8th December 1901
My dearest Husband,
I will begin a letter to you this evening & leave it open in case I hear from you in the morning. I wonder how you are all getting on, I suppose you have Arthur with you today, I shall be anxious to hear how he got on at Cambridge.
Jack has been here today, it was rather wet this morning, but finer this afternoon, so he & I took the train over to Strawberry Hill to see the Waltons. Fanny was at home, but Charlie only came in a few minutes before we had to leave; Edwin was very friendly, & gets quite a big boy.
Fanny & Lily Butler came to lunch on Friday, the former looked pretty well, though she had neuralgia; Polly had one of her headaches yesterday & was in bed most of the day, & she is not quite herself again & has not been out today.
I have arranged to go to lunch with Kathleen tomorrow & on Friday shall go to Sandwich as that will suit Edith better than Wednesday. The trains are rather awkward now & I can only get to Sandwich at 3.19, unless I started from here at an unearthly hour, so I shall have to go & see Aunt Susan on Wednesday morning & then on to Rosway in time for dinner & then on to Folkestone.
Polly sends her love to you all & I am to thank you for the apples & also Ethel for the crochet which she is very pleased with.
9th December. I was pleased to get your letter this morning & will add a few lines to this before starting for Egham.
Anna starts for Rosway this afternoon to pay the promised visit which had to be put off on account of her Father’s death; Polly will miss her for she is such a help in business matters & has such a clear head. They have not yet got probate of Fred’s will; Polly tells me the death duties come to a heap of money, over £2000. I shall have a lot to tell you about Paris matters, but it is too long for a letter.
I will write to the boys this week. Give my love to the girls & kiss dear little Juliet for me.
With much love dear
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden