Wrote out this part of my journal from notes after my return here from Lawton, which accounts for the date of my getting this book.
Index for Wed. 14 August to Tues. 5 Nov. 1816
Saturday the fourteenth of September one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.
Macclesfield – Buxton – teazing Anne
Buxton – Crescent – stables – walks – Castleton – Speedwell mine – Ebbing & Flowing well – excusing myself to Ann for my partiality to the ladies
Dull day at Buxton – Remarks on the place – contradicted all I said to Anne last night
Left Buxton – the bath charity – conduct to Miss Anne
Sarah & the laundry maid very ill – Talkation –
C- afraid of being thought mad – Mr Stamford Caldw dined with us – Remarks on his manners and conversation – Anne let me look at her — a lock of tweres hair
Wrote M- a circular for her friends – M- fainted – Left Lawton – went to Field House
All but connected with Anne – Mrs Steph’s opinion of C- – Steph jin. Party –
Conduct to Anne – Steph shewing me C-‘s incoherent note of Mon 29 July – Left Field house –
Newcastle, Congleton, Wilmslow, Cheadle, Manchester, Rochdale, Halifax – My aunt L’s scandal abut C- – Got to Shibden at 8 in the evening –
Mrs Veitch left us – Wrote to M-
Wrote to Mrs Steph – Began Horsley’s Sermons –
Wrote to my mother – Fruitless walk to call on Miss M- Remarks on Mrs G’s mo. their[?] Com. Civility – Begun the Itineraise de Genève Lausanne de
Wrote to Miss M- A letter from M-
Wrote I. N. Berne in Swisse
Wrote to M-
Wrote to R.C. (Vid 1 Sept.) – Letter from Miss M- telling me what Mrs G had said of me – Account of the Halifax parish registers – Begun the Gr. test.
Paid Mr W for consulting the registers P[?] explained –
Begun arranging my journal – Remarks upon it – Mr & Miss Hudson called – Began with German grammar
Miss S Ralph called –
Letter from M- – Mrs & Miss C Greenwood called –
Curiously mounted walnut for I.N.
Wrote to M-. Letter from my mother
Called on Mrs Wetherherd
Wrote to Miss M- joint letter from Mrs H.S.B. & Anne – Mrs Veitch came – Her nephew Mr H. Ridsdale drank tea with us –
My aunt L-‘s story about C-
Mr Morris’s trial – Mr Wilbraham in a scrape –
Wrote to M-
Drank tea at Northgate –
Miss A Walker & Miss Atkinson & my uncle & aunt Lister called –
Letter from M- C-takes Anne to Manchester to see Miss O’Neil –
Wrote to M- answer to a point of etiquette
Called on the Ralphs, Greenwoods, Mrs Tom Rawson, Mrs Veitch & at Northgate. Joe Milnes began cutting his wheat –
Called at Crow Nest, Cliffhill, Lightcliffe, & Mr Hudson’s. –
Wednesday 14 August 1816
C[?] had no kiss
C- & M- were off in the gig by 8. Mr Lawton being left at home, Anne & I had the carriage to ourselves & were off about half past 8. We overtook C- & M- before we got to Congleton. The same houses – one just for Tack[?] – took us through to Macclesfield, where we had a luncheon & then walked into the town. Went to see Lady Lucas’ house, a mile off on the London road. The country & ground about are fine but the house itself – an old family place of the Fauconbergs & in times of yore a hall of distinction – a large pile of useless inconvenient old holes, part of this let off to a farmer, as at Red-house. There was formerly a chapel – perhaps a handsome one – it is now the best thing about the place in the form of stables. C- asked the rent. The house unfurnished & 8 or 10 acres of land £100 for annum. Would take £80 perhaps rather than nothing.
On our way back stopped to see what used to be Mr Daintree’s silk mill. The machinery apparently little different from that used for cotton. 4 or 500 people employed. Fine crimson floss silk done up in hanks of 2 lbs & 2 & a half, going off to Scotland (Glasgow) to make shawls £2/12/6 per lb. Macclesfield is a good town, contains, they say, with its immediate suburbs, 1700 inhabitants. There are 2 churches – one of brick only lately built – & a very neat, convenient small square market place, consisting as it were of 3 streets formed by 2 rows of sheds running up the middle. It is entirely closed in when not wanted. We found the gate locked but saw the whole plan by peeping through the bars. There are a great many both silk & cotton mills. The proprietors of the one we saw are laying out a considerable sum to make it go by water, preferring this means to steam on account of coals being so expensive. After being shewn very civilly all over the works, C- offered the man money. Strange to say he replied he never took anything & really & positively refused it! I wish for the honour[?] of our country this example were more generally followed.
The road from Congleton to Macclesfield is good, very hilly & picturesque. The town of Macclesfield on the Derbyshire side is at the foot of an amphitheatre of bold lime stone hills to which the Mowcop range extends along the right all the way from Lawton. You are on the moors within a mile or 2 of Macclesfield & thence to Buxton the road is a series of tremendously ups & downs through the wildest moor country imaginable. The moors belongs chiefly to the Duke of Devonshire, are now, & have been since last year, preserved for the company[?] at Buxton. None but qualified men (perhaps there is an exception in favour of those staying at the Crescent or some other principal house) being allowed to shoot. There is now, therefore, good sport. Before, any body went upon them who chose & there used to be, in the course of a season, some hundreds of low lived fellows (from as far as the Staffordshire potteries) at the Mosshouse, on the left about 3 miles from Buxton.
You descend to Buxton down a very steep narrow road with an ill-fenced-off precipice – the case in many other parts of the road – on your right. The appearance of the town is very singular – surrounded by rude, bleak, barren limestone mountains, covered with lime kilns. The Crescent is situated so low & so hid from view you hardly see the chimnies till you arrive round the back & come into the area in front. We went to the Great Hotel. Had a sitting room downstairs. C- preferring it on account of seeing the people as they walked along the piazza. Ordered dinner immediately & devoured a brace of moorgame which were excellent but dear – 16s – in consequence of the moors being so strictly preserved. I fell asleep afterwards on the sopha during which time M- was very sick & almost fainting. C- sent for Dr Buxton, not at home, then for Dr Dreiser[?], now settled in London, late of Macclesfield, & originally an apothecary there – which for his appearance & manners one has no difficulty in believing. Anne & Watson had a double-bedded room, I a tolerably good single one opposite – 10d per week – up I know not how many flights of stairs. All rather tired & went to bed early. Anne sat by my bedside & lay by me upon the bed till 3 in the morning. I teazing and behaving rather amorously to her she would gladly have got into bed or done anything of the loving kind I asked her.
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