9 Walworth Terrace
18th May 1901
My dearest Julius,
I must answer your letter this morning as we shall be going out directly after lunch, if George is not too busy he is coming with Lizzie & me to the Gare Loch; he has been rather slack the last few days, but expects two ships in on Monday, so will then have plenty to do.
On Ascension morning Lizzie & I went to service at St. Mary’s, rather a fine church. In the afternoon we went to call on some people named Pringle who are related to the Prestons at Offenham; these people appear to have told Mr Preston that George & Lizzie were related to us, but he steadily refused to believe it & said he was sure we had no relations in the north.
After dinner Lizzie & I took a tram-car down to her pet mission chapel, some distance off, & where the service is just what you would not like; the clergyman there seems to be a great friend of theirs & often has supper with them on Sundays, yesterday afternoon we went to an organ recital at the Exhibition, had tea with two ladies we met & listened to the band. So far I have been most lucky in the weather & I hope it won’t turn wet by the time you come up.
I hope you are managing all right without me; I think you had better put an advertisement in the Evesham Journal for a servant, as the registry seems no use at all & one only wastes time & stamps by writing there.
I have written to Kathleen & Cyril, Lizzie does not seem at all scandalised at the idea of your coming without a top hat, so you need not bother about it. Tell Ethel with my love that I forgot my hand glass, & if she can manage to pack it safely in your bag, she might put it in, at present I have to borrow Lizzie’s. The latter was very pleased with the hamper of vegetables, they had never had sea-kale before.
Fancy Mrs Taylor guessing most of the books! I am surprised, was the lovely Ada there?
Give my dear little pet a good kiss from Mother, I hope she is a good girl & quite happy.
With much love dear,
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden