20th January 1880
My darling Julius,
I did not write to you yesterday as I was waiting for your letter which I only received just before post-time; I was so glad to get news of you my darling, I hope you are having as bright weather as we have since you left; it is very cold here. Little Jack has been rather pretty with his teeth today, I wish those two double ones would come through, they are so very much swollen. Baby has rather a tendency to diarrhoea the last day or two, but it does not seem to affect her very much; she gave me a benefit this morning when I was dressing her, screamed the whole time but that is always her naughty time. I walked to Aldington yesterday to call on Mrs Savory, & with my usual luck found out her out; it was a job getting home, my back was so bad with the walking. I had tea with Mrs Gill.
Today Edith & I have been busy putting up some of the blinds; I worked the machine this morning & was just in the middle of my work when the belt gave way, I managed to screw it in again, & I daresay it will last till you get home again.
I have not had the girls from the Vicarage yet, I may perhaps ask them tomorrow, but had some jobs I wanted to do this evening.
I see in the paper that poor Mrs Lovejoy is dead.
I wonder if Charlie will bring me back a letter from you this afternoon, I have sent him up to enquire if there are any letters.
Good bye my darling; give my love to all at Ash & with much for yourself
your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden