Records from the Diary
thou a man diligent in his business?
he shall stand before kings:
not stand before mean men."
Huggate Missionary Meeting.
Rev. Caine preached in the afternoon. Rev.
Mandale and Mr.
Sowersby were the chief speakers at night.
Mr. Thomas Marshll in the chair."
wife and daughter went with me to Mr. John S.'s,
Southburn, to tea, and Missionary meeting at
night. Deputation: Rev. S. Gregory, from Caistor.
"I took the chair."
drove to Driffield in the afternoon. Attended
Wesleyan Chapel. Opening sermon, at 2-30, by
Rev. Charles Garrett. Public meeting at
night. Mr. Major in the chair.
Speakers: Revs. -. Smith, junr.
(Scarboro'), Bentley, McCulloch.
Driffield Show, completing judging implements.
Responded after dinner to the toast 'Success to
Driffield Agricultural Society.'"
Albrighton preached at three o'clock in the afternoon.
Public meeting in the evening. I took the
York. Attended Chamber of Agriculture.
Discussed' Rivers Conservancy Bill,' 'Corn Returns Bill,' and 'Tenants
Compensation Bill 1.' "
One of the most stormy and severe
days I remember. The snow was blown into drifts so as to make the roads
impassable, and filled all up again, which has already cost this parish
£17 in snow cutting."
of Arctic severity. Terrible last night! Trees so
heavily laden with ice that loose branches were scattered in all
directions. Bitterly cold sleet, and
all the roads filled up more than I have known."
in London, at meeting of Central Chamber of Agriculture, from II a.m.
till 3-30 p.m. Went with Mr.
Duckham, M. P., to House of Commons. Dined
there, and sat three hours listening to Irish debate. Expected to hear
Mr. Gladstone, but he did not speak."
Went in the evening to London."
London, at 12 o'clock noon. Attended a .committee of
the House of Lords to give evidence on the 'Highways Acts.' Duke
of Somerset, chairman. Lord Salisbury and many distinguished members of
11 October 6th, 188I.-
daughter was married to-day to Mr. Walter Hoddinott,
Lighthorne, Warwickshire, by the Rev. C. H.
Church, in the presence of a large gathering of friends and relatives."
"April 19th, 1882,
at Driffield: In the afternoon
Peter Mackenzie preaches. Lecture
at night on 'Joshua.' I took the chair."
"May 8th, 1882,
I have heard to-day of the death of my dear friend, Rev. G. P. Keogh, at
Dinton Vicarage, near Aylesbury, on Friday
last. Also of murder of Lord F. Cavendish and Mr.
Burke on Saturday,
7.10 p.m., in
went to London, at Exeter Hall in the evening, Sunday School Association
" June 6th,
at Central Chamber of Agriculture, discussing 'Tenants' Compensation
Bills,' Messrs. Chaplin's, Sir T. Ackland's,
On my way home got off at
Retford, looked over some farms at
went to Leamington and to Lighthorne,
Warwickshire visit my. daughter."
drove to Stratford-on-Avon and from there drove seven miles to
Clopton farm, in Gloucestershire j excellent
grass, strong tillage, capital crops, 450 acres, big rent 44S. 6d.
Wolston, near Coventry, to see a farm
occupied by Mr. Bromwich, 300 acres mixed, light, sandy and strong wheat
land, sixty acres good feeding grass."
received a letter from Mr. H. (Sheriff of Warwickshire), offering me
Higher Clopton farm, near Stratford. Drove
over to see it, 480 acres, 150 grass and 330 tillage, good order; worth
notice at a rent."
The reason why Joseph Smith looked
over all these farms, was because owing to
the great fall in prices of all agricultural produce, he determined to
leave the Wolds, the rent of his farm being too high in proportion.
"Sunday, July 16th,
had Mr. Stonehouse at
Huggate; preach Sunday school sermons."
"Sunday, 1st October,
preached at Pocklington. Genesis
xxvii i. 12
11 October 6th,
went to look at South Holme farms, near
met Mr. C. at
Malton, and finally agreed to enter on two farms at South
Holme on 6th April."
"February 14th, 1883,
met Mr. R. at Slingsby and took the Manor
House farm at South Holme'
at Malton, presided in the afternoon over a large meeting of
agriculturists to form a Farmers' Club at Malton."
at Malton with' Mr. M. (Blanch). In the afternoon heard Rev. G. A.
Telfer preach at Norton and lecture, on
'Canada' at night. I took the chair."
