Diary of Rev Edward Stevens

Sunday, 21st October, 1877 

Banns of Marriage were put up for first time between John Young of Whichford and Martha Spicer of Sibford. The latter was for some years in the service of Mrs Baker of Brailes.

Posted receipts on church of

  • £3.13.6 to Horton
  • £3.10.0 to Radcliffe

and notice to following effect:

I shall be glad to meet at the school-room on Wednesday evening next October 24 at 7 pm any men and youths who may desire evening instruction during the winter in reading, writing or arithmetic and who are not already attending an evening class.

Taught in Boys’ Sunday School this morning and this afternoon. 22 boys present this afternoon.

Visited Mrs Mawle.

Monday, 22nd October, 1877

Mrs West and Mrs Thomas Henry Hone called to pay allotment rent. I told them they should have paid it before, on the proper rent night. Mrs West asked me for a pair of boots for her eldest son, a young man 20 years of age who is gone to work for Daniel Sabin at the Mill. I told her I would ask the feoffees.

Miss Maria Dix called. She said her sister had not commenced night school yet but intended to do so shortly and could take 8 boys. I told her I should prefer to have the men at the school and get the boys taught elsewhere. I told her also that all should pay at least their share of expenses.

Took tea with the Misses Dix this evening. Mr and Mrs and Miss A Smith of Brailes and Mr and Mrs Cooper were there. Mrs Stevens came later in evening. Rosa did not, being unwell.

Sent P Webb £1.4 to pay his doctor’s bill for attendance on his wife.

Wednesday, 24th October, 1877 

Drove to Adderbury to meeting for selection of music for Choral Festival. There were present Mr and Mrs Gepp, Mrs and 2 Misses Norris, Mr and Mrs Wyatt of Broughton.

Mr Smith and Mr Cooper from Brailes came to luncheon and tea and accompanied me to Adderbury.

I attended at the schoolroom at 7 pm, driving from Adderbury through the rain to keep the appointment in accordance with my notice, but as no one came, though I waited a quarter of an hour, I returned home.

Visited school this morning, attendance better than last week.

£5.5 to Brailes church.

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