I had my arm on the back of the sofa, she leaned on it, looked as if I might be affectionate and it ended in her lying on my arm all the morning and my kissing her and her returning it… I thinking to myself ‘Well, this is rather more than I expected’… She asked me to dine with her at five and stay all night.

Read more about Anne Lister and see more from her diary at the West Yorkshire Archive Service Exhibit blog.

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