Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Wednesday, 4th October, 1882 

William Holland’s wife called and asked if I could give her something “to get bread” as her husband had no work. I gave her 2/-.

Thursday, 19th October, 1882

Left Oxford for London at 9 am. Called on Dr. Stone, 14 Dean’s Yard, Westminster, Medical Referee for the Clergy Mutual Association, as the Directors wished me to do. He examined me and did not keep me for long. So I went on to Victoria, took train for Paddington and left for home by the 1 o’clock train. Arrived at Banbury at 3.20 but it was so wet that my horse was not in. I therefore took a cab out which cost me 9/-, which is about the same as 2nd Class fare from Banbury to London.

Tuesday, 24th October, 1882

Emanuel Dale, a young man about 21 called and asked for assistance to pay his railway fare beyond Bletchley where he is going to a situation tomorrow. He is to have 8/- per week only and £5 at Michaelmas. He is to keep himself. So much for the permanent rise in wages effected by the Agricultural Labourers’ Union.

Monday, 6th November, 1882

I distributed Coal tickets this evening at the Schoolroom and talked seriously to some of the women about the irregularity of their children’s attendance at School.

I withheld Ezra Green’s ticket, as school pence was owing, and Thomas Holland’s, as he owes 10/- for allotment rent. The respective amounts were paid a day or two afterwards and I gave them the tickets.

Wednesday, 22nd November, 1882

Mary Lively came for some wine for her daughter Elizabeth Manning and asked whether I could do anything for the daughter Ada who is going to a situation at or near Leamington next week. I asked what she wanted. She replied “Some flannel for a petticoat”. I promised to ask Mrs. Stevens to get it for her, which I did and sent it up.

Saturday, 25th November, 1882

Harry and Vere went to Brailes to play in a football match against Shennington. I drove them, taking Rosa, and continuing the journey came home via Winderton.

Wednesday, 29th November, 1882 

Visited Austin Gardner. Mrs Gardner showed me the plans of a new house which they are about to build on their farm at Sibford Ferris. It looks as though it would be a nice house. John Adkins of Burdrop is to build it, and it is to cost £800 to £1000, though she did not tell me so. The house in which they are at present living belongs to one of Mr. Gardner’s brothers, with whom he is at variance, and neither desires to do business of any kind with the other.

Wednesday, 6th December, 1882

Charles Legge’s wife called and asked me to lend her ten shillings – to pay her grocer. I told her I was compelled to make a rule not to lend money to poor people in the parish, for if I once began I should not be able to stop, as it would be difficult to draw the line, and it would do no permanent good. But I gave her 2/-.

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