Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, February 9, Monday 

Visited Mrs Shelswell ; Henry Bishop ; Mr Oddie ; Joshua Lamb ; Richard Lamb ; Joshua Lines ; Charles Lines ; Anna Aris ; Thomas Aris ; Thomas Wilks ; Charles Barnes ; Betty Wilks ; Sam Woolgrove ; John West (not in) ; Lewis Poulton ; Jane Legge ; Sarah Hone ; Thomas Green ; George Green ; Thomas Lively ; E. Scruby ; Thomas Holland.

Took Boys Confirmation Class this evening in Schoolroom : first time this season : gave them each a piece of cake and a mug of tea at conclusion.

1885, February 10, Tuesday

Walked to Swalcliffe and took wedding for Canon Payne.

Took Girls’ Confirmation Class in vestry this afternoon at 3.

Mr Woolgrove called this evening and told me of the disgraceful goings on at Burdrop. Edward Scruby’s wife and W. Barton’s wife being very immoral women. He said he had caught the former and James Hone one Sunday morning on the Hook Norton road in flagrante delicto. The latter has Charles Holtom constantly there.

1885, February 11, Wednesday

Received Government Grant for School £50.4.4.

Taught School this morning.

Drove Bell and Frank to Banbury. Paid £152.2.6 to London & County Bank there for my account at Oxford.

1885, February 13, Friday

Taught in School all the morning.

Ellen Hone came  and asked for coal ticket which I refused to give her as she has still the man Mumford living with her, and I decline to encourage such conduct in any way and told her so.

Visited Heath allotments where Ewings is laying the hedge on the north side. Also the Plantation where William Hall and John West are laying the hedge.

Charles Barnes called to settle coal distribution.

1885, February 14, Saturday

Drove Bell, Frank and Willie Thame to Brailes and Winderton.

At 11 o’clock this evening Joseph Pettipher came and asked me to go baptize his baby the survivor of twins born 10 or 12 days ago. I went and baptized the child. It was so dark I was obliged to take my lantern. The baby is a very tiny thing and does not seem likely to live.

Mrs Pettipher senior was there and evidently in a queer state of mind. She said she had agreed to let me be sent for because she wanted the funeral service read over the child if it died, but she did not believe in what some people said etc etc but she was not going to argue. I told her that the Church did not teach anything about the condition of those who die unbaptized. But she would scarcely let me get that out. She did not want to argue – etc etc.

Mrs Salmon, mother of Mrs Pettipher junior was there. I baptized the infant in the bedroom where the mother was. It was almost crowded with the 5 or 6 people in it and dreadfully hot. The young mother looked very frail.

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