Gentleman Jack (2019) s02e07 Episode Script

What's All That Got to do with Jesus Though?

1 - With Captain Sutherland.
- Oh, yes.
Curious woman, Miss Lister.
Miss Walker has requested a division of the estate.
But he seems determined to frustrate the process.
Why do people think they can ignore me? It's as if I'm invisible.
The Priestleys have been so objectionable to us.
But then here it is in black and white, they have had three properties from us.
You have to be certain, before we think any further about changing our wills, that this, here, with me, is what you want.
- He's here.
It's him.
- Right.
- Don't.
Say anything.
- What? What do you mean, "don't say anything"? - Why have we asked him here if? - Don't say anything aggressive.
I wasn't going to say anything aggressive.
- I was going - We are dignified people.
Even in the face of Especially in the face of adversity.
We are good Christian folk, and that one simple fact must guide our every action, and our every response to the actions of others.
I know that.
I do know that, Eliza.
But I don't think - we need to mince words.
Mr Washington, ma'am.
- Sir.
- Mr Priestley.
- Mrs Priestley.
- Thank you for coming.
Oh! No trouble, ma'am, only over the road at Crow Nest.
I sent my note to you in your capacity as Miss Walker's land steward, and in view of the fact that when I wrote to her, the servant came back saying she was in York until Monday.
That's right, ma'am.
With Miss Lister.
And so we wondered if you could throw any light on this for us.
Sent, I assume, before she left.
We are advised to vacate the school premises.
Both my day school, of which Mr Priestley is a trustee, hence his presence, and the Sunday school run by Mrs Batty, who is being requested to vacate her cottage.
- Her home.
- Ah Well, yes, I'm afraid it It does go with the job, yes.
Two of your little girls attend my day school.
Suzannah is an assistant teacher! And you knew about this? There are other rooms in the village, ma'am, that would accommodate the day school more than adequately.
Yes, there are, and we will make use of them.
Why, though, Mr Washington? Why? I don't entirely know, ma'am.
What do you know, Washington? Well Mrs Sutherland and Miss Walker are dividing the estate in two.
And there have been a number of distresses and evictions in anticipation of the division, and - that's as much as I know.
- Dividing it in two? Yes.
You must know as much about it as me, Mr Priestley, but, yes, when Miss Walker's and Mrs Sutherland's brother died intestate, the estate came to them both, jointly, but there was no provision for a formal division as such.
I suppose no-one ever imagined it would happen.
But So, yes, Miss Walker is now seeking a formal, itemised division of the estate.
Is she? It makes sense.
Mrs Sutherland and Miss Walker They lead very different lives these days.
Well, well.
I am sorry if it's inconvenient.
And for Mrs Batty, as well.
But I'm little more than a messenger.
Is there anything else I can help you with? - I don't think so.
Thank you for coming, Mr Washington.
Mrs Priestley.
Mr Priestley.
A formal, itemised division of the estate.
And we all know who's behind that one, don't we? What is it we're signing again? I-It's a codicil, George.
That says Miss Lister is authorised to proceed with the division of my estate if not completed before the event of my death.
You're simply signing to say you've seen Miss Walker and Miss Lister sign their names, - George.
That's all.
- Just sign it.
The contents of the document are immaterial.
All you're doing is witnessing that these are indeed their signatures.
Which you know them to be because you've just seen them write them.
Oh, I see.
I'm with you.
As long as I just didn't want to, you know, find out I'd joined the Navy or something.
Thank you.
So that's that.
And then regarding your brother-in-law, Miss Walker Can I, er? I've written a letter to Captain Sutherland, which I'll send off to Scotland in due course, explaining that I'm now dealing with the matter of the division for you, and, um Well, let's see what comes back.
What would be helpful, as we get further into it, would be to see a copy of this deed of settlement from 1831 between him and your sister, to see what exactly she did settle upon him.
- Do you have a copy? - No.
But you've seen a copy? No, it was only a reference to its existence, but my aunt confirmed it entirely.
Well, then perhaps I'll write to your Mr, er? - Parker.
- Parker.
He's not my Mr Parker.
Parker in Halifax, and see if I can get a copy from him.
And then the other matter, these properties your cousin, Mr Priestley, has "acquired" from your uncle.
The good news is that it looks like the Blackcastle Waste at High Sunderland is recoverable.
Really? Mm-hm.
And of course the rents for the period they've been removed from your estate - would be recoverable too.
- Oh.
