Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Sunday, 8th June, 1873 

Trinity Sunday. Ordained priest by Bishop Mackarness. Left in evening and went to Reading where I stayed the night at the Great Western Hotel.

Monday, 9th June, 1873

Went to Ryde. Rosa confirmed by Dr Samuel Wilberforce Bishop of Winchester in Ryde Parish Church. I arrived before close of address. Saw the Rector Rev Alexander Poole, who was Precentor of Bristol Cathedral when I was there. He was formerly curate of St Mark’s, Kemp Town, Brighton. I had a few moments conversation with him in the churchyard. Visited the Misses Moore, Missenden House, where Rosa is. Took a private lodging.

Wednesday, 11th June, 1873

Hired a horse and carriage and drove Rosa, Miss Dunsterville, and Miss E Dunsterville to Osborne and Whippingham. The horse went very well, but was very troublesome and particularly “screwy”. I found out after a time that the poor animal’s neck was galled by the collar and when I got back to Ryde talked severely to the owner for sending a horse out in such a condition. Of course he made a humble apology and said it should not occur again.

Friday, 13th June, 1873 

Cull of Balliol called this evening. He is going out as Head Master’s Assistant to the Government Academy at Colombo.

Tuesday, 24th June, 1873

Called on Mr Taylor, organist of New College, and requested him to try my voice for chanting with view to a chaplaincy at New College.

Wednesday, 2nd July, 1873

Bell, self and G de Trafford dined with Rev F A and Mrs Wilson.

Drove to Sandford.

Trial of voices of candidates for vacant chaplaincy of New College.

Julius Sankey and Mr Pope came in evening.

Diary labels the entry as “Aug” rather than “Jul”.

Tuesday, 8th July, 1873 

Attended Ruridecanal Chapter at Dr Warburton’s, Iffley Rectory. Received a lesson in chanting from Mr Taylor, organist of New College.

Sunday, 13th July, 1873

Went with Mr Brown to Curzon Chapel, Mayfair this morning. Hole is assistant curate there. We went to St Michael’s, Stockwell in the evening.

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