which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

Denman Mason Diary 1866–69

With thanks to Helen Patton for permission to use Alva Mason's transcription of the diary
(Alva was grand daughter of Denam Mason).

The diary is a fascinating insight into village life and happenings between 1866 and 1869.
It has been very valuable in the research of Crich Parish history.
Many Crich 'names' are mentioned, especially the young ladies.

Spellings have been left as written



Arrived in England by the ship Kent from Australia on Friday 31st August, 1866
and in the month of September - visited Mr. Bryer, Mr. Bowmer and Mr. Fletcher
and delivered the parcels of wheat sent to each by Uncle Rupert,each sample
being in good condition - also on the 20th of the same month, wrote letters to
R. Smith, W Smith, I. Bowmer, George Wothaspoon, Chas. Tonge and J.
Wilson - contents of letters sent to R. and W. Smith, particulars of all information
received from Mr. Bown and Mr. Bowmer - with reference to the disposal of Crich
property stating that the cliff fields which contain 7 acres were not disposed of,
that only £50 per acre had been offered for the land for grazing purposes and
that if they thought the land to cheap at the price, to say wether the same should
be sold or still remain in the hands of the Trustees - as there could be no doubt
but that in a few years it should command a better price as it must sometime or
other be required for the limestone. That at present it was letting at 20/- per
acre and paying good interest, also stating that it was very urgent that a reply
should be sent forthwith as the Trustees were intending to wind up the Estate
next spring when all remaining property must of necessity be sold. – No letters
arrived by the home mail.

October 16th/66
Sale of land and houses of the Pothouse Farm containing 57 acres late the
property of William Marshall to take place at Wingfield by Mr. Hall, Auctioneer -
reserve price on the whole estate £3,000 - Land not sold few buyers present
- left in the hands of Mr. Hall with Mr. Jessop to dispose of same by private
contract at not less than three thousand pounds for the whole Estate or £55
per acre. Copy of authority given by Mrs. Marshall to self as her agent
–Sale of Pothouse Farm –
We the undersigned do hereby appoint Denman Mason our lawful agent, to
receive deposits"and all other monies" arrising from the proceeds of such sale –
As witness our hands this 13th day of October 1866
Signed Mary Marshall, Edwin Mason
Witness John Mason

October 20th
Letters to R. Smith and W. Smith, Mr. and Miss Wilson - no particular newse.
No letters from Colony by this mail.

November 20th
Wrote to Thos. Smith respecting his share in Grandfather's property, which
Mr. Jessop will look after - unless he sends self power of attorney - to look
to his interest, also respecting his books now in the hands of Benjamin Taylor
- also letters to R. and S. Smith and to Miss Wilson with sister's portraites.
2 letters, one by Marseilles to W. and E. Smith received by last mail - letters
from Aunt S. Smith - from Mrs. Hawkins - one letter from Uncle Rupert to Mother.

Decr. 20th/66
Received no letters by this mail from the Colony. Wrote letter to Uncle Rupert only.

Decr. 30th Sunday
Our chappel was lighted up with gass – being exactly 100 years since John Wesley
preached in this chappel - when he was entertained at the common house by
Aunt Smith. John Storer preached on the occasion – text 1st Philippines 30
verse for to live is Christ and to die is gain. Heavy fall of snow and hard frost.

2nd January, 1867
Received letter from Aunt E. Smith stating that the property of their late
partnership was at last divided - that Uncle Rupert was butchering in the shop
and that Wm. was building another shop alongside his brother – all other disputes
were settled.No letters as yet from Uncle or Aunt R. Wrote letters to W. and
R. Smith – sent no other letters – no word as yet from Miss Wilson.

The frost and snow only removed to-day after being on the ground about four
weeks. Many people have perrished through the extreme cold – in Regents Park
about 60 persons where drownd by skating on the ice which broke in and they were
unable to save themselves. A railway cutting was filled with snow when an engine
and three carriages – going at full speed were completly burried under the snow.

Jany. 25
Mrs. Bowmer, mother of Isaac Bowmer of Rigway who married cousin Ann
Smith, was buried at Crich Church this day – she has been in an assilmn for some
years – Mr. Bowmer from Burley Meadows was at the funeral.

Brother Henry very unwell with quinsey in throat for about three weeks but
now fast recovering. Father has also been sick for several weeks and still
continues &c. Doctor Dunn attending him – cause's sickness – disease of the
kidneys brought on by excessive drinking which if continued will eventually kill
him according to the doctor's statement. Our family affairs in a very precarious
state and of which I have no knowledge or statement.

February 1867 5th
Aunt Smith of the Thorn Tree died after a very short illness of ten weeks
and was buried at Belper.

Wrote to Joseph Bowmer asking if any letters had arrived from Uncle Rupert
about the Cliff land and also requesting them not to sell the same untill newse
arrived from the Colony.

A reply this morning in answer - says that he (J.B.) has not heard anything about
the sale of the land from Mr. Brown for some time – and that he would show Mr.
Brown my letter and liens – that the land should not be sold at present – but he
does not think that it will make anything like the money Uncle Rupert supposed
it worth (viz. £200 per acre) but that they would make as much by the sale of
the land as possible and is of oppinion that the limestone will not make much
difference to the sale as there is plenty of stone to be had on the Buxton Railway
and of better quality, so that he thinks the land must be sold for agricultural purposes only.

19th Feby.
Received a letter from Charles Tonge, informing me of his brother Willie haveing
set sail in the ship "Essex" for London and requesting me to visit him on his arrival
at Mr. Chas Tonge's Medical Hall, Oldbury near Birmingham. Not any other letters this mail.

Wrote to Chas. Tonge by the mail steamer "Delta" - sent no other letters.

Monday Feby 25th/67
Sale of property of R. W. Smith held this day at the Jovial
Dutchman, Crich by the Executors Messrs Bown & Bowmer. The following purchases
were made –
lot 4 consisting of 1124 shares in the Nether Cliff, Upper Cliff and Middle Cliff
closes, in the occupation of Mr. William Porter – containing A7 r1 p5 at
£60 per acre - purchased by Benjamin Taylor.
Lot 6 – Lot and Cope, lead mines, fishing etc. by Mr R. Smith for the sum of £13
Lot 7 – Spar etc. in the Crich cliff allotments £5 – R. W. Smith
£270 was offered for the Malt Office and Croft but not sold, the reserve being
£300 The Cliff land was also not sold the reserve being £100 per acre - by
my request, until such time that they, the Executors heard from Australia.
There was no offer for the land at Biggen.
Lot 8 The tithe rents charges issuing out of several lots of land was not sold
although Mr. Ralph Smith offered £100. The Common House and land was withdrawn
for completion of late purchases.

March 1st/1867
Father again in an improving condition – health much better –
has seen Mr. Jessop and received a a promise of his account for next week and
also a settlement of the Pothouse property.

March 22
Received by this mail letters from Aunt Eliza Smith – contents – they
have built a new brick shop in front of the old house. Rupert and William
are selling meat and cutting the prices very low – Miss Golding babtised by
Mr. Cherbury. Increase in William's family – plentyfull harvest and weather
very hot. Letter from Aunt Anne – busy in the harvest – wages very high – some
persons obliged to engage Chinamen to work on their farms. Mr. Hannah had 25
acres of corn burnt – bush fires in all directions – weather very hot.
Letter from Miss Wilson and Mr. Wilson, also an Australian illustrated paper from
Mr. Wilson. Choir at Baptist Chappel broken up.
Mr. Wotherspoon married – Miss Gordon at Wotherspoons as servant. Mr. Henderson
gone up the country farming.
Sent letters to R. Smith and W. Smith via Marseilles, warning them against Ralph's
letters respecting a joint purchase of the Cliff land – also a statement of the
last sale – sent William and Rupert a copy each of Grandfather's Will.

Sunday Mar 24th
Sister and self went to Mr. Fletchers of Lane-end, – had tea
and spent the evening. Read letters received from Australia, Also gave Mr.
Fletcher an explanation of the disputes between Uncles Rupert and William etc.

Mar. 27
Wrote to Mrs. Biyer of Vicarwood and enclosed Aunt's letter.
Father gone to see Mr. Hubbersby of 'Wirksworth respecting the Pothouse and to
assertain wether he intended purchasing the same.

Mar. 28th
Mr. Hubbersby not at home and nothing satisfactory assertained.

April 6th/67
Change in the weather, all frost and snow now taken its departure
and every appearance of spring coming in.

Very fine day – have been gardening, ground in good order. Trees are now
putting out leaves and several fruit trees have blossom. The fields are looking
beautiful being covered with flowers of spring.

April 19th/67 Good Friday.
Sister and self went with a party of friends to
Matlock Bath – returning by a conveyance at 11 p.m. – day very pleasant – was
much pleased with the trip. Australian mail arrived, no letters, only an
Australian paper from Mr. Wilson.

Sent letters to Miss Wilson and Mrs. Wilson – do – newspapers to R. S. and
W. Smith, Common Farm not yet settled for – Mr. Bown anxious to have all
affairs connected with Grandfather's Estate wound up as soon as possible. He
says that they, the trusteee, cannot invest "Mother's share" in any of the late
property of R. W. Smith, consequently she cannot be a purchaser. Mr. Jessop is
still unwilling to produce his Bill and no satisfactory settlement likely to be
arrived at. Father informed me that Mr. Jessop holds between 4 and 5 hundred
pounds of our money and which he appears determined to keep in his possession.
The Pothouse still remains unsold and nothing satisfactory can be assertained
from Jessop in connection therewith.

May 1st/1867
Most beautiful weather and every appearance of a pleasant spring.
John and self have had several days sport with fishing in the Rivers Derwent and
Amber in Mr. Isaac Bowmer's grounds. All trees are full of bloom and the grass
is growing very rapidly.

Monday, May 6th
The Wesleyan anniversary tea meeting held this evening. Mr.
Smedley, Holloway Choir were in attendance and sang several beautiful anthems. The
collections ammounted in all to £12. Miss Alice Fletcher and Sister were
present and appeared to enjoy themselves very much.

Took Miss Wray (of the Wray family who were out in the Colonies) in our
trap to Ripley for a drive and spent a pleasant day talking of Victoria etc.

16th May 67
Went to Derby railway station to meet my old cabin mate Minns
who came home with me from Victoria. Saw him and his young ladie but had no
time for much conversation as they were going forward to Liverpool.

l7th Friday 67
Remained all night in Derby with Chas. Garratt. Went to the
Oppera at the Corn Exchange – performance good. Returned to Crich Saturday
morning but was too late to see Minns who had called at our house to see me about
one hour before I got home. He left word that he was going out again to
Australia in October by the Great Brittain and wished to know if I intended going
about the same time, being very anxious that we should go together.

19th May Sunday
Sister, Miss Weatcroft and self went to Belper. Spent the
afternoon at cousin's Willian and Charles Smiths - had a very pleasant day,
returned at 10 p.m.

