188 Boulevard Haussmann
14th July 1877
My dearest Julius,
Before going to bed I must just begin a letter to you which I hope to get up early enough to finish tomorrow morning as I do not expect to have much leisure in the day-time. We met Fanny & the Butlers this evening & accompanied them to their hôtel, they had a pleasant journey & are all looking well. We expect them all to spend the day tomorrow, as they leave again on Monday.
I was pleased to hear of your successes at the Evesham flower show, fancy getting two first prizes! you will become quite conceited! It was kind of you dear, to write me a little note yesterday, as I should have been disappointed if none had come. It is a good thing you did not quite call me a naughty girl, as I might have punished you by not writing for a few days. I must tease you sometimes, you know, dear. So Mrs Chouls noticed the ring, trust a woman for spying out everything.
I don’t feel a bit inclined for letter-writing, & I ought to be in bed, so must trust to have time to finish this tomorrow. Goodnight, my own darling.
15th July - I must add a few lines to my letter, fortunately Fanny has also some writing to do, so I can do it without seeming rude.
I was very sorry to hear that your uncle Tom was ill, it was an unfortunate termination to their journey. I think Papa & I will get over to England for a week or two , but not till the end of August or beginning of September. What dissatisfied people men are, from a month ago you could have said that to be engaged to me & feel that you had my love (which I think you do!) would be perfect happiness, & now you grumble because we cannot be always together!
I expect you enjoyed seeing your old friend Miss Hougham, I shall like to make her acquaintance. Martha is better, but still far from strong. This is a very shabby letter but I keep on being interrupted, so you must excuse it darling.
God bless you, my own love, goodbye for the present, accept the best love of your own affectionate
Eugénie Narcisse Mourilyan
P.S. I have not forgotten the kiss but cannot send it this time as there are other people in the room.