Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, September 12, Saturday 

Wet day.

We were invited to a garden party at Mrs Boulton’s Great Tew Park (mother in law of Mr Wynne, the Conservative candidate for the Northern Division of the County of Oxford) but the weather was too unsettled for us to venture.

Mr and Mrs Davies came to tea. Miss M. Dix called this evening. They had been expecting Mrs Elliott, wife of a former Vicar of Sibford to make a brief visit to them today, but she did not come.

I visited William Henry Sabin.

1885, September 13, Sunday 


Offered up the Prayer for fine weather, much corn being still out.

Taught Boys this morning. Mrs Elley was there – Mr Elley away from home.

Published Banns of Marriage between Miss M Shelswell and Daniel Shelswell of Shenington.

Spoke in my sermon about the bad conduct of some young men in Church lately, especially going out during the service.

Miss Shelswell and her brother Harry were here to tea.

I visited William Henry Sabin and gave his mother a Horton Infirmary letter for him.

1885, September 14, Monday

T. E. Summerton, a young man, son of a baker at Grimsbury begins his business as Grocer and Baker today in the premises formerly occupied by William Brown.

A lady at Brighton to whom Harry had written enquiring about a tutorship sent him two telegrams today asking him to meet her in London and to go down to Brighton and offering him £20 or £25 a year. I had to pay 1/6 for each telegram for porterage.

Visited Rev Canon Payne and Mr Robertson at Swalcliffe. Took tea with the latter. Bell walked down with Frank at about 7 o’clock and we walked home together. The Robertsons are leaving Swalcliffe at the end of the month to reside in Gloucestershire.

I have Thomas Adkins and Austin Hillman working on the roof of the Vicarage repairing slates and pointing up generally under John Adkins. They will make a week or ten days job of it. But it wanted doing, and I gave orders that it should be done with cement and lime.

1885, September 15, Tuesday 

Widow Humphrey Sabin came and told me the Doctor said her boy was not fit to be removed to the Infirmary.

Sent advertisement for Pupils to the Times, though so many of my other £2 advertisements (10 at 4/-) have been failures, I have not very much hope of this.

Sale by auction of late William Brown’s effects. Fetched very low prices. I saw in the few moments I looked on Lewis Poulton buy an eight-day long case clock for 1/6.

Drove Bell and Harry round Winderton and Brailes.

Mr and Mrs Davies called this evening. He and I went for a walk.

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