Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Friday, 3rd October, 1873

Mr Lee gave me permission to take duty at Standlake next Sunday. Rev Mr Leonard one of my fellow chaplains called. Visited Rev F A Wilson this evening.

Saturday, 4th October, 1873

Rev J D Macray, Rector of Ducklington and one of my fellow chaplains called and asked me to take duty at New College for him tomorrow evening, as he was obliged to be at Ducklington. I told him I did not want to take my first service in Chapel on Sunday night as it would be crowded, but I would willingly drive on from Standlake to Ducklington and take his service there. He was very grateful.

Sunday, 5th October, 1873

Drove to Standlake and took morning and afternoon duty for the Rector, Mr West, and old Magdalene Chaplain, who is in very feeble health. Drove on to Ducklington and took evening service for Mr Macray. Stayed the night there, with a cat in my room to keep the rats in order.

Monday, 6th October, 1873

Did not accept Mr Macray’s offer of a fee for helping him last night. Returned to Oxford.

Received letter from Mr de Trafford that his son would leave me for an army tutor at Christmas next.

Wednesday, 8th October, 1873 

Drove to Sandford. Bell accompanied me. Wrote to Mr de Trafford and asked him to recall terms of agreement between us. Called on Mr and Mrs Lee.

Thursday, 9th October, 1873

Paid Mr Taylor organist for my one lesson in chanting and my “exam” as to voice. He charged a guinea.

Called on Mr Wilson and Mr Wright this evening. Attended evening service at New College Chapel.

Wednesday, 15th October, 1873

Lieutenant de Trafford, 14th Regiment, called to see his brother.

The Secretary of the Japanese Legation in London called and asked me whether I would take “Tats Iwakura” son of the Prime Minister of Japan into my house as a pupil. He said the young man had been at Brighton and elsewhere where he had too much liberty. I expressed my willingness to receive him on condition of his cheerful submission to the mild discipline of my house. The Secretary was a very gentlemanly man who spoke English perfectly.

Friday, 17th October, 1873

Called on Mr Kitchen and Mr Ward. Went to Queen’s College with Mr Hutton. I don’t think it likely that “Tats” will submit to discipline.

Wednesday, 22nd October, 1873

“Union Jubilee Banquet”. Many old members present. Tickets 25/-. I got no dinner worth mentioning. All was very badly managed.

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