Stevens 1885-02-14

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Drove Bell, Frank and Willie Thame to Brailes and Winderton.

At 11 o’clock this evening Joseph Pettipher came and asked me to go baptize his baby the survivor of twins born 10 or 12 days ago. I went and baptized the child. It was so dark I was obliged to take my lantern. The baby is a very tiny thing and does not seem likely to live.

Mrs Pettipher senior was there and evidently in a queer state of mind. She said she had agreed to let me be sent for because she wanted the funeral service read over the child if it died, but she did not believe in what some people said etc etc but she was not going to argue. I told her that the Church did not teach anything about the condition of those who die unbaptized. But she would scarcely let me get that out. She did not want to argue – etc etc.

Mrs Salmon, mother of Mrs Pettipher junior was there. I baptized the infant in the bedroom where the mother was. It was almost crowded with the 5 or 6 people in it and dreadfully hot. The young mother looked very frail.