20th Monday
Australian mail arrived. Received a letter from Mr. G. Wotherspoon
respecting my mining shares in the Great Western at Waterloo Swamp. He says that
they still regain unsold and are worth nothing at present - has not signed the
deed and wishes for instructions respecting the same. Heumingeen of Beaufort had
been summoned by the company for calls unpaid to the amount of £22-10, also
that R.S. had summoned W.S. for shop rent to the amount of £l6 and had obtained
a verdict.
Wrote to G. Wotherspoon about claim, leaving the matter in his hands to act
with the affair according to his own judgement but to defer signing the Deed
of the Company for a while longer. Sent an Illustrated L. Newse to Mr. Wilson but
no letters. Letter to W. Smith also a newspaper. Letter to R. Smith from sister
and inclosed with same a short note from self, also a London newspaper corres-
pondence of no particular importance.

May 27th
Received a letter from Walter Minns, wishing to know whether I will
accompany him to Australia in the Great Britain in October next and wrote in reply
to-day that if possible I should leave England at the time stated.

June 1st/67
Received an invitation from Mrs. G. Farnsworth of Matlock Bank to spend a week with them.

June 10th – Whit Monday
Returned home from Matlock this morning having spent a
very pleasant week. Saw three Clubs marching through the township of Crich to-
day with three first class brass bands. Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth, Miss E. Saxton
and Miss Ellen Saxton paid a visit to the common and Mrs. Marshall who was much
pleased to see them.

June 12th
Left Crich for Matlock Bank for another week's visit with Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth.

Spent a pleasant day in the Bath and had a good view of the well dressings.

Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth, Mr. Marriott, Miss Saxton, Miss
Dunning and self went for a drive through Via gillie on the way to Dove Dale. Miss
Carthlege was also with us. Several farmers are mowing their hay – it is generaly
considered a good season for grass.

Returned home – weather most beautiful, much resembling the Australian
summer. All things in the garden are growing well, especially the Australian
wheat which has shot already and is nearly 5 feet high, while other crops are only
about 18 inches. Our crop of grass is very good. The days are now very long,
their being only about 4 hours darkness as it is light untill about 10 p.m. and
day appears soon after 2 a.m.

Wrote to Minns respecting the arrangements for going to Australia by the
Great Brittain in October.

21st June
The longest day of the season being mid-summer day. Mother, sister
and John have been to Derby Infirmary to see Aunt Mirriam's youngest son who is
undergoing an opperation with his knee, having been lame from his birth. Received
a letter from uncle William Smith. Complains much of his brother's treatment.
Says Uncle R. is only selling one side of beef and 5 sheep per week, while he is
killing 6 bullocks and 50 sheep with pigs and calf etc. – says that all the
Wilsons family are well, also that himself and Uncle Rupert are not on speaking

June 24th
Wrote to W. Smith via Marseilles, informing him of my intention of
returning to Australia. Sent no other letters. On the 21st myself and Father
spent an afternoon in Derby and went to the Museum.

Self br. John, Miss Dunning and Miss Ellen Saxton went to the Derby
arboretum. Saw two balloons asscend, Jackson of Derby proving the best man

Sunday 31st
Took pony and trap with Miss Wheatcroft, sister and John to Uncle
John's of Belper being Belper Wakes Sunday, saw Miss Hollis, went for a walk in
the park – saw Sam Turton an old ship mate. Brother and ladies returned home.
Self and Turton and cousin Charles spent the evening in Belper.

Monday July 1st
Pleasant day for the Wakes, enjoyed ourselves much and returned
home on Tuesday night. Brother John fetching me in the trap.

July 3rd
Received a present of a beautiful gold pin &c from Miss Denning at
Leeds. Wrote her by return of post acknowledging receipt of same. Began to
mow the orchard this morning but was obliged to leave it as we have a quantity
of heavy rain – many of the farmers have already got their hay.

Friday July 3th
Weather again very fine, have mown the orchard and finde a very good crop.

Saturday 6th
Henry, John and self have mown the greatest part of the field
below the house called the "Drumble". Self about tired out, with my hands
well blistered with the sythe, having been in the field from 5 a.m. till 10 p.m.

Monday July 8th
Finished cutting the hay this morning at 10 o'clock. The weather is extremely
warm and sun very powerful.

Tuesday July 9th/67
Have this day head all the hay and have a very good stack of about 7 tons
well got and in fine condition.

Wednesday 10th/67
Finished pulling and toping &c. so that with the exception of a small crop
in the bull yard our hay harvest is over.

Thursday July 11th/67
Weather equally as hot and oppressive as in the summer
of Victoria being 95 dgrs. of heat in the shade of our garden. For once I have
been compelled to put on my Australian summer clothing. My Grandmother, Mrs.
Marshall who is enjoying good health and who occasionally takes a walk in the
garden, spent her 81lst birthday on Tuesday July 2nd/1867.

Sunday July 14th/67
Weather unsettled, much hay down and appearance of heavy rain. Sister,
Miss Wheatcroft and self took tea at Mr. Boag's, also spent a very pleasant evening.

Wednesday July 17th
Father and self went over to Squire Hurts of Aldwerslea and
also to Squire Wass of Holloway to ask permission to angle in their waters, which
was granted by both parties.

July 20th
Sent an Illustrated London News to Uncle William Smith, also wrote to
Mr. Golding (my Aunt's Father) in London respecting my returning to Australia by
the Great Britain from Liverpool. Took tea with the two Miss Saxtons and re-
ceived an account of George Buntings elopement from Miss Curson.

July 21st
Received a letter from Miss Denning – no particular newse. Received
a letter from W A. Minns requesting me to go to Lowestoft.

July 25th
Received a letter from Mr. Golding, London in answer to one sent on
the 21st inst. giving me an invitation to London also requesting me to take a
small parcell to the Colony for them as a present to Uncle Williams children.

Received a letter from Sam Turton inviting Sister Millicent and self to
go to their Flower Show held at Smalley on the 31st of this month.

Received letters from Aunt E. Smith. Says William is returned a member of
the Council of the Shire of Ripon beating Chapman by 20 votes, that the
children are well and that Kate was gone to live at Mr. Richardson's the squatter
near Ararat, that Rupert and William are not on speaking terms – that Thomas
is on his small farm near Ararat. Also a letter from Uncle Rupert with instruc-
tions to push forward the sale of Grandfather's property as soon as possible and
to sell the Cliff land without reserve so that the business with the trustees
may be settled forthwith. Wrote to Minns, Turton, Miss Denning and Mr.Golding.
Weather very fine, all currants and many goosberries are ripe and this year we
have a plentiful supply of most beautiful currants, the black ones being nearly
as large as nuts.

July 31st/67
Sister, Miss Wheatcroft and self went to Smalley Flower Show held
in Squire Sitwell's park. Beautiful day, and about 7,000 visitors. Drove Miss W.
half way home again to Ripley. Self and Millicent stayed all night at Mr.Turtons –
after the flower show was over there was a grand display of fireworks, in the park
at 10 p.m.

Thursday Aug. 1st
Spent a pleasant day at Mr. Abbotts fishing and picnicking,
took supper at Mr. Turtons and left for home 8 p.m. Miss Grundy of Whatstandwell
rideing with us in the trap – arrived at home 10 p.m. Self went home with Miss G.
returning at 12 o'clock having spent two pleasant days from home.

Sunday Augst. 4th/67
Went by first train to Matlock Bridge, stayed three days with Mr. and Mrs.
Farnsworth, returned home on Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock by
first train from Matlock. .

Wednesday Augst. 7th/67
Crich Flower Show was held this day in the paroceal school room when some
first class flowers and garden produce was shown. The following prises were
awarded – to Edwin Mason (spring onions – bunch of six – first prize) (radishes – first prize) (Kidney beans – 1st prize) (apples 2 prize) (white potatoes 1st prize –
red potatoes 2nd prize) (carrots 2nd prize) being 4 first prizes and three
2nd prizes. The day was very fine. Cousins Pheboe and Mary from Belper,
Mr. S. Turton and sister, Miss Wheatcroft, Miss Boag, Cousin Susan Smith,
Miss F. Porter and Miss Grundy, spent the day with us, making a good family
party which separated at 11 o'clock p.m. self walking to Whatstandwell with Miss G.

Thursday Augt. 8th
Mr. Farnsworth and self took train to Sheffield at 6.30
a.m. from Ambergate – walked down the new railway to Chesterfield "12 miles"
calling at Dronfield on our way – arrived at Chesterfield at 1 p.m., stayed
to see the races which was very good, about 10,000 people on the course. Horses
ran well and appeared in good condition – took tea in Chesterfield and left for
home by the 8.30 train – feeling considerably tired after the days pleasure.

Wrote letters to Chas Garratt, Derby, Sam Turton, Smalley and Walter H. Minns, Ipswich.

Augst. 12th
Weather very hot, almost equal to Australian summer weather the
temperature being 100 in the shade.

Augst. 13th
Self and Miss Grundy went to Clay Cross Flower Show. Returned home
at 11 o'clock p.m. Spent pleasant day. Saw Mr. Bown at Clay Cross. Says they
are going to have the estate completely wound up at Michelmas and all dividends
paid to the legaties.

Wrote to Sam Turton.

Self and John Saxton went fishing in Burley Meadows – very heavy storm
of thunder and rain during the night, River Amber considerably overflown.

Augst. 20th/67
Wrote letters to Uncles William and Rupert. Sent Illustrated
London Newse to J. Wilson – wrote to Sam Turton.

Augst. 21st
Australian mail arrived but no letters from the Colony. Sent a
Derby newspaper to Mr. Isaac Bowmer.

Saturday Augst. 24th/67
Sister and Miss Wheatcroft gone by train to Sheffield to spend a week
with Mr. Marsden late of Crich in compliance with their invitation.

Sunday Augst. 25th
Went to Fritchley Chappel anniversary services – saw Mr. Joseph Bowmer
of Burley Meadows – told me that he had received a letter by last
mail from Uncle Rupert.

Monday Augst. 26th
Self, Mother and Miss Grundy went to the Tea Meeting - had
tea from Mrs. Fletcher's Tray – told me that she had received a letter from
Aunt Ann by last mail.

Tuesday Augst. 27th
Drove Mr. and Mrs. Goodall to Wirksworth, returned at 3 o'clock p.m.
took tea and spent the evening with them.

Thursday Augst. 29th/67
Cousin Joseph Smith, eldest son of Ralph Wheeldon Smith
died this day at Fish Pond House aged 18 years.

Saturday 51st Augst. 67
The anniversary of my arrival in England, having been
home one year this day.

Sunday Sept. 1st/67
Cousin Joseph buried at 4 p.m. in Crich Churchyard, Bearers
J. Holden, H. Young, I. Dawes, J. Shipston, R. Poiser, J. Mason, H. Mason and
D. Mason, Uncle Ralph and Isaac Bowmer, Mourners. Visitors from Smalley – Sam
Turton, Sam Walters, John Abbott and John Kerrey, a cousin of Miss Grundies.
Spent very pleasant evening at Miss Grundies. Walked round Crich Cliff in

Monday Sept. 2nd/67
Squires Wass & Hurt in company with Mr. Hebbesby of Wirksworth
were shooting on the common, called at our house for refreshment, obtained full
permission to fish in their rivers any time I thought well. Miss Grundy,
sister, John and self drove with pony and trop round Holloway and Crich Carr,
very beautiful day.

