Anne Lister diary transcriptions Anne Lister's diary 1816

14 August 1816 (plus index for 14.08.1816-05.11.1816)

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.

Wed 14          
Macclesfield – Buxton – teazing Anne

Th 15                    
Buxton – Crescent – stables – walks – Castleton – Speedwell mine – Ebbing & Flowing well – excusing myself to Ann for my partiality to the ladies

Fri 16                    
Dull day at Buxton – Remarks on the place – contradicted all I said to Anne last night

Sat 17                   
Left Buxton – the bath charity – conduct to Miss Anne

Sun 18                  
Sarah & the laundry maid very ill – Talkation –

Mon 19                
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

Tues 20                
Wrote M- a circular for her friends – M- fainted – Left Lawton – went to Field House

Wed 21                
All but connected with Anne – Mrs Steph’s opinion of C- – Steph jin. Party –

Th 22                    
Conduct to Anne – Steph shewing me C-‘s incoherent note of Mon 29 July – Left Field house –

Fri 23                    
Newcastle, Congleton, Wilmslow, Cheadle, Manchester, Rochdale, Halifax – My aunt L’s scandal abut C- – Got to Shibden at 8 in the evening –

Sat 24                   
Mrs Veitch left us – Wrote to M-

Sun 25                  
Wrote to Mrs Steph – Began Horsley’s Sermons –

Mon 26                
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

Wed 28                
Wrote to Miss M- A letter from M-

Fri 30                    
Wrote I. N. Berne in Swisse

Sat 31                   
Wrote to M-


Mon 2                  
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.

Thurs 3                
Paid Mr W for consulting the registers  P[?] explained –

Weds 4                
Begun arranging my journal – Remarks upon it – Mr & Miss Hudson called – Began with German grammar

Fri 6                      
Miss S Ralph called –

Sat 7                     
Letter from M- – Mrs & Miss C Greenwood called –

Sun 8                    
Curiously mounted walnut for I.N.

Mon 9                  
Wrote to M-. Letter from my mother

Tues 10                
Called on Mrs Wetherherd

Th 12                    
Wrote to Miss M-  joint letter from Mrs H.S.B. & Anne – Mrs Veitch came – Her nephew Mr H. Ridsdale drank tea with us –

Fri 13                    
My aunt L-‘s story about C-

Sat 14                   
Mr Morris’s trial – Mr Wilbraham in a scrape –

Mon 16                
Wrote to M-

Wed 18                
Drank tea at Northgate –

Fri 20                    
Miss A Walker & Miss Atkinson & my uncle & aunt Lister called –

Sat 21                   
Letter from M-  C-takes Anne to Manchester to see Miss O’Neil –

Mon 23                
Wrote to M-  answer to a point of etiquette

Tues 24                
Called on the Ralphs, Greenwoods, Mrs Tom Rawson, Mrs Veitch & at Northgate. Joe Milnes began cutting his wheat –

Thurs 26              
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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