Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1878, November 22, Friday 

Wrote to Mr Hemming, Clerk of Banbury School Attendance Committee for authority to insert ages, etc. Also to Registrar for two certificates. Paid Charles Barnes for superintending coal distribution. Visited Mrs Mawle.

1878, November 23, Saturday

Drove to Banbury to meet Hubert Hancock who comes on visit till Monday.

Buried Austin Gardner’s baby.

Joseph Manning called with account for felling etc larch for sale at Heath. I had not enough cash in house to pay him.

1878, November 24, Sunday 

Very wet. Taught Boys’ Sunday School. Morning and afternoon. Attended choir practice this evening.

Banns of Marriage between Charles Coleman (son of John) of Burdrop and Elizabeth Holland of Tysoe, were out today.

Mr Thame, Miss Dix’s brother-in-law died yesterday or Friday.

1878, November 25, Monday

Mr Fred Manning called for Rates. Took Penny Bank morning and evening. Charles Coleman called for Certificate of Publication of Banns. Told him to ask Charles Barnes to bring book down tomorrow and I would write it out.

1878, November 27, Wednesday

Went over the Heath Allotments and examined Larch Trees that have been felled for sale by Joseph Manning. Three Scotch Firs at the corner of the Plantation opposite Epwell Turning have been spared through the kindly interposition of Canon Payne who it appears requested Manning not to cut them down without first consulting me and saying that he would like to have them left as they were not worth much for timber and looked very well as they were.

1878, November 28, Thursday

Mr Montagu called. He had been to C Poulton’s and F Inns’s, whose wives had made complaints about the Feoffees charging 3d per week school fee for tradesmen’s children and had complained about Humphrey Sabin and others not having been called upon to pay the same. Mr Montagu appearing to sympathize with their complaints I told him that the Trustees had the management of the school and would not think of going to either Poulton or Inns for permission to carry out their regulations, nor would they think of consulting them as to who should and who should not be required to pay 3d or 6d school fee. I very mildly gave Mr M to understand I thought him rather weak to let them talk to him about such matters and get his sympathy where no sympathy was needed. On his own showing he had not reproved them for their exhibition of jealousy because others were not called upon to pay as much or more than themselves. As to Poultons, they have only one child, a few months old, so that it will be years before the regulation will affect them.

1878, November 30, Saturday

Received from Banbury School Attendance Committee order for insertion of names and ages of a number of children in Child’s School Book.

St Andrew’s Day. Morning Service at 9.15.

Canon Payne called, but I was out.

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