Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, August 11, Monday 

Mrs Way assisted with Penny Bank.

Visited Mrs Pearce and Thomas Wilks. Mary Wilks is bad again was “insensible” all last week, so her mother said. Called at Jarvis’s and David Hone’s.

1879, August 12, Tuesday

Visited Mrs Pearce. Rev Mr Blythman Vicar of Shenington and Mrs Blythman came to see her this evening – as friends – Mrs Pearce having been for some time at Shenington where a sister lives.

Misses E and S Dix, with Miss Stevens late of Swalcliffe came to tea.

Walked to Mill Hill in evening, Called at Daniel Sabin’s.

1879, August 13, Wednesday

Thunder storm this morning, foretold by Americans. Very sultry afterwards.

Visited Mrs Pearce,

Mrs Dix who during Mrs Pearce’s illness is lodging at John Harris’s,

Mr Joseph Woolgrove who told me he had this morning threatened Ben Messenger that if he was again guilty of using bad language in road as he was last Saturday night when drunk he would take out a summons against him. It appears his conduct was very bad and he went home and beat his wife. He received Mr W’s reproof very quietly this morning. I told Mr W I was very glad he had spoken to him and that I would do so too on the first opportunity.

Visited Joshua Lines and Samuel Woolgrove, also Mrs Bond.

1879, August 14, Thursday 

Visited Mrs Pearce this morning. She retains her strength in a wonderful degree.

On Tuesday last I sent a revised inscription for tomb-stone to memory of James Barnes “erected as a token of public respect to the memory of James Barnes etc.”

Visited Dr Routh; gave him 27/- towards Job Harris’s expenses to Eastbourne convalescent home for three weeks. The charge is 10/- per week. The railway fare will be £1.3.6 3rd return. Dr Routh had collected 1/10/- and I thought it would be better to let the man have a shilling or two in his pocket.

I called at Job Harris’s, saw his wife and left with her the railway time-table – leave Banbury 11.23 am, arrive at Eastbourne at 6 pm.

Visited Misses Dix this evening with Bell, Rosa and Frank. Others were there.

Marion has sore throat. We sent her to the doctor.

Found Joseph Robinson, age about 11, criminally assaulting a girl age about 6, daughter of Joseph Dale. Boxed his ears soundly and frightened him with my horse whip; went to Dale’s and told the girl’s mother to let the father know. The boy’s mother, Widow Ann Robinson who has set her children a very bad example, having had two or three bastards since her husband’s death, was not at home.

I consulted Dr Routh about pains in my head. He said they were periosteic? rheumatism, recommended me to drink “Encore” whisky in preference to beer or wine, and to rub the head with some kind of liniment, camphor etc etc.

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