Hotel de France
27th May 1891
My darling Husband,
I received your last letter just before leaving Paris & will now answer it, as I am waiting for the tram to get back there.
I arrived here safely last night after a journey of rather more than ten hours & of course felt rather tired. I slept tolerably & did not get up very early this morning, I waited till after ‘dejeuner’ which they have here at eleven o’clock & then went to the Maison St Marie to see Miss Orr & got through my business satisfactorily. Having done that, the question was how to pass the time between half-past two & eleven thirty eight, at which time my train goes.
I went to a small exhibition which was going on in the town & to the church & then had an hour’s drive in a rather pretty wood about a mile from the town, then there was dinner, & now I must amuse myself with writing & reading till it is time to start. I shall be very glad to get back to Paris & to England again.
I was sorry to hear that Jack & May were not the thing & hope they are all right again now. I will try & send Kathleen a few lines in answer to her letter. I am sorry you had such a wet Sunday, as I know you would all miss me more; in Paris there were very heavy showers & I was rather disappointed that Father could not come to church with me, but he has to be very careful about going out in the damp.
Poor old Jones, I am very sorry to hear of his death, but I was afraid he was in a very critical state when I left. I wrote to Charlotte on Tuesday telling her when to expect me; as far as I can see I shall have to leave Paris at 6.10 on Friday, get to Dover at 4 o’clock in the morning & then wait till ½ past 8 o’clock for a train on to Sandwich. I don’t suppose I shall write to you again till I get to Ash; my time tomorrow & Friday will be pretty well taken up, as Monday was rather a wasted day.
Remember me to Miss Fabling, have you succeeded in teaching her bezique yet?
My best love & kisses to all the dear chicks, how I should like to have my bonny Baby here to give him a good hug.
With fond love & kisses to you, my darling husband
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden