Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

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.

1885, June 10, Wednesday

John Adkins called about the pond. I advised him, if he agreed to carry out the new plan for £9 to tell the Sanitary Inspector and the R.S.A. that he could make a good and permanent job of it for the money.

Visited Thomas Henry Hone, whose baby is very ill with measles, or rather bronchitis resulting therefrom.

Visited Widow Wyatt whose daughter Emma Horsman is there ill, having come from Oxford with her 4 children for change of air, which her Oxford Doctor thought might do her good. She had “German Measles” about a year ago, and appears never to have got them quite out of her system.

Visited Thomas Holland and gave his wife 2/6 towards funeral expenses for her child Thomas.

Visited F. Inns who met with an accident on Monday, having fallen down a well on which he was at work. He fell 20 or 30 feet. But the water saved him and he was not much hurt.

Visited Thomas Green who has 3 children down with measles.

Spoke to Ezra Green’s wife, who has just recovered from measles, and who has two children down with them.

Drove Bell and Frank to Banbury.

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