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March 1st 1899 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Ethel Sladden

1st March 1899
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Ethel Sladden
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Seward House

1st March 1899

My dear Ethel,

It is my turn to write to you this week, so having come back from church & since then practised the duet that May & I are going to play at the Wildings next Tuesday, I will sit down & try & get my letter done before prayers.

We are sending you 5/-, half a crown each, which is rather more than your usual pocket money up to the 16th of April; Father thought you both sounded rather hard up, so that you should have a little more than usual this time; I also enclose a few more stamps.  

Isn’t it jolly about Jack?  I somehow always thought he had rather a good chance of being put on the list.

Baby is quite jolly again now & has been walking rather more by herself, but she is rather timid about it & prefers to have a hand or chair to help her along.

Eric is staying at the Woods & this afternoon he & Lily went out with May, Baby & Cyril, & May said it was most amusing to see Baby smiling at him, saying “Baba” & trying to attract his attention, but he was shy and would not take much notice of her.  Afterwards May took her to see Fanny & she was very good there; Fanny had not seen her for months & thought her wonderfully grown.  

Father went down to one of the meetings for men only at the Parish room yesterday, & gave them a little lecture about the stars; there were only six men there, but they seem to be interested.  

You are a good girl to keep your place so well, I hope the dreadful literary paper will not bring you downwards.

I have another lot of marmalade to boil up tomorrow, I am making it in several small lots this time, it is not nearly such a bother, as I put it on in the big pot & it can boil away as fast as it likes with only an occasional stir & no fear of boiling over.

I seem to have come to the end of my news, so with much love to you both

I remain 
your loving mother   

Eugénie N Sladden

P.S. I hope you may get asked to Slough on Saturday, have you heard anything of Miss Pollard.

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1 sheet of notepaper
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