Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, May 6, Wednesday 

In doors all day with a cold, but walked to Burdrop for exercise this evening, felt I could not stay in any longer.

1885, May 7, Thursday

Attended School Attendance Committee at Banbury.

Alice and Lily Mountain returned home.

Very cold, with some rain snow and hail.

Webb told me his boy William had given up the situation I got him at Bredwardine Vicarage and had enlisted as a soldier.

Visited Ellen Hone and told her I had ordered some food at Thomas Webb’s for her boy Charles, who, she says has been unwell and unable to work for a week and is consequently half starved. She is an idle goodfornothing woman who still has the man living with her, and she might go out and earn her living as other women do; but talking to her seems useless. I cannot do anything for her whilst she keeps the man Mumford there, and so I have told her – but I pity her children very much.

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