Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1877, September 14, Friday

Visited Elizabeth Gibbs. Much weaker.

Called on Mrs Shelswell this evening. Percy Milburne was there on a visit.

1877, September 15, Saturday

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

Elizabeth Gibbs died this morning at half past six.

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

1877, September 16, Sunday

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 Bourchier 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 Bourchier 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.

1877, September 18, Tuesday

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.

1877, September 19, Wednesday 

Dr Routh called this morning and gave me 5/- towards offertory for Indian Famine Relief Fund. I told him I had sent up our contribution. He asked me to keep it for any similar object. He told me that the younger of Robert Austin’s apprentices, a boy from Shipston Union Workhouse had a diseased lung and would require some wine if I would give it him. I said I would, and he might tell them to send down for it.

Mr Hitchcox called this morning and said he had missed coming to the choir supper last night by losing his train at Aynho where he had been attending a sale of cattle. I asked him for a contribution to the expenses of the choir festival by which I was very much out of pocket. He said he had given Miss M Dix 5/- a few weeks ago which he understood was for that purpose. If it was not, he would give me as much as he could afford.

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