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November 19th 1898 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Ethel Sladden

19th November 1898
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Ethel Sladden
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Text of Letter

Seward House

19th November 1898

My dear Ethel,

Many happy returns of your birthday.  I hope that you have a pleasant day, though at school.  I am afraid your cake will not be as light as I could wish, I don’t know how it is, but I seem to have lost the art of making cakes.  Jack went off this morning & I suppose he is at Uncle Frank’s tonight.  We shall miss him at home & I expect he will find it pretty dull at Ramsgate till he gets to know some people. Father & I gave him a nice edition of Shakespeare’s works & he also had a sovereign from Aunt Polly, as well as the frames you gave him.  Baby appears to be going to be a lucky little girl.  I have already got four presents for her, a sweet little white cashmere frock which Winnie made her, perhaps you saw it at Byfleet, a nice white corded silk bonnet which Mrs Wood made her, & today Aunt Edith has sent her a nice knitted petticoat & gloves, & Aunt Lizzie a blue frock; the latter is too big for the present, & must be put by.  It is somewhat wonderfully bright, & will require a good deal of white pinafore to tone it down.  Father & I have got her a toy cat, & you others a picture book.  She scarcely slept at all this morning because May & I were extra busy, besides usual Saturday work there was Jack’s packing to finish, & then Harry Keen came to fetch the vegetables for Kilburn, as he kindly took them to the station for me, so they had to be tied up & labelled; I enclose a list of the senders & what they sent, as I thought you would be interested to see it; I hope they will be pleased with them, the carriage came to 4/1 but Father very kindly gave me a shilling towards it.  I don’t seem to have any more news for you, as Father & May are both writing, so with much love to Kathleen & yourself & all good wishes,

I remain
Your loving mother
Eugénie N. Sladden

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With thanks to Ruth Burn, Eugénie’s granddaughter, for transcribing this letter.
Type of Correspondence
1 sheet of notepaper
Location of Document
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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