10th October 1880
My darling Julius,
I believe there is an evening post today from Richmond, so I will send you a few lines which you ought to receive tomorrow afternoon. I am afraid you will have rather a dull day, especially if it is as wet as it is here, we had to go to church in waterproofs this morning. I hope you have had either Mr Ridgeway or Mr Robinson to dinner to keep you company, & I daresay you have had the children down a little while, dear little pets, I do want to see them again. I hope they are good & happy; I shall look for a letter from you tomorrow, today there was no post so I could not hear.
I have got several patterns of velvet & plush for you to look at for enlarging the dining-room curtains, would you measure the length of them, I forgot to do so, then if we decide on either of them we could get the quantity we required, & take it home with us. Don’t forget to bring your gun & shooting things, also dress clothes, as Fanny may probably have some one to dinner while we are there. Susie Butler has just gone to Gloucester for a visit, I asked her to come to us for a few days on her way home, & I think she will do so. Papa is here today, & I just saw Walter yesterday, he looks very well, but very stout.
What day shall you come up? I am quite longing to see my dear old husband. Give dear little Jack & May lots of kisses from Mama, & with plenty for yourself & much love
Believe me, as ever
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. Papa sends his love.