Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, June 4, Thursday

Fine and warm.

Attended School Attendance Committee at Banbury. Drove Mrs Elley in.

Mr Short spoke to me about the Willys of Epwell of whom he had heard.

Called at Canon Payne’s on my way back to enquire after him. He is ill in bed with bronchitis instead of being on the open sea in his yacht as he had hoped.

1885, June 5, Friday

Visited John Lively, Widow Robinson, Austin Hillman, Thomas Wilks, Joshua Lines, Job Harris, Charles Barnes, Widow Barnes, Thomas Rymell, Oliver Harris, Widow Hathaway, Mr Oddie, Widow Sabin, Jane Haynes, James Lines, T. Coleman (out), Mrs Priestman, John Coleman (out), Emma Lines, Thomas Dyer, Samuel Lines, Henry Tarver, Thomas Kaye, William Golder, Perry (out), Richard Staines.

1885, June 6, Saturday

Slight showers all day.

Visited Edward Fox, George Spicer, John West, Thomas Henry Hone, Sarah Hone, David Hone junior, Charles Legge, Thomas Adkins.

William Lamb called for Poor Rates.

1885, June 7, Sunday

Visited Boys’ and Girls’ School this morning and boys’ this afternoon. Holy Communion.

1885, June 8, Monday 

The Measles are so prevalent that only 30 children out of 105 were present at 10 o’clock. I therefore ordered School to be closed for the week.

Paid Hitchings, Surgeon of Holywell Oxford £2.2 for Harry.

Mr Richard Lamb called to tell me that Mr Gladstone’s government was defeated last night in the House of Commons on the Budget.

1885, June 9, Tuesday

Mary Lively called this morning and asked me to lend her a sovereign, which I declined to do, but gave her 1/- for food. She said one of Thomas Holland’s children was dead of measles.

Bell received a note from Sophie Smith asking us to lunch there on Friday with lawn tennis at Winderton in afternoon. We declined, as I expect funeral on that day.

Elizabeth Holland sent me a note asking for her clothing club money and Penny Bank money of her boys. I told her I could not give her the Bank money of the boy at School; but I sent her the rest.

Drove Bell out this afternoon. It was very stormy looking, but there was no storm.

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