Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, October 19, Sunday

Taught in Boys’ Sunday School this morning.

Mt Hitchcox was at Church this afternoon and there was a good congregation though the weather was wet.

Visited Mrs Pearce and attended choir practice this evening.

1879, October 20, Monday

Adkins’s little boy, aged 2½ died this morning of something like apoplexy. He had been ill about a week.

Mrs Way assisted at Penny Bank. School re-opened but small attendance. Drove to Brailes this afternoon. Charles Legge’s child has measles.

1879, October 21, Tuesday

Visited Joshua Lines, Sam Woolgrove, Mr J Woolgrove – who promised to le me know whether Hands purposed selling corn on farm by auction next Monday. If he did not sell it I ought not to press for rent.

Harry Shelswell came to me this morning.

Visited School. Congratulated girl Webb on getting prize for needlework. Called registers and made entry in log-book. Mr Elley told me that a Miss Shemeld, who was a girl at the Friends’ School about twelve years ago was about to open a “dame school” in Sibford in a cottage – and had the promise of 11 children.

1879, October 23, Thursday

Drove to Banbury. A very great number of female servants were standing about Parsons Street to be hired; the number last Thursday Statute fair day being much in excess of demand and wages being reduced in consequence. Brought out Chrissie Henderson.

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