Now, the other two, Longley Farm in Norland and the house at Hall End in Halifax, I'm afraid it may be too late.
According to the statute of limitations, if your cousin has had uninterrupted possession for 20 years or more and no-one's raised any objections within that time, which at the moment appears to be the case, it's, unfortunately, something you may have to accept.
But I But I've only just found out about it.
Well, I can consult counsel.
But surely if a person's only just found out about a thing What's fair and what's legal aren't always the same bedfellows we might hope them to be, Miss Walker.
- Mm.
- Mm.
What do you know about John Harper, Mr Gray? The architect.
Mr Harper? Well, yes, he's Parsons was on about him yesterday.
He came over to cut mine and Miss Walker's hair.
I was telling him about my great disappointment over this local architect I've been bothering with and he insisted that John Harper was my man.
Oh, he's excellent.
He designed the whole of St Leonard's Street here, including the new theatre, you must've seen it.
It's very elegant, and he's so young.
He's only 26, but widely regarded as something of a phenomenon.
You must snap him up, Miss Lister, if you can.
They all say he's destined for very great things.
He's the most delightful young man.
I was I was quite charmed by him.
I sent him a note, and he turned up at our hotel at ten o'clock sharp the next morning.
He only looked about 15.
And then the very next morning This was Thursday just gone.
He drove over to Halifax in his carriage - We were still in York.
- Had a good look - at Northgate - Anne sent a note ahead to Mr Greenwood to give him unlimited access And Yes, yes, I did.
And he's delighted with it.
He understands my vision perfectly.
He thinks the whole enterprise has every chance of success.
Is it going to cost a lot? W-Well, it's not cheap.
He's not cheap.
But then I shouldn't want to build a cheap hotel, and the returns will reflect the quality of the investment.
He's built a whole street in York.
Oh, it's very fashionable.
We went to study it.
He's going to get back to us with a proper plan in a fortnight.
Well, I'm glad you decided against selling Northgate.
- I think this is a much better scheme.
- Thank you, Aunt.
If it works.
- Cordingley.
How are you? - Ma'am.
- Well, ma'am.
- How was your sister? - Very well, ma'am.
- How's your leg? Your hip.
It's It's It's It's, you know Anyway, welcome back.
Miss Walker and I will have our coffee in our little - upstairs sitting room.
- Yes, ma'am.
A letter, ma'am, for Miss Walker.
Mrs Priestley's servant brought it.
"The dwelling house will be given up at the end of June.
"The school rooms I have given directions "to be given up to Mr Washington next week, "along with the books and benches "belonging to the Sunday school.
"This I sincerely hope you will be able "to make arrangements to continue with, "for the sake of the children.
Mrs Batty, who is unwell, "informs me she wishes to decline teaching "after next Sunday.
" Well, she's certainly got the message.
That'll teach her to write anonymous letters.
I suppose I should've anticipated having to find a new teacher sooner rather than later.
Oh, we'll ask about.
And in the interim - we'll teach them.
- Will we? Why not? You should open a new school at Lightcliffe anyway.
A day school and a Sunday school.
We should take on a good schoolmaster, a married man, with ambition, whose wife can run the Sunday school, and all at your behest.
She says she intends to carry on her day school.
She says she can procure a room in the village.
Free gratis, like she's had it from you? - I don't know.
I doubt it.
- I doubt it, too.
Has anyone ever given you the least thanks for the use of those rooms all these years? For the day school or the Sunday school? Hm? No.
40 children attend the Sunday school.
I'm sure we can manage that.
Your sister has now fully appointed this Jonathan Gray in York to deal with the division of the property, and he expects me to take on a legal man too.
What is the matter with her? She's found out about the settlement that I made on you in 1831.
Is that her? She's anxious that there should be no further delay.
What delay? And now she knows it's you she should be dealing with rather than me, she thought it would be better to She's ridiculous.
She thought it would be better to put the thing more formally into the hands of a legal man.
We are going down as soon as we, you, can travel.
She knows that.
She did first raise the matter in September, so I suppose from her point of view Exactly.
It's less than nine months ago.
So from her point of view, it could look like we're dragging our heels.
I don't suppose it's occurred to her that I'm just as eager to get on with it as she is, so that I can make a proper settlement on our children without involving overpaid lawyers.
What's this? About these properties.
High Sunderland, Hall End.
Oh, it's, um Mr Priestley, somehow, years ago, got hold of from my uncle, before the estate came to my father My aunt used to talk about it, but Oh, I don't know.
