Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1874, May 4, Monday 

Macray undertook my duty at New College and got Leonard to do it for him. Drove to Sandford and took Mr Hill for a drive through Baldon, etc.

1874, May 5, Tuesday

Called on the President of St John’s about Johns’ matriculation. Johns went out at 9.30 this evening and did not return till all had gone to bed. I was out at Jesus College.

1874, May 6, Wednesday

Longmans sent me a copy of Hole’s new book “The Young Christian Armed”. Leonard undertook my duty at New and Macray did it. Mr and Mrs Julius Sankey called.

1874, May 7, Thursday

Ruri-decanal Chapter at Iffley. Petition against the Archbishop Canterbury Public Worship Regulation Bill .

Leonard took my duty at College this evening and thus cleared off all due to me.

I felt it my duty to write to Mr Johns and tell him that I should have to ask him to remove his son if he did not adhere to the rules of the house as regards being in at night and engaged in his studies.

1874, May 8, Friday 

Johns wrote me a full apology and promised amendment. I therefore wrote to his father and recalled my letter of last night.

1874, May 9, Saturday

Finished duty at New College this morning. Johns went to St Johns to arrange about day for matriculation examination. Paid Hughes for examining Thomas Braddell £1.10.

1874, May 11, Monday

Walked to Wood Eaton and Water Eaton with Rev Carteret Fletcher, Rector of Carterton. Lent him some books on English Literature and gave him copies of U.K.S. for his children.

1874, May 12, Tuesday

Drove Bell to Kidlington. Mr Martin came in with Braddell and asked that he might go to his rooms to tea.

1874, May 13, Wednesday

Rev C J Fletcher called and returned books which I had lent him and asked me to preach at Carfax next Sunday night for the Indian Famine relief fund.

Boat races commenced. I took Bell and Rosa down.

1874, May 16, Saturday

Received a p.o.o. for one guinea from Miss Brown Smith, 16 Spring Hill, Birmingham asking me to set four examination papers for her pupils in each of 5 subjects. I returned the P.O.O. declining to do what she asked. Hughes called.

1874, May 17, Sunday

Preached at Carfax this evening “as a friend” for Fletcher, on behalf of the Indian Famine Relief fund. Called on Mr Hughes afterwards.

1874, May 18, Monday

Received a third letter from Miss Smith Brown, 16 Spring Hill, Birmingham asking for explanation of return of p.o.o. I replied.

Paid for Dinner Service to M. L. Brown, 47 St Martin’s Lane W6 £6.13.6.

1874, May 19, Tuesday

Took duty at New College this afternoon for Macray. Johns went to Matriculation Exam at St John’s College and passed. Drove to Sandford. R. F. Heath accompanied me.

1874, May 21, Thursday

Grand evening party this evening at Rev Carteret J Fletcher’s. Bell and I went, but the place was so intolerably crowded that we stayed only a very short time.

Sent my notice of resignation of Curacy of Sandford to Rev L J Lee.

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