Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1885, October 24, Saturday 

Rain all day.

My birthday. Aet 53. God grant that I may be better as I grow older and that the new year on which I enter today may be happier than the last. My cares increase very rapidly.

Conservative Meeting in Schoolroom this evening. I took the Chair. Mr Mosey, from London was the Lecturer. Mr Prescott from Banbury Conservative Association also spoke. Mr C. Fortescue and his downstairs clerk were also present. I did not ask them down to supper as Harry was ill and Rosa upstairs.

Bonner called, accompanied by his son. He said he was about to resign his post of Relieving Officer, which he had held 33 years; and been absent from Guardians Meeting only once – on which occasion he had to attend magistrates meeting to prosecute a man for rape of his half witted daughter.

He introduced his son as desiring to succeed him.

1885, October 25, Sunday

Taught in Boys’ School this morning, and attended Choir practice this evening.

Visited Mr and Mrs Davies. The doctor visited Harry for 3rd time. He is better, but did not go out today.

1885, October 26, Monday

Visited School: attendance very low and irregular.

Visited Mrs Shelswell. She has Mrs John Shelswell (her sister, and step mother of Mr Daniel Shelswell) and a Miss Clarke to live with her.

Mr Davies and I took a walk this evening.

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