Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1877, September 24, Monday 

Drove to Hook Norton this morning to get beef for beef tea for Mrs P Webb. Visited her this afternoon.

Visited Mrs Hillman and Mr W Fox.

1877, September 25, Tuesday 

Fred Horsman called and asked to be allowed to have the quarter acre allotment at the Heath which John Harris junior will give up this Michaelmas. I told him that I would let him have it if I could but he would have to pay the rent in advance which he readily agreed.

The school opened yesterday morning with only 12 children the harvest not being finished. Mrs Elley sent them back again as previously arranged with me.

1877, September 26, Wednesday

Visited Mrs Mawle. Mrs Joshua Dix has left her old house and gone to live with Mrs Shelswell.

Miss Somerton has taken the house and William Payne and his wife from the Colony are to reside in it with her.

Miss Maria Dix came to supper this evening.

1877, September 27, Thursday

Martha Spicer who is a niece of Thomas Wilks and has been in service with Mrs Baker of Brailes 8 years but has recently left, is residing at Wilks’s for the present. Mrs Smith of Brailes said she would suit us very well as Cook, but on sending for and speaking to her this morning I find she is about to be married.

Visited Mr Webb (better).

Sent Mr Kinch, Solicitor of Deddington, Certificate of burial of Mrs Sarah Gibbs in January last.

Wrote to Rebecca Hussey’s Book Charity and S.P.C.K. about books for Library.

1877, September 29, Saturday

St Michael and All Angels. Divine Service at 10 am.

Visited Poulton senior who is confined to house but not from work with a bad leg.

Repaid James Sabin children their Clothing Club money 6/2 as they are leaving Sibford.

Drove to Long Compton this afternoon to call on the Vicar, Mr Roberts and ask him to preach Harvest Thanksgiving service next Sunday afternoon, but he was not at home. Bell and Rosa accompanied me.

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