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April 17th 1914 - Letter from Arthur Sladden to his mother, Eugénie Sladden

17th April 1914
Correspondence From
Arthur Sladden, Theressa Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall
Correspondence To
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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Text of Letter

Trevessa Hotel
St Ives


My dear Mother

I expect you are back at home by this time, and will like to have news of us. We had a very good journey from Bristol yesterday getting here about 5. It is a very original sort of town, with steep narrow cobbly streets full of unexpected corners and recesses.

It feels very bracing here, and at present a stiff south-easterly wind is blowing. We have got comfortable quarters at a quiet private hotel and shall probably stay here a week, but have not yet made further plans; the present seems good enough just now. Mary is very well and we both feel quite ready for many excursions in the neighbourhood. Cornwall is quite unlike any other part I have visited, very rugged, almost uncouth in some parts, and there are fine rock cliffs and bays to visit.

We have been a good walk this morning and are just about to start out again. Tomorrow we may go down to Penzance rather with a view to exploring the place a little.

I think Wednesday was a wonderful day for Mary and me, and a very nice and successful day for all of you. I hope you weren’t very tired afterwards, and that the evening passed nicely for you all.

I shall like to hear form someone soon about the proceedings after we left. It was nice to have such a gay send-off at the station. Curiously enough (!) all the way down here guards and porters have been particularly attentive, the fatherly kindness of some of the guards being quite overpowering!

We conclude that our case is easily diagnosed almost at sight, but we don’t mind that. We were amused to find in our cab from Bristol Station confetti; and again in the hotel there!

Tell George I’ll be writing to him soon. I believe he will be with you over Sunday.

Well, there is not a lot to say, we’re both supremely happy, well pleased at our choice of Cornwall for our trip and finding life very good to us both.

To have you and Father an all the family present at the wedding was a great joy to us both, not less I think for Mary than for me. I daresay we’ll be writing again before so very long. In the meantime we both send very much love.

From your son

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Envelope containing 4 double sheets of notepaper
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