Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

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.

1874, July 15, Wednesday

Carteret Fletcher called and asked me to preach for him at Carfax next Sunday evening. Thomas Braddell went down for Summer Vacation. Drove to Sandford. Visited patients at Littlemore Asylum. Bell accompanied me. We took tea and supper with Mr and Mrs Sankey.

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