Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

1896, December 6, Sunday 

Second Sunday in Advent.

I shivered dreadfully in the Sacrarium this morning just as I did last Sunday, though there was a good fire in the Vestry. There were only 100 present at Church this morning. Mr. Drane told me that next Sunday would be his last in Sibford. It was so dark in Church this morning that Charles was compelled to light the candles, still there was scarcely light enough for me to read the Epistle and Gospel by.

1896, December 16, Wednesday

Very bright and pleasant morning, but the roads were so slippery with frost that we were unable to drive to Bloxham to visit Mrs Kershaw as we had promised her we would do. So we went to Sibford Ferris and telephonographed to Mrs Kershaw.

1896, December 22, Tuesday

Anniversary of my dear Mother’s burial at St. Margaret’s, Ipswich in 1843. Also of the marriage of myself and my dear wife in St. James’s Church, Halifax, Yorkshire in 1853. A thaw and frost afterwards. I walked as far as Burdrop with Frank this afternoon but palpitatis cordis came on and I was compelled to return. I lay on the couch in the dining room for half an hour, had my feet rubbed and took two or three teaspoonfuls of peppermint with water and a little gin. Then I got very warm, especially in the feet, and was soon all right again.

1896, December 30, Wednesday

Rainy morning. At 2 pm I married Joseph Gibbs, of Hornton, to Elizabeth Thame, one of Miss Dix’s nieces. Dr Routh lent Miss Dix his covered wagonette which took Bell, Rosa and myself up to the Church and brought us (2) back to luncheon at Miss Dix’s, though Rosa and Frank walked home. Edward Golby was “best man” and handed me a complimentary fee. I was very cold at the Altar rails during the ceremony and shivered very much; for although there was a good fire in the Vestry and a fire in the Church, persons entering the Church left the West door open which rendered the fire useless, and I got all the benefit of the cold wind. In Miss Dix’s little dining room which was crowded with guests I sat with my back to the fire. Then, with some difficulty, I made a little speech proposing the health of the bride and bride-groom.

1896, December 31, Thursday

… We, ie Bell, Rosa, Frank, Bessie, with myself, had usual prayers and hymns at midnight and wished one another the Compliments of the Season.

1897, January 1, Friday 

Fine. The “Reading room” supper took place in the School room this evening. I did not go, but Frank did. He said nothing of the kind could have been better done. The Sibford people set a good example which Oxford undergrads would do well to follow in the conduct of their suppers and smoking concerts.

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