James Stevens was born on 1st August 1847, 170 years ago today. In his Diary he wrote about some of his birthday presents and cards…
1903 – My 56th birthday. Had pocket handkerchief of Annie, and big cup and saucer of Kate, and a case each from Lillie and Mabel to hold razor and spectacles.
1904 – My birthday 57. Had 3 postcards and letter and Prayer and Hymn book from my family here.
1907 – My birthday 60 now. [Maid] Honor and Kate sent me 11s to buy new gold rimmed spectacles. I bought them last Thursday at 6s 6d. Lillie and Mrs. Roach’s children sent me P.Cs [postcards?].
1908 – My birthday 61, had cup and saucer bought by Honor, two post cards from [Maid] Honor and Kate and letter from Annie and post card from M. Pearce.
1910 – My birthday 63. Had a new prayer book with hymns from Honor and Kate and a walking stick from Annie.
1911 – My birthday 64, had letters from Annie, [Maid] Honor and Kate with 2s 6d each from the latter two and some money and stamps from Annie and post card from Lillie and Fred [Olds].
1912 – My birthday 65. Had letter from Annie, cards from Honor and Miss Buckland, and card from Mabel of Godrevy lighthouse, she being at Hayle Towans with a party from Bologgas.