I never really knew.
And she's taking him to task over it? She wants me, us, to share the legal costs.
What is? All of it.
The tone of her letters.
The The way she has become so litigious.
I half imagined Priestley was behind it, but clearly not.
Not if she's taking legal action against him.
It's Miss Lister, isn't it? I I can hear her voice through and through this letter.
All the letters we've had lately.
So why would Miss Lister push your sister so forcibly for a division of the property? Why would she suddenly be so "eager to expedite matters"? Well why wouldn't she? Miss Lister, she's a great one for getting on with things and not putting off till tomorrow - what can be done today.
- She's not her husband.
Perhaps her influence is rubbing off on Ann.
It is.
I agree with you.
I can feel it in her letters.
And it's no bad thing, surely.
I was rather pleased with the tone of that.
She always sounds so much happier and healthier these days, getting on with her life, engaging with the world around her, rather than hiding away and obsessing about herself.
My dear Ann.
By today's post I am in receipt of a letter, by your instructions, from Messrs Gray Solicitors, York, and I have also perused your letter to Elizabeth.
The natural inference deductible from both pains me in the extreme.
There will be room for a bank.
But a good bank You state that in consequence of the settlement Elizabeth made in 1831, she has "relinquished all control over her property", and therefore it seems no progress can be made in the division by further correspondence with her.
From similar considerations which prompted my wife to make the settlement in 1831, I assure you we have long been anxious for a division of the property, for we could make no definite settlement on our children while half the property on which it was secured belonged to you.
This is so obvious that I assure you I was most solicitous that a partition should be offered and also in a measure so fair and equitable that come what may, neither party would have cause to demur.
That this partition was never carried into effect, if you recall, is due to you, prior to your sudden departure from us 18 months ago, having requested Elizabeth not trouble or perplex you with matters relating to business.
And since your return to Halifax, you have not once hinted at a wish to have the property divided, until this last September when you suddenly intimated it for the first time, and in that same letter also stated that you had given Mr Washington instructions to draw up a scheme of division.
Ah, Mrs Rawson and the girls.
How delightful.
How are you? I'm amazed you have the audacity to show your face in public, Miss Walker.
- I'm sorry? - Not only the way you've treated your family, and your aunt in particular, but this latest humiliation you've inflicted on Mrs Priestley.
Over the Sunday school! CAPTAIN SUTHERLAND: Because Elizabeth is nursing, she cannot properly go south before the end of next month.
This I thought you understood.
She still hopes it would meet with your concurrence to postpone the division until the period most convenient - and desired by her - Thank you.
And certainly hopes you would not, in the meanwhile, involve her and her children in usurious legal proceedings.
I won't write to Mr Gray until I hear from you.
I have no objection in the remotest degree to you appointing him to act for you, but I certainly will not appoint a solicitor to act for me in a matter regarding which there is no dispute.
If we are to act on Samuel Washington's scheme, which I sincerely hope we will, why adopt legal measures? I am aware all trades must live, but the law is the last one I would feel inclined to patronise.
Believe I am, my dear Ann, yours most sincerely, George Mackay Sutherland.
Knock, knock.
He's saying that he's been itching to get on with the division all along.
He He's a liar.
And he's accusing me of wanting to involve Elizabeth and the children in "usurious legal proceedings".
- It's not funny.
- No, you're right.
Men who hide behind their wives and children are not so much funny as absurd.
If you're still dwelling on Mrs Edward Rawson's comment in Nicholson's this morning, don't.
You asking the Priestleys to vacate the school rooms is none of her business, and she only made herself look foolish.
Can you not mention that woman's name in my presence ever again?! Would you like me to pour the tea, Miss Lister? No.
What have I asked you before about not speaking to me like that in front of the servants? Are you going to help me write back to him, then, or what? My dear Captain Sutherland.
I have this moment received your letter, and rejoice to find that you are quite as anxious for the division of the joint property as I am.
- I fear - ANN: I fear you will not serve much by being your own attorney, but you will judge as you think best.
I myself feel persuaded that in employing Mr Gray to act for me, I spare myself and others much trouble, and adopt not only the best plan, but the cheapest one.
The deed of settlement of February 1831 is so comprehensive that all power respecting the making good of titles, etc, seems vested solely in you.
There is not, therefore, any necessity in hurrying my sister to Yorkshire.
I shall always be delighted to see her, but I earnestly hope that you will be here before the end of next month.
- I am much obliged to you - ANN: obliged to you for your so kind consideration in having complied with my request to trouble me as little as possible about business during the time I was recovering in York.
It seems Elizabeth must have forgotten to tell you that immediately on my return from the Continent last year, I wrote to tell her of the perfect recovery of my health, and that I was ready and desirous to apply myself to business immediately and diligently and make up for lost time.
Is that her? Seriously.
I ask you.
Is that her voice? So precise, so to-the-point.
She wants her moiety, she wants her share Yes, of course, and she will have it.
I always intended to go along with Washington's original proposal for the division anyway.
- Did you? - Yes! Subject to our visit.
But that aside, how much do we really know about Anne Lister? Hmm? How much do you really know about Anne Lister? Ma'am, Mr Harper's here.
Mr Harper.
Miss Lister.
How are you? Oh, good Lord, look at this.
Look at this fellow with his wheelbarrow.
The owls! Oh, and the monkeys.
And this little person wielding a mace! I wonder what he's going to do with that? Extraordinary.
And the colours.
Yes, it's I'm looking for the Lister coat of arms.
Not there.
The Waterhouses put this window in during the 16th century, just before we acquired the place.
Some of the glass is much older than that, taken from some church or other during the dissolution of the monasteries.
So possibly older than the house itself, which was built in 1420.
Ah! My uncle always maintained this is very probably amongst the oldest stained glass in England.
The world.
This house is extraordinary.
It is.
It's in my blood, it's in my bones, it's in my soul.
It's also inconvenient, and draughty, Mr Harper, compared to some of my better friends' houses.
And if the mill chimneys creep any higher up the hill from Halifax and the barbarians come knocking on our door, I've always fancied I'd sell up and go and live quietly on a hill above Grenoble.
Oh, don't ever leave Shibden, Miss Lister.
Your better friends' houses may be less draughty and more convenient, but this has true character, and that's priceless.
And it suits you.
Where can I spread my papers? This is thrilling.
I feel rather bilious.
It's spot on, it's It's perfect.
It was only when I got through Leeds I realised I'd left York without eating anything.
Can I sit down? Oh! [RINGS BELL.]
You can't not eat, Mr Harper.
- I just forget.
- Oh, I'm the same.
Could I have a small cup of tea? You need a wife.
I live with my brother.
He's an attorney.
Well, that's no good.
Oh! Is he? George! Ask Mrs Cordingley to get Mr Harper some breakfast, quickly.
Eggs, bacon, bread, butter fruit? Just a small slice of bread and a thin scrape of butter - would be more than - And bring us some tea.
And bring the sugar! We'll sort you out, Mr Harper.
This is Do you know, it's as though you can see into my innermost thoughts and desires.
Oh, good.
Ideally, I'd find local merchants for the stone and timber and so forth.
If you could recommend people, that would be useful.
And local craftsmen, too.
Joiners, plasterers.
I know them all.
I'll meet anyone you consider suitable.
I always meet several people for any one job and then make a decision.
Suppliers and craftsmen.
All in consultation with you, of course.
I shall take on a site manager, and he'll be here throughout the build, he'll come to live in Halifax for the duration.
Ideally a fellow called Husband, if he's available.
I've worked with him a number of times, I think you'll be pleased.
He'll be my eyes and ears.
When can you start? I should think we could begin clearing the site for the foundations next month.
I'd like a ceremony.
A public ceremony.
To lay the first stone, a foundation stone.
Then all Halifax can come and see what we're doing.
- Of course.
- Excellent.
Oh, and we must be clear, before we get too giddy about it, with the proposed shops, the building costs will go up to nearer the £6,000 mark, which means you'd perhaps be looking at an annual rent of nearer 400 than 300.
And only you know whether Halifax is a busy enough town to support something like that.
What's your impression of Halifax? It isn't York.
Your clientèle would predominantly consist of trade and people passing through from one destination to another.
But my impression is there's no shortage of money here, and increasingly so, with all these creeping mill chimneys.
You want to borrow another £4,500? On bond, at 4%.
The alternative, which I'm inclining towards, would be to sell six of my Navigation shares now and perhaps the rest at Christmas, if I can get 400 guineas each for them.
But you spoke so eloquently less than six months ago at the shareholders' meeting about investing more money in the Navigation.
So to sell your shares now, might that not look rather lacking in integrity? No.
No, I don't think so.
Well would it, could it not look like you were jumping ship? Really? How? The Northgate Casino will have stabling for upward of 70 horses, Mr Parker.
