Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1879, December 6, Saturday 

Visited Mary Weaver this evening. She fell down in the snow this morning when going up to Mr Bonner the relieving officer at Burdrop and had to be wheeled home in a barrow. She was in bed when I called. Her brother Joshua Green was in charge of house. He said she was off her head and they had fastened her in her room to prevent her getting down stairs as she set fire to herself this morning for the second time. She told me she was comfortable and free from pain, but she did not remember anything about being brought home in a barrow. Bonner had been to see her and left money for necessaries and had also made arrangements for her removal to the “House” on Monday.

Charlotte Webb of the “Pig and Whistle” Cottage has scarlet fever – caught the Doctor says from a tramp who called at the house for a drink of water. Charlotte gave it him but he was in such a filthy state and smelt so horribly that it made her sick at once – she being rather delicate – and in 3 days scarlet fever developed itself.

1879, December 10, Wednesday

Visited School, Mrs Pearce, Miss Dix. Arranged for obtaining supply of new and revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern for Choir and to sell to members of congregation. Divine Service this evening. Renewed my cold.

1879, December 11, Thursday

Sore throat. Received note from Maclean saying he had passed “Smalls” at first attempt. His Latin prose was so good that he was excused College lectures in that subject for great part of the term and the examiners complimented him on his “books”.

1879, December 12, Friday

Sore throat, insomnia. Bell got doctor to send me a draught, which did me some good.

Stephen Hands called and paid his rent £65 to Michaelmas last.

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