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August 3rd 1877 - Letter from Eugénie Mourilyan to her fiancé, Julius Sladden

3rd August 1877
Correspondence From
Eugénie Mourilyan, 188 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
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188 Boulevard Haussmann,

3rd August 1877

My dearest Julius,

Thank you so much for your letter & the nice roses received this morning, they travelled very well & look very pretty on the mantel-piece where I have placed them. I am glad there was one of mine & mean to wear it when I go out this afternoon.  And now I think my darling will be pleased at the news I have to give him. Papa & I are going to England this month, I think about the 18th or 20th if Polly can take us in at that time. Oh! how happy it makes me to think that in three weeks I may perhaps see my Julius again! Our change of plan was occasioned by a letter from Fred Robinson saying he would like to come here about the 5th September, so I persuaded Papa that we had better go to Richmond first & come back with him.  I am very anxious to have the letter saying they can now receive us as I should be very much disappointed to have put off our journey.

I expect Fanny tomorrow, she writes that she will be very much glad of a few days quiet here, they have been travelling rather too quickly, I fancy. While she is here we have got to give a dreadful dinner-party to the Burtons.  I expect that it will be Wednesday, so pity me on that day.  I wrote to Grandma & Charlotte yesterday but did not send any photographs so I have enclosed one of each of us today, to the former, I sent vignettes.

I want to know the name of one of the roses you sent me, it is a white one, just tipped with pink, and with very delicate petals, I think it is lovely & have never seen one quite like it before.

I hope you did not flirt too much with Miss Crusoe on Wednesday while playing croquet?  By the bye, I expect that you will have to come & look after me some day, the curate is getting fearfully attentive, overly in fact. He was here calling yesterday evening.

I have always forgotten to ask you what has been decided about the pews in your church. I hear Marboeuf is to be pulled down in three months’ time as a preparation for building a new church, certainly  not before it is wanted.

Alas my darling I have no more to write about so will close my letter.  Goodbye my own darling,

Ever believe in the love of

Your own affectionate

Eugénie Narcisse Mourilyan

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With thanks to Ruth Burn (née Sladden), the 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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