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.
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.