She was at first tired and sleepy but by and by roused up and during a long grubbling said often we had never done it so well before. I was hot to washing tub wetness and tired before it was half over. We talked and never slept till five. Talk of talking her to Paris the end of March. She to pay all can afford three hundred. Talked too of taking her to Langton & this she thought would most satisfy her sister. Some how it often strikes me she hesitates to take me for better and worse but wants to make me a stepping stone in to society. She thought Norcliffe gentlemanly, would she not have him if she could? How it will all end I know not I almost wish I was well off. Miss W- not off to Huddersfield till 10 ¼. Having breakfast at 9 & writing notes etc with which I helped. No prayers now and no mention of service yesterday, we neither of us hinted at the subject. Sauntered through my walk.
Home at 11 ¾. Mr Carr had been but thought we should agree & would call again in the afternoon. Gladhill & another man had been about the upper land. Felt tired & heavy & lay down till 2. Then had the glazier. Wrote the last 28 lines till 3 10. Then wrote a full ½ sheet & 1 page of envelope to Lady Stuart. It seemed an age since I had written to [her] or heard. How good it would be of her if she would write to me soon. She had in her last asked me a question (where to get Outram’s shawls in London). She would of course think it easy for me to answer. I had desired my steward to inquire. Received Lady Stuart’s letter as I was stepping into the carriage to go to the East Riding on a tiresome business. Got detained (a fortnight) & had been obliged to delay writing to give any decided answer at all. No shop in London, only one & that in Liverpool where Outram’s thought to be had. He lived in an out of the way place some miles from here & [went?] about & sold them [illegible], but I should be delighted to do [an?] [co…?] for Lady S- or one of her friends. Would write & thank Lady S- de R- for her nice kind letter by & by. Busy with workmen. Had been a good deal away & harassed & unsettled ever since my return. “I have seldom found home either a place of rest or agreeable excitement.” On my conscience that I had never written to Lady [Ha…t?] since from Hamburg. She would wonder what was become of me as I almost wonder myself. Then wrote 3 pages of ½ sheet to Lady Vere. Begged she would write soon. Begin to be quite unhappy at being so long without hearing often from her. My aunt [illegible] but may continue a 12 month, domiciliated for the rest of her life unless I by & by take some excursion. Said my land damp, bad cold still oppressing me. Begged all [illegible] [illegible] so well. I had no more paper but always very anxious about her & affectionately yours A Lister.
In the midst of my writing had Mr Carr. He begged to have an allowance for taxes but I stood out & he took the low land, whatever quantity there may be of it at £3 per DW. Said I would have a handsome allowance out of the 1st rent but as he seemed not to care about this no more was said & I of course considered that offer as unaccepted or unheeded & done with. The draining required to be done after next hay time. Wants a road for carting of manure. I said it had best come through the corner of the [trough?] of [Bolling?] wood. Agreed and he had no objection to my taking the low wall but the [illegible] I [myself?] bought of him & the Shibden land, for draining. My father does not like parting with the low garden wall. [illegible] [illegible] [illegible].
Left for [illegible] & then posted my letter to “The honourable Lady Stuart, Whitehall” & enclosed with it my note to “The Lady Vere Cameron” under cover to “The Earl of Ripon, Carlton [Sanders?], London.” Just told them all I had agreed with Mr Carr & let him the low land and at Lidgate in ½ hour at 6 35.
Miss Rawson of Gledholt there. Agreeable evening. She thinks Miss W- much better. Strange reports about her being crazy in Halifax and encouraged by the Miss Atkinsons etc etc. Coffee & tea at 8 ¾. Came upstairs at 11 ½. Stood talking. I said in part what Miss R had told me. Too bad: Miss W- now saw what she had to deal. Better make up her mind at once or what could I do? She agreed and it was understood that she was to consider herself as having nobody to please and being under no authority but mine, to make her will right directly and on returning from France and on my aunt’s death then to add a codicil leaving me a life estate in all she could and I would do the same to her. Well then is it really settled or not? I am easy about it and shall prepare for either way. Fine day.
Margin: settled with Miss W-?
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