Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1886, February 17, Wednesday 

Visited Hannah Keene. Administered Holy Communion to her, her son Richard from Lillingstone Lovell, her daughter from Sulgrave, and Emma Lines, who is nursing her. Mr R. Lamb takes an interest in her and promises to see that she shall want for nothing.

Miss S. Dix called to show me a note she had received from Canon Payne of Swalcliffe about the rent she is asking for her house at Swalcliffe and which Mr Merritt White, who is probably coming as his curate, wishes to take. She asks £25 per annum for it or £21 without Stable and Orchard. Mr Payne says it is an “exorbitant” rent; bust as she gave £500 for the house a very few years ago and has spent £35 in repairs during 5 years, it allows her considerably less than 4 per cent for her money ; and this cannot be exorbitant.

1886, February 18, Thursday

Attended Board of Guardians Meeting at Banbury. Took Mr and Mrs Davies and Frank in.

Old Mr Wills a very lame man (a quaker, uncle to Mr John Wills) who has lodged with Mr Elley for some time, died suddenly aged 84. He had been poorly since Wednesday, but up to that time had been wonderfully well and active, though “stone deaf”.

David Hone died aged 82.

1886, February 19, Friday 

Buried Mary Evans, aged 70.

Visited John Reason, Hannah Keene, Hannah Simmons, Mrs Elley, Mr W. Fox, Phoebe Payne.

Intensely cold today. I has a severe shivering fit this evening. Never felt so queer in all my life.

1886, February 20, Saturday 

Hannah Keene died at 2 pm, age 82. W. Bonner called before H. Keene died and spoke about arrangements for nursing her. I told him he had better see Mr R. Lamb.

I am suffering from a cold, and therefore did not go out all day.

1886, February 21, Sunday

Attended Boys’ School this afternoon.

Held Children’s Service at 3. Service at 6.30pm. Mr Davies preached.

Mrs Davies was here during evening to stay with Rosa.

Webb is better. I visited him.

1886, February 22, Monday

My cold is better, but not gone.

Slight fall of snow.

Visited School this afternoon.

Buried David Hone, age 85.

Charles Holder called and asked about land which Trustees will have to let at Michaelmas. I told him there would be a meeting for letting the land in allotments. He said John Lively wanted to give up his 2 acres. I afterwards ascertained that Lively does not want to give up the land.

The meeting for Sunday Closing of public houses was held this evening. I did not go as I had a cold, and the meeting having been held at a different time from that arranged with me I did not feel any responsibility in the matter.

Webb returned to his work.

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