Tuesday January 15th 1856Breakfast was after a little bit of studying or opening the post at the office. Dinner was the main meal of the day – whenever it took place – but here in rural Yorkshire it was generally in the middle of the day or the early afternoon. Tea was in the early evening, supper later on. Dinner, tea and supper – all were opportunities for parties and gatherings in this gregarious, sociable world.
Went to the Office Mrs Workman Mr Robert W Mr Henlock & Mrs dined with us at 2 o’clock I left the Office at 2 returned at 4 Went to the Doctors [Sedgwicks’] in the Evening Danced had supper & enjoyed ourselves extremely A Family party Leonard’s birthday
Mr Robert Crawshaw Workman farmed at Arksey, near Doncaster. The Workmans were connections of the Henlocks, John's mother's family – Margaret Henlock married William Workman. Mr and Mrs Henlock were John’s uncle and aunt from Great Ouseburn.
Tuesday January 22nd 1856No wonder John felt tired – he had been up till 4 o’clock in the morning waiting for the cow to calve. Jane was his elder sister, who would soon marry young Mr Capes of her uncle Hirst’s office. Dora was his cousin Dorothy Hirst, who died unmarried aged fifty-one. She led a quiet life of useful works to the community and her family and is commemorated by a stained glass window in Boroughbridge church. Ann Stubbs was one of the London relations.
Went to office. Retd to Breakfast felt rather tired. At Noon walked with Jane up the Topcliffe Road Had tea with Aunt Hirst went to a small party to supper at Aunt Bells. had my fortune told by her. Got home about ½ past eleven. Uncle Hirst & Dora came home from London & Ann Stubbs came with them