Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1874, December 25, Friday 

Christmas day. Went to Sibford this morning. Took Harry. Passed through yesterday’s wreck, a sad sight. Returned at night.

1874, December 26, Saturday

Went to Sibford, taking Chester with me to bring horse back to Banbury. I staid at Sibford for meeting of Charity Trustees on Tuesday.

1874, December 29, Tuesday

Attended meeting of Charity Trustees in Schoolroom. Returned as far as Broughton

This possibly incomplete entry ends book 1 of the diaries. Apart from a note by Leslie Baily there is then a gap of over two years until book 2 (labelled Volume IV) begins on 24 February 1877.

1877, February 24, Saturday 

Saint Matthias Service at 10am. Visited Widow Young who is unwell and looks half starved. She has 4 children at home two of whom are at work earning 8/6 per week. She has also her sister’s (Widow ?Ellen? Bond) baby, the payment for which she devotes to her rent. I gave her a 2/6 parcel of grocery.

Called on David Hone’s wife who complained that I had not given her daughter Phoebe Payne a parcel of grocery at Christmas. I told her it was merely because I could not give to everybody and she had received during the year very considerable charity – gifts amounting to some 45/- and that the Christmas gifts of grocery from the Loggin Charity were better bestowed on the aged and sick and on those who did not receive the larger charity.

Went over Heath allotments and to Farm about repairs. Hands not at home.

Mr Woolgrove called this evening and said that he and Mr Hitchcox proposed to collect the church subscriptions before Easter this year in order to present paid accounts at the Vestry Meeting.

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