Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

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.

1878, November 10, Sunday 

Very wet. My cough was very bad.

Winderton Church opened. Mr Smith had invited me and asked me to write a report for the newspapers – but I was unable to go, though I afterwards wrote reports.

I spoke to W Barton Senior in the vestry this afternoon when he came to have his child registered after Baptism, about the outcry made last winter when the Trustees gave 2/6 for each child who had attended 250 times during the year and the report that it was he who wrote the notices calling the “public meeting” in Tennant’s Barn – although he was one of the very recipients of the half-crowns whom the others were jealous of. He declared that he had nothing whatever to do with it. His boy William is gone out to service. I sent a kind message to him by his father.

1878, November 11, Monday

Drove to Hook Norton. Mr Smith of Brailes called and had dimmer with us this evening.

Visited Mr Rushton at Hook Norton. Met Dr Routh in Hook Norton and spoke about the School recommending him not to allow Bishop or Inns to draw him into any discussion of the Charity matters.

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