Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, November 7, Friday 

Went to Banbury to meeting of Subcommittee for Election of Choirmaster of Deddington Deanery Choral Association and Organist of Adderbury. We met at Old Bank – Mr Cobb being one of Subcommittee as Churchwarden of Adderbury. The other members were Mr Gepp and Mr Highton. We succeeded in making a selection of 5 or 6 candidates.

Visited Mary Wilks – Her mother asked whether the Trustees would help pay her doctor’s bill £1.18. Mary’s mind is evidently deranged under her repeated fits.

Bought shawl for G. Spicer’s mother, Widow Careless.

1879, November 8, Saturday 

Visited the Goffes at Sibford Ferris and George Messenger. Mutton to the latter and Mary Wilks.

Met Mr John Enoch and spoke with him about Mary Weaver – He thinks she is not fit to be by herself and so to get her to apply for an order for the workhouse has given her notice to leave her cottage – which she rents of him. He told her to apply to the relieving officer today, so that she might go into the house on Monday next.

1879, November 9, Sunday

Bad cold and very hoarse. Fine open autumn weather we have had now for several weeks.

Called on the Misses Dix. Their Uncle George having removed from Swalcliffe, where he has lived for the past 11 or 12 years came to church today for the first time as a parishioner of mine.

1879, November 10, Monday

I have a severe cold on the chest. Charles Barnes called and I settled with him for coal distribution. He had allowed Edward Holland to have his coals without the ticket which I had purposely withheld because he had not paid his allotment rent. I told Charles not to let any have coal without ticket in future.

Miss M Dix called this evening.

1879, November 11, Tuesday

Ordered £5 worth of books for Library from Stanford, Charing Cross.

Webb clipped my mare. Mr Smith of Brailes having lent me his machine for the purpose. Though it was Webb’s first attempt he did it very satisfactorily.

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