Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, May 28, Thursday 

Attended Board of Guardians at Banbury.

Called on Canon Payne on my way back. he opened the door to me, so he is much better than he was.

He purpose starting on his usual summer yachting cruise next Wednesday.

1885, May 29, Friday

Visited Mr Oddie, Dr Routh (not in).

Visited School: only 53 present – measles very prevalent in both villages and Friends’ School. Told Mr Elley to give holiday next week and keep school closed the following week if the measles continued prevalent.

Visited Thomas Rimell, Richard Haines, Misses Dix and Mr Woolgrove’s new carter.

Lewis Poulton, the new club secretary spoke to me about arrangements for men and women’s tea on Club day. Mr Ainge offers his field and barns. Dr Routh is managing the matter, as it was his proposition to have the tea etc instead of parading the village, at the Club dinner last year. I had spoken of it several times, but it has not permeated the minds of the members till recently.

1885, May 30, Saturday 

I have been inside all the week. Apparently my liver is out of order, as I suffer from pain in the back, especially under the left shoulder blade. I called to consult the Doctor but he was not in.

Mr Gerrahty called this afternoon. I drove him back to Shutford and got caught in a heavy storm of rain on my return.

William Holland’s wife called this evening and asked me to let her have her child’s Penny Bank money which the School

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