I wish I'd have brought the plans to show you, I mean, they're splendid.
Mr Harper has excelled himself.
Would I be investing so heavily in a coaching inn if I was worried about the arrival of the railways? No, the railways will arrive in Halifax last, Mr Parker, for the same reason the canals did.
Because, like Rome, Halifax is built on too many hills.
No, I'd be taking from one sound investment to fund another.
Whoa! George? - Where's George? - Ooh! I don't know, ma'am.
Tell him to deal with the britzka and Smiler and Merlin.
Mr Washington's helped me come up with five different proposals to send to Captain Sutherland, as you suggested, all based on his original proposal for the division.
I merely pointed out to Miss Walker that if she sent Captain Sutherland just the one proposal he'll no doubt find fault with it, quibble, and drag his heels again, whereas if he's presented with a choice, he's more likely to engage with the thing, and, hopefully, plump for one of them.
Not that it's got anything to do with me, obviously.
The only really significant amendment I've suggested is putting either John Farrer's field or Bouldshaw Farm and Clough in Lot 1.
They're both worth £1,400, give or take, and it seems to go some way towards balancing the two lots up more evenly.
Well, as I say, nothing to do with me.
Then we can either draw for the lots or I can make it clear to him that I would prefer Lot 1, being made up of one contiguous piece of land.
- It would make sense.
- Whereas Lot 2 is made up of parcels of land here, there and everywhere, Lindley, Golcar, Saddleworth.
Which would make very little difference to Mr and Mrs Sutherland, being so far away.
As long as it's managed.
Well Again, if it was me, which it isn't, I'd give him the choice.
Say that you'd prefer Lot 1, for reasons of contiguity, but if he'd prefer to draw lots you'd be perfectly happy with that as well.
And I'd put Bouldshaw Farm and Clough in Lot 1 rather than John Farrer's field.
It's got coal in it.
Are we all set for Sunday again, Mr Washington? Yes, I am.
I'm quite enjoying it.
I'm wondering if I've missed my vocation! [SHE LAUGHS.]
"Now, the road from Jerusalem to Jericho "is steep and treacherous," Jesus explained, "full of desperate men and thieves.
" Perhaps the traveller didn't know that, or perhaps he did, but he had to make his journey anyway.
What do you think, Hannah? Yeah.
The sun was hot and the traveller was tired.
He was only five miles from Jericho when, suddenly, he found himself pounced upon.
He was beaten mercilessly, stripped naked, robbed of his few belongings, and left for dead at the side of the road.
"Surely the priest will help me," the poor man thought as he lay helpless and bleeding in the road.
But the priest walked past him as though he hadn't even seen him.
Emily, don't do that, you might get your finger stuck.
Some time later, a Levite approached.
"Surely the Levite will help me," thought the man.
But as the Levite got closer, he crossed to the other side of the road and walked quickly away.
The bastard.
Next came along a Samaritan, on a horse.
"Oh, no!" thought the poor man.
"The Samaritan is a foreigner and my enemy.
"He will never help me.
" And then Euclid postulated, and this isn't as complicated as it sounds, if a straight line intersects two other straight lines, and so makes the two interior angles on one side of the first line less than two right angles, then the other two straight lines will meet at a point, if extended far enough on the side on which the angles are less than two right angles.
Yes? Yes? Yes.
And so, from these five postulates or axioms, Euclid deduced a greater number of theorems or propositions.
Yes, Charlotte? What's all that got to do with Jesus, though, sir? - GIRL: Miss! - CHARLOTTE: Miss.
Well, Euclid believed, as I do, that the laws of nature were but the mathematical thoughts of God.
God created the world and every magical, majestic thing in it, and do you know something, Charlotte? The leaves, the trees, the birds, the bees, all of it, at some level, comes down to mathematics.
Mathematics is the basis of everything.
Everything in Creation.
Isn't that extraordinary? - [THUMPS DESK.]
- The thoroughness of God's planning.
Me and Henry Hardcastle once saw her snogging Miss Walker! Right.
I was thinking about a trip to London.
A holiday, before the work at Northgate really begins.
I could see some of my friends, and I could finally get my travelling carriage back from Baxter's.
We could make some enquiries about a proper master for the day school, and you could consult a doctor, a really good doctor, about your neck.
I'd like that.
I'd like to go to London again.
Hopefully, this business with the Sutherlands will be settled by then too.
I'd like to meet your London friends.
Did you hear something? [GASPING.]
Do you think someone's spying on us? - Here.
