17th January 1880
My darling Husband,
I have just received your telegram which Mr Ridgeway sent down & am glad to know you had got so far on your journey. I enclose a letter from Mr R senior which with the deed came this morning. Gregory wrote & asked me to send the deed up to the office if it came here, so I have just sent it. There were also a few lines from your Mother, but I opened them & thought it useless to send them on.
The dear children are both well & good, it is a nice fine morning so Jack went out for an hour & is now asleep; if the sun keeps shining I think I shall send them both out this afternoon. I had a fire in the drawing-room & played the piano for more than an hour yesterday evening; I miss you very much darling when it comes to your usual time for getting home, but you are not to worry about me, as I shall get on very well. I am thinking of asking Mrs Gill to have some tea with me today.
I was very pleased to get a letter from Essie Troine this morning asking if I could take her in next month for a visit; she is coming over to stay with Mr & Mrs Kelly, the parents of the young man she is engaged to. I fancy Mr Kelly is a very intimate friend of Robert Troine’s, I know he used often to speak in very high terms of a man of that name. I shall write to Essie & tell her we shall be pleased to see her.
I hope you found all well at Richmond & shall be glad to hear all about them & also about friends at Ash when you get so far. I suppose by this time you are enduring a little torture in the hands of the Dentist, you poor creature.
I must go on with your night shirt now so will close. I shall leave the envelope open till presently in case I think of anything more to tell you. Enjoy your holiday as much as you can my darling, & come home to your wife looking well & happy. With fondest love dearest Julius, I am
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. I have just made Jack give me a kiss for Papa. Mrs Gill is coming this evening.