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April 25th 1877 - Letter from Eugénie Mourilyan to her fiancé, Julius Sladden

25th April 1877
Correspondence From
Eugénie Mourilyan, 188 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

188 Boulevard Haussmann

25th April 1877

My dearest Julius,

Before going out this afternoon I must sit down & answer your nice long letter, which I received yesterday morning, just as I was sitting down to breakfast with Papa.  Many thanks for the photos, I am pleased to have them, though I do not like either as well as the one I already had - the full face one of Elliots & Frys.  I gave the duplicate one to Papa & he told me to thank you for it, with his love.  I had hoped to have been able to send you my portrait with this letter, but the photographer has disappointed me & not sent them when he promised, I suppose I shall have them in a few days before I write my next letter I hope.

I am glad to hear you have selected the house you want, though I pity the poor tenant who has to turn out, & must think “Mr Sladden” a great nuisance, don’t you think so!  You see, I have just gone through the troubles of a remove so have a fellow-feeling for others.

Joe & I have had tickets given us for a concert tomorrow evening, May & Mr Whitney & the Burridges are also going.  I see some nice pieces down on the programme so hope to enjoy it.  On Friday, we are going to a party, you see we are quite dissipated.

I had a nice long talk with May yesterday such a one as I have not enjoyed for a long time, certainly not since her return.  I had her to myself for at least two hours & it seemed like a return to old times. I don’t think they will leave till 20th May, but I am afraid they will be gone long before you come over again.

So you think I must have smiled at your letter, well perhaps I did a little, but it was with pleasure. I am afraid you are making me grow romantic & I rather think I like some kinds of poetry.

I went to church this morning & afterwards did some shopping, it was so lovely out, I quite enjoyed my walk.  It has been quite April weather for the last week, very heavy showers but I hope now, it is more settled.  So you think more of me on Sundays than other days, well dear, so do I of you; I remember Easter day & then there is the little prayer book to remind me of you.  So you like to be able to trace what I am doing, well, as my days are tolerably alike you could do so easily.  I get up about eight (lazy, you see) then there is breakfast  & prayers with Papa & after he has gone, I have many household duties to attend to, which often occupy me till lunch, at half past eleven or twelve.  Being alone for that meal, I generally read, then I practise for about an hour, write a letter or work, & go out at three or half past to make some calls or shop as the case may be.  In the evening, if not going out, we have some music, play a game of cards with Papa, then after prayers read or write a letter till bedtime.  Then when I am in my room I look at your photograph & read over your last letter & put it under my pillow.  You will think my letter tiresome I fear, but I am in no writing mood today.

Best love, dearest Julius
Your own affectionate
Eugénie N. Mourilyan

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