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December 17th 1896 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Kathleen Sladden

17th December 1896
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Seward House, Badsey

17th December 1896

My dear Kathleen,

I must write you a few lines this evening but it will not be many as it is already half-past ten. I have been busy mending “bracky” for Cylla-boy, who as usual has none to wear, & he wants to go up to Evesham tomorrow morning with Father & meet Arthur. Jack sends his love & wants you to bring back Ransome’s History as he may want it. It is rather a sell that you can’t come back on Monday, but Miss Du Pré wrote to me the other day & asked if you could bring the children on Tuesday, so of course I couldn’t say no. There was a slight earthquake here this morning, Father & I woke up suddenly about 25 minutes to six & heard all the crockery on the washstand shaking, it stopped for a second or two & then shook again, we couldn’t think what it was & at last Father thought it must be an earthquake. Most people in the village seem to have felt it & been shaken in their beds, & at Evesham they came running out of the houses to see what was the matter; the harness was shaken off the pegs in the Brewery stables & the clock case in the hall stood wide open. Cyril says he is very proud because “he has been in an earthquake!” he & Ethel slept through it all. Annie is so useless & so tearful that I wrote to her Mother yesterday & said she had better fetch her home next Tuesday, so will probably find us servantless & I hope you will both be prepared for doing housework. I shan’t be able to meet any of you because if I did, there would be no dinner ready for you. You will be surprised to hear that Fanny Robinson’s engagement is broken off, I don’t quite understand the rights of it, but fancy Mr Workman has been behaving rather strangely to her, anyhow Fanny & Auntie Polly are a good deal upset about it.

With much love to you both, hoping to see you on Tuesday

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
Location of Document
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
Record Office Reference