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August 8th 1905 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her daughter, Ethel Sladden

8th August 1905
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
Correspondence To
Ethel Sladden, aux soins de Mlle Fügli, La Vélard, Sépey, Ormont Dessons par Aigle, Switzerland
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Seward House

8th August 1905

My dear Ethel,

We were rather disappointed at not getting a letter from you today, perhaps Bank holiday may have upset the post.  We were glad to get your post-card yesterday, & Mrs Idiens had Daisy’s letter & very kindly sent it over for us to see.

We were glad that neither of you were sea-sick, you poor things, you must have felt tired & dirty by the time you got to Sépey.  You will be wanting to get home news, so I will write by this afternoon’s post, without waiting to hear from you.

We are still servantless & at present there is no probability of getting one, the Registry sends me names & I write to them, but get no letters back again; so Kathleen & I are having a lively time & it is a good thing we are not too large a party.  Kathleen has been obliged to write & put off Faith Watson’s visit, it is annoying, but she would not have been able to entertain her properly, as we can’t even get a stop gap.  Florence then couldn’t come & Louisa couldn’t or wouldn’t.  So we have to manage; Kathleen gets up about ½ six and does the dining room & gets breakfast, Brailsford lights the fire for her, then we do the rest of the work between us, & at twelve o’clock Olive comes in, does any little job of cleaning that is required & washes up the dinner things & tidies up the kitchen, going off again about 1 o’clock.

Juliet is such a handy little girl, she often helps Kathleen get breakfast, & several times she has washed up afterwards.  She is looking forward very much to getting Cyril home, he comes tomorrow by way of Gloucester; he has had rather a wet time in camp.  Did you know he had won the reading prize, as well as Geography & Mathematics?   His report is excellent.

Arthur is with the Schenks till the 15th when he goes on to the Philipps.

Kathleen is going to Miss Pollard’s on the 17th for a couple of nights, she & Jack has taken two berths on the “Grange” which starts from London on the 19th & goes to Grangemouth.  

May comes home on the 18th so I shall only be one day alone.

Kathleen may enclose a letter in this, but she has gone to see Mrs Idiens.

I must go now to Mrs Wilson’s to pay Agg’s rent, then there will be supper to get, I do hope we shall manage to get a servant before Uncle George arrives at the end of the month.

Give my love to Daisy.  I hope you are both enjoying yourselves & will come back as fat & rosy as possible.

Juliet sends her love & a kiss, I found her in tears over your photo one evening when she had gone up to bed rather tired.  Much love dear from

your loving mother  

Eugénie N Sladden

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Envelope containing 2 sheets of notepaper
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