8th May 1877
My dearest Julius
I suppose if I do not answer your letter by today’s post you will be quite miserable for at least twenty four hours, so dear, I must be good and send you a letter. I received yours yesterday evening, when May & her husband were there so I had to pocket it & wait more than hour before I could read it. You will be glad to hear that our opera went off capitally on Saturday, the acting was very good, Joe especially was much applauded. The costumes were very good, & I didn’t break down in any of my accompaniments, so that it was a satisfactory performance altogether. We danced afterwards & did not get home till half past four! Isn’t that dreadful dissipation! Did you wish you had been there? I thought more than once how I should like to have had you there, my dearest.
I had a nice letter from Walter yesterday enclosing photographs of Alice they seem very well & happy, the letter is full of the baby, who is of course, the most wonderful child ever seen, they talk of coming home sometime next year, it does not seem a year since they went away. Fred writes that we are not to be alarmed, even if Galatz is bombarded as they are in a tolerably safe part of the town. Still I cannot help pitying them for being out there at this time. Will you thank George for his kind letter. I will answer it another time as I don’t feel very well today & don’t care to do much writing. The weather is very close & stormy and has given me a headache.
I have had had nice letters from Polly & Fanny. The former is now at Ramsgate I suppose, & Fanny talks of going there with her children about the middle of the month. Fanny & Charlie have some idea of coming over here in July on their way to Switzerland. I hope that they will keep to their present intention, as I should be pleased to have them here a little while. May & Mr Whitney leave Paris on the 25th, they will be in London rather more than a week & sail for Liverpool on the 6th June. I am sorry that you will not see them again before they leave but hope it will not be many years before they return to Europe for a visit. I have lingered over my letter & now it is nearly post time so I must close.
Goodbye my darling, believe that you are ever in the thoughts of your ever loving
Eugénie N. Mourilyan