Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, July 25, Saturday 

Still very hot – no rain.

St James’s Day. Divine Service at 9.15. Only Miss Dix, Louie Thame, Edith Brooks, Frank and the Clerk were present.

John Lively’s wife called about Charles Legge. Said he was so violent it was necessary to have men to watch him and the wife could not pay them. I told her they must apply to Bonner, the Relieving Officer.

Bonner called and I spoke to him about the case. I afterwards called on Legge and gave his wife 2/- to help pay someone, if necessary, to stay the night with him.

1885, July 26, Sunday

Very hot – no rain.

Visited Charles Legge and Anna Young.

Taught in School this morning and Choir this evening.

Met Mrs Enock and had a little talk with her. She is evidently very much dissatisfied with some of her tenants.

1885, July 27, Monday

Very hot. Still no rain. Cholera raging in Spain.

Drove Bell and Edith to Brailes and Winderton. Called at Brailes Vicarage. The Smiths were away in London.

Visited School. Mr Elley complained of Henry Bishop’s wife sending a rude message by her child to the school to the effect that she “would have him up to Banbury.” I told Elley I should have punished the boy for impertinence and written a note to the mother telling her what I had done and giving her to understand that I did not think it possible she should have sent such a message.

Cool breeze this evening.

Elleus dixit se audivisse Doctorem dicere se ipsum interfecturum esse quempiam qui diceret se ipsum patrem infantis e filia secunda Domini Manni.

Elley said he heard the Doctor say that he would kill anyone who was naming him as the father of the child of Mr Mann’s second daughter.

1885, July 28, Tuesday 

Very hot. Still no rain though the temperature has fallen slightly and the sky becomes overcast now and then.

Visited Charles Legge.

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