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November 24th 1898 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Kathleen Sladden

24th November 1898
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Seward House

24th November 1898

My dear Kathleen,

Father wrote his letter to Ethel last night, so I will try & write yours before post-time so that you may hear on Friday.  We are getting very near the holidays now & I think you will be rather glad to get home, things do not seem to be very smooth at school & perhaps both governesses & pupils will be more inclined for work after a rest.  It seems almost a pity that they should have this play if it overworks & upsets everybody.  Sister Miriam sent us a card of invitation today, but of course we must decline.  I wonder whether Mrs Knapp & Miss Pollard will come the second day, if they can, you must send them tickets & we will pay for them.  We miss poor old Jack a good deal, I expect he will find it rather dull at first, but I hope he will make some friends after a bit, I daresay he will often spend Sunday at Sandwich & Aunt Lottie has I believe booked him for Christmas.  Baby had eleven presents altogether for her birthday, I think we told you most of them, Mrs Nightingale gave her a pretty pinafore & Clara some pink ribbons for her tie-ups, & May, a doll.  The little woman has been a bit tiresome lately about her morning nap, so at last I have had to let her have a little cry & take no notice of her, it seems to answer for she roars well for about ten minutes & then goes to sleep.  She has cut a double tooth, she ought to have had two more front ones  first but they have not turned up yet; she is such a sweet little thing now & has such pretty ways, I am sure you will be pleased to see her again. I went down to the Mothers’ meeting yesterday, it was such a wet miserable day that only one woman turned up, so she, Mrs Price & I sat & did needlework, the things are to go on sale for Wickhamford this time.  Next Monday Mr Price is having a lantern lecture next Monday & has asked me to play something in the beginning & in the middle, I want May to play a duet with me & we are practising ours.  Aunt Polly has been staying at Byfleet & is now at Fanny Walton’s for a fortnight.  I do not seem to have much news & want to go & help get tea, as I have had to send Clara out & Father wants tea early. Excuse writing my pen is fearful; my love to Ethel.  I am so pleased she managed to get top.

Much love dear, from
your loving mother
Eugénie N. Sladden

Letter Images
With thanks to Ruth Burn, Eugénie’s granddaughter, 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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