Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Saturday, 31st October, 1874

Went to Sibford. Hired horse and dog-cart from Chester, where I put up at Vicarage Stable. Pay 6/- on each occasion for horse and trap.

Sunday, 1st November, 1874 

Read my self in at Sibford and celebrated Holy Communion. Drove back to Banbury in evening and reached home at about 8. I slept at School house where Mrs Elley got me tea etc etc and made me very comfortable.

Monday, 2nd November, 1874

Mr Fraser returned in time for breakfast. I voted for two Conservatives at the Oxford Election for Town Councillors.

Tuesday, 3rd November, 1874

de Teissier out late this evening, with permission, to visit a friend from London. Called on Mr and Mrs Wilson this evening.

Wednesday, 4th November, 1874

Went to Sibford. Took Rosa. Churchwardens met me by appointment at the School house. Mr Bruton, Diocesan Surveyor came whilst I was there. Went over Glebe etc with Mr Hitchcox, Vicar’s Warden, and Mr Herbert, Glebe-tenant. Called on Mr Mawle, Misses Dix, Mr Fox, Mr Turner and other parishioners. Mr Woolgrove paid me £3.3 collected in Church for the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Saturday, 7th November, 1874

Went to Sibford. Received from Ecclesiastical Commissioners £13.7.9 and from Mr Hitchcox (balance of sequestration) £17.5.6. Fraser went home till Monday. I had to wait two hours in Banbury for horse and dog-cart.

Sunday, 8th November, 1874 

Called on Hughes at Jesus, after my return from Oxford, but he was not in.

Received first proof of “Hecuba” from Butler and Tanner.

Hecuba is a title in Stevens and Hughes’s “Analytical Classical Series” (see 26 March 1874).

Tuesday, 10th November, 1874

Mr Mack, from Ceylon, a pupil of Cull’s called yesterday. Sent proof of Hecuba to Hughes. Cheque to Davenport, Registrar and Secretary to Bishop for Institution fees including the very modest sum of a guinea for Stationery! £6.0.6.

Friday, 13th November, 1874

Bell and I called to see Miss Heath who is ill. Received GLB account from Longmans. The dividend this year is small. But the stock in hand is 126,488 as against 53,300 last account.

Saturday, 14th November, 1874

Mr Fraser went to London. Returned this evening. Braddell and de Teissier had leave to go up the river for the day. Went to Sibford. Met Mr Bourchier at the Railway Station.

Saturday, 21st November, 1874

To Sibford. Paid old John Harris for work in garden at Vicarage during vacancy, £4.14.5. Received rent of cottage from him £1.11.1 and for potatoes which he had sold 5/1.

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