Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, July 2, Thursday 

Took an hour’s walk before breakfast which I procured at St James’s Hall Restaurant and then returned to Club to write some letters. In afternoon I went by ‘bus from Oxford Street to St Martin’s le Grand. Walked up Aldersgate Street to get a tram car for the Angel. The stinks in the way were almost overpowering. Mem – walk in the middle of the road next time. Visited Dr Milburn, 43 Claremont Square. He was out, but saw Mrs Milburn.

Took taxi from the Angel to Clephane Road No. 4 and called on Mr and Mrs Woolcott at their new house, which is an excellent one for £50 a year. Took tea with them.

Walked thence to Seven Sisters Road. Took tram to Finsbury Park. Called on Mr and Mrs Rugg, Finsbury Park Road. Saw them both and Annie Martin. Took supper with them. Left Finsbury Park by rail at 11.17. Arrived Portland Road about 11.30. The atmosphere at the last mentioned place was worse than anything I had ever experienced, and sufficiently bad to asphyxiate any human being who had to remain an hour or two in it I should think. It was a dense compound of steam from a washing tub, factory smoke, and sewer stinks. Walked to Club, and thence to bed.

1885, July 3, Friday 

Breakfast at St James’s Restaurant. Returned to Club to write and read. Spent afternoon in visiting Manufacturers of Invalid Carriages.

Dined and spent evening at Club.

1885, July 4, Saturday

Breakfasted at Club. Walked to Long Acre to enquire price of carriage cloth, etc. Thence to the Exchange and Mart Office 170 Strand to see their “file”, but found they did not keep one.

Met Thomas, fellow of Jesus, outside Club. he said Hughes was in town but he had not met him.

Walked into Oxford Street and bought dress etc at ?Grask’s? for Bell. Lunch at Club. Cab to Paddington Station at 3.30. Left at 4.45 for Banbury. Thomas of Jesus College in same carriage. Hughes in same train. I saw him at Oxford where I had to change. reached home about 8.45 gratias tibi Domine. All well.

gratias tibi Domine – thank you, Lord.

1885, July 5, Sunday 

Fine and bright all last week. Very hot today, but with a pleasant little breeze.

Holy Communion 30, 12/4.

Attended Choir Practice this evening.

Miss Dix and Mary and Bessie Thame came to see Rosa. Elley, Webb and myself carried her down and up.

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