Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1874, May 31, Sunday 

Took duty for Leonard at College all day. Preached and read prayers at Sandford this afternoon.

1874, June 1, Monday

Took duty at College for Leonard this morning. Pulling of Christ Church called. He and I walked to Summertown and back after 9 pm.

1874, June 2, Tuesday

Took duty at New this evening for Leonard, evening. Dined with Carteret Fletcher at Worcester College. Drove to Sandford. Hill of Littlemore Asylum took funeral of Mrs Ashfield for me at 6 pm.

1874, June 3, Wednesday

Received £2.2 from Miss Ackerley, Sefton House, West Derby, Liverpool for examining exercises of her pupils.

1874, June 4, Thursday

Macray called and asked me to take his duty on the 14th at New College. Reserved answer until I could consult Mr Lee. Hewitt called. We went for a walk at night.

1874, June 5, Friday

Johns commenced Responsions. Took duty at College for Leonard this evening. Hughes called this afternoon.

1874, June 6, Saturday

Took duty for Leonard at College this morning and my own turn this evening. Thomas Braddell went home till Monday.

1874, June 8, Monday

Leonard took all my duty at New, so that he and I are now clear again. Mr Johns called this morning. His son left with him, having been “ploughed” at Responsions non mirabile dictu.

Mr Stock, of Pembroke, came to luncheon, and we walked to Water Eaton in the afternoon.

ploughed – “failed”.

non mirabile dictu – literally “not wonderful to relate”, and probably carrying the meaning “no surprise there”.

1874, June 9, Tuesday 

Received a note from Mr. Lee, asking whether I would accept the Vicarage of Sibford Gower, if the College offered it to me. £230 and “middling house”. I replied that I would go and see it.

1874, June 28, Sunday

This entry is incomplete as a page has been torn out of the book.

… only in evenings for week commencing this evening.

1874, June 30, Tuesday

Mr Hill of Littlemore came to dinner and Miss Harbage and Miss Wilson came to tea and croquet. Mr Wilson, Mrs Wilson and their son Fred came to supper.

Received a letter from Hole about the diminished profits of the “Grade Lesson Books”.

1874, July 1, Wednesday

Miss C Dunsterville and Rosa drove pony to Littlemore. Charles Gibson and Herbert Jackson came this evening.

1874, July 6, Monday

Preached Club Sermon. Pope went with me and read prayers. Drove round Marsh Baldon and Toot Baldon. Mr and Mrs Wilson and family came up this evening.

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