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1877, July 10th, Tuesday

Went to Bloxham and called on Mr Hodgson to make arrangements for his curate to take the services for me on Sunday 22nd inst when I purpose being at Bridlington.

The postmaster at Banbury told me that Webb the ?usual? postman here was making incorrect returns as to the time he finished his delivery here day after day.

1877, July 11th, Wednesday

Visited Elizabeth Gibbs who is better. Her husband had not been able to do his allotment owing to his wife’s illness and his want of means to purchase manure. I gave him 3/- to help him over his difficulty, telling him he must keep his ground in order, otherwise the stewards would direct my attention to it.

1877, July 13th, Friday

Mr Pettipher senior called this morning for Certificate of Baptism of Anne Gardner. I reminded him of the letter I wrote to him at Christmas time. He said he could prove that he had given two guineas a year to the church for the last 20 years. On my asking for an explanation he spoke of Choral festival fund, offertories, etc. I told him that what was collected in this way was always for some special purpose, but that it was the subscription for the ordinary church expenses that I had alluded to and that it went into the churchwarden’s hands, none of it passing through mine. He received what I said with a very good grace and I thought it better to leave him to think about it.

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