Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1874, July 19, Sunday 

Preached at the asylum this morning and at Sandford this afternoon. Preached at Carfax for Fletcher this evening and to enable me to do so Lee took my duty (my last) at New College Chapel.

1874, July 21, Tuesday

Visited patients at asylum at Littlemore. Dr Heurtley Sankey returned with me to tea and supper.

1874, July 26, Sunday

Took morning and afternoon services at Upper Heyford for Mr Mount. Mr Heath called this evening.

1874, July 29, Wednesday

Drove Rosa to Horspath to Wingate’s. Harry walked over in the evening and drove Rosa back. I walked back.

1874, August 2, Sunday

Preached at Blisworth church this evening and afterwards took supper at the Rectory with the family and Mr Hughes. In conversation with the Rector I found that Rev Montagu Payne who is in charge of Sibford and was placed there by Mr Bourchier, was formerly assistant curate of Blisworth where quadam Dominica apparuit in pulpiti cum duobus oculis purpureis quos obtinuerat pugnaus in domo publica. Statui me eum dimissurum esse ea parochia Sibfordiense simulac vicarius facturus sim.

… one Sunday appeared in the pulpit with two black eyes which he had acquired fighting in a public house. I will dismiss him from the Sibford parish as soon as I shall have been made vicar.

1874, August 6, Thursday

Mr Alison came to dinner. He afterwards accompanied me as far as Horspath. Walking on his way to his curacy of Great Milton. I assisted Wingate at Funeral and Evensong and walked home.

1874, August 7, Friday

Mrs Atkinson wife of the Rector of East Hendred, sent her servant to ask me to take services there morning and afternoon next Sunday next which I promised to do.

Sent copy of specimen pages of Alcestis to Butler and Tanner.

1874, August 9, Sunday

Took train to Didcot and then cab to East Hendred where I took morning and afternoon service for Mr Atkinson, the Rector. In the evening I walked back to Didcot, as there was no conveyance to be got. The country is “downy” and bleak.

1874, August 13, Thursday

Accident while driving with J P Howe in his pony cart. We were run into by a luggage cart on Stoke Bridge and had a narrow escape.

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