Tuesday Sept. 3rd/67
Self and Brother John had a days fishing in Gregory Pond –
good sport having caught 32 roach and several perch. This place is well preserved
and is on Squire Nightingales land.

Saturday Sept. 7th/67
Received a present of three brace of birds and one rabit from Sir H. F. Every,
Eggington Hall, as a return for the priviledge of shooting over the Inkermill land.

Sunday Sept. 8th
Drove pony and trap to Wingfield with Miss Wheatcroft, Miss Boag and Millicent
to the Wesleyan Chappel to hear Mr. Fred Halls son preach, we had a good sermon
and enjoyed the outing. (He is about 26 years and preaches well.)

Monday Sept. 9th
Went to River Derwent for a days fishing, not extra sport.

Tuesday 10 Sept.67
Wrote to Sir H. F. Every, acknowledgeing receipt of game
and also returning my sincere thanks for his kind favour, Wrote to Sam Turton
about makeing arrangements for our proposed Matlock picnic &c.

Thursday 12th/67
Recd, letter from Walter Minns with two of Kent Minstral
programs inclosed. Recd, letter from Miss Carver requesting me to take her
fathers watch with me to the Colony for her brother George.

Friday 13th/67
Received a hare and brace of birds from Squire Buxton, being his
annual present for the priviledge of sporting over the Hilton Common land - now
in the occupation of Mr. Blood.

Satdy. 14th Sept. 67
Wrote letters to Walter Minns and Miss Sarah Carver.

Sept. l5th/67
Brother Henry out of his time this day, having been bound to
Mr. Baker, saddler and harness maker for three years. His indentures also give
him a first rate character from his master.

Sunday 15th Sept.67
Sam Turton, Chas. Smith and Sam Walters came over to Crich,
left Burleys Hotel for home 10 o'clock p.m.

Tuesday Sept. 24/67
Very fine day for our Matlock trip. Sam Turton and party
brought two comveyances from Smalley arriving at Whatstandwell at 9 o'clock – our
party in all numbered 17 persons – when after having had a fine days pleasure,
we returned home at 10 o'clock much pleased with the days amusement.

Friday Sept. 27
Painted a mantle piece at Mrs. Browns, spent the evening at Mrs. Lees.

Tuesday October 1st/1867
Was present at the presentation of a very handsome
testamonial given to Mr. Isaac Bowmer by the people of Heage in return for his
services as the Guardeon of that Parish for 12 years, consisting of a beautiful
time piece of gray marble value 10 guineas, a silver fish knife and fork, value
5 guineas also a flower stand. The affair took place in the Heage school, where
about 500 persons, took tea. Stayed at Isaac's for supper which was given in
grand stile - and remained all night.

Spent this day also at Isaac's.

Thursday 4 & Friday
Busy making up the parish books for Mr. Spendlove, the Relieving Officer
Slept at Bowmers and returned home Saturday morning.

Sunday Oct. 6th
Self and James Holden went to Riddings – slept at his uncle's –
three in one bed (hot mess) and returned home on Monday – this day – wrote to
Walter Minns also to Gibbs Bright & Co., Liverpool, asking when the Great Britain
steamship will sail for Melbourne.

Wednesday Oct. 9th
Received a letter from Gibbs Bright & Co. stateing that the
Britain will sail for Melbourne on Decr, 14th/67.

Friday October 11th 1867
Crich Fair Day. Good show of sheep and fair sales
were made – no cattle in the market. S. Turton and Cousin W. Smith from
Belper took dinner with us – Turton remained all night.

Saturday Oct. 12th
Went to Smalley with Turton by 4 o'clock train from Ambergate – for a fortnights visit.

Monday Oct. 13
Went on a fishing excursion. Tuesday and Wednesday assisted
Turton to paint house windows &c. Thursday and Friday – in Derby visiting
at Mr. Crowthers – Turtons Uncle.

Sunday Oct. 19th/67
Took part with the Smalley Church choir in a grand ritual procession morning
and afternoon, it being the Harvest Festival. The Church was well decorated
with all kinds of grain &c. Collections where taken at each service. Sister and
Brother John drove over to see the affair and returned home on Monday morning.

October 21st
Played in the cricket match, eleven of the Club against eleven of
the Choir for a dinner, self one of Choir which where victorious with 4 runs to
spare. The dinner was given at the Rose & Crown Hotell. Mr. Kerry provided a
good table and our pleasant party broke up at two o'clock in the morning.

Tuesday 22nd
Went to an evening party at Mr. Abbotts after having been out rabit
shooting during the day.

Thursday Oct. 24th
Sam Turton, Miss Turton and self drove in spring cart to
Spondon, 7 miles from Smalley for a days fishing in the Derwent but had to
return home with only half doz. small perch – poor days sport.

Friday Oct. 25th
Letters from Australia forwarded by Brother John from Crich.
Letter from G. Wotherspoon stating that the G.W.G.M. Co. was no more as the
Charlton Company's engine was sold to pay expenses by the wages men, that his
brother John's wife had given birth to a very fine daughter. Letters from Uncle
William and Aunt Eliza, all well in health and busy but the prices very low for
farm produce. Letter from Aunt Ann. They are anxious for a speedy settlement
of property affairs and in want of money, health good, but great complaints about
the low prices given in markets for farm produce.

Saturday Oct. 26th
Returned home by train from Derby after calling at Mr.
Pearson Photographic artist's for one dozen cards taken of myself in two positions
for 6/- per doz. Turton had also 12 cards taken by same person. G. Wotherspoon
sent with letter three illustrated Melbourne papers one containing a collord
picture of the Australian Blacks Jamboree and a very good illustration of the
city of Melbourne taken from Saint Patricks Church, Eastern Hill.

Thursday October 31st/67
Belper Fair. Miss Grundy, sister, John and myself
drove pony and trap to Belper. Put up at Mr. Walters. Met with Sam Turton and
sister. Pleasant day, good show of cattle and sheep. Saw J. Fletcher, Ann
Bowmer, Uncle Ralph and cousin Charles. Left Belper for home at 9-30. Self and
Miss Grundy walked from Ambergate to Whatstandwell arriving at 11 o'clock p.m.
after having spent a very pleasant day.

November 1867 5th
Went to Mr. John Burleys. Made some puff pastry &c. Went
to close wood with Miss G. Beautiful moon light night. . .

Letter from Mr. Marsden, Sheffield.

At Mr. Robert Spendloves making up parish books &c. Called at Bowmers

Friday Nov. 8th
Went with Jas. Holden to Stony Ford, Nottinghamshire by way of
Ripley and Codnor. Recd, letter and portrate from Minns my shipmate living in

Satdy. Nov. 9th
Wrote to Minns &c. Sent my carte in return. Weather really
beautiful for this time of the year, almost like spring. Father gone after
money to take self and brother to Australia - are expecting to sail in the Great
Britain on 14 of December.

Sunday Nov. lOth/67
Went to Aldwerslea Church with Mrs. and Miss Grundy in
afternoon and at night self and Miss G. went to Crich Chappel . The weather is
beautiful, almost like a summer's day for this time of the year. It is something

Tuesday Novr. 12th/67
Weather still very fine. The corporative butchers company
appears to work well. Uncle Ralph Smith received £1 per week and travelling
expenses for buying in and selling out, good pay for about three days work.

Wednesday Nov. 13th/67
Was to have gone to Liverpool yesterday to procure
passages for self and brother in the Britain, but as usual was disappointed,
Father not finding the money.

Thursday and Friday
Wet weather with havy foggs and very cold wind.

Satdy Novr. l6th/67
Went to the Carr. Saw Mrs. Burley who showd me a gold
locket given to Miss E. Porter by Uncle Wm Smith containing his portrate on his
leaving England for Australia.

Sunday Nov. 17th/67
Sam Turton arrived from Smalley by 10 o'clock train, After
dinner, sister and brothers in company with Turton and Miss Grundy went to Crich
Church – and in evening to the Wesleyan Chappel – t'was finally arranged that
Turton and sister were to be married in February next.

Monday Nov. 18th/67
Father has promised to find all necessary for our passage this week, but failing
that, I shall remain in England untill property affairs are finally settled.

Wednesday, Novr. 20th/67
Wrote letters to Uncle William and Uncle Rupert. No
particular news except that brother John would soon be on his way to Australia
and that sister was engaged to be married in February with Mr. Samuel Turton.
Sent no papers.

Saturday Novr. 25
Spent the afternoon at Mrs. Grundy's and in the evening raised a particular
subject to Mr. G. – which was answered in the affirmative. Left at 10 p.m.

Sunday Nov. 24th/67
Mother gone to take tea at Mount Pleasant – self, sister
and brother John took tea at Mr. Boag's, in company with their family and Jas.
Holden and Miss Wheatcroft, Mrs. and Miss Grundy came with mother to Crich
Chappel, self went home with them after service.

Monday Novr.2
G. Farnsworth has given me a pressing invitation to go over to
Matlock and spend a week with him during his wife's absence. On Saturday
morning last the three Fenian prisoners, Allen, Larkin and Gould were executed at
8 o'clock a.m. at the New Bailey Prison, Manchester for the murder of the police-
man Brett. Many thousands wittnessed the execution of the men.

Tuesday Novr. 26/67
Slight frosts this morning, being the first appearance of
winter - on the whole November which is generally considered a very dreary month
has been very fine and a fair share of pleasant weather.

Wednesday Novr. 27/67
Frost still continues. Our cows are still out in the field

Thursday Novr. 28th
Fine warm day, frost all gone - spent the evening at Mount Pleasant.

Friday Novr. 29th/67
At Mr. Spendlove's of Heage whole day making up parish vagrant books –
no return. Father at Derby seeing after an account due to Woolhouse.

Saturday Novr. 30th/67
John gone over to Albreton to settle Woolhouse's A/c at Court.

Sunday December 1st/67
Wet day, no preaching in morning at Wesleyan Chappel –
went to the Carr in afternoon. Saw Miss Kerry from Smalley – left Grundies at
5.30 p.m. in time for Chappel – 10 o'clock p.m. Change in weather, winter in
ernest, fearful cold night with snow and frost for the first of December.

Monday Decr. 2nd/67
This morning the ground is covered all over with snow, the
roads are also very slipy – poor old Mrs. Wigley fell down and broke her arm
and put out her rist – several other accidents have occured. Mr. Thomas Poiser
of Fritchley died this morning after a short illness.

Tuesday Decr. 5rd/67
Frost still continues with cold wind. Received by post a
new song (Come sing to me again) from Samuel Turton. Spent the evening at
the Mount – had several games of whist with Mr. Burley, Mrs and Miss Grundy –
returned home at 10 p.m. Clear moonlit night but extremely cold – freezing fast.

