Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, August 18, Tuesday 

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.

1885, August 19, Wednesday

Tea on lawn. Guests Rev G. Davies, 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.

1885, August 20, Thursday 

Dr Hole and I walked to Swalcliffe and took tea with Mr and Mrs Davies – went for walk through the park in the evening.

1885, August 21, Friday

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

Mr and Mrs Fred Robertson from Swalcliffe called.

I visited Miss Dix.

1885, August 22, Saturday

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.

1885, August 23, Sunday

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.

1885, August 24, Monday

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.

1885, August 26, Wednesday 

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

I walked to Swalcliffe this evening.

1885, August 27, Thursday

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.

1885, August 29, Saturday

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).

1885, August 30, Sunday

Harry took Boys School this morning. I took it this afternoon, and attended Choir practice this evening.

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