My dear Father
Today being very wet I haven’t attempted to go to Sydenham, but have found plenty to do here. I hope in a fortnight’s time to manage to come home for a short weekend and shall of course want to see the tea-set very much. I am much pleased with a Persian rug I have bought, but one is never satisfied, for now I should like two or three more of them. I have concluded the insurance business on the lines I told you of, and have now received the policy which rests in my despatch box.
Kathleen was here on Thursday previous to going to a reception affair, also Mrs Horsman who came to tea with her sister and had a good look round the flat; I think she was very anxious to see it all and to be sure that I was getting proper attention!
I suppose the event of the week has been the reduction in price of The Times. I should think it will pay all right, provided they keep up the present standard of the paper; it certainly has not shown any signs of deterioration of late years, but one feels that such intimate association with The Daily Mail is rather risky.
Mary seems to be mainly in the hands of her dressmaker at present. I expect the girls are fully posted in that part of the wedding preparations.
I have secured two men to do locum for me with Dr Horder and at the Hospital. I shall try to get the day before the wedding as free as possible and in any case I’ll want to travel down in good time.
Chambers writes that he may be away from home on the 15th but if not he will be pleased to come to the wedding and assist; I hope he will manage it.
With love to all.
Your affectionate son
Arthur F S Sladden