Stevens 1885-10-01

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Sent £3.8 from Harvest offerings to Horton Infirmary Banbury and £3 to Radcliffe at Oxford.

Mr Summerton, father of our new Baker, sent his daughter to me two days before the Harvest Festival and offered to make a peck loaf and give it as an offering. On the Saturday night he sent it in, hot from the oven, and a very handsome loaf it was. I placed it with the Sacramental Elements on what we use as Credence table, and it harmonised extremely well with its surroundings. The Misses Dix distributed it and the fruit used for decoration etc among the poor people, especially widows, at my request during the week.

A peck loaf was made with a peck of flour, a peck being 2 gallons, about 9 litres, resulting in a loaf weighing about 8 kg.

Visited Mrs Shelswell to see Marion’s large and valuable collection of wedding gifts. We took Rosa, and Webb, Harry and myself carried her up stairs to see them.

I preached a Harvest Sermon for Rev D. Mozley at Wigginton this evening. Took Mr Davies and Webb with me. We remained to supper, returned through Hook Norton and had a very dark drive home.