25th September 1886
My dearest Julius,
I was very sorry you did not hear sooner of our safe arrival, I left my letter with Fanny when we went to Mr Adams’ & she forgot to have it posted before the early post. I was glad to get your long letter this morning, also to see Charlotte’s & Frank’s, what a nice letter the boy writes. May & I are going to lunch at Richmond today, Evie & Winnie are going to drive over with us, Lily is not very well, but better this morning. I call Fanny very tolerable considering all things, of course she is troubled to get about much, except for a little drive. She has ordered such a nice winter jacket for May as a birthday present to her & has given me a new winter bonnet; you see as usual I am spoiling the Egyptians. Fred, Polly & Edith Swifte dined here last night, the latter was most amusing as usual. You will be glad to hear that all the Sandwich property is to be put up for sale next Wednesday, I have the particulars of sale for you, I only hope someone may buy it, but very likely there will not be a bid. I have written to thank Bessie for the stockings, give my love to Charlotte & tell her she might make the others about half an inch shorter in the foot, but there is not much the matter, only they are so difficult to put on as they do not seem to give at all.
I am enjoying my little change, it seems such a rest to have nothing to do, & I do enjoy having some nice chats with Fanny & Polly, & hearing all about different friends. Fred’s boy Archie had a nasty accident last month, he fell down the area on his back, a distance of 10 feet, he was in bed & under the doctor’s care when they wrote, but they hoped there was no serious damage done.
Give my best love & a kiss to Jack, I am so pleased he likes his school & hope he will get on well. Kisses to all the other little folks, I shall be very pleased to see them all. May has just given me kisses for all at home, I think she enjoys being with her cousins.
How is Mr Dayrell? I hope you have not quite killed him with hard work yet. I suppose I shall have to go to London on Tuesday for the train, but must get Charlie to look & see if I could get through by Reading. I think Annie Warner had better stop all day on Tuesday to help with the children, as Ada will be washing.
Now darling, with much love
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden