188 Boulevard Haussmann,
20th June 1877
My dearest Julius
You ought to think me very kind to write to you on such a hot afternoon especially as ”letter writing is almost superfluous now we are so soon to meet!” I must answer your all-important questions however; I will be ready to receive you as soon as after half past nine as you are ready to come. And please prepare for accounting for, we really live five flights up, as high as the stairs will take you.
I have been out all the morning shopping & amongst other things made an appointment at a photographers for Saturday at two o’clock.
I was at the concert last night with Joe & the Burridges, I did my best to amuse Mrs Burridge & let Joe have Emma all to himself; it was so pleasant in the garden then, as the evening was lovely.
This morning we dined at Martha’s taking compassion on her loneliness in Ned’s absence & tomorrow, with our new-found friends, the Burtons. You see we are quite dissipated. I am glad of it as it will make the time pass quicker till Saturday, for which day I long, as I think I never have before. You must give my love to George when you see him and wish him a pleasant voyage & a speedy return. I see the ‘Somersetshire’ is a steamer, he has generally been in sailing vessels before I believe.
Joe has gone to Rouen for the day, on some business, I expect he will have a warm sticky journey & so will you have, I expect. I haven’t any news to tell you & am really too hot & sleepy to write more, especially as I shall so soon be seeing you.
Good bye, my dearest, accept the best affection of
Your own loving
Eugénie Narcisse Mourilyan