My dear May
How good of you to have sent me such a sweet card for Xmas – thank you also for your nice letter and good wishes also. We have thought so much of you all this Xmas! What a difference it makes having met and knowing each other’s belongings, doesn’t it? I wish I could have known your Father and Mother, however that must remain a pleasure to come.
I was so glad to hear your Mother was so improved in health, and I do hope with care she will get through this winter well and comfortably.
What a lovely trip you and Dolly had to Switzerland and Paris. Thank you, dear, for taking a sister’s part, and cossetting Dolly so well. When she had that bad cold, she was grateful to you, and told me you had rubbed her with camphorated oil and done all sorts of things, even to dosing her with “[?]”, all of which proved most efficacious and next morning she was able to enjoy herself once more.
I expect just now you are all enjoying the Xmas holidays and festivities, others are getting over, but the girls are having an afternoon tea today, to inaugurate a new set of croquet things that Frank and Arthur have given us for a present. Rain arrived yesterday for the first time, for a month, but this morning it is quite fine again, so they will be able to play. They like croquet better than tennis – it is not nearly so much exertion.
My best love to your Father and Mother and all the nephews and nieces who happen to be at home. Much to yourself with every good wish for a very happy coming year to you all.
Your affectionate Aunt
Bessie L Sladden