25th Oct 1904
My dearest Husband,
I hope you have had as fine a day for going to Ash as it has been here & that you found Aunt Susan pretty well. I am enclosing a letter from George which came this afternoon, he seems to be getting on well & I hope he will not catch any cold to put him back. Isn’t it kind of Anna to promise him a bicycle. You will see what he says about clothes, I thought you would write & tell him what he is to do about them, or you may perhaps see him on your way through London.
Ethel & Juliet have been having tea with Daisy, Mrs Idiens is away from home for a few days. Brailsford was away a few hours yesterday & a few this morning to help with the move; I met his worldly goods coming through the village this afternoon in Pethard’s dray, & his wife & children in a cart; the poor man is sick of moving & says he will want kicking out of the house next time he has to move. I told him about the straw.
I hope you will be able to go to Eastbourne, give my love to Aunt Lizzie if you do. Does poor old John seem to like having you there?
John Poole died yesterday, the bell went out for him about five o’clock. Young Sadler is getting on all right so far. I called to ask his mother what news they had of him today. What a dreadful thing this Russian attack on the fishing fleet is, I wonder what will come of it.
With love to you & all at Ashbourne,
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden