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May 22nd 1897 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Ethel Sladden

22nd May 1897
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, 57 Avenue Malakoff, Paris
Correspondence To
Ethel Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

57 Avenue Malakoff

22nd May 1897

My dear Ethel,

You will be looking for a letter from me & so as I have half an hour to spare this morning, I will send you a few lines.  Father will have received my letter written in the waiting room at Mâcon; I was very glad I was able to take that fast train, as I got back here about eleven o’ clock (the time I should have been starting from Bourg) & was able to get a night’s rest, instead of spending the time in the train.  I feel pretty tired this morning after my two long railway journeys & my head is rather achy, though I stopped in bed pretty late this morning.  The hotel I stop at in Bourg has changed hands since I was last there, they have got the electric light laid on there, which is a great improvement, for the bedrooms are mostly large, with dark papers & furnished with dark red velvet curtains etc. so that the light of one candle used to be nothing in them, & they look much more cheerful with the electric light.  I think you would have liked to dine with me yesterday; the fast train only stops two or three times between Mâcon and Paris, & nowhere long enough to get any dinner, & as I had lunched, soon after eleven, I was glad to avail myself of the restaurant car which is put on to the train at Dijon.  It seemed so funny to be sitting up to table & having a regular set dinner as you dashed along in the train; there are large windows either side of the carriage, so that one could see the country well.  This afternoon I am going to the “Bon Marché” to get some night-gowns & afterwards I am to dine with Mme  Coeuret.  I shall take the morning train on Monday & hope to reach Byfleet that evening, tell Father I shall not write again till I get there. I hope that you are getting on pretty well without me & are not too dull.  Give my love to Cyril.  I expect he enjoyed going to the Woods on Wednesday; give my love to Father & thank him for his letter.  With much love to yourself, dear little housekeeper

I am
Your loving mother
Eugénie N. Sladden

Letter Images
With thanks to Ruth Burn, the great-granddaughter of Eugénie Sladden, for transcribing this letter.
Type of Correspondence
Envelope containing 2 sheets of notepaper
Location of Document
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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