5th April 1896
My dearest Husband,
I was very pleased to hear of your safe arrival in Folkestone; I was so busy yesterday that I had really not time to write to you, so I must get the boys to go & post this at Bengeworth this afternoon. A walk will do them good, for they are inclined to be very lazy & to think that because it is holiday time they must do nothing but play all day. Arthur arrived by the first train on Thursday, he looks wonderfully well & has got much fatter, he has grown a little I think, but not so very much; he is quite the school boy.
I am very glad to hear that Jack did so well in his test exam & hope that with another six or seven weeks work, he will manage to pull through in June. I am glad he looks well, give my love to him. It seems very strange today without you dear, it scarcely seems like Easter. There was a good congregation this morning & twenty nine communicants. I let Lucy go at half past eight this morning & then there were four or five tables, so that is a good number altogether. The decorations looked very well, we had a splendid lot of primroses from the Savorys & there were also some nice Arums & narcissus. Cynthia & Miss Lynes did the pulpit, Ethel & the Gepp girls the windows, Mrs Keen the East end & I did the font. The Doctor would not let Mrs Gepp go to church today, she does not seem to get on very well, I think I shall go down & see her presently. Cynthia Savory will drive me over to Littleton on Wednesday. I hear it is likely to be a good programme, I must practice my piece well tomorrow & Tuesday, for I have had scarcely any time this week.
I hope Granny is fairly cheerful, give my love to her, no doubt she is pleased to see something of you. Also give my love to Charlotte & John, is there anything wrong with the latter? George sends his love, he & Arthur are feeling rather injured because I insist on their learning the collect today. With much love to Jack & yourself from the children & myself
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden