Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, February 13, Thursday 

Sent to Mr Wells inviting him to breakfast. He could not come then but did so afterwards, when I told him we had intended to be present at the Choir practice last night and that it was by accidental forgetfulness that none of us were there. I sent Webb to drive him as far as Tadmarton.

Miss S Dix called. Also Mr Montagu. I walked with him as far as Epwell.

1879, February 17, Monday

Drove to Brailes. Dined at Canon Payne’s this evening; Mr Barker, Diocesan Inspector, Squire Norris and Mr Cookes of Tadmarton were there.

1879, February 18, Tuesday 

Rev Mr Barker Diocesan Inspector inspected the School and took luncheon here. I afterwards drove him to Epwell.

Confirmation classes at 3 and at 7.

Mr Montagu promised to take funeral of Widow Hathaway for me on Wednesday.

1879, February 19, Wednesday

Mr Castle of Oxford surveyed the Heath Farm under the guidance of Mr Thomas Hitchcox and Mr Woolgrove.

Widow Hathaway buried. Mr Montagu performed the service.

I went to London accompanied by Mr Kirkland. Put up at the Queen’s Hotel, St Martin’s Le Grand.

Visited Mr and Mrs Woolcock this evening.

1879, February 21, Friday

Snowstorm early this morning – heaviest in London this season. I was told the snow lay 18 inches deep on Westminster Bridge.

Visited Mr and Mrs Mountain this evening.

1879, February 22, Saturday

Returned home. Annie Martin met me at Paddington accompanied by her cousin Captain Ferguson. She came down to Sibford on a visit. I left Kirkland in London till Monday morning as he wished to attend the services at St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey.

1879, February 23, Sunday

Taught in Sunday School morning and afternoon. Snowstorm today: but there was none last week while there was a great deal in London.

I observed after Church this afternoon some of the girls who go to the Methodist Chapel followed by some lads among whom was Austin’s elder apprentice, and the boy Lines who comes to my confirmation class – who were snowballing them. William Spicer who was not at Church last Sunday nor today was following them.

Visited Robert Austin and spoke to him about his apprentice. He gave him a pretty good character on the whole.

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