- Oh! [PANTING.]
- Er - What, what is it? Ooh! Go home.
Well, then, you leave me no choice.
Because I will not have a disrespectful household.
He's only 18! - How old's she? - 26.
- That's - I know.
I know.
What do you want me to do? I'll write to Mr Thomas at the servants' register in York, but Oh, I don't know.
It took me long enough to find him! I can't start seeing to Father's - personal needs, it's - No! No, no, no, no.
I certainly can't.
It's not ideal, but we must keep him on as long as it suits us and in the meantime, be on the lookout for someone else.
And not a word to Aunt Anne about this ridiculous business.
You've found them.
These are Mr Harper's plans for the Northgate Casino.
I thought everyone might like to have a look at them.
Father? And then I can address any questions No, thank you.
Or observations anyone might have.
Take no notice of your father.
He just thinks you might ruin yourself.
And all of us.
Oh, look at that.
Oh, that's the front door, Miss Lister Aunt.
Aunt with the Lister coat of arms above it.
And look at this.
Above the fireplace, your family motto, justus propositi tenax.
Just and true of purpose.
- Just so.
- Humbug.
Shall we sit down? Yes, let's.
Very good.
Do you know, I always want to say "bumhug" whenever anyone says "humbug".
I don't know why.
The only anxiety I have about Northgate, Father, is getting it licensed, what with Christopher Rawson being so difficult.
I did speak to Washington about it.
Well, Christopher Rawson isn't the only magistrate in Halifax.
Yes, but I need two signatories and if he gets wind of it What about Colonel Dearden and his son? Aren't they both magistrates? Mm.
Well, send him a note.
Ask him to pop in.
Oh! Oh, thank you.
This is impressive, eh? And certainly would be a great boon to the town.
Another good inn with a large handsome room is just what we need.
I intend to call the large room the Casino.
Oh! The enterprise may not make a great profit, at least not in the first year, but then mercantile speculation is not my aim.
I want to take a pride in the thing and do it for the good of the town.
The whole enclave will be elegant, and even, dare I say it, fashionable.
Well, I can't imagine there'd be any reasonable objection to granting you a licence.
I can certainly answer for myself and for my son.
Of course, I'll have to consult with the other magistrates on the matter.
But I only need the two signatures? Oh, yes.
Well, strictly speaking.
Um, while I'm here Yes? Could I trouble you for a subscription to Mr Wortley's brother's fund for the West Riding? - Mr Wortley's brother? - John.
You may not yet have heard.
There'll be no by-election in the town.
It seems that Charles Wood has turned down high office specifically in order to avoid one.
He's taken some more lowly role in the Admiralty, whereas Lord Morpeth has been made Chief Secretary for Ireland, so John Wortley will contest him for the West Riding.
But, so Does that mean Mr Rawson won't be standing for Halifax - after all, then? - No.
So, um, could I put you down for £50? I've got seven or eight other people of good long standing in the town down for 50.
I shall turn over the leaf and give 30.
Can I not persuade you to give 50, Miss Lister? Had Mr Rawson still been standing, he should have had every vote I could influence.
I told him that to his face, and I meant it.
But the fact is, he doesn't behave handsomely towards me.
Over my coal.
And I'd hate to spend significant money on Northgate only to find my attempt to license such a worthy public endeavour blocked by him on no more than a whim.
So you could put me down for 50, Colonel Dearden, but I will need my licence.
You'll have your licence, Miss Lister.
Any sign of rain, young man? Not at the moment, sir.
Go on.
How big is this farm? [MUMBLING NERVOUSLY.]
24 acres.
Speak up! 24 acres.
Imagine, Matthew, if you were to be parted from Eugenie for, I don't know, two years.
Do you believe that you would feel the same way about marrying her? I dare say.
You dare say? If nothing happened.
Like what sort of thing? If, um If Eugenie felt t'same way, too.
Well, Matthew, I only hope you've thought the thing through.
I can't quite see Eugenie amongst pig tubs and cattle, but you must judge for yourselves.
If I were to just leave, ma'am, please, would you let Eugenie keep her job? You going or staying makes no difference as to what happens to Eugenie, Matthew.
But now I know your intentions are to marry, Miss Marian and I will think about what to do.
You do know that letter hasn't got a postmark on it, don't you? Mm.
It's dated the 15th.
I only gave her notice on the evening of the 14th.
- They're transparent.
They've got us over a barrel.
It's so hard to get people these days.
