Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, September 14, Sunday 

Taught in Boys’ Sunday School this afternoon.

Visited Mrs Pearce, Mrs Mawle, the Misses Dix, Hannah Keene, Job Harris, Mr Woolgrove (not in), Joseph Payne, Thomas Sabin (not in).

1879, September 15, Monday

Left for Brighton taking with me Bell, Rosa, Harry, Frank, Mrs Elley, Jane Messenger and Marion Harris. Harry left us at Victoria to visit Mr Crowther Smith at Sutton. We arrived at 30 Medina Villas, Cliftonville, about 7pm from Victoria, via Horsham – found Mr Maclean awaiting us there – the servants having left the keys with him. The gas meter stood at 10½ ; 6 ; 3.

Before I left home Mr Hiorns called about farm. I embodied what he said in a note to Canon Payne and sent him the draft lease.

1879, September 17, Wednesday

Sent telegram to Rev J Hodgson Vicar of Bloxham asking if he could let his curate take my duty for me on Sunday next. Replied that he was away. Ultimately arranged that Mr Cave should take duty at Sibford on Sunday 28th inst.

1879, September 21, Sunday

Visited Mrs Pearce and Mrs Mawle. Dined with Misses Dix and took tea with them. Drove to Winderton this evening to preach for Atkinson, Mr Smith being in Switzerland.

Routh sent me some Bromide of Potassium for headache from which I have been suffering.

1879, September 22, Monday

Returned to Brighton, calling on Canon Payne on the way to Banbury to speak with him about lease of farm – Dr Routh came there. We decided to refer disputed points to Mr Fortescue the Solicitor of Banbury and to ask Mr Hiorns to call and see him.

1879, September 28, Sunday

St Michael’s in morning. Trinity, Hove in evening.

Mr Cave, curate of Bloxham, took duty at Sibford. Mr Woolgrove entertained him at early dinner.

1879, October 3, Friday

Maclean and Harry’s quarrel about leaving door of study open – Harry was very much to blame for not apologising when he left door open at first accidentally. Had he done so instead of resenting Maclean’s demand to “shut that door please” by setting it open a second time purposely and then removing the key – there would have been no unseemly quarrel. Maclean was very much put out and spoke to me in such a way as made it necessary for me to call him to order. It all occurred in my absence – but Maclean told me of it after dinner announcing that he could not stay in the house where my son was any longer – and that he could not return to my house even if he did not pass his examination. He apologized when I told him it was not the thing for a pupil to threaten his tutor in that way.

1879, October 4, Saturday 

Kirkland told me today that he would not return to Sibford after Christmas.

Mr Elley collects the Loggin Rents for me tonight.

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