1845 08/02 to 12/25

2nd August 1845

Mary Hannah our daughter got up on the stack when it had only about a load to have on to finish it.

8th August 1845

Sam Wood's mother died aged 80.

10th August 1845

Stanningley Baptist Chapel cleared from debt. Mr. Roe preached in the morning and evening and Mr. Edwards in the afternoon. The collections amounted to £l00. which cleared off all the debt and tomorrow evening will be the thanksgiving meeting when Mr. Giles from Leeds will preach.

13th August 1845

Old Richard Carter, Farsley Lane End, was buried. Cut a hole from top to bottom of the large stack which was getting too warm and when they got into it it was found to be burnt almost black in the middle.

28th August 1845

Jeremiah Grimshaw married to Betsy Hudson of Bradford Moor.
R,P. Stubbs married to Jane Littlewood of Leeds.
Aunt Hannah Gaunt had a sort of a stroke which took away the use of her legs,

21st September 1845

Mr, Daniel from Ramsgate preached at Bagley Chapel on behalf of the Baptist Missions when the collection with that on Thursday night and contributions amounted to £21.14. 6.

25th September 1845

My Mother died after a few months warning. She had been better this morning than for a considerable time before. I saw her about half an hour before she died when she seemed her ordinary state of health. She was about to smoke her pipe and had just given cousin Fanny Hollings a lecture on pride, when the pain shot through her head. She exclaimed "Lord, help me" and giving Mrs. Foster her pipe she said "Oh my head" which were the last words she spoke. I ran for the Dr. but before he arrived life was extinct. She was in her 49th year.

27th September 1845

Buried my Mother at Bagley Chapel. Mr. Foster officiated.

29th September 1845

John Broadbent and Annie Riley married at Leeds Old Church.

5th October 1845

Mr. Foster improved the death of my dear Mother by preaching an excellent sermon from the 5th Chapter of 2nd Corinthians the 8th verse "Absent from the body present with the Lord". In the course of his sermon he stated that it was 15 years this day since my Mother was baptised. Today was dry after 2 or 3 days of almost uninterrupted rain and the river yesterday was almost brink full.

15th October 1845

Got a brushing machine off Sunny Bank Mill which brushed one of my ends the first it brushed.

18th October 1845

John William my son was born this morning about half past 12 o'clock Mr, Lambert of Farsley was in attendance. The London Wool Sales are going on and the wool is going off rather briskly at about the lowest sales rates. Very bad markets at Leeds. I have not sold anything since the sixth of last month, but Isaac sold for me 6 ends a short time ago at 4/ll. Railway speculation is now at its height and the Leeds Mercury is filled this day with the most doleful apprehensions for the prosperity of the country. The allotment of the Midland and Thirsk Junction shares came out last Saturday and Monday and a good many shares have come into Farsley and Pudsey. Uncle Peter got 15, Daniel 50 (he is on the Provisional Committee) and John 15, There were very bad accounts from Ireland of the crops of potatoes being spoiled by the epidemic which is raging in almost all parts of the world. They are now 7d. per stone. Flour is 2/10 the best.
Finished leading corn. The last out was the far side of the new lay which was oats. We have three small stacks and the barn is full. I have now about 60 ends of cloth including those in work.
Richard Varleys son, Frederick was born last night.

12th November 1845

Eli Keighley married to Mistress Jeffrey of Woodnook after a very short courtship. Her former husband Mr. Jeffrey having died on the 27th July.

2nd December 1845

Rather better market at Leeds than during the last few weeks. Cloth is l/6 per yard lower than in August last. Isaac got an order off Henry Sykes for 24 ends of light blue 12 at 6/= 12 at 6/6 per yd. I sold 8 ends to John Sykes 2 rifle 4/6 6 blue 5/9.

3rd December 1845

The ground was covered with snow this morning, being the first snow this season.
Joseph Waite and Mary Taylor were married last Monday,
I went to Bradford and bought 8 sheets of woods and 12 noils at 1/ll per lb. David Smith bought 2 sheets. Jeremiah Grimshaw 2 sheets, William Wade 2 sheets, William Wilson 20 sheets, James Barnes 20 sheets, John Womersley & Co. 20 sheets and Fairbanks 5. Fairbanks had meant to have had 30 but could only get 5.

6th December 1845

Been at Leeds but have sold nothing, there has been as good a market as they have had for some time, but not better than Tuesday.
A report has been prevalent during the week that Sir Robert Peel intends to propose the total repeal of corn laws and this is corroborated by the papers today, The report is taken from the London Times. It is however contradicted in the second edition of the Mercury on the authority of the Standard.
Much anxiety yet prevails with regard to the Oregon question and the latest accounts from America have no better appearance. It is thought that the repeal of the corn laws would go far to prevent a war.

13th December 1845

News this day of the resignation of Sir Robert Peel. The reason of his resigning is said to be that he could not agree with his colleagues on the question of the corn laws. Sir Robert Peel is said to be fully in favour thereof but the Duke of Wellington will not agree. Lord John Russell has been sent for by the Queen and empowered to form a ministry; whether he will do so or nor remains to be seen.
I have been at Leeds today but have sold nothing. There has been a very bad market and the trade is not expected to improve until the Government gets settled.
David Marshall's mistal was discovered to be on fire this morning about 10 o'clock by Joseph Whittaker. The mistal was burnt but the cows were got out. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary.
Elizabeth Smith, Aunt Sara Hollings and John Ibbotson were baptised last Church Meeting.

17th December 1845

County Meeting at Wakefield for the repeal of the Corn laws. I went with Uncle Peter and others from Farsley to Leeds and from thence by Railway. The train was to have started at 9 o'clock but we did not get off until ll o'clock and the train there was about 35 carriages and 3000 persons. The meeting at Wakefield was immense. The day fine until 2 or 3 o'clock when it began to rain. When we arrived at Leeds about ½ past 5 the ground was covered with snow which continued to fall all night and on the morning of the 18th it lay thick on the ground, the heaviest this season. Father sold the cow for £15 he is now without milk and has to buy off Mistress or rather Mr. Eli Keighley of Woodnook.

25th December 1845

Very fine day, more like the lst of April than December.
Went to Rodley Tea party in the evening where we had a very good tea and a good Meeting after. The surplus of the Rehobeth and Rodley parties were: Rehobeth £6.6.0 Rodley £1.11.0 total £7.17.0. In the morning I assisted Father to get the corn stack into the barn which was very dry.