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May 31st 1899 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Ethel Sladden

31st May 1899
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Ashbourne, 26 Radnor Park Road, Folkeston
Correspondence To
Ethel Sladden, St Margaret's House, Clewer, Windsor
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Text of Letter


31st May 1899

My dear Ethel,

I will write my letter to you first this morning as it is your turn for a letter & if I have time I may perhaps send Kathleen a line as well.

I had a very good journey up with Baby last Wednesday, she was very good, though of course towards the end of the time she got a little fidgety & tired of the train; May met me at Paddington which was very nice, as she took my bag & umbrella etc while I carried Baby & she is such a little lump now, that I found her quite sufficient without anything else.  She soon settled down at Richmond, & I hear from Mary that she has been quite good & happy since I left, Mary took her to tea at Mrs Kirton last Sunday, & it was a more successful visit than last year. 

On Friday Aunt Polly & I went up to London to a pianoforte recital by little Vernon Warner; he certainly plays beautifully, his execution is very good, so clear & correct & he plays with expression; when he gets more power he ought to be a first rate pianist, amongst other things he played “Harmonious Blacksmith” & a valse of Chopin’s which I play & also his “Berceuse” which I attempted some years ago & never got through.

I had a comfortable journey down here by corridor train on Saturday, arriving about half past six, I found all much as usual,  Granny pretty well again, but rather doleful & Auntie Lottie looking very thin & in want of a change & rest which I hope she will get in a fortnight’s time when she & Uncle think of going to North Wales.  On Monday I went to Ash by the first train & omnibus, had a good long chat with Aunt Susan who was much as usual, then took another omnibus back to Sandwich & got to Delf House in time for dinner.

They are quite a small party there as Norah has gone to Scotland for a good long visit which I hope may do her good, for she seems very delicate.  Aunt Edith was in the midst of a wash & rather busy, so after dinner Uncle Frank & I had a walk about the town & went along the Ramsgate road as far Stonar to see the works there for the Dover Harbour & Pier.  

On Tuesday as I had a little time to spare I went over St Clement’s church, old Dunn the clerk showed me over, he has been clerk since 1848 & his Father was before that; he remembered my Mother playing the organ there & used to blow for her & he said “Mrs Mourilyan used to make me kneel down,”  I looked through the register too & saw the baptisms of all my brothers & sisters.  

I am so pleased to hear that you were top of your form last week, also that you were successful in the hat-trimming competition, I suppose pins were allowed as five minutes is rather a short time.  

I quite hope to come & see you next week probably on Wednesday, but cannot quite fix a day till I go back to Richmond & know their plans.

I hope we shall have it fine for the wedding on Saturday.

With much love, dear
Believe me
your loving mother

Eugénie N Sladden

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