Wednesday Decr. 4th/67
Frost still on the ground with a slight snow – all cattle
are obliged to be kept up – began to cut our stack of hay yesterday.

Thursday Decr. 5/67
Heavy fall of frost and snow with very cold weather
Received an invitation from George Farnsworth to spend a week at Matlock Bank.

Wednesday Decr. 18th/67
Returned from Matlock last night by train having been
at Farnsworths 11 days – went to Spendloves of Heage, stayed all night.

Thursday Decr. 19th
Wrote to William by this mail for an order on Mr. Bown
the executor £50 at 5/0/0 out of his share in Grandfather's property.

Friday Decr. 20th/67
Sold a Barren cow and calf to Mr. Burton for £17. Henry
and John bought a fine cow in Derby market – new calved and giving a good quantity
of milk for £17.00 – thereby providing a good supply of milk during the winter.

Saturday (Decr. 21st)
Saint Thomas's Day. Quantity of snow on the ground with
slight fall of rain. Received letter from Mr. Farnsworth – wrote to S. Turton
asking him over to Crich to spend Christmas day with us.

Sunday Decr. 22nd/67
Sister and self spent the day at Mrs. Wheatcrofts in
company with Mr. Redfern – pleasant weather.

Tuesday Decr. 24th
S. Turton came by train from Belper, spent the evening at Mr. Bakers – left for
home about 2 o'clock on Christmas morning, haveing had a pleasant Christmas Eve.

Wednesday - Christmas Day
S. Turton, Sister Millicent and self went to Mrs.
Grundies to their party – self sang several songs and played on the Banjo.
Mr. J. Kerrey of Smalley brought over his conveyance and sister and self returned
with them to Smalley leaveing Mount Pleasant at 11 o'clock. He arrived at
Turtons at 1.30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Thursday Decr. 26th
This morning was unable to speak haveing a very bad cold,
in fact my voice is completely gone. 10 o'clock p.m. We are now in the midst
of a jolly evening party, several of Turtons friends and relations being present –
my cold is much better – the company will, I think, break up about 2 a.m.

Friday Decr. 27th/67
Went with Mr. Abbott to a pigeon shooting. Joseph Kyte was the victor –
killing all his birds. Spent the evening at Mr. Abbotts, had several games of whist.

Saturday Decr. 28th/67
Went to Mr. Richard Kerreys to an evening party – 15 persons present.
Had a very pleasant evening and returned home at 12 p.m. Millicent and
S. Turton went to the New Lodge for the evening.

Sunday Decr. 29th/67
Left Turtons for home at 3 o'clock in Sam's conveyance, he
having kindly offered to drive us to Belper. Called at Uncle Thomase's of The
Acres. Had tea and went forward to Uncle Johns – found them all well. Left
Belper by the 6.30 train for Whatstandwell arriving there we found Miss Grundy
confined to bed with a severe attack of the measles, having been in bed since
we left on Christmas day.

Tuesday Decr. 31st/67
Went to Mount Pleasant. Found that Miss Grundy was fast
recovering and able to come downstairs. Went with Jas. Holden to a concert in
the new School Room given by the Church choir, Mr. and Miss Price being the
principal singers. Received an invitation from Miss Boag to spend New Year's
day at their house. Catalogues of Grandfathers sale of property are posted
in Crich to take place at the Jovial Dutchman on January 14th/68 by Mr. Hall.
Contents – Biggin Farm, Malt House and Croft, Common Farm and houses held by
Wilson & Bratly.

January 1st/1868
Very pleasant day for the opening of the New Year. The old
Church gave forth a merry peel to welcome its arrival and many persons who give
1868 a hearty welcome will never see it close.

Thursday January 2nd/68
Evening party at Saxtons. 40 invitations given, sister,
Henry and John were there, self at Whatstandwell, heavy frost.

Friday Jany. 3rd
In company with Mr. Farnsworth,

Saturday Jary. 4th/68
Weather very cold with fall of snow. The advertiser
reports that the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Alfred) arrived at Adelaide on the
18th October/67 and in Melbourne on 23 of November and was received with great
enthusiasm at both places, he being well satisfied with his visit.

Monday January 6/68
James Holden, J. Dawse and self have made some arrangements
to get up another New Year's party in the old Club Room.

Have been engaged in makeing some tickets for the same and the charge
is to be 9d. each. We think there will be about 60 persons at the party. Mr.
Lee has engaged Miss Miers of Bakewell to preside at the piano.

Wednesday Jany. 8th/68
Self and Father drove over to Ilkeston to see Mr. —
to enquire if he had bought the Pothouse Farm from Mr. Jessop. He was not at
home and his son could not give us any correct statement of the affair but
promised to write on his father's return.

Friday Jany.1Oth/68
Went to Church Broughton to see old Joshua Smith and
receive tithe due to my Grandmother Mary Marshall. Called at John Dickens, the
Inkermill Farm and slept their - left by 9 o'clock for Church Broughton. Saw
Joshua who is not very unwell and in fact I think he is not long for this world.
Recd, the money £32-2-6 and returned home on Saturday night about 8 o'clock after
a very cold drive of nearly 30 miles through deep snow

Sunday Jany. 12th/68
Spent the afternoon at Mrs. Wheatcrofts.

Sent all the notes of invitation round by young Henry Boag. Tomorrow
night is the time for our evening entertainment at the Club Room. .

Tuesday January 14th/68
The last sale of Grandfathers property took place
at the "Dutchman Inn" at 3 o'clock p.m. when the following lots were sold -
The houses occupied by Wilson and Bratley was bought by Mr.Bunting for £125-0-0
The Common Farm to Mr. S. Radford of Bullbridge £751- 0- 0
Malthouse by R. B. Smith £243- 0- 0
Cliff, land purchased by the Butterley Company at £62 per acre £450- 0-0
£1,569 0 0
Biggin Farm was not sold and is likely to remain on the hands of the Trustees
for sometime longer so that at last we have lost all chance of retaining the
Common in our own hands has it is now purchased by another person – simply
because Mr. Jessop and E. Mason are doing all they can to bring ruin on our
Family and altho' E. Mason purchased the Common at the first sale which took
place about three years ago and paid a deposit for same at time of purchase, I
am of opinion they never intended to complete the purchase – 'such is the effects
of drink'. The Annual New Years party took place on Tuesday evening when up-
wards of 60 persons took tea. Doctor Hall occupied the chair during the evening.
Miss Miers of Bakewell presided at the piano and J.W. Lee on the Harmonium,
self taking the part of M.C. Several songs where well encored especially the
"Worn out Tile" sung by myself and the "British Lion" by J. W. Lee. The company
enjoyed themselves and the affair ended at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. S.Turton
and sister went to Derby yesterday, purchased the ring and have also given notice
to Mr. Chawner to publish the Banns of Marriage next Sunday, the wedding to
take place on the 5th February.

Wednesday January 15th
Went to Mr. Lee's and had the pleasure of spending a
few hours in company with Miss Miers, who is returning to Bakewell this evening.
S. Turton went back to Smalley by the 4 p.m. train.

Thursday, January 16th/68
Pleasant day especially for this time of the year. Wrote to Chas. Garrat -self
and sister spent the evening at Mount Pleasant.

Friday Janry. 17th/68
Self and brother John have been removeing some fruit trees
from the orchard to the garden.

Satd. Jany. 18th
Very wet day with strong wind blowing from the south – weather very cold.

Sunday January 19th/68
This morning the Banns of Marriage was published in Crich Church by Mr. Chawner
for Samuel Turton of Smalley and Millicent Mary Mason of Crich – first time of asking.
Self at Church. In afternoon J. Holder, self and sister took tea at Miss Wheatcrofts
– weather again very pleasant – went to Chappel and unfortunately lost my scalf –
being the one Miss Wilson in Australia gave me.

Monday Jany 20th/68
Beautiful day and pleasant weather. Sister at home prepairing for the coming event.
Wrote to Miss Miers of Bakewell and sent the words of song "The Worn Out Tile".

Tuesday January 21st
Father and self drove over to Matlock, saw Mr. Green the solicitor for the
Trustees of Grandfather's estate – says that Radford cannot take possession
of the Common untill the 25 of March, that he thinks we cannot move the fruit
trees planted by ourselves and does not know whether the Trustees can convey
the Common House to Radford, as Mrs Marshall has been occupying the same
for over 35 years without paying any rent. Went forward to Cromford and
saw Mr. Marsh the head Bailiff of the Court. After some consideration he has
promised to find me situation forthwith at Chapel en le Firth – will write in
a few days and say when I am to go over.

Thursday Jany. 23rd
Wrote to Mr. J. Farnsworth of Matlock accepting his tender
of a carriage and gray horse for Milleys wedding at 15/- for the day. Wrote to
Sam Turton and enclosed Mr. Farnsworths letter. Made and baked two wedding
cakes, one for Crich, the other for Smalley – good quality. Sharp frost and
cold wind. Night very dark, Millicent and John gone to Isaac Bowmers.

Friday Jany. 24th/68
Have iced the cakes and shall decorate them this evening. A full report of the
tea party at the Club Room is given in this weeks Reporter by Mr. J. W. Lee.

Saturday Jany. 25th/68
Finished the bride cakes this morning. Father has sent invitations to Mr. and Mrs.
Dawse, Mr. and Mrs. Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Bowmer and
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Taylor, Mr. J. Burton, Aunt Ralph Smith and Susannah.
There will be about 24 persons present on the occasion.

Sunday 26th
Jas. Holden, J Dawse, W Young and self went to Crich Carr.

Monday, Jany. 27/68
Pleasant day with very fine weather. Went to Mount Pleasant in the evening.

Tuesday, Jany. 28th/68
Mr. L. B. Porter died this day at 12 o'clock after a long illness of consumption.
He leaves a wife and one child. Millicent, Henry and John went to Ripley
with pony and trap to buy clothes &c.

Wednesday Jany 29th/68
Very pleasant weather. All winter is apparently gone and days are now much
longer. Received a letter from Chas. Garratt wishing me to apply to the
goods Station master for a situation.

Thursday Jany. 30th/68
Prepared the parlour chamber. S. Turton and Miss Grundy came from the Carr
about 7 p.m. – self and sister went back with them. Chas. & Wm. Smith sale
of property took place at Mr. Samuel Bowmers. Mr. Radford of Bull Bridge
bought the land on the Common at £72 per acre. The Thorn Tree at Belper was not sold.

Friday Jany. 31st
Mr Ralph Smith from Manchester – father of G. F. Smith in Australia called
this afternoon to make inquiries respecting his son. I walked with him after
tea a portion of the way to Belper on his way to Mrs. Hawkins where he is
staying for a few days.

