2nd June 1891
My dearest Julius,
I meant to have written to you before post-time today, but somehow with all the Guston people coming in & out & also paying Aunt Susan a visit & going to church twice, I did not get the letter written.
Frank & Edith do not seem inclined to part with May or ? this summer, Norah is to go to Glasgow for a long visit; she looks wretchedly ill & I should much doubt her ever being anything but delicate.
May is a pretty girl, she was confirmed today by the Bishop of Dover; what a young bishop he is! He does not look forty, but I suppose he must be more than that, he gave a very nice address to the candidates.
I am going up to Richmond on Friday, Charlotte seemed rather anxious that I should have another day here; we are to go to Guston on Thursday. Yesterday we went to Rosway and stayed the night; both Uncle & Aunt were most amiable, the former brought out a bottle of sparkling Moselle for dinner, saying they did not often see me. He drove us over to Northbourne in the afternoon, Uncle Tom gets quite the old man & looks older than my Father, though he must be 7 or 8 years younger. We walked back from there & called on the Hiltons.
June 3rd. I must finish this in time for early post. We hear Aunt Susan is not very well this morning, so must go down & enquire presently. Uncle Tom was at church on Sunday, we are going to call at Gosshall this afternoon, from Frank’s account I fancy the old man is pretty feeble.
I don’t consider Charlotte to be very well, she gets tired very quickly & will not rest herself, the fact is she does not eat enough, she ought to have a month’s thorough rest with someone who would insist on feeding her up with port wine, beef tea etc. but she is very obstinate.
I hope May is all right now, if she seems a little low, it would be as well to get a bottle of Parrish’s food & let her take some, she has not had any for a long time.
As we are likely to have four children away & the Guston children can’t come, I think I shall invite Walter for part of the holidays, & Anna is most anxious to come to us, so I shall see whether Polly will allow her to, Jack will want some companion.
I hope you are not too dull without me darling, I shall be very glad to see you & the children again, but no doubt the change will do me good.
Now with much love to you all
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden