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May 12th 1904 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Kathleen Sladden

12th May 1904
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Kathleen Sladden
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

Seward House

12th May 1904

My dear Kathleen,

I got home yesterday evening bringing some of the spoil with me, & a nice fright I had over it.  I had packed most of the china & some of the plate in a small box lent me for the purpose by Auntie & which I was able to take in the carriage with me.  I did so till Reading, but there my train was late & I had to rush across to catch the other one; a porter took charge of the precious box & instead of giving again into my charge told me he had put it in the van, & as the train was just off, I had to leave it so. When I arrived at Badsey what was my horror to find no box, however it turned up all right by a later train, much to my relief, & nothing in it was broken, though one large plate which I had to put in my trunk was rather broken.

Poor Uncle John seemed to lose ground even in the time that I was at Folkestone, he is terribly weak & cannot last very long, I fear.

I went to Sandwich last Friday getting there about eleven o’clock; Aunt Edith gave us dinner early & then Aunt Lizzie & I took the omnibus to Ash to see Aunt Susan; we took over the silver that was given to Uncle George in Glasgow; a large silver loving cup, a silver bowl on an ebony stand & a lovely hot water jug for Aunt Lizzie.  The latter also had a very pretty silver inkstand from her Mother’s meeting.

Of course Aunt Susan was interested to see it all, she was looking pretty well. 

I slept at Sandwich that night & the next day we all went back to Folkestone for the great division which was accomplished to everyone’s satisfaction & without any family jars!  We have got a very pretty cream jug which has the initials of the “original” Mr & Mrs Noakes, a pair of salt-cellars with blue linings, a flat candlestick, a very quaint old punch ladle & sundry other things.  We also have a nice china bowl, 2 large plates, some smaller ones & sundry cups & saucers.  The books & linen are coming by goods train, there is quite a nice lot of the latter.

We have actually engaged another servant, a girl who is kitchen maid at Mrs Hope’s, she may not be able to come for a few days, but I think Mary will stop till she can come.

The man & the cow are expected on Monday, we have not got a house for the man yet & for the present he will bicycle over from Elmley.

Mrs Walker has consented to have the G.F.S. meeting at the Vicarage & actually wants me & Miss Whittaker to lunch there before the meeting.

It is getting late & I must stop.  Father encloses a cheque for your fee, I am very glad you can go to Mrs Burrows for both parts of your exam.

With much love
I remain 
your loving mother  

Eugénie N Sladden

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1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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