Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

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.

1874, May 24, Sunday

“High prayers” at New, being Whit Sunday. Mr Lee sang. Preached and read prayers at Sandford this afternoon.

1874, May 25, Monday

Macray took my duty at New this evening. I went to London and North Cheam. Hole met me at Paddington. We went to Mountain’s and dined there before going on to Cheam. Called on Mr Morse, Vicar of St John’s East Dulwich. He was not at home.

1874, May 26, Tuesday

Leonard took my duty at New this morning, Macray in evening. Went to Wallington (drove) with Mr and Mrs Hole. I and Macray are now clear as regards duty at New.

1874, May 27, Wednesday

Called on Thomas Brown at his office: saw his and my old friend Jago there. Visited Royal Academy. Returned to Oxford. Received from Miss Brown, 16 Spring Hill, Birmingham for exam papers £1.1. Leonard took my duty morning and evening. Thus I owe him two services.

1874, May 30, Saturday

Finished duty at New College this morning. Walked to Headington this afternoon with Rev Carteret Fletcher. Called on Leonard at Christ Church this evening. He has hurt his foot rather badly.

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