Stevens 1885-09-18

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Lovely morning. Am much better than I was yesterday.

Paid T. J. Brown law expenses for Harry of £1.11.6.

John Manning, carpenter, of Sibford Ferris, removed on Tuesday with his family to a village near Reading, where he has work on an estate belonging to Mr Benyon. Manning and his brother were in business as Builders at Oxford and Didcot and were doing pretty well – but were ruined by failure of the Oxford Land & Building Society. He has been in Sibford about a year and a half but could get very little to do here. He served his apprenticeship with old Thomas Manning and returned to the old place to find all the business gone into the hands of more energetic men than Joseph Manning, who took to his father’s business.

Visited Mr and Mrs Davies.