Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

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.

1885, June 11, Thursday 

St Barnabas. Divine Service at 9.15 am.

Visited Emma Horsman at her mother’s. She is very ill and her mind is affected. She can talk, and occasionally give a rational answer. But she speaks in a peculiar and high key.

Visited Thomas Henry Hone whose baby is very bad. They do not think he will recover, as the Doctor gives no hopes of him. But I have hopes he will get better, as he has a good mother and is evidently taken care of.

Visited David Hone junior, Ezra Green, Henry Bishop, widow Thomas Lamb, William Barton. Measles in almost every house at Burdrop.

1885, June 12, Friday

Visited Emma Horsman, Thomas Henry Hone, Charles Legge.

Buried Thomas Holland age 8. The first child of our school who has died since I have been here, over 10 years, and for several years previously. The poor child was I fear much neglected – and was semi-idiotic. I have had to put his name on the Exemption list for H.M. Inspector 2 or 3 years. He could not learn his letters and told Mr Elley “he didn’t want to”. I hear that the poor child had no bed to sleep on nor even a mattress – only some old clothes. yet the father is in constant work and the family receives considerable help from the charity estates.

Miss Mawle who is on a visit to Miss Dix called this afternoon.

Mr Willy, curate of Epwell called.

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