My bruised heel kept me in doors all day. Mr R F Heath called this evening.
Diary of Rev Edward Stevens
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.
Bell, Rosa, Harry and I took tea at Rev F A Wilson’s.
Visited patients at asylum at Littlemore. Dr Heurtley Sankey returned with me to tea and supper.
Bell went to Cheltenham.
Dined at Rev F A Wilson’s with Rosa and Harry.
Took morning and afternoon services at Upper Heyford for Mr Mount. Mr Heath called this evening.
Walked with Harry and Mr Heath this evening.
Miss Harbage and Mr Pedder were here this evening.
Drove Rosa to Horspath to Wingate’s. Harry walked over in the evening and drove Rosa back. I walked back.
Wingate came in to dinner. I walked to Horspath with him and back.
Went to Blisworth to see Hawker Hughes who is spending his Long Vacation in taking charge of parish for Rev Canon Barry the Rector.
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.
Went to Northampton with Hughes. Returned thence to Oxford by 5.25 pm train.
The Misses Gibson came to tea with Rosa. I walked to Horspath and back this evening.
Wingate came to dinner. Hired pony and drove to Abingdon together.
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.
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.
Bell returned from Cheltenham.
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.
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