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April 10th 1877 - Letter from Eugénie Mourilyan to her fiancé, Julius Sladden

10th April 1877
Correspondence From
Eugénie Mourilyan, 26 Avenue Wagram, Paris
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

26 Avenue Wagram

10th April 1877

My dearest Julius,

I was very pleased to receive your nice long letter this afternoon for it was very late, & I was feeling a little disappointed at the post having past or so I thought without bringing me one.  I am so pleased to think all your family are pleased at our engagement.  I would not like to go into a family where I was only tolerated.  Your mother wrote me a very kind note enclosed in Charlotte’s letter.  I have also heard from Polly & Fanny who were very pleased at the news, & I had a most charming letter from Fred Robinson. I must keep them all to show you when you come over again.  I expect you will hear from Richmond in a day or two, as they talked of writing to you.  I have been very busy for the last two days packing up.  I shall be very glad when we are in the other apartment now, as I shall feel then we are getting settled, instead of being in a worse muddle every day.  It is fearfully tiring each evening. I don’t know what I should do if you hadn’t managed to help me.

And now I must confess. I have broken my promise to keep on my ring, although quite unintentionally; on Saturday evening after dinner I went to wash my hands & in taking off my other rings I pulled off yours.  I felt so stupid when I saw what I had done.  I think for a little while I was superstitious enough to think it was a bad omen but that soon faded & now that I have told you, I shall feel all right about it again.

On Friday, the day I wrote, we spent the evening at the Berridges, cousins of the Paremlys[?] & met May & her husband there.  I have not seen her since, having been too busy to go round.  We were out on Saturday also ,at our Swedish friends, the Dübens, so you see, I do not appear to be moping during your absence. Nevertheless I often wish you were here, but it cannot be so I must be content, indeed I have so much to make me happy that I should be very ungrateful if I were not.  I felt a particular pleasure using your prayer book on Sunday having it in my hand made me think of you more than usual.  I was rather amused after service Papa & I strolled down the Avenue towards the Wood & met a lady we know, she stopped & chatted, asked us where we had been & took possession of my prayerbook.

I saw her open it at the fly leaf & wondered whether she felt any curiosity at seeing a gentlemen’s name there. If she did she did not dare say so.  I hope your dinner party on Thursday shall be a success.  I expect your bachelor friends will tease you a little about your visit to Paris. Has anyone enquired yet how much sight seeing you got through? If so I hope you managed not to sound too ignorant. We have had some lovely days since you left & some very rainy, yesterday was like summer so sunny & bright & warm.  I do hope it will be fine on Thursday for once more.

I am afraid this letter is very stupid.  I really am very tired & only wrote this evening because I felt pretty sure of having no time tomorrow.

Accept very best love, my dearest, &
believe me ever
your own loving
Eugénie N. Mourilyan

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With thanks to Ruth Burn (née Sladden), the great-granddaughter of Eugénie Mourilyan, for transcribing this letter.
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Envelope containing 1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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