21 May 1837

With A- last night till one and a quarter and had a good kiss and a slumber afterwards.

Then washed and dressed for cousin, found him gently come at church.

17 May 1837

A- low, cried of no use her having workmen if she was not at Cliff Hill to look after them. Then I would have her go and stay as long as suited her. She would have nothing to do with Cookson – very well, look out for another but advised getting a better before she parted with C-. Poor A-, what a miserable temper.

16 May 1837

As my cousin came [slept in kitchen chamber]. A- much inclined – an hour with her – long good kiss, the best she said she ever had. Went to my own bed at twelve.

12 May 1837

[Slept in kitchen chamber]

A- wrong, evidently, as Mr Gray would easily see. What a temper she has. Luckily, I do not trouble myself much about it. We may travel together for a while, but how can I ever do with her in society. A vulgar pride is at the bottom of it – the beautifying of poor old Shibden may eclipse Cliff Hill. She is jealous of her authority, or rather, an importance which she knows not how to support. I must do the best I can. Query, if her aunt dies, will she not be got rid of?