Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Wednesday, 10th December, 1873 

Johns went down.

Drove to Sandford for Evening Service. Extremely dense fog. Mr Wills accompanied me. Mr Hill preached for me. Mr Lee was not there.

Thursday, 11th December, 1873

Drove to Sandford. Took back lamps borrowed from Mr Ottacouy last night. Left with Rev Vernon Green the exam papers in English History of Mr Hurst’s Linden House School.

Monday, 15th December, 1873

Paid Spottiswoode & Co for printing circulars respecting pupils. £16.5.

Took Mr Leonard’s duty at New this evening.

Friday, 19th December, 1873

Harry returned from Rossall.

Drove to Sandford with hansom cab on business concerning which Rev F A Wilson had appealed to me. He accompanied me as far as Littlemore Church which he entered. I picked him up on my return.

Habuit ille in domo sua famulam cognomine Honey ex Sandfordis quae eum de falso crimine accusaverat. Ego ei persuasit ut declararet sua manu subscribens declarationem paratam, nullum veritatis in accusatione esse, sua matre praesente.

Took duty at New this evening for Leonard.

He had in his house a maidservant, surname Honey, from Sandford, who had falsely accused him of a crime. I persuaded her that she would, in a declaration prepared in her own hand, declare there to be no truth in the accusation, in her mother’s presence.

Sunday, 21st December, 1873

Rosa accompanied me to Sandford.

Rev H Moore, of Brasenose, who was until recently Head Master of Burford Grammar School and was ordained deacon with me, dined with is this evening. He and I called on Mr Pope.

I took duty at New College this evening. The Bishop of Oxford and two or three of the Royal family were also present. Chapel much crowded.

Monday, 22nd December, 1873

Wrote to Longmans broaching the subject of the “Librarian” a proposed new magazine.

My week of duty at New College.

Thursday, 25th December, 1873

Mr Reader wrote and asked me to meet Mr William Longman in town next Tuesday or Wednesday to confer about “The Librarian”.

No sermon at Sandford this afternoon. “High Prayers” at New College this evening.

Friday, 2nd January, 1874

Rev Samuel Kettlewell, Hemel Hempstead, called about pupils in my absence.

Drove Mr Hole to Abingdon this afternoon. Rev F A Wilson and Mr Glencross came this evening.

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