26 Radnor Pk Road
1st June 1895
My dear Julius,
You will be glad to hear that I have arrived safely on this side of the Channel. I was so very little impressed by my experience of the Folkestone night service & the little cockle shell of a boat, that I decided to cross by the night mail to Dover, as I found my ticket would admit of my doing so. We were about four hours getting to Calais, but got some sleep in the train & our passage across was so calm that I slept all the way. I had to wait some time at Dover for a train on, & arrived here soon after six & was let in by Charlotte, as the servants were not yet down. I went to bed & had a sleep & since dressing & unpacking have been chatting with your Mother; she still seems very weak from her last attack & does not get back any appetite, she sent her best love to you. Charlotte & John look pretty bobbish, the former is like Martha “troubled about many things” this morning.
You will have seen my letter to the girls in which I told them about my visit to Lyons. Wednesday evening I dined with the Jouannes & Thursday I went to see my old music mistress, Mde Cocuret; since I saw her last her husband seems to have fallen in to a pretty good appointment in a large government school for technical chemistry & analysis; they have for Paris a very large apartment supplied rent free & seem in pretty flourishing circumstances. Father is going to Brussels to stay a fortnight with Fred, I hope the change will do him good, his cough seemed rather troublesome. I am afraid I shall miss Fanny as they go to Dresden next week, however I think of getting Evey to give me a bed for a couple of nights or so that I may pick up Cyril. I had a letter from the dear little chap this morning, he seems making himself happy at Richmond & Mary says he is very good. How are George & Ethel. I hope they are not so troubled with headaches. Has the registry office woman at Stratford acknowledged my letter? I don’t suppose she has heard of anyone yet. How delighted the children must have been to welcome you back from Newport.
Give my best love to them all & with much from myself to you darling
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden