Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1894, April 29, Sunday  b

Mr Oddie called this evening about the examination of Department of Science and Art which commences at his school on Tuesday evening, and which I have promised to superintend.


From Notes at end of diary (after 1 May, Tuesday).

Soup for the poor. 6d. per lb. to make a gallon of excellent nutritious soup. “Economic soup and food Company, 52 Cheapside E.C.

Tit Bits 90 lines = column. 8 words = a line. 3 columns. 2160 words to page.

Leaves from Vicar’s Diary. Sent to, and received negative replies.
Ed. Century: Fisher Unwin.
Graphic, Penny in Slot only.
Skeffington & Son. Rob Wilder
Longman’s Mag. “Penny in Slot” only.

“Fumigating” powder which was used by Benjamin Aris
4 oz. stramonium
2 oz. Lobelia
2 oz. Salt petre

Dec. 18, 1893. Cost about 1/4. The ingredients are reduced to powder, ignited and the smoke inhaled three or four times a day and in the night too when breathing was difficult. The prescription not to be given to any one in trade. Lobelia at herbalist’s.

For Rheumatism Salycilate of Soda. 10 to 15 drops (not more) in a wine-glass of water three or four times a day.

Mrs Golby’s Boarding House, 11 Templeton Place Earl’s Court, South Kensington S.W. Card prices. Single Room from 1. 11. 6 including board: per week. According to Bedroom. Per day 7/6 to 10/—. Golby’s note says 6/6 per day inclusive.

1894, May 3, Thursday   r 1 3

This is the first entry in a diary volume that was given to the Sibfords History Society in February 2023. It covers the period 3 May 1894 to 21 March 1895.

An engraving of Lavenham church, Suffolk, (identifiable by its distinctive tower) has been torn out of the inside front cover. The note reads

My Great Grandfather Howe was, I am told, a clergyman at Lavenham and was buried near the South porch where his stone may still be seen.

Ascension Day. Divine Service at 11am. 14 present. H.C. afterwards, 8 communicated.

John Lively sowed a peck of spring vetches in my 1 chain garden. Conducted Model drawing exam at Friends’ School. Only 5 sat. The hours were 6 – 10. Mr Woolgrove assisted. We took supper with Mr and Mrs Oddie afterwards.

Mr Oddie kindly went to Mrs Walker, the blacksmith’s wife, and asked her not to have the Sibford Ferris May Garland tea till after the reopening of the school. She at once consented. The S.F. children collected 12/-. There are printed notices about cautioning persons against exposing themselves or others whilst in infectious condition under a penalty of £5.

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