Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1877, December 6, Thursday 

Visited school. Called on Robert Austin, told him I had written to the chairman of Board of Guardians at Shipston concerning his apprentice William Charles Webb.

Visited Buckingham who is better, but unable to go to work.

1877, December 7, Friday

Sent notice to Charity Commissioners to effect that their requirement with respect to new Feoffment had been complied with. Issued notes and notices calling meeting respecting Lending Library on Monday evening next. Wrote letters to Quakers as well as to church people.

Drove to Brailes.

Dr Routh came this evening, and promised to come to library meeting on Monday evening next. I asked him about Robert Austin’s apprentice. He said he did not think he was likely to get better.

1877, December 8, Saturday

Ezekiel Hancox’s wife called and asked me to baptize her child (18 months old) tomorrow. I said certainly I would gladly do so, and asked her why she had not brought it to be baptized before. She replied that she had not been to church or chapel since some girl told her that I said she could not be in the clothing club and that she was not a church woman. I reminded her that I had been in her house several times since I baptized her last baby and that she had not said a word to me about it. I told her her conduct was very wicked for that her duty was to God. She promised to come to church and send her children to school. She had been brought up to the church and had been confirmed, she said.

1877, December 9, Sunday 

Ezekiel Hancock’s child was baptized this afternoon.

James Barnes came to church this morning but fainted and had to be carried out.

Visited Misses Dix.

Catechised children in church this afternoon. Some of the boys, especially Tay and Thomas Lines, were very disorderly so that I had to reprove them severely.

Taught in Boys’ Sunday School morning and afternoon. Attended choir practice this evening.

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