Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, January 31, Friday 

Wrote a note to Mrs Pettipher telling her that as the order for the brick-grave had been given in ignorance I would accept no fee this time, but that this was not to be made a precedent, because I had no right to abrogate any fees customarily and lawfully payable to the Vicar of Sibford. I wrote in the 3rd person, but politely, to mark my sense of the impropriety to say the least, of her behaviour to me on Saturday and of what she said about the contribution, or rather voluntary rate for church expenses.

Visited David Hone, Richard Payne and his daughters and Hannah Keene, and John Padbury.

Mrs Way called to ask how long I had had the Slinket as her mother had paid rent and taxes for it up to Michaelmas last and was about to settle with Mr Hitchcock.

1879, February 1, Saturday 

Frost continues. Hail this evening followed by snow two or three inches deep at least.

Received letter from Rev J Hodgson Vicar of Bloxham about Mary Ann Barton concerning whom as a probable candidate for confirmation I had written to him. He had seen the girl who did not seem desirous to be confirmed and her mistress Mrs William Robinson of the Unicorn, Bloxham thought her too young and could not well spare her. He speaks very highly of Mrs Robinson.

I received deed relating to Slinket from Mr Kinch Solicitor of Deddington October 10, 1876 and sent it on to the Warden of New College.

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