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May 25th 1895 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her husband, Julius Sladden

25th May 1895
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, 57 Avenue Malakoff, Paris
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

57 Avenue Malakoff

25th May 1895

My darling Husband,

Here I am at last after a horrid journey; but I will go back to the beginning.  Cyril & I got on all right going to London, he looked about him a good deal & was very delighted because he spied out Windsor Castle before I did.  We had to wait half-an-hour at Bishop’s Road & got to Marshgate House a little before five.  As we were walking up from the station Cyril said "don’t forget me, Mother.  So I told him I would be sure not to do that.  Fred & the girls were at home & gave me some meat tea, after which I had to start off again.  Cyril looked a little tearful at parting, but I think he will soon get used to them & he did not seem afraid of his Uncle.  I caught my train all right in London & at Folkestone Junction where I had to change, Charlotte & John met me & came down to the harbour, the former promised to send you a post-card.  Well, I got on board the very small boat, I was the only lady & had the cabin to myself & there were I think seven men passengers.

We had a smooth passage, but soon after we left Folkestone a fog came up & instead of being two hours we were five going across.  We stopped several times & the whistle kept going nearly all night & we were a tremendous time getting into harbour; it was three o’clock when we got off the boat & then I was told we must walk to the town station & wait till six o’clock.  However when I got to the station, the Calais train had not arrived as the Dover boat had had the same bother, so after waiting an hour the train arrived & we got to Paris at eight.  All this time I could get nothing to eat, as there is no refreshment room at Boulogne & the one at Amiens was not open, so it was lucky I had a few sandwiches & some brandy & water with me.

My box was not forthcoming when I got to Paris, it seems to have remained at Boulogne as far as I can make out, so I must go to the station this afternoon & enquire about it, I hope it will turn up, I can’t very well go on to Bourg till it does, as my papers are in it & besides I have only the clothes I stand up in.  I was glad to go to bed for an hour or two when I got to Miss Gratise’ & am now writing this at Joe’s as I have had lunch with Fannie.  I am going down to the office now & shall see if Joe can spare time to come with me & see about my box, the officials here are so awfully stupid.  

I hope you are all getting on pretty well without me & Miss P not in too many tantrums.

Give my love to all the dear children & with fondest love to yourself

Believe me
Your loving wife

Eugénie N Sladden

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Envelope containing 1 double sheet of notepaper
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