During his residence on the Wolds
Joseph Smith had the honour of being requested to come forward and offer
himself as a farmers' candidate for the East Riding, a seat in
Parliament being vacant. Such was the esteem and regard he had won
amongst the residents in the riding by his strict integrity, his
uprightness of character and his staunch religious principles, and also'
the very active part he had taken in trying to promote the interest and
further the prosperity of agriculture and commerce in the district
At the time of the election in 1880, when the parties were selecting
their candidates, one day a carriage full of people drove down the
village to Joseph Smith's residence, stating they were a deputation from
the Liberal party, sent from Pocklington,
requesting him to come forward and represent their interests. The same
day another carriage load of people came-a deputation from the
Conservative Association at Pocklington-requesting
Joseph Smith to offer himself as their, candidate, assuring him they
could carry him victorious at the poll. He thanked them in 'very choice
language for the honour and for their appreciation of his services, but
he had to decline, being, as he said, nearly sixty years of age; the
great change in the mode of living, sitting up all night in Parliament,
would tend to undermine his health and constitution.
On April 6th, 1883,
Joseph Smith, with his family, finally left the Wolds and came to South
Holme, near Slingsby,
to reside once more in his former district. He resumed his work in the
old circuits of Pickering and Kirbymoorside, and he also consented to be
placed on the plan of the Malton circuit, in which South
Holme was situated. During his ten years'
sojourn on the Wolds he fulfilled his many
arduous appointments Sunday after Sunday without intermission, and on
his removal to his new residence he took up his work again with all the
vigour and freshness of youth.
"Sunday, May 13th, 1883,
preached at Ebberston, Psalms
lxxxvii. 2; evening, Revelations i12:-16.
Stayed overnight with Mr. B., at
" Sunday, May 20th,
Normanby Sunday School Anniversary,
Revelations i 12."
at Slings by, Missionary meeting at night (in the chair).
Deputation, Rev. Silvester Whitehead."
at Malton in the
afternoon. Heard of
the death of my sister, Mrs. Fish, at Scarborough, after a short but
painful illness; died last night. 'In the midst of life we are in
at Middleton, near Pickering.
Took part in laying foundation stones of a new
"Sunday, July 1st,
had preaching by Mr. Pudsey in the
kitchen of the Manor House here, being first time; Mr. Corner having for
many years had the services in his house."
Leefe, jun., drove with us to the Jubilee of
Marton Sunday school. Public meeting and tea in
Passing over the many events during
the summer of 1883, in the autumn the diary gives :-
Mutual Improvement Society's first meeting of the season."
"Sunday, December I6th,
preach at Nunnington, afternoon and night,
'Manasseh' and 'Ministry of Angels.'"
at Norton (Malton)
in the afternoon.
Opening of Christmas Tree."
"January 17th, 1884,
went to York. Attended annual meeting of Chamber of
received a letter from Mr. Dawnay requesting
me to go to London on a deputation to Privy Council on Foot and Mouth
had luncheon with the Hon. Guy Dawnay at one
o'clock, then went as a deputation to Lord
Carlingford on the Foot and Mouth Disease.
At Exeter Hall at night."
went to London. In the House of
Commons from 6.30 to II.15 p.m.; discussion on Foot and Mouth Disease
heard Mr. House preach. in the afternoon
and lecture at night in the chapel at
went with Mr. Corner in the
afternoon to Kirbymoorside, heard Dr. Stephenson preach. I took chair
at Missionary meeting at night."
visit my brother at Sheffield, who is very ill and feeble; do not expect
to see him alive again."
telegram from Sheffield announcing my brother
at Malton. At night
Rev. W. Starr's lecture 'Over the Ferry.' I took chair."
drove to Welburn to tea and opening of new
Harmonium. Miss Kate Hoddinott, Mr.
Leefe and Mr. George accompanied us from
had my uncle from Wildon and Mr.
Sowersby visiting us."
The diary during the summer of this
year is full of interest; we find almost daily records of visiting and
entertaining old friends, taking part in social and religious
gatherings, which we have not space to chronicle.
went by 9.0 a.m. train to
Pickering, Opened Wesleyan Bazaar at 11am
"March 3rd, 1885,
heard Rev. E. A. Telfer preach at Norton in
the afternoon and lecture on 'Scottish Covenanters' at night. Took
drove Miss Hoddinott to Malton.
Charles Garrett preaches in the afternoon, public meeting at night."
rode to Pickering. Heard Rev. Johnstone
preach in the afternoon; took chair at Missionary meeting at night."
lecture at Slingsby in the chapel on the
'Introduction of Christianity into Britain.' Also gave the same lecture
at Normanby on the evening of November 28th,"
"February 9th, 1886,
drove to Craike, attended funeral of my
esteemed friend, Mr. Pape, who for many
years resided at “Marton Hill"
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