So how's it been left? [SHE SIGHS.]
Well, I'm taking at face value their claim that they want to get married, although I don't believe that for a second, and I've retracted Eugenie's notice on the understanding that Matthew is looking for a job and when he finds one, they'll marry.
Do you think the other servants know about it? - [SHE SIGHS.]
- I don't know.
I'm so glad we've decided to go to London.
It'll be the perfect tonic.
You've had too much tiresome nonsense to bother with, with this wretched division business.
It's silly, but What? What is? I always imagined that one day I might meet lords and ladies, in London.
I mean, I know we have to be careful, but I might meet one or two, one day.
Mightn't I? Mm.
One day - if you're very good.
- Mm.
CAPTAIN SUTHERLAND: As you state you will take Lot 1 as drawn up in Washington's original proposal, provided you get Bouldshaw Farm and Clough, - I agree to this proposal - "agree to this proposal, "and consider therefore the division formally concluded, "and I assure you, my dear Ann, "that I sincerely rejoice that it is.
" Very good.
I'm surprised he's agreed to it quite so readily, but happen he wants to get on with it just as much as you do.
Or he wants to seem as though he does.
And then there's this next bit, "As we expect being south as early as we can leave home, "I hope you will have no objection "to allowing the amendment to the titles to wait until then.
" You see, he's procrastinating, he's still not signing anything.
Well, it's a step forward.
You've got his agreement in writing, at least.
Oh, and I called in on Mr and Mrs Priestley again yesterday.
BOTH: Why? Well, I had a note from him asking me to.
So But he wanted me to tell you that he intends to give up the waste at High Sunderland without hesitation.
Really? So that's good news.
There won't be any sort of legal wrangle over it.
Shall I see you down at Tillyholme stile then, ma'am? Mr Holt and the Mann brothers'll be there already and they won't want to do anything without you.
Yes, you go.
I'll follow you down.
- Sorry, sir.
- Sorry, lad.
Clearly, he knows he should never have had it in the first place.
Giving it up so easily.
- It appals me how lax - Fasten your buttons properly! Sorry, ma'am.
Sorry, go on.
How lax and profligate my family have been with our property when I see how particular you are with yours.
Coal, stone, hotels, you make every square inch of your land work.
Well, then, you must take example from me and make yours work so too.
I am I am doing, I-I'm going to.
And that's why I won't stand for any more of this nonsense.
What's the matter? He says I knew about the deed of settlement in 1831.
He says he told me all about it and I've obviously forgotten.
He didn't.
Parker's coming at four this afternoon, I'd better get on.
What time do we expect you back from Hebden Bridge? Oh, I don't know.
I suspect it'll be a wasted trip.
I don't think anyone wants to take over the Sunday school.
Ah! Mr Parker.
Well, how How are things on the estate? Oh, we are winning, I think, one way or another.
Mr Holt thinks this time next year my collieries will be the best hereabouts and will pay off all the expense incurred within the first three years of production.
Hm? Er, not for me.
- What have you got for me? - I've got 23 notices against trespassers shooting and hunting on your land which all need signing.
And I've got two notices to quit, one for Mr Carr for those acres that you need back down at Wellroyd.
Those need signing too.
Then regarding selling your Navigation shares, well, I've asked around.
Mr Robert Waterhouse has no objection to taking the six that you're offering for sale, but he won't give 400 guineas.
He will, however, give £405.
No-one will give 400 guineas.
Mr Abbott tells me that Mr Louis Alexander has had three of his shares on sale for some time now at 400 guineas apiece, and they've not sold.
I hope no other names were named in the matter.
But I thought Is he not soon to be family, Mr Abbott? No.
And if he is, well then, I've made it clear to Marian that she and I That'll be it.
Oh, I'm sorry.
No, no other names were named.
I'll take Mr Waterhouse's £405.
Anything above £400 is clear gain as far as I'm concerned, and it's better this way.
Borrowing would cost me 10% in the first year.
No building would pay for that.
Miss Lister.
Is this whole enterprise not a risk? Yes, of course.
Of course it is.
How's Miss Walker? Oh, she's out.
She's ridden to Hebden Bridge to speak to a possible candidate for the Sunday school.
I, er, had a letter yesterday.
From York, from Mr Gray, who's acting for Miss Walker in the matter of the division - of the joint property.
- That's right.
He's requested from me a copy of the 1831 settlement between Captain and Mrs Sutherland.
He's sent me a letter from Captain Sutherland, which he believes is sufficient authority for me to send him a copy of the settlement, and I I don't think it is.
