Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1873, December 19, Friday 

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.

1873, December 21, Sunday

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 us 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.

1873, December 22, Monday

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

My week of duty at New College.

1873, December 25, Thursday

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.

1873, December 26, Friday

Drove Wingate to Horspath this afternoon.

Rev F A Wilson and family spent the evening here.

College Chapel closed.

1874, January 2, Friday

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.

1874, January 4, Sunday

Drove to Horspath after service at Sandford this afternoon and home to dinner. Cull and Hewitt called.

1874, January 5, Monday

Went to Mr Hole’s at North Cheam. Bell is at Cheltenham. I left Rosa in charge of house.

Called on Mr W Longman about the proposed magazine “The Librarian”. Mr Longman gave me a note to Mr Sampson Low on the matter. He publishes the “Publishers’ Circular”. Both seemed to have an idea that my scheme was a plagiarism of that work, but is not by any means.

Called on Mountain.

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