Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Wednesday, 16th September, 1885 

Rather unwell. Did not go out all day.

Sent advertisement to Times as follows 5 at 8/-

TO ECCLESIASTICAL PATRONS, &c.—An experienced and successful vicar desires to meet with a larger and more remunerative sphere of duty than his present benefice affords. He is a graduate, a sound Churchman, and a good reader. Is married, robust and active, and about 50 years of age. He can intone and preach extempore, and can refer with confidence to his present bishop, patrons, and neighbours. Address, by letter only, Rev. X. Y. Z., 4, Clephane Road, Canonbury, London, N.

having previously asked Aunt Emma to receive and forward replies. The advertisement appeared 5 times. I got no reply except from touting advertisement contractors etc – and one from a gentleman directing my attention to an advertisement for Rector for a High School in New Zealand; which however I answered politely, as it was evidently well-meant.

Thursday, 17th September, 1885 

Bad headache – did not sleep a wink last night.

Attended Guardians & School Attendance Committee at Banbury this morning. Drove Mr Davies in and out. He called in the evening and we went for a walk.

Mr Willy, of Epwell, with his son and younger daughter called this afternoon.

Sent hamper of apples to Aunt Emma.

Friday, 18th September, 1885

Lovely morning. Am much better than I was yesterday.

Paid T. J. Brown law expenses for Harry of £1.11.6.

John Manning, carpenter, of Sibford Ferris, removed on Tuesday with his family to a village near Reading, where he has work on an estate belonging to Mr Benyon. Manning and his brother were in business as Builders at Oxford and Didcot and were doing pretty well – but were ruined by failure of the Oxford Land & Building Society. He has been in Sibford about a year and a half but could get very little to do here. He served his apprenticeship with old Thomas Manning and returned to the old place to find all the business gone into the hands of more energetic men than Joseph Manning, who took to his father’s business.

Visited Mr and Mrs Davies.

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