Spent the day at Versailles. Two churches French Protestant: a very mean and shabby, and the Notre Dame de Versailles a fine church of the Romish type – the singing, entirely by girls, at the service I attended, was very sweet and pleasant.
Diary of Rev Edward Stevens
Visited the Church of the Madeleine, where a grand wedding was going on, the Place de la Bastille, the Prison La Roquette where Archbishop Darboy and a number of clergy and Gens d’Armes were murdered by the Communists in 1871. Visited also the cemetery of Pere la Chaise. Left Paris on return to London at about 10 pm.
Arrived at Calais at 6.30 am. Left by Steamship Maid of Kent at 9.30. Very stormy. Arrived at Dover at 12 being 1 hour late on account of the roughness of the weather, the wind being in our teeth. Went to Mr Brown’s Bushey Villa Brixton where I stayed.
Went to East Dulwich, saw Louie, Mrs Collett and some of the children. Lottie and the rest were not at home.
Went to East India Docks. Saw Cousin Emma and Aunt Emma, Mr J P Howe, Captain Dutton and R Woolcock.
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.
Returned to Bushey Villa, and then home, arriving at Banbury about 6.
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