Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, May 22, Friday 

Very stormy.

Visited School.

Buried Frederick, son of William Holland, aged 8 months. Died of bronchitis after measles.

The rain and hail fell so heavily during the funeral that I read only one collect at the grave; the rest in Church.

Frank is better, but still in bed.

Met Sam Woolgrove who said Mr Ainge would lend his dairy ground for dancing etc on Club day. It is better situated than Mr Woolgrove’s field, being further from the public houses.

Met John Adkins who said that he should not agree to the rescission of his contract respecting the pond and that he would not do what Inns and his party required for £5, plus £4 for what had already been done. He said that “spite” was at the bottom of the opposition to the R.S.A. plan – but did not say against whom the “spite” was directed.

1885, May 23, Saturday

Continued and heavy showers. Visited William Holland; not in.

Mr White, Inspector of Nuisances called about the pond. He wanted to see Adkins who is away from home to day.

The Misses Lamb of Burdrop, sisters of Arthur Lamb called on me at the beginning of the week and said they were very sorry to hear that their brother had behaved so ill about the pond; that the plan adopted by the R.S.A. on the recommendation of myself and the Inspector ought to have been carried out. They wished I had sent a “paper” round the parish for the signatures of those approving of the plan. They thought a majority would have signed it.

They gave me 10/- for the funds of the Brass Band, which I paid to the Treasurer in the Practice room this evening.

Visited Thomas Wilks, Widow Bond, David Hone senior.

1885, May 24, Sunday 

Whit Sunday.

William Webb came to visit his parents last night and was at Church this morning in his soldier’s uniform. His father seems very well satisfied with his account of himself.

Attended Choir Practice this evening.

1885, May 26, Tuesday

Whit Tuesday. Divine Service at 9.15.

Visited Ainge senior, Thomas Lively, John Horsman.

Administered Holy Communion to Thomas Wilks, his wife and his son Frank.

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