Fourteen Diaries 1904-1918 (Letts Rough Diary or Letts Clerical Diary), week per two pages.

Rev. Prebendary Harry Freeman of Pitminster Vicarage, Taunton, son-in-law of the Bishop of Truro, James Elstone.
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Good condition. Paper Boards. A difficult hand. Diary entries variable in length, many full, some days blank. The Diaries chronicle his life at the Church of Holy Trinity (in.c football for Coventry City and Stoke), and the years (some First World War) serving his father-in-law, the Bishop of Truro. Subjects: [1904] services; journeys; preaching; litany; helping parishioner write letter; sermons; finances; schools; dinners; meetings; asked to play for Coventry City (1904", 'to raise tone of the team'); travels - mainly local (walking distance to Stoke, Rugby etc - initially c. Nottingham); Christmas; unable to play for Coventry that year; football, rugby, and hockey games; a dance; meetings; invigilator; teaching; committee meetings; social events such as a charity ball; issues affecting the Church; played music; 'played for Stoke'; extensive personal accounts (every year); [1905] skating; choir; travels to Radford, Ely, Stoke,Swanage, ; etc; football games (often 'footer') ; at Stoke FC General Meeting (1 Feb. 1905); Coventry [?] draw with Leicester 25 Feb; cricket; tennis; playing football for lesser teams; hockey; holidays; etc etc. Much the same subjects fill his diaries except for additional or different duties having impact (e.g. service with the Bishop of Truro gives insight into Stubbs's career as Bishop, and activities around the Cathedral in Truro; or wartime; or interest in sport continuing - saw Varsity Match in 1908; family life;).Biographical Note: Rev. Preb. Harry Freeman of Pitminster Vicarage, Taunton. Son-in-law of the Rt Rev. James Elstone (1845-1912), Bishop of Truro from 1906Enclosed note states: 'My father, later Prebendary Harry Freeman, was Chaplain to Charles William Stubbs 4th Bishop of Truro & was married to his daughter'The Times, 14 November 1941: 'The REV. HARRY FREEMAN to the prebend or canonry of Combe Vth in Wells Cathedral.'Elder daughter Mary Freeman (1900-1912) of Staplehay. Younger daughter Gillian Freeman married Rev. James Elstone in 1950.MISS MARY FREEMANWell over 200 people packed into Pitminster Church on Wednesday 25 January to attend a memorial service celebrating the life of Miss Mary Freeman. She had led a remarkable and active life, starting as a teacher at a boys Preparatory School in Hampshire and then going on to establish a small Pre-Preparatory School in her father's house, when he was Vicar at Pitminster. This was so successful that she decided to build her own school and home at Staplehay, then in the parish of Pitminster, teaching the children of local families until her retirement.She was very well known as a sportswoman, playing hockey for Taunton, Somerset (as Captain), the West of England and once for England. She also served as a selector for the major women's hockey teams for many years. Outside hockey she enjoyed squash, tennis, walking, climbing (Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike) and gardening. Her last attendance at church was for the Nativity Play at Pitminster Church this Christmas Eve. She died aged 103 at her home in Staplehay in January 2012. [Harry Freeman} Further note from Crockford's 1930 (snippet view): Or. Coll. Ox. BA (3rd cl. Th.) 1902, MA 1907, Leeds Cl. Sch. 1902. d.1903, p.1904 Worc. C.ofH. Trin. Cov[entry] 1903-17; Dom. Chap. to Bp (Stubbs) d. Truro 1907-12; Hon. p.v. of Truro Cathedral; V. of All SS Barnacre 1912-18; R. of Swainwick 1918-26; V. of Pitminster Dio. B and VV from 1926 [...]"