Stevens 1881-01-06

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Epiphany. Divine Service at 9.15. Visited School this afternoon also William Barton – and Widow Sabin who was in great trouble because her grandson William had enlisted in the 52nd the Oxfordshire regiment – he is now at Cowley Barracks. She thought he would have such dreadful hardships to undergo. But she says he is a total abstainer and appeared likely to keep the pledge. I told her I thought soldiering was a much better thing for a young man in the present day than loafing about a country village and that he would not have to endure the hardship of being out of work and half starved in the winter; and that he would have many inducements for good and steady conduct. She seemed to take comfort in the thought that he would be obliged to keep himself clean.