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October 26th 1868 - Letter from Eugénie Mourilyan to her mother, Mrs Mourilyan

26th October 1868
Correspondence From
Eugénie Mourilyan, St Ninian's, Sandwich
Correspondence To
Mrs Mourilyan
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Text of Letter

St Ninians


26th October

My dearest Maman

Thank you very much for your letters to me, I was interrupted by the man coming to do the piano, and since then I have been out for a walk and been to church, there is afternoon service at four o’clock and we very often go. How are you all in Paris, it will be quite wintery when I get back their [sic]. I stayed more than a week at Ash part of the time at Miss Coleman’s and then with the Sladdens, I liked Charlotte Sladden very much. Grandmere seemed very well when I was with her, she was able to go for a little walk when it was fine and not to [sic] cold. I played the piano nearly every day to her. I practise a good deal here, I have learnt three or four duets with Edith, and also practise Handel with Emily, but I find I have forgotten it a great deal. While I was in Ash there was a wedding, a Miss Gardner, Aunt knew them a little and Fanny went to call with her and saw all the presents; it was the first English wedding I had seen and I thought it very pretty; there were seven bridesmaids dressed in white muslin and wide sashes. Fanny has been staying at Stattenborough [sic] for a few days with Aunt; I went with them to spend the evening at Goshall last Tuesday. How is Polly, give her my love and tell her I expect a letter from her full of all the Paris news. I speak French to Edith sometimes but it is rather difficult as I have now and then to tell her what I mean in English and she has to think a good deal before speaking, besides the correcting her when she is wrong. I am getting very low in my purse and should be very glad to get a little money sent me. I was sorry to hear from Papa that you were not well I hope you are better now. Is Miss Crewe still with you? I suppose Madame Allen is very angry with me for not coming home in time for school; however this month is not very important as we don’t begin Masters till [sic] November. Has she many pupils? I hope so. What are the last news from Heidelberg, I hope Aunt Sarah has quite recovered from the effects of the operation. I am afraid I have been very naughty with my Journal and have not kept it regularly. I hope some one will write to me soon, I always like a letter from home. Give my love to Joe. I suppose I must write to him next. I must finish for it is getting late; with much love to all and especially to you and dear Papa.

I remain

Your loving child

Eugénie N Mourilyan

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No year given but it was written before mother's death in March 1869. The reference to the wedding of Miss Gardner dates the letter precisely to 1868.

We are grateful to Lesley Wood of Canada for transcribing this letter.
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1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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