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April 16th 1877 - Letter from Eugénie Mourilyan to her fiancé, Julius Sladden

16th April 1877
Correspondence From
Eugénie Mourilyan, 188 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
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Text of Letter

188 Boulevard Haussmann

16th April 1877

My dear Julius,

I received your nice spooney letter yesterday evening as I was starting for church, I believe it arrived by the morning mail but was not brought upstairs, but had you posted it before noon I should have received it on Saturday morning. As it was, I am afraid it rather disturbed my thoughts during service, I found the sermon very difficult to listen from that or other causes. We had a very fine day for our move, indeed we have had a week of lovely weather. Paris is looking its best the trees all coming into leaf so fresh & green.  We are just beginning to be able to find things a little though there is much to be doing before we get to rights, I should not like to spend another week like the last, at any rate for some time to come, it is so tiring & uncomfortable.  I am feeling the effects of it today & scarcely feel up to writing a little card to you, dear.  I think we shall be very comfortable here, the apartment is very cheerful, having a charming view from the drawing-room window, & my room looks on to the garden of the hospital & on the Russian church.

I heard again from Charlotte a few days ago & must write again soon, indeed I shall have a number of letters to answer as I have heard from many of my friends.  Fanny sent me a photograph of herself in the dress of Marguerite which she wore at Mrs Butler’s fancy dress ball, it is a charming portrait I think the nicest she has had taken since her marriage.  I have not yet ordered my photos, but hope to do so this afternoon if I am able to go out. I took up Longfellow the other day, & read the two pieces that you read aloud to me.  I seemed to hear your voice & to have you again by my side.  I shall like you to read poetry to me, as you perhaps succeed in making me less prosaic.  At any rate, I should always like my tastes to agree, as far as possible, with those of very dearest Julius.  I don’t know why, but for the last few days I have felt as if our engagement were not reality, as if I had dreamt of your visit in Paris & all that happened in those few days, certainly with the exception of your letter I have little to make it seem true, as it is rarely referred to at home.  Papa seems to shun the subject & seeing this I scarcely like to talk about you. May I have only seen once in the last week, having been too busy to make many calls, I hope to spend the evening with her tomorrow, & then I may have a quiet talk with her.  Thanks for the violets, anything to remind me of you is welcome, not that I need much reminding, for I think of you almost constantly my darling.

I must not write more now, I have some shopping to do, & must go & dress.  You are a dear good fellow to have written so often, your letters make me very happy.  Accept the best love of your own affectionate

Eugéne 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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