Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Thursday, 27th December, 1877 

A notice in pretty good handwriting was affixed to the barn door adjoining Thomas Holland’s to following effect.  “A public meeting will be held in the Barn belonging to the Bishop Blaize at Burdrop on Saturday evening next at 7 o’clock to consider what steps should be taken in consequence of the illegal use of the Charity Money on the 21st inst.”

It appears to allude to the gift of 2/6 for each child who had attended the 250 days, which was made to those of Little Sibford as well as to those of Sibford Gower.

Saturday, 29th December, 1877 

Called on Solomon Geydon and told him to call at my house for a parcel of grocery.

He is at present threshing for Thomas Lamb the thatcher for 1/6 a day.  He said I allowed him only 2/6 worth of clothing at last distribution.  I therefore gave him money to make up 5/-.  He seemed in a grumbling mood for which I reproved him.  He can neither read or write and I believe had never been ten miles from Sibford in his life; yet he took upon himself to say he thought too much of the Charity money went to the support of the School. “Why” said he “should not one of them be appointed Master of the School a14 shillin’ a week, they would be glad to do it and would be quite good enough for them children”.  I tried to show him his folly but don’t think I succeeded very well.  I think he is the most ignorant and dense of all my parishioners.  He was however, too modest to think he would do for School Master.

The meeting in Tennant’s Barn at Burdrop took place as was announced, but I don’t know how many attended it, nor what was done.

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