Jeffrey Green

Jeffrey is a historian
based south of London

047: Black clergyman in Oxfordshire, 1907

Mailed to Mrs Webb, 92 High Street, Thame

Mailed to Mrs Webb, 92 High Street, Thame

Postmarked Wheatley 30 September 1907
Postmarked Wheatley 30 September 1907
Wheatley is to the east of Oxford, midway to Thame
Wheatley is to the east of Oxford, midway to Thame

The message: “Many thanks for beautiful card. Should have been delighted to come, but felt I ought to stay for our Missionary Service. The gentleman on other side preached at an evening service in our church last night. Our Harvest Festival is next Sunday. Much love from F and EJ” [?]

The tiny sum of 20p was spent, buying this card at a postcard fair in the 1990s but, despite clearly showing franking date and place, my brief searches in the contemporary newspapers uncovered no details. For Wheatley was on the margins of newspaper interest – Oxford to the west, and Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire) to the north east.
The clothing suggests an Anglican minister, so perhaps the service was at the parish church in Wheatley. It would be nice to put a name to this gentleman after all these decades.
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