Saturday Feb. 1st/68
Mother and sister preparing for the wedding - have written invitations to
cousin Chas. Smith, Belper and Uncle Thos. and Phebe Ann of the Acres -
have also written to Mr. Farnsworth of Matlock respecting the Carrage
being at Crich by 10 o'clock on Wednesday next and to call at Crich Carr for
Miss Grundy. The wind is very powerful to-day having blown over several stacks
in Crich and nearly all the thatch of our buildings. According to fathers orders we
have two barrels of ale from Derby and spirits &c. ready for Wednesday next.

Sunday Feby. 2nd/1868
Very pleasant day. Jas. Holden, J. Dawse and self went to Aldwerslea Church
in afternoon. Saw Sam Walters and Miss Grundy, walked from the Church to
Whatstandwell with S. Grundy and remained there for tea, after which
we went to Crich Chappel where sister Millicent was presented with a very
beautiful Bible by the teachers of the school on her leaving Crich, father being
present responded on behalf of his daughter - this took place after the service
was over. Went part way home with Mrs. and Miss Grundy - very wet night.

Monday Feby. 3rd/68
Pleasant day - Father gone to Nottingham to receive the dividend due to him
from Herbert Goodale's Estate, at the rate of 3/- in the pound.

Tuesday Feby. 4th/68
Self and John went to Ripley to purchase clothes for wedding. Samuel Turton
arrived at Crich this evening. All is now ready for tomorrow. The carrages
will be in attendance at 10 o'clock.

Wednesday Feby. 5th/68
Pleasant day – 9 o'clock the bridesmaids are already dressing. At half past
ten we were on our way to Church, the first carrage containing Mr. and Miss
Turton, Mr Walters of Belper and Miss Wheatcroft, the second carrage being
occupied by Millicent, Miss Grundy, Henry and myself. On arriving at the Church
the road was well filled by about 500 persons also inside the Church there was
a very large company, in fact persons came from Matlock, Belper, Aldwerslea,
Holloway and Mayfield, showing good respect. On our return home they were
met by Mr. and Mrs. Lee of the Dimple, Mr. and Mrs. Dawse, Mr. and Mrs. Brown,
Mr. and Mrs. Wheatcroft, Uncle Ralph, cousin Susannah Smith, cousin Charles
from Belper, Ann and Isaac Bowmer of Rigway, Mr. Piggin, Mr. Holden, Mr.J. Dawse,
Mr. Baker, Miss Boag, Miss Hollis (from Ireland), Aunt Mary Ann and others.
The Breakfast table was filled three times. Mr. Holbeck the Church Minister who
married them came from Church in the last carriage and very kindly presided at
the head of the table, after which he made a very nice speech and was happy
to say that he had never seen so large a company at a wedding in Crich Church
before. The bridesmaids, Miss Turton, Miss Wheatcroft and Miss Grundy, where
dressed in white book musline with long trains, wreaths of flours and hair in curls,
with pink sash ribbon and tool falls. Sister Millicent was altogether white with a
wreath of orange blossom on her brow. The party was well managed and all
persons appeared to enjoy themselves and at 6 o'clock p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Turton
took their departure for Buxton in Farnsworth carrage, the company singing
God Save the Queen as they drove away. The company broke up about 12
o 'clock but several persons, with Charles Smith and myself did not see bed
untill about 3 o'clock Thursday morning.

Thursday Feby. 6th/68
Drove Charles Smith home to Belper this morning. Called at Uncle Johns and left
them some brides cake. Went to Mrs. Grundies to tea – returned home with
J. Holden not very well from the effects of indulging the day before. Mr. Baker
remained with us during the day, Father joining him at some ale &c.

Friday Feby 7th/68
Received a letter from sister at Buxton – is well and will return to Smalley
(her new home) this evening.

Saturday Feby. 8th/68
Brother Henry is gone over to Smalley to take Millicents boxes and other
effects, so that she is at last away from the home of her youth.
Father sent a notice to Mr. Radford of Bullbridge who has purchased the Common
dischargeing him from doing anything with the land or premises untill he is
entitled has the Trustees cannot convey the Common house away from. Mrs. Marshall
so that unless S. Mason completes the purchase the land will have to be put up
again in a separate lot aparte from the house and garden.

Sunday Feby 9th/68
Being a very fine day Jas. Holden, Miss Wheatcroft, Miss Hollis and self
went to Aldwerslea Church in the afternoon. Jas Holden took tea at our house,
when we went down to Whatstandwell and spent the evening at Mrs. Grundies.

Monday Feby. 10th
Wrote to sister Millicent at Smalley respecting some cards given by J. W. Lee
and also to Chas. Garratt of Derby.

Tuesday, Feby.11th/68
Father and self went over to see Mr. Bown respecting the sale of the Common
to Mr. Radford and to tell him that Mrs. Marshall would not give up posession
of the house and that they could not convey and give a title to the property.
Mr. Bown said that if Mr. Radford would give up his purchase they would pay
him back his deposit money and allow us to complete the purchase and thus
save any law expenses. The Biggin Farm is sold and in the event of things being
settled they, the Trustees intend sending part of the money to the Colony
on account of their shares in a few months, but not the whole as they intend
holding some money in hand for a time in case of a law suite takeing place.
He appears very anxious that E. Mason should take to the purchase and save
all disturbance.

Wednesday Feby 12/68
Very pleasant day, almost a real spring morning. Received a letter from
Mr. Ralph Smith of Manchester and inclosed is his son's George Smiths
address according to promise – Mr. George Smith, care of J. Dow Esqr.
Toganmain, Murambaggee River, New South Wales. Wrote to Mr. Marsh,
High Bailiff of Wirksworth for an appointment.

Thursday Febv. 13th
Received a letter from Millicent with an initiation of Miss Wheatcroft and
self to go over to Smalley on Shrove Tuesday 25th inst.

Friday, l4th
Valantine's Day – sent one to Miss Grundy. Very pleasant Weather –
a skylark sang beautifully this morning showing that spring is near.

Saturday Feby 15th/68
Uncle and Aunt R. W. Smith are now removed from Fish Pond House to
the old mansion on the Green. Till now the old place has been unoccupied
for over three years. Wrote to sister inclosing 4 cards received from Mr.
J. W. Lee. Weather still being fine.

Sunday Feby. 16th
Beautiful day. Self and Jas. Holden went to railway station to meet a friend
of his. Went to Church in afternoon. Our Crich policeman died to-day about
4 o'clock after a very short illness of fever. This man a few weeks ago was a
perfect picture of health one whom one would have thought might live for any
length of time, but was suddenly cut down quick, a young man about 35 years.

Monday Feby. 17th/68
The weather still continues good, with every appearance of an early spring.
Are busy preparing the greenhouse &c. John gone to the Pothouse to
receive the rents, as it has not yet changed hands and it is not yet known
who will be the purchaser.

Tuesday Feby. 18th/68
Wrote to Uncle Rupert this mail informing him that the Trustees of Grandfathers
estate would send a part of the money of their respective shares in the
course of a few months but that they, the Trustees should keep a part of
the money in hand for a time in case of a law suite, also that I had made
application to Uncle William for £50 from the Trustees at 5%. Did not send
any other letters by this mail. Slept at Mrs. Saxtons in compliance with their
request has Mr. Farnsworth was on the spree.

Wednesday Feby.19th/68
Wrote an agreement for R. W. Smith to let the Fish Fond house and farm -
received 5/- for same.

Thursday 20th/68
Wrote an agreement for Saml. Radford of Bull Bridge, received 2/2 for same.
Slept at Mr. Saxtons, the young members of the familly being away at Boston.

Friday, Feby.21st/ 68
With Mr. G. Farnsworth spent the evening at Mount Pleasant. On Wednesday
went with Father to Wirksworth – walked both ways. Saw Mr. Hubbesley
and received a promise of a situation.

Saturday, Feby. 22nd/68
Went with Mr. G. Farnsworth to Matlock and Tansley Moor, returned home
at 9 o'clock very wet having been out in heavy rain.

Sunday, Feby. 23
Self and J. Holden went to Riddings - 7 miles and returned home at 10 o'clock.

Monday Feby. 24th/68
Wrote to sister Millicent telling her that self, John and Miss Wheatcroft are
driving over to see them tomorrow, self going to sing at the concert on
Shrove Tuesday night.

Tuesday, Feby.25th/68
Left Crich for Smalley at 12 a.m. Called on Mrs. Hawkins at the "Potteries"
– arrived at Turtons by 2 p.m. Went to the tea meeting in company with Mr.
Abbott, S. Turton and Millicent, Miss Turton, Miss Wheatcroft and brother John.
About 150 persons attended the concert which was held in the school room.
The choir of the Church sang several good pieces which was conducted by Mr.
Allport. according to promise I gave then the British Lion and Bill Jinkins, both
being well received. After the close of the concert the singers adjourned to Mr.
Allports house for supper where several songs were given in turn by other parties
present, the party breaking up at one o'clock a.m. Went with Mr. Abbott to his
house for the night. Found sister Millicent in good health and spirits and very
happy with her husband. Old Mrs. Turton was looking much better and also much
attached to her daughter-in-law. Newse from Australia in respect to meat is
somewhat astonishing. Legs of mutton sold in Melbourne at 9d. each.

Wednesday Feby. 26th/68
Left Smalley for Crich at 3 o'clock and arrived at Ripley where we left Miss
Wheatcroft at 4 p.m. The weather is very fine for this time of the year and
nearly all fruit trees are putting out leaves and should there be no more frost
we shall have a very early spring. Took tea at Mrs. Wheatcrofts. Went to Crich Carr.

Thursday Feby. 27th/68
Father, John and self busy gardening. Have sown some broad beans. Ground in good order.

Friday, Feby 28
Went to see Mr. Isaac Bowmer who is ill with the gout in his feet being unable to
walk. Remained there all night and returned home on Saturday 29th evening.
Isaac's garden is in good order. He has sown onions, radishes and seilary this week..

Saturday Feby 29th
The last day of the month which is remarkable for the fact of it having five
Saturdays, the same event not having occurred for 25 years before.

Sunday March 1st
The weather is rather unsettled and to-day we have had a considerable
quantity of rain. Few persons attended our Chappel this evening in consequence.
Old blind John Storer preached morning and evening.

Monday, March 2nd/1868
Wet day, weather still unsettled.

Tuesday Mar. 3rd/68
Father and self went to Matlock by way of Riber Castle - Mr. Smeadley's
establishment – being anxious to see Mr. Smeadley for some employment
but did not meet him. At Matlock Bank his head Bath man took us over the whole
of the premises which was well worth seeing – the number of patients in the
establishment is 120. Went to wards, saw G. Farnsworth, returned home by
Whatstandwell, fine day and pleasant weather.

Wednesday Mar, 4th/68
Wrote to the Emmigration Office, London for a passage on one of their ships
for John to Australia.

Thursday Mar. 5th/68
Assisted R.W.S. to slaughter a cow and two sheep for the Co-oporative
Society – all of good quallity. Remained the day with him gardening &c.

Friday Mar.6th/68
Wrote to sister. Received letter from the Emmigration Office, London.
No vessels at present for Victoria and may not be for several months.
John and self busy building a fowl place in the garden. Very pleasant weather
and most of the trees are putting out leaves and fruit trees bloom showing
signs of an early spring.

