Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1894, September 20, Thursday 

Dull and a little rain. Visited Miss and S Dix this evening. Bessie Thame was there. Mr Thomas, farmer of Brailes, called this evening and asked me to publish Banns of Marriage between himself and Miss Cluff on Sunday next. They have fixed Oct 16 for the wedding.

I visited Florence Manning, Mrs Holtom of Sibford Heath was there.

1894, September 21, Friday

Matthew’s Day, Litany and Ante Communion at 11. Churched Mrs Jewell before service. Sent off Magazine matter, wrote sheet about Harvest Festival etc and sent it to Potts of Banbury to print. Called on Miss Dix this evening about the decorations etc. Walked round Sibford Ferris etc at night. The preaching appears to be still going on at the Evangelists’ tent.

1894, September 22, Saturday 

Received a letter from W Langley who is at Marden, Kent, asking that the school might remain closed till Oct 8th as his work there was not finished. I think it should be granted, as he was engaged on terms among others, of 5 weeks’ holiday at Harvest, and the closing of the School in the Spring on account of fever was not at his request. I sent a note down to Mr Woolgrove asking him to speak with me in the vestry tomorrow about it. Drove to Banbury to bring out Frank who had written to say he would arrive from Tutbury at 5.11 pm. I did not get away till 3.20. The mare went slowly, so that I did not reach Banbury till 4.50. I drove direct to the station. The train was 20 minutes late. So I put the mare up at the “Red Lion” and gave her a feed of corn. She came out very well. Frank drove. I sent a large tea-canister full of “Williams’s Bon Chrétien” pears, plums and damsons to Bessie. The carriage was 10d which I paid. We reached home about 8:20.

1894, September 23, Sunday 

A little rain this morning and a good deal in the afternoon. Mr Woolgrove came into the vestry after morning service. He agreed with me that the School might have the usual five weeks’ Harvest Holiday this year as requested by Mr Langley. Yesterday I received a note from Mr Riddle asking me to preach Harvest sermon for him on the 7th inst. I replied, by Carrier that I was unable to promise to do so, as my own Thanksgiving service was fixed for that day, but that I or Harry or both of us would be free and glad to help him on the 30th.

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