Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Saturday, 8th February, 1879 

Received note from Rev Canon Payne asking me to dine with him and Archdeacon Daykin this evening; but I could not go, having caught a violent cold in my left eye. He asked for particulars about our school inspection which I gave him.

Mr Gepp of Adderbury Vicarage sent me on Thursday the books for the Choral Festival and in a note I received yesterday informed me that I had been elected a member of the Banbury Clerical Society.

On Monday or Tuesday morning Mr and Mrs Thornitt of Ascott called and spoke with me about the Heath Farm of which he has some desire to become the tenant.

Coal Distribution finished on Wednesday. Charles Barnes who superintended called this evening and I settled with him.

Sunday, 9th February, 1879 

Septuagesima Sunday. Taught Sunday School this afternoon.

Visited Ezra Green, William Holland, Mrs Holland (locked door), Mrs Mawle, Misses Dix.

Sermon this afternoon for the S.P.G. by Venerable Archdeacon Daykin of Durban, Pietermaritzburg. Good congregation offertory £2.5.6 of which 9/6 was in bronze. There were over 200 coins in the bags. Mr Payne of Swalcliffe sent his close carriage to take the Archdeacon to Bloxham to preach this evening.

Reuben Sabin’s and Adkins’s babies were baptized.

Attended Choir practice this evening.

Monday, 10th February, 1879

Mr Sims of Hook Norton accompanied by the Miller of Tadmarton called about the Farm, the former wishing to become tenant. I told him nothing could be done till after the surveyor’s report.

Mr Fred Manning called for rates. Expressed his willingness to be a Trustee of Penny Bank in conjunction with myself and Mr George Turner. He gave me 1/- for yesterday’s offertory as he was not at church in afternoon.

Took Penny Bank. Mrs Turner assisted.

Received note from Rev Ambrose Short of Bodicote saying I had been elected, subject to approval at next meeting, a member of the Banbury Clerical Society.

Tuesday, 11th February, 1879

Heavy showers. Drove Bell and Frank through Epwell, Shutford, Tadmarton and Swalcliffe.

Took confirmation classes. Visited old John Padbury who is in bed with a bad cold, and Widow Hannah Keene.

Spoke with daughter of late Mrs Coles at John Padbury’s.

Wednesday, 12th February, 1879 

Drove to Banbury this afternoon. Paid Dean £20.15. for Charity clothing.

Woolgrove came up at my invitation to settle church accounts to Easter last. Up to that date Mr Woolgrove as treasurer had 2d. in hand.

Alice Holtom of Sibford Ferris came up to say she had to go to nurse a cousin near Enstone and would probably be away three or four weeks and therefore feared she would not be able to attend the confirmation.

Choral Practice this evening under Mr Wells. first for the season. By accident, none of us went. I lodged Mr Wells at Mrs Elley’s.

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