17th July 1900
My dear Ethel,
I must scribble you a few lines to congratulate you on having passed your music exam, I am so pleased, & that you should have the first prize for music too, that was quite a surprise, I fancied that you might have just a chance of the second prize, but had not thought about the first.
May sends her love & congratulations, she is writing a few lines to Maggie.
I wonder how you are both getting on with your Oxford exam, it is a hard day for you today, & it is so hot, you will be glad though to feel that the exeat is over.
Cyril has to be at Drapers’ Hall on Friday at ten o’clock, so he & I are going up by an excursion train tomorrow & shall come home by it on the following Wednesday; we shall have to start from here at a quarter to four o’clock in the morning, so it is a case of going to bed early tonight.
I made strawberry & black currant jam this morning & sent off 16 lbs of the latter to market, & we have some more to pick tonight & some green peas; I am afraid I am leaving May alone at a very busy time, however it can’t be helped & Ada is very good about doing things.
Tell Kathleen, Auntie Polly sent her congratulations about the scholarship.
I have heaps to do & must not write more, with love to you both & also to Maggie, wishing you good luck in your exams.
your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden