Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1886, September 19, Sunday

Very fine Sunday. Took Boys’ School morning and afternoon. Attended choir practice at night, a large number being present. The boy Edgar Lines behaved very ill and as he did not mend when I spoke to him I sent him out of the room.

1886, September 20, Monday

Fine. Visited William Payne and Mrs Dix, who was worse yesterday. Miss E.Dix was there.

Miss Dix called here this evening and said she had been told that Mr Willy was a candidate for Swalcliffe, which I can scarcely believe.

1886, September 21, Tuesday

St. Matthew’s day. Divine Service at 9.15. Cold and windy, but no rain.

I heard that Elijah Hancox of the “Slat-house” opposite the Vicarage was about to leave Sibford. He is tenant of the “Furze or Fuel Land” at £11.5 per year, and has not paid his half year’s rent, due last March with grace till June. He has promised me several times to call and pay it, but has not done so. I went down to consult Mr Woolgrove as to what we should do. He was at home, but just going to bed, but agreed that I had better see whether there was anything on the land which could be seized for 9 months’ rent, and then put the matter into Messrs Fortescues’ hand. Called on Routh about the same matter, but he was not at home.

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