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October 8th 1896 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Kathleen Sladden

8th October 1896
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Seward House, Badsey

8th October 1896

My dear Kathleen

I have just come back from a second evening at the Bazaar & feel too tired to attempt more than a small sheet of paper. We are sending you a few of the things that were not sold, for your bazaar on Saturday & hope they will go off then. The walnuts will do for May’s stall & if we can find a few violets or other flowers we will send them also, but the flowers are nearly over. We had anything but nice weather yesterday for the bazaar, but not withstanding had a lot of people there and got on very well. We took about £56 yesterday & I should think £6 or £7 tonight, but of course there are a few expenses to come out of it; however as we all started by saying we should do well if we cleared £50, we are all well satisfied. I won a lovely drawn-linen afternoon tea-cloth in a raffle, fancy that! it was marked 15 shillings. And tonight Father won a nice woollen mat, priced 7/- so, though we are both stone-broke with buying things, we have really got something for our money. I really had a capital lot of things for my stall, Mrs. Wilson’s sister sent me nearly £2 worth & really some were very nice things & Miss Corbett also sent a splendid lot. I took charge of the rummage stall, while Ethel sold at our stall & the bran pie,  went round with cigarettes, etc. Jack undertook to put Cyril to bed last night as he came back earlier than we did, & I think his experience was rather like Uncle Harry with Budge & Toddy!

Arthur was 8th in his form & 7th in set the first week; George was 4th in form, had the highest marks in English & second in Scripture for the fortnight, so that is very good indeed; I do hope that means that he intends to work this term. The 3 stamps had not been sent to him, but they shall go this week. We also had our Harvest Thanksgiving Service last Sunday, the Church was unusually well decorated, we had a good many helpers, & Joseph Marshall lent simply heaps of begonias & other nice plants. Mrs. Wood & Miss Lucy (the new governess) did the pulpit very well. I did the font, we had begonias and ferns at the bottom, [?] or pale pink, virginia creeper & green grapes round the top & white flowers round the ledge with a few pale pink or cream roses & a white cross with maiden hair fern. I hope you are both keeping well, I should like a little health bulletin put in before long. With much love to May & yourself, hoping your sale will be very successful.

I remain

Your loving mother

Eugénie N. Sladden

P.S. The paper knife in poler work was made by Mabel Butler. I daresay it will sell at Clewer, it is very nicely done.

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With thanks to Lesley Wood of Canada for transcribing this letter.
Type of Correspondence
1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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