Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Monday, 10th September, 1877 

Dined at Mr Cookes’s at Tadmarton this evening. Rev Walter and Mrs Bouchier were there. It is the latter’s first visit to this part of the country. I invited Mr Bouchier to preach at Sibford next Sunday, but he did not promise to do so.

Tuesday, 11th September, 1877

I wrote to Miss Wollaston of Tunbridge Wells last week asking for a contribution to the Library fund but have not yet heard from her.

Received notice of payment to Lands’ Improvement Company becoming due from Feoffees of Sibford Charity Estate on 25th inst.

Saturday, 15th September, 1877

Took luncheon at Mr Montagu’s with Mr and Mrs Bouchier.

Elizabeth Gibbs died this morning at half past six.

Visited Mrs Bond and her daughter. The latter is better than she was yesterday.

Sunday, 16th September, 1877

Visited Gibbs this morning and again this evening. His daughter Lucy Padbury told me her mother was to be buried in the Friends’ ground on Friday next.

Mr and Mrs Bouchier came over from Tadmarton to the service this afternoon. Mr B did not take any part in the service though I asked him to do so. There was an excellent congregation. They took tea at Miss Dix’s and Bell and myself were there too.

Visited Mrs Mawle, Mr Woolgrove and Joshua Lines. Also John Harris. Mrs Harris was very much hurt because Mr Bouchier did not call to see her. He certainly did wonders in seeing his old parishioners as it was.

Afternoon service (instead of evening) was resumed today.

Tuesday, 18th September, 1877

Gave supper to the choir in the school room at 7 pm. Roast sirloin of beef, roast leg of mutton, vegetables, plum pudding and tarts all excellently cooked by Mrs Elley. The men retired to Mr Elley’s to smoke their pipes after supper.

There were present

Myself Mr Coles
Miss Stevens Joshua Manning
Miss S Dix Lewis Poulton
Miss M Dix  
Miss Mawle  
Jane Barnes Mr Woolgrove
Bertha Keene  
Mr Elley  
Mr R Austin  
Mr J Harris  
Mr Gascoigne  
Mr R Haines  
Mr W Kaye  
Mr F Horsman  

Mr Hitchcox was invited and promised to come but did not. I made a little speech after supper impressing on them all the importance of attending the practice and the services as regularly as possible.

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