Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1878, October 27, Sunday 

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.

1878, October 28, Monday 

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.

1878, October 29, Tuesday

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.

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.

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