19th Jan 1896
My dear Mother
Thank you very much for your letter. I am put into the Lower School but I hope I shall soon go out of it. All the books that I know I shall want at present are Postgate’s New Latin primer, Chamber’s history and a geography called The World. We haven’t played football yet but I should think we shall on Wednesday. There are three grounds to play on. I got a new cap and a tie yesterday. There were three boys besides me who tried for scholarships in the Hostel I am sleeping in the same dormitory that Jack did but I expect I shall be moved out soon. I don’t know whether I shall want football boots but I shouldn’t think I shall.
I hope all the little pigs are getting on well, and also that the hens are laying well. It is a pity that the concert didn’t go off well. I wonder how it was that you had such few people.
I hope my box will soon come. Please give my best love to everybody and the same to yourself I remain
your loving son
Arthur F. S. Sladden