Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1886, January 18, Monday 

Sharp frost last night. Roads very slippery this morning.

Rev. H. A. Pickard, Her Majesty’s Inspector came and took needlework. The children have done very badly, passing only 70 per cent, doubtless due to the irregularity of attendance caused by the epidemic of measles and whooping cough which prevailed last summer and autumn.

Mrs Davies called this afternoon and Mr Davies this evening.

Thomas Webb, the carrier, called this evening and said that William Hall’s children had stolen two shillings from his shop and told people that I had given them the money.

1886, January 19, Tuesday 

Received letter and photo from Lily Stevens, daughter of my only brother Richard who lives at Chesterfield, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA.

Bell and I visited Mr and Mrs Mann at Blenheim farm. The ground was covered with snow, but the sun shone bright and we had a very pleasant walk.

Sent Webb to drive Mr and Mrs Davies to Banbury on their way to Helidon on a visit of inspection. The living has been offered to Mr Davies by the Patron Mr Holthouse.

1886, January 21, Thursday

Wrongly labelled as Jan 22 in the diary.

Snow. Drove to Banbury. Drove out Mr and Mrs Davies.

I invented carrying apparatus for steep gradients so that Webb and I can carry Rosa up and down our steep staircase without difficulty. None of the carrying chairs I have ever seen are of any use in this house.

Visited Sarah Goff and Phillips.

Applied to Religious Tract Society for grant for Village Library.

More snow at night.

1886, January 23, Saturday

Visited T. Holland, W. Hall, J. Coleman, H Keene, Joshua Lines.

Great excitement at Burdrop this evening. It was said that a man had left the Bishop Blaise for Shutford the worse for drink in company with James Gilkes who had suddenly missed him when they got along Shutford Road. Charles Lines and several other men took lanterns to look for him without success. I saw them in Alcock’s Lane on their return. The man supposed to be lost is a clock-maker from Hornton.

1886, January 24, Sunday 

Snow again last night.

Attended Sunday School this morning and Choir practice this evening.

Elizabeth Holland, Dorcas Scruby, Mrs Hiorns’s servant and Lucy Lines behaved ill in Church. I spoke about it very strongly in my sermon (this afternoon). Edgar Lines and other boys behaved ill in the road after church this morning.

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