5th July 1894
My dear Husband,
Many thanks for your post-card, I was very glad to hear that the London expedition went off well & that you were not all too tired out when you reached Folkestone.
I suppose you are at Deal & Ash today & if it is as hot as it is here, you must be glad to be saved much walking. I hope Arthur is getting a little colour into his cheeks & that he & George have not broken the treaty of peace.
How does George like the sea?
Polly arrived safely on Tuesday without a head-ache & was quite well all yesterday, this afternoon she is having a nap as her head felt a little achy. You would have laughed to have seen Cyril on Tuesday morning he stood for two hours on a bench by Mrs Nightingale’s wash-tub, with his sleeves tucked up, perfectly happy, helping her to wash the clothes.
Harry Eden has not turned up yet to cut the hay, I hope he won’t wait till the rain comes. The creatures are all right, Mr Hooper sent for the ducks yesterday & sent the money. My hen was caught this morning & put into the duck pen.
How do you find your Mother & Charlotte? Give my love to them. Cyril sends his love & says I am to tell you we have got a few teeny tiny “fingy-ins” & a few strawberries & some black currants & some other currants!
There is no news to give you, so with much love from us all
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. My kind remembrances to John.