Saturday Mar 7th/68
Father sold all the young fruit trees in the garden and orchard to Samuel
Radford 1/- each – mad bargain – also the manure for 25/- and gave him
permission to come on the land forthwith prior to his taking full possession
on the 25 of this month.

Sunday March 8th/68
Very winterley day, heavy fall of snow and rain. John Storer in the absence
of the preacher appointed, preached in the Wesleyan Chappel morning and evening.

Monday March 9th/68
Very pleasant day. Great contrast with yesterday. Mother, John and self
left home with pony and trap at 8 a.m. arrived at Derby 10 o'clock saw
Doctor Ogleby and got John's requirements from the Derby Institution, went
round by Smalley, called upon Millicent and Sam, found them very comfortable
took tea and left for Crich at 6.30 p.m. Arrived home by 8 o'clock having spent
a pleasant day and driven a distance of about 30 miles for the last time with
our own conveyance as it will be sold in a few days.

Tuesday Mar.1Oth/68
Another fine day. Self and brother John busy removeing the old cow shedd &c
clearing the timber and other things of the land before Mr. Radford takes possession.

Wednesday Mar. 11th/68
Miss Boag, Br. John and self went to Heanor to hear the great Wesleyan
preacher "Punshon" at the Wesleyan Chappel service at 6.30 p.m. Place crowded
with people from all parts. The text was taken from the 4 chapter Isaiah 3, 4
and 5 verses. This great man is about to leave England for America for the
purpose of marrieng his wife's sister, which the laws of England will not allow,
after which he will return home again. He is thought to be quiet equal to Spurgon.

Thursday Mar. l2th/68
Assisted R.W. Smith to slaughter a cow this morning – received a letter from
Miss Poiser of Wirkworth informing me that the penny readings at which I am
to sing are postponed untill after Easter. Books returned from Grundies.

Friday Mar. 13th/68
Went over to Uncle Thomas's of Killbourn on the poney. Remained all night –
found cousin Phebe Ann well, but still very lame.

Saturday Mar. 14th
Went forward to Smalley. Saw sister and Samuel, remained for dinner and
returned to the Acres for tea. On my way home called at Isaac Bowmers
and stay'd with him untill 11 p.m

Sunday Mar.15th/68
Very fine day for this time of the year as it is almost like the middle of
summer. William Young and Emerline Poiser (daughter of William Saxton)
our cousins were asked in Church (for marriage) this morning, first time.
They are to reside at Matlock Bank.

Monday Mar.16th/68
Have been assisting cousin Susannah to regulate the old front garden at
the old house on the Green where Uncle Ralph and Aunt are now living.
The garden is in a very bad state completely grown over with weeds and all trees
and flowers growing wild. Only to think of this spot of which Grandma took so
much care some years back, being in this state.

Tuesday Mar.17th
Have had another day in the garden and must confess that it will soon look
its former self again. Have planted a plumb tree in the front of the house
and nailed it to the wall near the old green gate.

Wednesday Mar.18th/68
Isaac Bowmer and I went over with our pony and trap to Tansley and Matlock.
Had tea at Ralphs and spent the evening at Youngs.

Thursday, March 19th/68
Wrote to Uncle and Aunt 'A'. Smith informing them of the progress of property
affairs and of the probability of money being sent to the Colony after the 25
of this month when all affairs are expected to be settled and in reminding him
of my request for an order on the Trustee Mr. Bown. Killed a sheep for R. W. Smith
and planted several plumb trees in the orchard near the summer house.
S. Radford has removed the manure from the yard, on to the field below the
house – we expect that he will take final possession on the 25 inst.

Friday Mar.20th
Hot day. E.M, just recovering from a drinking bout which has lasted about 5 weeks.
We are given to understand that Mr. Walker (lawyer) of Belper has a bill of sale
from E.M. of £50 on our two cows, pony and trap &c. – this also was for a supply
of drink and no other aim can he have but to impoverish his own family having been
nothing but a scatterer during the whole of his life.

Saturday Mar. 21st
Pleasant day. Self at Uncle Ralph's.

Sunday Mar. 22/68
Went out to Mr. Benjamin Bakers for dinner and tea. Saw Mr. Hodskinson
who made several inquiries about Uncle Rupert in Australia.

Monday Mar. 25rd/68
Very cold day with heavy fall of snow, Wrote out an agreement for R. W.
Smith for letting the Jovial Dutchman Inn to a Mr. Boole from Sheffield.
Three copies, one being for Thos. Dawse executor for Joseph Fritchley.

Tuesday Mar.24th/68
Father and John gone to Belper to see Walker about the sale of our small stock.
Self at R. W. Smiths.

Wednesday Mar. 25th
Witnessed the agreements being signed by Ralph's two tennants for Fish Pond
House and the Jovial Dutchman Inn

Thursday Mar.26th/68
Received a letter from Sister Millicent saying that herself and husband are coming
over to Crich on Easter Sunday.

Friday Mar. 27th/68
Went with Mr J. W. Lee to Matlock and Wirksworth. Saw Mr. Marsh who told us
that in a few weeks he should have a vacancy at Bakewell.

Satdy. Mar. 28th/68
Busy at Uncle Ralphs gardening etc.

Sunday Mar. 29th/68
Went with Jas. Holden to Riddings. Beautiful day, enjoyed the walk.

Monday Mar. 30th/68
William Young and Emerline Poiser were married by Mr.Chawmer
at Crich Church this morning.

Tuesday Mar.31st/68
Went with Mr. J. W. Lee by train to Bakewell, called at Miers's (Castle Hotel)
heard Miss Miers play several good pieces on the piano, walked on to Youlgrave,
distance of 3½ miles, returned by way of Haddon Hall. Self and Mr. Lee
went through the Hall and on to the tower and much pleased with the sight.
Took tea at the Castle Hotel – walked out with Miss H. Miers and returned
home by the 3 p.m. train to Whatstandwell.

Wednesday April 1st/68
At home preparing things ready for the sale by Mr. Poiser of Wirksworth
tomorrow, also assisted Ralph to kill a small bullock about 600 lbs.

Thursday April 2nd/68
Very pleasant weather. Our sale took place at 1 o'clock when the following
was disposed of -
Pony and trap and harness £10.11.0, 2 cows £30.5.0, Heavy dray £5.10.0,
Hay £4.5.0 and sundries makeing a total of £56. Paid Poiser £1-11-6.
Went with Mr. Isaac Bowmer to Belper, saw cousins Charles and William Smith.

Friday April 3rd/68
Assisted Mr. Spendlove to make up his returns for the Belper Union.

Saturday April 4th/68
Very fine weather. Self at Ralph's assisting him in the shop. Went at
night to Miss Ann Cocks, remained several hours in company with herself
and Miss Fenton (promised to read diary).

Sunday April 5th/68
Self and J. Holden went to Riddings. Remained untill Monday morning.
Self slept at Jim's uncle's.

Monday April 6th/68
The weather is really beautiful and all things look in a prosperous state
denoting an early spring.

Tuesday April 7th/68
All our stock &c. is removed from of the land and I think Mr. Radford has
taken possession but have not heard wether he has received the conveyance
or not from the Executors.

Wednesday April 8th/68
Assisted Uncle Ralph to kill a calf and sheep. Beef and mutton is now very high,
good quallity at a very high price – such as the butchers dispose of at Crich –
second quallity is beef 8d. per lb and mutton 7½d. Wonderful contrast with
Australia where it is reported that in Melbourne good mutton can be bought
at 1d. and 2d. per pound.

Thursday April 9th, 68
Received letter from sister. S.Turton and herself are coming over to Crich
tomorrow but are not staying, only a few hours as they wish to return the
same day.

Good Friday April 10th/1868
J. Holden, J. Dawse and self went by first train to Matlock Bath. The place
was quiet busy. No less than 9 special trains came in and upwards of
10,000 people. The day was fine and all persons appeared to enjoy themselves.
Dined with William Young at Matlock Bank. Called at Mr. Farnsworths and
returned home by last train at 8.30 p.m. in company with Miss Boag. Sam
and Milly had been but returned home before I got to Crich. Have promised to
come over to Smalley and see them on Sunday the 19th.

Saturday April 11th/1868
Old Eligah Hall died at 8 o'clock p.m. after an illness of two months, his brothers
Frederick, John and Doctor Hall being present. Thus another of the old town's
men of Crich is gone to his long home.

Sunday April 12th/68
Beautiful day. Took tea at Mrs. Wheatcrofts. Mother spent the afternoon
with Aunt Mary Ann at the Bulls Head. .

{page and a half torn out at this point}

Thursday, May 7/68
Mother is still attending on the little sufferer having never left her night or day
since the accident occured. Brother John went to Mr. J. Haynes's to learn
the carpentering business on Monday 20th of April l868 and at present is
making rapid progress. All being well he will soon learn the trade.

Wednesday May 20th
Cousin Chas. Smith, S. Walters and self drove to Smalley. They returned about
11 p.m. for home. Self remained to assist Sam to paint and paper the house.

Thursday 21st/68
The choir of Smalley Church sang the Hallalugah Chorus at the evening service
– are to sing the same again on Sunday afternoon.

The weather is very fine, crop &c. is growing fast. A plentifull season expected.

Sunday May 24th/68
Very pleasant day. The Hallalugah Chorus was sung this afternoon and went
exceedingly well. Sister and self went to the Wesleyan Chappel at Horsleywood
house. The days are now very long being light until 9 o'clock each evening.

Monday May 25th/68
Wrote to Messrs Money Wigram & Sons for a situation as butcher for the
voyage out to the Colony.

Tuesday May 26th/68
Barrett the Feinan prisoner was hanged this day in front of Newgate Goal,
after having been twice respited, he is the person who set fire to the barrell
of powder at Clerkenwell Goal by which so many persons lost their lives.
It is stated that he died without a struggle.
The Australian black eleven cricketers played their first match in England
against the all England team yesterday and to-day all England went in first
and made 222 runs. The blacks made 84 first innings and 132 the second innings
being beaten by the all England in one innings. The London Telegraph states
that their never was so much money taken at any time before on the cricket
ground at Lords as on this occasion. Several of the blacks are unwell.

Wednesday May 27th
The Great Derby Day is closed and the Marquess of Hastings is supposed to
be a poor man as the horse Lady Elizabeth on which he had staked all he was
possessed of lost and did not get a place.

Thursday May 28th/68
Self came from Smalley to Belper with S. Walters. Slept with Sam and came
to Crich by train. No letters from the Colony by the last mail as expected.
The day has been very hot almost equal to Australian weather. I should
think it was over 100 in the sun.

June 30th/1868
This month throughout has been very hot with no rain. Many of the farmers
have got all their hay and but very poor crops it is supposed that they will
make a good price this winter.

July 20th
Received a Beaufort Chronical from Aunt S. Smith.

