what rent the town would give - he could not do that - could in fact do nothing - decided then that Ann should have nothing to do with the business - Womersley to apply to Samuel Washington - a favour when Ann asked any question of the Sutherlands for anybody - never did it but to oblige someone by getting a quick answer to some definite proposal

Dinner at 7 20/60 - read French

Letter from Mrs. Desvoeux very satisfactory character of Gross and his wife - he thoroughly understands his business as travelling servant and is good and active servant - she 'understands dressmaking millinery and hair dressing pretty well and is a careful packer' - both are 'perfectly honest, sober, obliging and trustworthy servants' - Letter too from Mr. Hawkins - he inquired at the house of Mrs, Desvoeux, and that he and Mrs. Hawkins pleased with the appearance of the 2, and satisfied as to character - she says, they are very anxious to be engaged

Coffee - then wrote all but the first 24 lines of today till now 10 20/60 p.m. - Rainy morning with high wind but fair by 9 a.m. and afterwards finish day, tho' a few drops of rain between 6 and 7 this evening, with every appearance of rain falling in the night

Walker's classical pronouncing dictionary came from Whitley's tonight, my little cadeau to Ann Fahrenheit 46 1/2 inside and 41 1/2 outside now at 10 3/4 p.m. and soft (fair?) night  

WYAS: SH:7/ML/E/23/0023 & SH:7/ML/E/23/0024

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