Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

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.

1886, January 25, Monday

Conversion of St Paul. Only Frank, my servant Eliza and the Clerk were present beside myself.

Snow last night. Rapid thaw all day with dense fog.

Buried Mark Barnes’s youngest child Mark; the certificate gave the name Mark Aram Barnes, but as I baptized the child privately by the name of Mark only, I so entered it in the Burial Register.

I did not have the children at Church owing to the inclemency of the weather, and told Mr and Mrs Elley to give them some bread and milk at 11. The children were pleased enough.

1886, January 26, Tuesday 

Thaw continues. Drove to Brailes. Mr Davies accompanied me. Called on Mr Smith, who told me he had written to tell me he had made up his mind to resign his living in favour of his son-in-law Garrard.

1886, January 27, Wednesday

Thaw continues. Wrote to London & County Bank to transfer £150 from deposit account to drawing account and sent deposit receipt for purpose.

Called on Mr Dix, Mrs Dix, Miss Somerton and John Harris senior.

1886, January 29, Friday

Snow and rain.

Joseph John Lamb called for Sibford Ferris allotments land tax for Richard Austin who is not well.

Webb still at home suffering from diarrhoea and sickness. I called to enquire after him. Charles Barnes is doing his work.

1886, January 30, Saturday

Webb still at home.

Sent £2.2 advertisement “To Ecclesiastical Patrons” to the “Globe” newspaper.

Visited W. Fox, H. Keene, S. Goff, Mr Oddie, H. Simmons.

The roads are unusually soft and muddy even for this time of year, owing to successive frosts and thaws.

1886, January 31, Sunday

Very showery.

Attended Choir practice this evening. The boy Edgar Lines was not there. He sat in the men’s seats this afternoon and was absent this morning.

Webb took Doctor’s certificate to go on his club. Charles Barnes is still doing Webb’s work.

1886, February 1, Monday 

My advertisement to Ecclesiastical Patrons etc appeared in the “Globe”.

Sent half price copy of De Bello Gallico in A.C.S. to A. G. Jupp Grammar School, Northgate, Chichester per Simpkins.

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