3rd January 1881
My dearest Husband,
I am so sorry Edith did not get my letter in time as I fear things may not have been quite comfortable for you. I am glad to hear the children are quite well.
I shall start with Jack by the 2.15 tomorrow & shall be very glad to see all my dear ones again.
We have just come back from choosing the piano, a Brinsmead upright grand, it seems a nice one & I hope they will like it. I have just bought some print dresses for the servants, I hope they will like them. I am so sorry about Mr Haynes, I suppose it is another abscess.
Now with fond love, hoping to see you tomorrow
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden