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Two autograph diaries of Rev. William Jebb Few, MA, of Christ Church, Oxford, 'continued during residence' at Henley-on-Thames; Alverston, Hampshire; Braemar, Elgin and Banff (as tutor to the Earl of Fife's son); Reading. With carte de visite.

William Jebb Few (c.1835-c.1881), MA, of Christ Church, Oxford, and Rector of St Nicholas, Guildford, Surrey [Alexander William George Duff (1849-1912), 1st Duke of Fife]

Editorial: The two diaries covering the period from 30 May to 25 August 1864 and written at Henley on Thames Oxfordshire; Alverston Hampshire; Mar Lodge Braemar; House Elgin; Duff House Banff; and 6 Coley Hill and 4 Castle Crescent Reading, 1858
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Both volumes in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn black leather bindings, marbled endpapers. Both 4to, the first volume smaller than the second. First Diary: 168pp., 4to. Titled by Few: 'Diary commencing May 30, 1858, and continued during residence at Henley on Thames Oxfordshire. Alverston Hampshire'. Includes two pages of addresses, page of 'Books Read' in 1860 and 1861, and page of accounts for 1861. Second Diary: 180pp., 4to. Titled by Few: 'Diary commenced 10 July 1861 detailing residence at Mar Lodge, Braemar | House, Elgin | Duff House, Banff | 6 Coley Hill, Reading | 4 Castle Crescent, Reading | ended 25 August 1864'. Includes two pages of meteorological notes for 1864, a page of addresses, and a page of notes on postal delivery. The first volume mostly provides a record of Few's clerical duties, with occasional mention of his state of health (usually poor), the weather, and parishioners. It commences with the start of Few's religious career, the very first entry reading: 'May 1858 | Sun 30 Trinity Sunday. Ordained deacon by S. Wilberforce Bp of Oxford at Cuddesden after three days examination.' The following Sunday he 'Read afternoon prayers in Fakenham Ch & Even[son]g in the district Chapel. A little nervous at first but all right after the sentences.' On 16 May 1858 he arrives in Henley, 'in the midst of a thunder storm'. As the days proceed he describes his parishioners and duties. A typical entry, 1 August 1858, reads: 'Read Epistle & confession at Early Communion. Did the whole morng service at the workhouse then to the Ch in time to assist at the communion read confession & took round the cup. Did the whole afternoon service in the Ch. Read 2d lesson in the Eveng. Meals at Rectory. The Rectors mother & aunt there. Letter from Charlie'. On 13 August 1858 he records that 'The Rector had to send away a godfather from a baptism ("Lowe") for not understanding the vows'. As the volume proceeds it builds up a picture of a hard-working provincial cleric. Another typical entry, 9 March 1859: 'Ash Wednesday. Services prayers at 9 read 1st lesson litany commination & communion service with a hymn at 11.30. Read litany. Eveng service & sermon at 8 canticles and hymn chanted. I was very seedy all day. Went for a short walk in the afternoon in Lambridge wood. Very cold. Letter from mother.' On 4 October 1859 the rector John Frederick Fixsen is married and Few is his 'groomsman', having to 'return thanks for the bridesmaids' at the wedding breakfast. On 23 October 1859 he records 'coldest day ever known in October - Ther: 22.' By April 1860 Few is not happy in Henley, suffering from 'tremendous headache & sickness on the twelfth, and 'In bed all morng with calomel' three days later. On 17 April 1860 he travels 'To town by the 8.58 to meet Benson who helped me but little & advised my leaving H.' On 28 August 1860 Few 'Took no part in morng service. Had an interview with Mr Walpole at 20 and agreed to come here as curate.' The diary concludes in the usual restrained style, with Few writing on 9 July 1861: 'read morng prayer (Rector away, Cooper ill) Letter from Mr Pritt. Took a wedding. Packing all day. Funeral at 5. Visited Lawes. Tea at Cruikshanks. Croquet afterwards. Letter from my dearest E & from mother. Nice day'. The last entry reads: 'Wed 10 Leave Alveston for good'. The second volume is entirely different in tone, with longer and more descriptive entries. It begins with Few travelling up to Scotland, to act as tutor to the Duke of Fife's son, Lord Macduff (Alexander William George Duff, 1849-1912, later 1st Duke of Fife). He writes on 3 August: 'Fanning & I started inside the omnibus as it was very wet at about 10.30 from Arboyne for Ballater (11 miles) on arriving there finding all the inside places taken in coach we took a private carriage & pair to Braemar (18 miles £1. 17. including driver 5/6 ) Lord Fifes carriage was waiting for us & took us 3 ¼ miles farther to Mar Lodge. We had a very warm receptio. N° de ref. de la librería 12989

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Título: Two autograph diaries of Rev. William Jebb ...

Editorial: The two diaries covering the period from 30 May to 25 August 1864 and written at Henley on Thames Oxfordshire; Alverston Hampshire; Mar Lodge Braemar; House Elgin; Duff House Banff; and 6 Coley Hill and 4 Castle Crescent Reading

Año de publicación: 1858

Encuadernación: Soft cover

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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