8th December 1884
My dearest Julius,
I did not write yesterday as I thought you would receive one letter from me today; I hope you are all getting on all right without me & that you dear, do not find the evenings too long. Kitty is making herself pretty much at home but is rather quiet yet, she wasn’t quite herself yesterday & not hungry but she seems brighter this morning & will I hope be quite well tomorrow.
I went to church three times yesterday & took Kitty with me in the afternoon; Polly did not go, not having her [?] & also having a head-ache. The old lady appears to have left her property divided between Fred & his brother & sister, after paying some rather heavy legacies, so I should think they would have a nice slice.
Will you send Polly a cask of stout & when you come up don’t forget the shallots for Ash. I wish you would look in my writing case on my little table & see if you can find that receipt for making cold cream, I wrote it on a quarter sheet of note paper, if you can find it please bring it up. It blew very hard here last night, but is quite warm, I am as hot now as I was cold at home. I am wondering if Miss Savory will be able to give Jack & May a lesson today, tell them with my love I hope they will be very good children with her. How are my dear babies, kiss them all for me & with fondest love to yourself
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. I am just going out with Polly so cannot write more.