July 25th/68
Received a letter from Aunt E. Smith in answer to the one sent in
Feby. l8th/68. She informs me that Uncle W.will write by next mail &c.

July 30th/68
Crich Flower Show held this day at which we took 7 prizes. Also a cricket match
was played in B. Taylors field near the Cliff between north and south Crich,
the south being the victors with 6 runs to spare after which we had a good
supper at the Bulls Head. Millicent and Sam came over from Smalley and spent
the day with us. The heat this last month has been most intense, seldom less
than 85 in the shade and at times 130 and 135 in the sun. It is very near 10
weeks since we had any rain. The ground is parched and cattle in many cases
have to be kept on hay as there is no grass for them. All crops of wheat are
looking first rate and according to accounts this is the best year for wheat
that has been known for many years, the crops are also plentyfull.

Augst. Monday 3rd/68
All farmers are busy with their corn which (if this weather continues)
will be all got in this week.

Wednesday Augt. 5th/68
At 4 p.m. this day while Father was at home he was visited by a maiden lady
from London 73 years old who enquired after Julia and her family, a Miss Gifford.
She said that it was her intention to leave all her property to Mother and
family and requested that Julia would pay her a visit as soon as possible,
leaving her address, 32 St. Martin le Grand, London.

Friday Augt.7th
Wrote to Miss Gifford asking her to appoint a time for Mother to go to London.

Tuesday, Augt. 11th
Received a letter from sister Millicent (all well). We have had a thunder
shower this morning which will do a great amount of good.

Sunday Augst. 16th/68
Our Wesleyan School sermons were preached by Mr. Brough of Stourport.
Collection made at each service was £7-10-3. The choir sang several
anthems on the occasion.

Saty. Augst. 22nd/68
During the past week we have had a quantity of rain and the grass is
growing nicely. Many farmers are sowing turnips. Have not received a reply
from Miss Gifford as yet. Fathers hearing came off on the 18th at Alfreton.
Mr. Bown informed mother that they the Trustees, sent money in May last
(say the 18th/68) to Rupert Smith £200, William Smith £200 as part of their
dividend out of the estate of R. W. Smith and that no money was sent to
Thomas Smith has Mr. Jessop of Crich put in his claim for £100 money lent on
his share and interest for six years at 10 per cent, in all £160 but that they
intended sending Thomas some money by the next mail.

Monday Augst. 24th/68
A cricket match was played between Crich Carr and Crich Common for 1/- per man

– the Common being the victors with nine runs to spare. Brother John
played with Crich Common - good score.

Tuesday Augst. 23th/68
I have this day received a challenge from the Riddings Cricket Club to play
a game with our Club (of which I am secretary) on Sept. lst/68 for a new ball.
Wrote in reply accepting their challenge and arranged time of pitching wicket,
also informing them that a supper will be provided by B. Taylor at the Bulls Head
for l/6d. each.

Wednesday Augst.26/68
Very fine day. All fruit is now about ripe and to all appearance the season has
been a very good one - since the late rains the grass is now growing very fast,
the fields being and having the appearance of spring. Sent a challenge to the
Ripley cricket club to play on Monday September 7/68 the return match to take
place at Crich in the Wakes week – have received no letters from the Colony this
mail nor have I sent any. Wrote to Miss Gifford, London on Mothers behalf as it is
now three weeks since Father sent his letter to which we have had no reply,
thinking that she has not received the same – see copy of letter.

Thursday Augst. 27th/68
Very fine day and a prospect of fine weather for some time - this summer
throughout has been as much like an Australian one as possible, with the
exception of not having any hot winds.

Tuesday September 1st/1868
The cricketers from Riddings were at Crich by 10 o'clock this morning.
A jolly lot of young men ready to play their first game with Crich.
The game resulted in their favor by 30 runs. Afterwards one and all of the
players partook of a good supper provided by B. Taylor at the Bulls Head
and a very pleasant evening was spent by all.

Wednesday 2nd Sept.
Received letter from I. Dawes, Ripley, stateing that their Club will meet us on
their ground on Monday Sept.7th/68.

Thursday Sept. 3/68
Went to Derby to see the Australian blacks play against the South Derbyshire
eleven. The score is as follows –
S. Derbyshire
1st inngs. 145
2nd inngs 194
Total 339
1st inngs 126
2nd inngs 87
Total 213
South Derbyshire being the victors – by 126 runs.
However it was supposed that the Australians did not play a winning game in
the second innings in consequence of their having to go through other sports on
the same day, namely throwing the boomerang, sham fight and Dick a Dick dodging
the cricket ball &c. which he accomplished in first rate stile four men throwing
at him in turn at a distance of about 8 yards, each trying to strike him for
about 20 minutes, but all failed to strike him for he took care to guard each
ball and on the following day and Tuesday Sept. 7th and 8th the Blacks played
at Burton on Trent, proving the best players in this match by 171 runs. Burton
scored 72 first innings, 99 in second do. while the Australians made 139 and
101. There is no mistake but that they are good fielders and Cuzens is a good
round arm bowler. One of blacks died soon after they arrived in England.

{see note at end of Diary}

Sept. 21st/1868
Went with Crich Cricket Club to Riddings to play a match against the Greenhill Lane
Club. The day was fine and a good game took place resulting in an easy victory
for Crich with 74 runs to spare. By the last mail which left England on the 20th
Sept.inst. the Trustees sent to Uncles William and Rupert £120 each makeing
in all as part of their shares £320 each. There was also money sent to Thomas,
namely the balance due to him after deducting the amount due to Jessop.

Received a newspaper from Aunt E. Smith but no letter as expected
with the cheque promised.

Sept. 30th/68
Have been painting at the old house on the green for Uncle R. W.Smith.
He has given up butchering for the Crich Corporative Society and is now in business
for himself in the old shop on the green.

October 9th/68
Have assisted Uncle Ralph to slaughter two cows and 5 sheep for the Fair which
is held on Monday next (Sunday being the Fair day 11th of October).

Monday Oct. 12th/68
The day was fine and a good show of sheep and cattle and pigs but not many
buyers, sales generally were flat, a cricket match was played on B. Taylors
ground near the Cliff with Ripley Club who were beaten by 19 runs. Supper was
provided at Taylors, thus with one thing and another the fair day passed off well.
R. W. Smith sold out all the Wakes beef and has killed another cow, makeing his
share three. I think Crich people are noted for beef eating, especially at the Wakes for this time there was 16 slaughtered in all.

Thursday Oct. 15th/68
The last two days was taken up with cricket, Riddings appeared at Crich on Tuesday
and were again beaten by Crich with 103 runs to spare and on Wednesday the
last match of the season took place between the married and single of Crich
resulting in favour of the latter with 7 runs to spare. A supper was provided by
Benjamin Taylor each evening so that Taylor had a fair share of custom, having had
three suppers in succession.

November 1868
Two Conservatives, Sir Thomas Gresley and Sir Rowland Smith of Duffield were
returned Members of Parliament for South Derbyshire defeating the liberal
candidates Messrs Evans and Colvill.

December 68
Sir Thos Gresley died after a short illness two days before he was to have taken
his seat in the House of Commons. Colonel Willmot a gentleman much respected
and who took part in the Indian war under Sir Henry Havelock, is going to contest
the election with Sir Thomas William Evans in January.

January 19th
The ellection is now over and the Conservatives have again been the victors having
returned Colonel Willmot with a majority of 32 votes. It is now reported that
Mr. T. W. Evans is going on the Continent for 3 years.

Jany. 21st/69
The weather has been very mild for several months past and as yet; there is
scarce any signs of winter with the exception of a plentyfull fall of rain very much
resembling an Australian winter and the fields continue green. The trees are already
beginning to bud with every appearance of an early spring.

Jany. 6th/69
Sister Millicent was safely delivered of a very fine daughter at 5 o'clock on New
Year's morning, both mother and daughter doing well.

Jany. 30th/69
Received letters from Uncle Rupert and Aunt Elizabeth also a newspaper,
the Beaufort Chronicle containing an account of Uncle Thomas's death.
Poor fellow, he had been to his farm at Benangor and was returning to Beaufort
on Sunday night Nov. 29th/68 with a light cart and Polly the black mare.
He left Kelleys Hotel about 8 o'clock under the influence of drink and must have
fallen asleep in his cart, for unfortunately he appears to have lost all command
of the horse, which turned off to the left of the road and went down the bank of
the creek capsising the cart which fell on poor Thomas's neck breaking it in two places,
thus without a moments warning removing him from time into eternity. Poor fellow,
he was the last of our family to go to Australia and the first to die there. How true
it is that we know not what a day or an hour may bring forth to any of us.

February 1869
There is considerable sickness going the rounds of the country this month caused
it is believed by the unseasonable Weather. On Saturday night last the 6th inst.
there was no less than 12 persons ready for burial on the following day.
Crich however appears pretty clear of feavers &c. at present.

Febry, 1869
Mr. Isaac Bowmer of Ridgway house has sold the Flour Mill at Bull Bridge to Mr. Else
of Lee for the sum of £830. It was in the occupation of Mr. George Argile of Heage
for several years past untill his death which occured in January last. It is believed
that Mr. G. Argile's affairs are in a bad state and that after all his property is sold
there will not be sufficient to pay all his liabilities, thus his wife and 8 children are
left pennyless.

March 16th/69
Made application to the Emigration agent for an assisted passage to Queens Land
but was refused in consequence of my having been in Victoria before.

Thursday Mar. 18th/69
Drove over to Smalley with Isaac Bowmers pony and trap. Took large case of
birds and several parcels for sister. Found them all well. Mr. Crowther from Derby
was visiting with them. They have had the baby Christened at Smalley Church with
the name of Mary Elizabeth Turton, after both great grandmothers who are both living,
one being 84 and the other 83 years old.

Sunday Mar. 21st/69
Old Mrs. Porter of Edge Farm and Mrs. Herbert Goodall of Crich died this day – they
have been both suffering for some time. Wrote letters to Uncles William and Rupert
also sent newspapers to each. Received no letters from Australia this mail.

Thursday Mar.23/69
Benjm. Taylor paid Mr. Bown for land bought at last sale. Uncle Ralph has not
completed the purchase of the Malt House and Croft and the Executors are
going to offer the same again for sale. Mr. Jessop received from Mr. Bown the
balance due to him on Thomas's share, makeing a total of £169. Mr. Bown sent
£120 and £20 interest, in all £140 to the Colony. Of this money Thomas had
drawn from the Bank but a few pounds when his life was so soon taken away.
Uncle R. said in his letter that the money in the Bank would about pay off his
liabilities incurred at Beaufort. He has also taken out Letters of Administration
for poor Thomas's affairs, Mr. Bown is of opinion that Uncle Ralph will have to
administrate to his affairs in England as there will be about £200 more belonging
to Thomas's share when the Estate is wound up. Made up the relieving officers
book (R. Spendlove) this day, ready for the board on Friday next.

