7th February 1899
My dear Kathleen,
Father & May have been writing to Ethel this evening so if I can manage to write to you before bed-time you will receive your letters on Thursday.
I have just been sending my congratulations to Auntie Polly on being a Grandmother, Fanny’s little boy was born early yesterday morning.
You seem to have had a very jolly afternoon with May & Anna, I am glad they were able to go to Windsor.
Fancy your being in the hockey eleven, it will be very nice for you, playing in the matches.
I am so glad you like Miss Sugden & find her a good teacher, no doubt you will go ahead with your Latin & mathematics now. Is she the lady whom you saw last term & thought to be the new governess?
May & I have been to the Prestons this afternoon for the Literary, it was a miscellaneous programme, various readings & recitations, besides music; there were about twenty three present; a Miss Hogarth from Lady Margaret Hall was one of the guests, & I think they rather enjoyed a little chat with her & found out some mutual acquaintances.
Mrs J Ashwin’s little boy is better, I was talking to Mrs Ashwin for some time. Mrs Hope & Hildegarde have gone abroad for a month or two, they are now at Hyѐres & are going later on to Rome for Easter; isn’t it nice for Hilda?
Poor little Babs is better than last week, but not quite herself yet, she does not like the cold weather, it pinches her up, & her little feet have been so swollen with chilblains that she could not have her shoes on for a day or two. She has gone back so in her walking, & cries now if we try to make her stand alone; I daresay she will get on better again after she has cut her eye-teeth & when it gets a bit warmer & drier.
Give my love to Ethel, I will enclose the 2/- for the gloves; I hope you will enjoy your dances, I suppose Ethel will not be going to the Home one.
I do not seem to have much to write about & it is getting late, so with much love.
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden