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May 13th 1877 - Letter from Eugénie Mourilyan to her fiancé, Julius Sladden

13th May 1877
Correspondence From
Eugénie Mourilyan, 188 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
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Text of Letter

88 Boulevard Haussmann,
13th May 1877

My dear Julius

Before going out with Papa this afternoon I must sit down & answer your last letter for which I thank you very much.  I scarcely dared hope for a letter on Friday & was all the more pleased to receive one.  Does it indeed give you pleasure to write to me? it would still more, my darling, if you could know how happy your letter made me, the time when I receive them is the brightest in all the week.  The time next Sunday you will be at Ash.  I hope you will have pleasant weather, we are having what the Americans call a spell of rain, we were caught in such a shower as we came out of church this morning.

I have been quite gay the last week, on Wednesday Ned & Martha gave a small dance, it was got up in quite a hurry & was very agreeable.  May & Mr Whiting sere there, & I talked a great deal with them & also with a Mr Williams a most amusing man, he is a professor of chemistry & is now giving young Gus & Joe lessons, he is very clever & is certainly very good company.  Then on Friday we went to a large party at the Shards, English people here & there I had quite a flirtation with a Frenchman who was a beautiful waltzer, you see, my dearest, it is a good thing the parties are over, or you would have to come & look after me. Are you much afraid of me leaving you in the lurch?

I have told May & her husband that they must come & see me when they come to Europe which I hope that they will do before very long; I don’t quite feel yet that I have any right to ask people to your home, until it becomes our home.  I imagined once that you might be a little cold, but I know you better now, my own darling, & feel all the affection and warmth that there is in your heart.  Indeed if your manner ever becomes cold & indifferent, I should know that your feelings to me had changed, which I trust they may never do.  Thanks for your little sprig of forget-me-not, it is a favourite flower of mine now, having more than one association of you connected with it.  The wish that it brings, not to forget is only too easily granted.  I am always thinking of you dear Julius.

I have been undertaking a course of going to the dentist, which is anything but pleasant, still Dr. Parmby is so kind & wise, that he does not seem to hurt one so much as as anyone else would. He jokes me all the time & tells me he can find a way to my feelings as well as others, meaning you.

Papa is enjoying a nap in his armchair, when he wakes I suppose he will want to go out, as the rain has stopped for the present; so I must say goodbye.  God bless you, my own darling
accept the best love of

Your own affectionate
Eugénie N. Mourilyan

P.S. I enclose a few lines for George if you will kindly give them to him.  How is Mrs Chowls?

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With grateful thanks to Ruth Burn (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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