15th September 1883
My darling Husband,
I was glad to get your letter this morning with good news from home. I shall arrange to go home on the 25th as your Mother thinks of leaving on the 26th, but between ourselves, do you think she will be strong enough to undertake the journey by that time? I should think it quite likely that she may have to wait a week or two longer to pick up her strength; I hope not however, as it will be more comfortable to have no visitors when I am drilling the new servants.
I am glad to say May was a very good girl at Deal & particularly cheerful & chatty in Aunt Susan’s room, she got a tip from Uncle & from Aunt Susan, & the latter also gave me half-a-crown for each of the other children. We saw dear old Miss Hougham who is wonderfully better, has been to church & to tea at Rosway & various other dissipations, but she looks very fragile & so thin.
May looks better for her change already & has such a good appetite, but still perspires at night a good deal.
I had a nice letter from Mrs Savory & am glad to find she is a little better. Don’t forget to let me know about the “lying-in” ticket as I must answer Mrs Brown’s note.
I am glad George enjoyed his visit & hope it will do him good, did he do any good up in London?
We are going for a little drive this afternoon, & May & Winney go with us, as the elder ones are going to a performance of marionettes at the Assembly Rooms. Give my love to Charlotte & thanks for her nice long letter, I had meant to answer it but don’t seem to have much more to write about. Kiss my dear little ones for me, I am so glad they are good. I shall be very glad to be home with you all again, though I am enjoying my change. I wasn’t very well yesterday, but feel better again today.
With much love
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden