16 Albion Place
18th September 1883
My darling Husband,
I ought to have written to you yesterday but was lazy, so I will write before going out today. I am sorry that girl’s character wouldn’t do, but hope we shall soon hear of another. We came over here yesterday morning & May is quite friendly, even let Sarah bath her this morning without any fuss. I have not seen Fred yet, he went up to London yesterday morning & comes back some time today. Polly is looking very well & scarcely so thin, she has had one letter from Harry from his new school & he seems to like it & be quite happy. So Charlotte has actually put all the children to bed, I hope they were good with her, she will have a little benefit with them today, being washing day. Give my love to your Mother, I am glad to hear a better account of her & hope she will soon be strong again. I have answered Mrs Lake’s letter & told her she must be ready to come to me by the 7th or 8th of March, I think that is about the time.
Mr & Mrs Gardiner are here again, I am going to call on them with Polly; poor Lionel seems to have died rather suddenly of stoppage or something of the sort.
What lovely weather it is, the sailing boats looked so beautiful on the sea yesterday, with their sails all spread yet seeming almost still. I rather hope I shall see one good sea before I leave, it has been perfectly smooth so far. I don’t know what to do about Guston, they won’t be home till Friday & want me to go on Saturday, but in that case I think I shall only spend the day, as I don’t want to stop over Sunday there & of course the sea is best for May.
Now I must close. Kiss my dear little ones for me, & with fondest love to yourself
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. Love to Charlotte, if she sees Mrs Savory, my love to her & thanks for her letter.