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February 22nd 1899 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Kathleen Sladden

22nd February 1899
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
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Seward House

22nd February/99

My dear Kathleen,

I must write my letter to you this evening as I shall probably not have much time before post tomorrow.  

Ethel’s post-card was just in time to prevent my posting a letter to Lance’s, which I wrote last night, asking them to send me some blouses on approval; it seems a better plan for all the eleven to have blouses alike, & I suppose Sister will get you one & charge it in the bill.

We are sending you your collars & Ethel’s handkerchiefs.  I hope you will have a fine day on Saturday for the Ashford match & will manage to win it, do you go there? Or do the Welsh girls come to you?

We heard from Jack this morning, he seems to like his new rooms & says they are larger than the others; Auntie Lottie went to Ramsgate last Thursday & called with him on Mr Bartram the clergyman.

Baby has had a bad cold the last few days, it is better now & she is able to go out again, but her appetite has not quite come back yet, & she is rather fretful at time; I am afraid she is developing rather more temper than she had at one time; May & I managed to coax her to walk a little yesterday, but she is rather afraid of trying, though she pushes a chair about very well.

Yesterday was the Literary at Mrs Savory’s, May & I went; it was a musical one, entirely Sullivan’s works & a short paper was read about him.  Mr Waugh sang “the Lost Ghost” in grand style & Mrs Savory sang “Oh! ma Charmante” & a very pretty piece out of the Prodigal Son very well, there was a very nice quartet & quintette & the more inferior singers such as Miss Taylor & Miss F Robarts, sang really quite well for them, so altogether it went off well.  I enclose the programme; Mrs Stanley failed at the last minute, not being well, so her song did not come off.

I was at the Mothers’ meeting today, there were four there; it always seems to be a small meeting when it is my tea day.

You may think of me making marmalade on Friday, we have been cutting up oranges tonight.

We are giving up one evening a week to work for Kilburn this Lent, & I mean to ask a few people to make one or two garments.

I got hold of Eve Haynes yesterday, I can’t manage a working party,  but I thought by this means we could collect a few things to send up at Easter.

With much love to you both, tell Ethel it is splendid of her to get 9th in form & 2nd in French & German,

I am 
your loving mother   

Eugénie N Sladden

P.S. Ethel will be pleased to hear that I have bought a mail cast for Baby, second hand, but in fair condition.


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