Good Friday Mar. 26th/69
Pleasant weather. 7 excursion trains to Matlock Bath. Many visitors attended at
Crich, the Stand on the Cliff being the principal point of attraction. Many persons
are busy gardening. Self spent the day at Mr. Butlers in company with some friends
from Ashley Hay.

Saturday Mar. 27th/69
Cold winterly weather with sleet and snow, also a frost during last night. This
will do considerable damage to the fruit trees as for some time past we have
had very fine weather and many trees are almost cut in bloom. It is evident
that winter is not over yet. Mr. Gladstone's Irish Church Bill has at last passed
its second reading after a strong contest in the House for 4 nights namely
March 18th, 19th, 22nd. and 23rd with a majority for the Government of 118
– the victory was received by the Ministerialists with loud and prolonged cheering.
The Bill was then read a second time, Mr. Gladstone fixing April 15th for the
Committee in the hope that the House would then proceed with expedition.
Mr. Isaac Bowmer is about letting his farm at Ridgway to Mr. Chas. Else and takeing
the house that formerly belonged to Uncle John Smith from Mr. Jeremiah Burton
at a rental of £10.

Sunday Mar. 28th/1869
Cold winterly day with heavy fall of snow and in consequence of the inclemency
of the weather there was no preaching at the Wesleyan Chappel in the morning.
The evening however was very fine with a clear moon. Self, Mother and Brothers
went to Chappel. Old John Storer preached. It is now nearly 40 years since he
stood in the Wesleyan pulpit to preach for the first time.

Monday Mar. 29th/69
At Mr. Isaac Bowers. Went with him to the sale of Heage Hall which was
bought by Mr. Shore for £2,085.

Tuesday Mar. 30th/69
Received a letter from the Protestant Community in London, who are going out
to settle in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wednesday, Mar. 31st/69
Miss Marshall, sister of William Marshall (deceased) my Grandmother's husband,
died this day at her farm Plaster Green. She has made a will leaving all her
personalty to a nephew Robert Spendlove. The real property consisting of
farm house, out buildings and 21 acres of land, comes by will and deed of gift
made by William Marshall to Mary Marshall his wife, he being the heir at law.
Mr. Wilson of Alfreton holds a mortgage of £250 at 5%, this being the whole
ammount on the property, which when sold we expect will bring a serplus of about
£590 to our family.

April 1st, 1869
Made Mr. Herbert Goodall's will in which he bequeathes all he has in the world,
or may have, from any source whatever, unto Henry Basil Boag son of Robert
Boag of Crich in the County of Derby, £50 payable to Mary Highton, daughter
of John Highton, Butcher in the parish of Crich. Self and brother John witnessed
the same this day. Mr. Chawner "Vicar" came to visit my Grandmother this evening
at 8 o'clock.

Friday April 2nd/1869
Miss Marshall buried in Crich churchyard. Mr. Robert Spendlove received an
increase of salary from the Belper Poor Law Board of £20 per annum making
a total of £100.

Monday April 5th/69
At Bowmers. Mr. Samuel Argile and Mr. Joseph Pymm went with Isaac to look
over the ground belonging to the late Mr. Geo Argile – his widow with five children,
had made all her furniture ready for removal to another house which she has
taken in Heage, when an order from the court was put in to distrain the goods.
Her case is a very hard one considering that up to the time of her husbands death,
she has been in a state of affluence and at this time she is almost destitute, not
knowing what to do or where to go.

Tuesday April 6th/1869
Crich Fair Day – good stock of cattle in any quantity of sheep and pigs.
Isaac Watson, and John Wagstaff are gardening at Mr.Burtons house on the Common.
For Mr. Isaac Bowmer they have set a flat of potatoes, sown 6 rows of peas
and planted a quantity of cabbage plants. They have also moved many rose trees
of a very fine sort from Ridgway which will tend to improve his new residence
considerably. Self and cousin Ann have been packing crockery &c. Went home
about 8 p.m. with a sore throat.

Wednesday April 7th/69
At home; throat still very sore.

Thursday April 8th/69
Self rather better. Cousin Susannah and I have been whitewashing and preparing
the rooms ready for Bowmers removing, they expect to leave Ridgway next
week when Mr. Chas Else will take possession.

Monday April 12th/1869
Mr. and Mrs. I. Bowmer finished removing goods from Ridgway about
12 o'clock. Mr. C. Else took possession same day. Mr. Greaves of Belper
made the agreement. Brother John and self went to Derby to see the exebition
at the Corn Exchange of the Siamese twins, the American Giantess and the
Circussion Lady. The twins are men joined together by a piece of flesh about
3 inches in diameter below the bottom ribs. They are 57 years of age, about
5 feet 4 inches, are both married and have 9 children each. The greatest living
wonder known. They speak English well and are a fair sample of Chinese. The
Giantess is 21 next June, 8 feet high, 32 stone and good looking. The only
thing worthy of remark in connection with the Circussian beauty is her hair
which is like a mass of silk.

Tuesday April 15th/1869
Received letter from sister. She is not enjoying good health and thinks of
coming to Crich for a change for a few weeks.

Thursday April 15th/69
John caught a fine brace of pike.

Wednesday April 21st/69
Held the first general meeting of the Crich United Cricket Club at the
Bulls Head – each to pay 2/6 for the year. Received subscriptions and
appointed Committee of Management. Mr. Allan to be Treasurer and myself
Secretary for the season, the opening match to be played on Monday
April 26th in Mr. Bryans field.

Thursday April 22nd/69
Old Mr. Robert Lee of Dimple House is confined to his bed with a bad cold
from which he is not expected to recover as he is now in his 82 year.

Sunday April 25th/69
Old John Storer preached morning and evening in the Wesleyan Chappel.

Monday April 26th/1869
The opening match of the Crich Cricket Club was played on Mr. Richd.
Bryan's green between the married and single members of the Club
resulting in favour of the single side. Self and Bro. John played with them.
Mrs. J. W Lee was delivered of a daughter about 2 o'clock this morning.
Brother Henry very ill with a quinsey. The weather for the last few days has
been very fine, all crops &c looking well.

Tuesday April 27/69
John and self set 5 rows of potatoes in Mr. Lee's field at the back of the hill
– formerly Grandfather's land. Wrote to sister asking her to come over to Crich.
Brother Henry still unwell. Have sown a quantity of everlasting flower seeds in the garden.

May 5th/69
Received reply from sister stateing that she could not come over to Crich
untill after Whitsunday when we may expect her for a weeks stay. Sam sent
some everlasting flower seeds. Have sown them to-day.

May 12th/69
Received a letter from the Matlock Bank Cricket C. stateing that they are not
in a position to play a match with Crich at present but will arrange to play
before the season is over.

May 13th/69
Finished painting at the Wheat Sheaf Inn, brother John doing carpentering work
for Mr. J. W. Lee, at the houses on the common.

May 14th/69
Received a letter from sister stateing that she is unwell and requesting Mother
to go over to Smalley next Monday and stay a week with them. Self assisted
Isaac Bowmer to set two rows of potatoes in Staffords field.

Saturday May 22nd/1869
Sister Millicent and baby came by train in company with Mother from Smalley.
She is going to remain with us for a fortnight.

May 26th/69
Received a letter from the Belper Cricket Club promissing to play a match
with Crich Club in the course of a few weeks.

Sunday May 30th/69
S. Turton from Smalley spent the day with us and returned home on Monday
morning leaving Sister Millicent to spend another week at Crich.

Monday May 31st/69
Painted some doors for Mr. Lee.

June 28th & 29th/69
Self clerking for Mr. Herbert Goodalls Sale by Mr. Hopkins, two days. On
Monday 28th brothers Harry and John went with Crich Cricket Club to play
against Stansby at Smalley. Crich returned with the victory with 5 wickets to fall.

Tuesday June 29/69
Mr. Jessop brought the deed for the sale of the Pothouse Farm to our house
for the signature of my Grandmother. Father intends holding it in his own
possession untill Mr. Jessop hands over the balance of the purchase money
remaining, after paying the mortgages which we think will be about £1,850.

July 5th/69
Bro. John gone over to Smalley for a week to help Sam with the hay.

July 7th/69
Went with H. Howitt to Belper Wakes. Got home again about 2 o'clock next
morning (walked home).

July 21st/1869
Father gave Mr. Jessop the deed of the Pothouse Farm and received a guarantee
from Mr. Walker of Leeworth for the balance of the purchase money, so that the
Pothouse sale is now at an end.

July 30th/69
Went with Mr. J. W. Lee and is father to Pentrich when the old gentleman
(who is in his 83 year) took part in a game of cricket with us – was also in
company with a man 85 who took part in the Battle of Waterloo under
the Duke of Wellington.

Saturday July 31st/1869
Father and Mother gone to Belper to receive the interest money of the
£450 in the Bank of England from Mr. L. R. Greves Solr. On Monday last
the Royal Assent was given by Commission to put an end of the Establishment
of the Irish Church, thus terminates the fierce conflict of sixteen months. The
Commons have carried their Bill and Mr. Gladstone with his overwhelming majority
at his back is master of the situation and the hero of the fight.

{Diary finishes at this point}

October 1867 Crich common
Gave portrates to following friends
Sam Turton Smalley
Misss Turton Smalley
Mr. Crowther Derby
Chas Smith Belper
Mrs. J. Burley Whatstandwell
Miss Grundy Whatstandwell
Walter Minns Lowestoft
James Holden Crich
Sister Millicent Crich

Notes on some of the content in the diary

I thought it might be helpful, or interesting, to add a few facts to support what Denman Mason wrote in his diary.

Thursday 3rd September 1868 - Australian Blacks Cricket Team
The Australian Aboriginal cricket team who toured here in 1868 between May and October were the first Australian cricketers to travel overseas.
Team members were: Johnny Mullah, Bullocky, Sundown, Dick-a-Dick, Johny Cuzens, King Cole, Red Cap, Twopenny, Charley Dumas, Jimmy Mosquito, Tiger, Peter, Jim Crow. (These were obviously not their traditions Aboriginal names.)
In June 1868 King Cole died from TB and was buried at Tower Hamlets in London.
Denman mentions in the diary the death of King Cole, the skill of Johny Cuzens and the ball dodging ability of Dick-a-Dick.

Australian cricketers 1868

Common Farm
Frequent mention is made of Common Farm. This is now Dial Farm and was where John Wesley stayed when preaching in Crich.

Blind John Storer, Wesleyan Preacher
Read more about this remarkable man on this site. John Storer

Revd Chawner
Long-serving Vicar of Crich during this time. He has a stained glass window in the Church in his memory organised by Dr Dunn with the help of Florence Nightingale. Revd Chawner

Isaac Bowmer
A friend and relative of Denman Mason, A prominent figure in the community, an important Freemason, who died in 1875 aged forty-three. His distinctive Masonic tomb is by the path leading to the church. Isaac Bowmer

William Morley Punshon
Denman was much taken with the preaching of "Punchon" on March 11th 1868. William Morley Punshon (1824–1881) was born in Doncaster and became a reknown Wesleyan Preacher in this country, America and Canada.

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