It's rather vague about "affording every possible assistance".
And my question is, in my position would you send it or even an extract from it, without a more clear yea or nay from Captain Sutherland about the specific document in question? I have not a word to say on the matter, Mr Parker.
Why are you asking me? I suppose because it's It's delicate.
It's, er - It's complicated.
- Surely the solution would be to write to Captain Sutherland yourself asking for his permission regarding the document.
Yes Yes.
Yes, that's That's what I shall do.
Am I missing something? You Your family are very good, very old, very valued clients of, er, Parker & Adam.
And now that Miss Walker is here as your companion, I suppose the anxiety is I'm going to find myself between a rock and a hard place in the matter should it become problematic.
Why would it? It's a simple enough division, and he's already agreed to it.
Mr Gray implied that Miss Walker was angry.
To have discovered the settlement.
- Mm.
- And there was a further implication that I had not acted professionally in the matter.
With her family being opposed to it, and with the settlement appearing to go so much against the wishes in her father's will.
But I can assure you, Miss Lister, this was very much what Mrs Sutherland wanted, there was certainly no underhand collusion on my part, and nothing I did was unprofessional, and Miss Walker herself knew perfectly well what was going on at the time, just as the rest of the family did.
Captain Sutherland made it abundantly plain to her.
She says not.
Well she wasn't well.
Well, then, how odd of him to burden her with it.
Hm? Anyway, it barely matters.
What's material is that we now know, she now knows, that it's him that she should have been dealing with all along, and not her sister.
- Well, then.
- As you suggest - I shall write to him.
- Yes.
And do leave me out of it.
It really has nothing to do with me.
ANN: My dear Captain Sutherland, I am glad that by your agreement to one of my proposals, the division of the estate is so easily arranged.
I am anxious that no time should be lost in preparing the deeds.
I have, for some weeks, had the deed box here with me at Shibden Hall, I shall go to York as soon as I hear from Messrs Gray, - with all the necessary papers - ANN: with all the necessary papers, of which Mr Parker, or anyone you think proper, may come here and take a catalogue.
I hope the papers will be ready for signing before the end of the month.
But should you not be able to come to Yorkshire so soon, then surely the papers can simply be sent to you for your signature.
This gets more and more What? What? The deeds! The Crow Nest deeds have for some weeks, been at Shibden Hall.
- Why? - Your sister! Is being played for a fool! It's bizarre.
It's beyond bizarre, it is sinister.
I tried to protect her.
My dear Parker.
I acknowledge receipt of your My dear Parker.
I acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 22nd.
My dear Parker.
I acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 22nd of June and in reply I have no objection to furnishing Mr Gray with the copy of the deed alluded to.
In fact, I am most anxious, as I invariably have been, to afford every assistance in endeavouring to have the property of the late Mr Walker fairly and amicably divided.
I have stated repeatedly that Mrs Sutherland and I would proceed south and arrange the whole matter as immediately as the season and her health would permit, and when the titles could be given to both parties to whom they were apportioned.
I requested that the boxes containing the deeds should remain until then in the bank where I had placed them.
I find instead from a letter received just this morning from Miss Walker that the deeds have been taken from the bank and have for some weeks been at Shibden Hall.
I do not blame Miss Walker for this, but those who, from selfish, wicked and unnatural motives, endeavour to bias her mind.
Miss Lister states for Miss Walker, for I am certain she would never do so, that the object in employing Mr Gray is with the view not to perplex and mystify but to simplify.
This is, I trust, some attack on you.
As our properties and Miss Lister's join, I cannot help expressing my extreme upset that the titles have been there, at Shibden Hall, which I should of course have decidedly objected to had I known.
What is going on, I know not.
But the moment our little boy is over the whooping cough, I shall, and Mrs Sutherland if all is well, visit Miss Walker, and this I hope in the course of a very few weeks.
My feelings I impart to you in the strictest confidence.
Yours most sincerely, George Mackay Sutherland.
Behind her back she's Gentleman Jack ♪ A Yorkshire lady of renown ♪ Ever so fine, won't toe the line ♪ Speak her name, gentlemen frown ♪ At Shibden Hall she had them all ♪ The fairer sex fell under her spell ♪ Dapper and bright ♪ She held them tight ♪ Handsome Anne seduced them well ♪ Jack-the-lass, Jack-the-lass ♪ No-one likes a Jack-the-lass ♪ The code is cracked ♪
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