Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1878, November 1, Friday 

Went to Loose, Maidstone, to Rev Dr Martin’s, Shernold House, where Rosa is staying. Saw Dr and Mrs Martin and Annie and Rosa. In afternoon we drove to Debtling to see Jennie and her husband (Mr and Mrs Rugg). Stayed all night at Dr Martin’s.

1878, November 3, Sunday

Bad cold caught in travelling yesterday. Dr Routh called this evening and asked me to borrow some astronomical Magic lantern slides for him to use in lecture at Witney. He told me Mrs Ellis was very ill. I said I would go and see her tomorrow.

1878, November 5, Tuesday

Called on Canon Payne. Not at home. Went to Banbury. Mr Kirkland, from Pinegrove, Dundee came as a pupil at £150.

Gave out clothing club tickets.

1878, November 6, Wednesday 

Frederick Inns and Henry Bishop called this evening and asked my advice about sending their children to school. They refuse to pay the 3d per week assessed to them by the Trustees. I told them I had already given them my advice and they had not taken it. I objected to their wasting my time or that of individual trustees about the matter. But they staid some time.

Esau Tarver called with his allotment rent.

1878, November 9, Saturday

Met Bishops’ Commission appointed at instance of Ecclesiastical Commissioners to whom I have applied for a grant for Parsonage, at Swalcliffe Vicarage at luncheon. It consisted of Rev Canon Payne, Rev H Back, Vicar of Banbury, Rural Dean and Rev J H Cookes, Rector of Tadmarton.

Among other particulars I supplied was the following account of Fees received for the past seven years.

1871  £ 2.  3.  4
1872       13.  4
1873       10.  4
1874    1.  3.  4
1875    1.  3.  4
1876    5.  8.  0
1877    1. 10.  0


From College, Corn rent £150
Land, let                 40
Cottage                    3. 10
Eccl. Commissioners       27.  0
Q.A.B.                   9.  2.  8
                       £ 229. 12.  8

Canon Payne set down the house here as “unfit for occupation” or rather told Mr Back to write it, which he did.

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