19th July 1900
My dearest Husband,
I suppose you got my post-card this morning, we had a very comfortable journey yesterday, very few in the train, we had an empty carriage till Campden when the Doctor’s wife got in, rather a chatty lady, & at Charlbury a woman & little boy got in. It was quite nice & cool & really far less tiring than a hot journey later on in the day. Cyril went out shopping with Anna after we had had some breakfast, Anna is very good with him & has quite taken him under her wing. She is going to meet us after his exam tomorrow & when we have had some lunch take him to the Zoo while I do my business in Piccadilly & get back to Richmond. Then on Monday she is going to take him to the Crystal Palace & I have written to ask Fanny if that day will suit for me to go & see her. This afternoon Anna has an engagement, so I am going to take Cyril on the river for an hour after tea, with a boatman of course, he will enjoy it & it will be cooler than having a walk with him.
Give my love to May, I was pleased to have her letter in the egg box this morning, poor little Baba, I expect she does miss me, give her a lot of kisses from Mother, I miss her dear little face & voice. It is very hot here & we have both lunch & dinner on the balcony as the dining room is so very hot; the blacks are rather terrible & soon cover the cloth, however that is better than being baked.
With much love to you all, hoping you are getting on pretty well without me
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden