9 Walworth Terrace
20th May 1901
My dear Ethel,
I think I will write to you this time instead of Father, there is scarcely enough news to concoct two letters on the same day.
I was glad to receive yours & Father’s letters this morning & to hear you were all getting on all right without me, I expect you are fearfully busy & hope you won’t quite turn your hair grey by next Friday.
I shouldn’t trouble about that other blouse if I were you, cut it out if possible & then you could soon sew it up at Richmond & I have no doubt May or Anna would help you a bit with it. I am glad you are not having the kitchen done till you are away, it will save you all the bother & muddle of it; of course you must tell Mrs [?] that the paper has to be all washed, & see about someone to do the part she could not reach.
We are having lovely weather & warmer but not at all too hot.
On Saturday afternoon Auntie & I took the train to a place called Craigendoran, at the mouth of the Clyde & then got on to a steamer & went up to the head of the Gareloch a sort of inlet of the sea, surrounded by lovely hills, the scenery was beautiful. We got out at the village of Gareloch head & walked about, going into a wood to gather bluebells & primroses & had come to a restaurant close to the pier. Coming back on the steamer there was rather a rowdy lot of men, more or less tipsy & one of them hopelessly drunk, & quite unable even to sit on a bench without being held; fortunately some of the sailors came & hauled him off to another part of the boat. The journey back by train was very slow, we kept on stopping, the North British line evidently resembles the South Eastern, as we were about an hour late. Uncle George was not able to go with us as he had intended; he did not write to Badsey yesterday so I could give the news.
Tell Father he only takes a Glasgow paper, so he may like to have the “Standard” sent on. Tell him he will want to take a cab from St Enoch’s station as it is some distance from the house, pretty well a mile I should think.
I hope Mr Collier will be all right again before Friday.
I am going out with Auntie this morning, it is her at home day this afternoon.
Give Baby a good kiss from me & with much love to Father & yourself
I am your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden