Tuesday January 29th 1856The Subscription Newsroom at the White Horse Inn was a favourite place for John to read the papers – the lurid details of the Palmer poisoning trial, perhaps, or a little of the Tory periodical, the Quarterly Review – to meet friends or even, as in May 1856, to clean his gun.
Went to Office at Noon had a walk with Jane & Lizzy & Joe a mile up Topcliffe road & round by Milby At Night went & read Blackstone at H Carrass’, before tea After tea went again to Carrass’ with Joe had a rubber at wist Uncle Hirst came for Sophy. Joe & I got out at the back door & went to the Newsroom
Saturday January 3rd 1857John’s older brother Tom had been home for a few days over Christmas, and clearly John was very angry with the Sedgwick brothers for the breach of hospitality – Tom had not been asked in to the house when he called on the Sedgwicks during his brief stay. Perhaps the doctor’s household was in some disarray – Dr Roger Sedgwick died in early April. At any event the “regular split” did not impair their relationship – they remained friends for life.
Went to Office Returned to Breakfast. At Noon went to Capes’. At Night I went to Newsroom Met Leond Tom & Jim Sedgwick there Leond & I had a regular split because our Tom called at their house once when he was here & would not go again because he was not asked in he did not see the Doctor. Called at Henry Carass’ Read Shakespeare
When not out with a gun or a dog, the young men would walk out together simply for exercise and to chat – setting someone on their way was another companionable opportunity:
Saturday March 29th 1856They would call in on friends and relations – a wise housekeeper would be prepared for their hungry appetites.
Went to Office. At Noon was about home. At Night I went to Ouseburn. Smallwood set me to the top of Yorkas Bank Wm Freeman’s man overtook me in a spring cart & gave me a ride to the Workhouse I then walked to Uncle Picks. Bell Baldwin Mary Metcalf & I walked up to Uncle Wms [Henlock] I called at Crosby’s he was not in
Saturday April 18th 1857
Went to office At Noon was about home. At Night I walked to Ouseburn Smallwood set me three miles Two Misses Howe Miss Wisdom Miss Lockey Mrs Pick & Richd Paver were at Aunt Anns I set them a short way home
Monday September 22nd 1856Here John apparently felt he did not know Mr Wilson well enough to call:
Set off about seven a.m. to walk to Ouseburn Went to Uncle Picks he had finished breakfast I had beef & bread & 2 glasses of Ale sat with him some time went to Uncle Wms Mrs H[enlock] gave me a tart or two & a glass of wine Went to the Board Meetg met Uncle Hirst there we got home about One Dined at Uncles At Night I read Williams Law of Real ppty [property] & finished Hedley Vicars
Friday April 25th 1856but Mr Wilson chides him for it:
Went to Office. At Noon read Blackstone in the Garden After dinner had a nap in the Garden at Night I went up to Sedgwicks Len Jim & I went to Wilsons of Heaton House they went in I walked backwards & forwards I went & sat down in the Lodge they were such a time I left them & came home alone
Monday April 28th 1856
Joe & I walked to the Roecliffe field I went into the fair with Mr Chr[istopher] Barroby Went to Office Wilson of Heaton House was at me for not going in to his house with Sedgwks on Friday. At Noon Went into the fair saw Horse Show, Had 2 Barrobys J.Morley Uncle Wm & Uncle Pick to Dine. At Night Capes Joe & I walked up to Langthorp & back Capes & I then walked down to the Cricket gro[un]d. after that I went to Mr Owen’s to del[ive]r a message from Mr Barroby I stayed & had tea with him Mr John [Owen] was there got home at ½ past nine had a very jolly evening