Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Tuesday, 18th August, 1885

Drove Dr Hole and Edith Brookes to Compton Wynyates.

My injured right index finger very troublesome from injury in cricket field last Friday.

Walked with Dr Hole in evening.

Wednesday, 19th August, 1885

Tea on lawn. Guests Rev G. Davues, Mrs Davies, Miss Brown, Rev Dr Hole, Rev J. Mozley, Mrs Mozley and a friend.

Dr Hole and I visited Mr Oddie. We also called on Dr Routh whom I wished to consult about my injured finger, but he was not at home.

Friday, 21st August, 1885

Dr Hole left for Leighton Buzzard. I drove him to Banbury.

Mr and Mrs Fred Robertson from Swalcliffe called.

I visited Miss Dix.

Saturday, 22nd August, 1885

Harry writes word that he had no money to come home with and to pay wages of the old woman who keeps house for him at Burdick. I sent him £2.

Bell and I visited Mr and Mrs Mann at Blenheim.

Sunday, 23rd August, 1885

The Schools did not meet till 10 a.m. which I consider a mistake : owing to holidays.

Taught Boys in afternoon and Choir practice this evening.

Monday, 24th August, 1885

St Bartholomew. Divine Service at 9.15.

Fine day.

bell and I drove to Brailes. Saw Mr and Mrs Smith and Sophie.

Harry returned, having resigned his tutorship at Kentisbury, the salary being “too small”, £80 and furnished rooms. But he has to pay 3/- or 4/- per week to the old woman who waits on him.

I sent Webb in with the mare to fetch him from the station.

paid for Sunday School Tea. There were 115 present. There was a great deal left and the cost was £1.15.8½.

Wednesday, 26th August, 1885 

Mrs Shelswell, Harry Shelswell, Arthur Shelswell, Mrs Davies and Miss Brown were here to tea.

I walked to Swalcliffe this evening.

Thursday, 27th August, 1885

Rain most of the day.

Received letter from Saunders Tobacconist of Banbury about debt owing to him by Harry. I handed it to Harry.

Edith Brooks was to have left today but was hindered by the rain.

Visited Sarah Keen.

Edith Brooks left for Clifton – Webb drove her to Banbury.

Harry was out till 12 p.m. which did not please me.

Saturday, 29th August, 1885

Visited Widow Simmonds.

Bonner called and told me that Miss Dix had written to Mr Sankey with the view of getting Sarah Green out of the Littlemore Lunatic Asylum. Mr Sankey had replied that it would not be advisable unless there was someone to take care of her who could keep her in some restraint. Bonner had told her she would be better left where she is.

Stevens is getting names confused here It was Sally Green in the Asylum. The Miss Dix referred to may have been Sarah Dix.

Visited Charles Legge, Ezra Green, David Hone senior, Widow Hunt, Thomas Aris, Joseph Dale (not at home).

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