Diary

1877, October 30th, Tuesday

Very stormy. Went to Brailes Missionary meeting (C.M.S.). Took Webb. Wind so high it blew lamps out. The ?deputation? was Rev Mr Mason. Mr Nettleship, Rector of Barton on th eHeath was there with his son.

1877, November 1st, Thursday

All Saints Day. Divine Service at 10.

Betty Wilkes called to make arrangements for funeral of a little girl age 4(?) daughter of Reuben Sabin at Stocks Yard who has died of scarlatina whilst on a visit at Banbury.

1877, November 2nd, Friday

James Barnes called and told me that Reuben Sabin purposed having his deceased child brought from Banbury to his mother’s house and opening the coffin.

I therefore saw the mother and her mother as well as Reuben Sabin and his mother and after some little difficulty induced them to meet the corpse at the church gate. This was done, the funeral taking place at 2 o’clock instead of 3.

Reuben Sabin urged as a reason for his not being prevented from having the remains of his child brought to the house that William Webb the postman was not prevented from going about delivering his letters, although he had several children at home suffering from scarlet fever. I made of course the obvious reply.

Visited Miss E Dix this evening, and her Evening Class of boys in her kitchen. She had 9 boys there who were writing from dictation on slates. I suggested books, especially for the better scholars among them.

A boy Spicer was there only 9 years of age. I told him I thought he should be at school in the day.

Edward Holland came about allotment lately held by James Sabin. He could not pay the money but promised to do so on Saturday. week.

Visited Schools. Mrs and Mr Routh came and stayed to supper.

Read about the Rev Edward Stevens here.