4th July 1880
My dearest Husband,
I was very pleased to receive your letter this morning, I hope you are having better weather than we are, it poured this morning, but is brighter again now, I feel so sorry for the farmers who have begun hay-making.
Baby is very bonny, Jack looks pale & heavy-eyed, the effects I should think of taking so much medicine, I shan’t have any more for him after this lot, at any rate not at present. He keeps on saying that Papa is all gone, again he called you the first thing when he got into my room this morning.
I see they have got the [?] or Evesham, & The Journal says the election is likely to be on Thursday, I hope it will as it will be a good thing over. I see that brute Bradley has really taken his seat in the house, it is a perfect disgrace & Gladstone deserves to be unsuccessful in all his political undertakings after helping such a man.
I have written to Mr Ridgeway about the fly & the float, so I hope they will be at the station all right, I would come & meet your Mother, only I think there will not be too much room in the fly, It is still showery & I hear the children have just come in for shelter, I have just heard Jack say a very deep “taa”.
I hope you enjoyed the Rose Show today, I wonder if you will go to the theatre tonight.
Remember me kindly to Aunt Lizzie & Mr Fellows. Now darling with fond love, hoping to see you on Monday
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. I asked Jack if he wanted Papa to come home & he said “Pleu” which I suppose means yes.