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December 10th 1896 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Kathleen Sladden

10th December 1896
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Seward House, Badsey

10th December 1896

My dear Kathleen

Father wrote to May last night & said I was to try & write to you before post-time, so I must try & do so, though it is very difficult to find time. We have been finishing the puddings today & have just got them on to boil & they will not be done till ten o’clock tonight; I must keep an eye to them & see that my very small maid does not let the fire get low or some such dreadful thing. Mary departed on Saturday & we have now got a child, younger than Ethel, so you may imagine it is all showing, as she has never been out before. I think altogether I prefer her to Mary, at any rate she looks clean & wholesome & her mother has fitted her out with suitable clothes, but of course she is much too young & I am afraid to let her carry heavy things; I had to go & call her yesterday, but this morning she heard the bell.

It was a pity you had your analysis returned & got so much lower, however I hope you will be higher this week & at any rate next term you will probably find the work easier. Fanny has a little girl, born last Friday, I went to see her on Monday & found her very comfortable, it is a nice little baby & very good. About twenty turned up at the Literary yesterday, notwithstanding the wretched weather; Mrs Savory & I played a duet together; there will not be another meeting till 13th January. I hope you will be able to come home on the Monday, but I rather expect you will have to wait on account of the little Du Prés, however it will not make many hours’ difference. I hope May gave you my thanks for your birthday letter & present to me last week. I do not seem to have any news for you today & am feeling rather tired, so you must excuse a short letter.

With much love to you both

Believe me

Your loving mother

Eugénie N. Sladden

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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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