9 Walworth Terrace
22nd May 1901
My dearest Husband,
I was pleased to get your letter with all its enclosures this morning, I am so delighted about Kathleen, she sent me a few lines yesterday to tell me the news. I had rather thought of writing to you last night, but two ladies came in to spend the evening, and we played whist, so of course I could not write.
Lizzie’s friends have been most polite in coming to call on me. Monday afternoon we had several callers & yesterday afternoon we returned one of the calls. George has two ships at home now so is more busy than last week; I think he is going to show me over one of their steamers one day, I said I should like to see one.
Yesterday morning as Lizzie was busy I spent an hour or two at the Exhibition by myself, I had a good look round one of the Picture galleries where there were a good many by Turner, Constable, Wilkie & other dead English artists.
The asparagus arrived about mid-day yesterday, we had some for dinner & pronounced them very good. It is very kind of Mr Idiens to let Ethel off on Friday. I am very glad as I don’t quite know how she would have managed the packing. Tell her when she is packing your bag not to forget my hand-glass & if there is room I should like my black & white petticoat which is in the spare room ottoman.
It is so fine & warm that I don’t require the warm things I brought with the idea that it might be cold, I do hope the weather will continue like this when you are up here, & then I think dear you will quite enjoy your little holiday.
So John Roberts is on his way home, how delighted his wife must be! I must write some of the children’s letters today, I sent a post-card to Kath yesterday to congratulate her.
Give my best love & kisses to dear little Juliet, I hope she will enjoy herself at Richmond & be a good little girl.
Ethel will be quite glad of a holiday from house-keeping & teaching, my love to her & with much to yourself dear, hoping to see you on Saturday
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden
I enclose George’s letter. Tell Ethel not to trouble to write to me till she gets to Richmond, she must be so busy.