21st March 1906
My dear Kathleen,
I went down to Brecon on Monday for Cyril’s Confirmation; I got there at half past two, & as he had a half holiday, he met me at the station & we walked up to the Castle Hotel; after tidying up & having a little chat, we went together to call on Mrs Chambers, as I found I was rather expected to do, she & Mr Chambers were very friendly & regretted that they could not offer to put me up as they were full. We had some tea there & then went & had a look at Cyril’s study & I was introduced to Eddershaw.
The Confirmation was at half past six o’clock, the Bishop was the Suffragan one of Swansea, I did not care much for his address. There were sixteen candidate, Cyril being the first one to go up; the hymns were nicely sung & they have a good organ. After the service Cyril came back to the Hotel with me & we had meat tea together & he stayed till nearly nine o’clock. He was looking forward to coming home on the 4th April, they are having an extra week this Easter because the summer holidays will have to be shortened, as the Lord Mayor has promised to go & open the new Laboratory in September & they will have the Prize giving then, & of course they have to fix a date that will suit him.
I got back to Evesham by the 3.7 train & took the opportunity of making four calls before driving down, every one was out until the fourth, Mrs Kew, & I was quite thankful to find her in.
You will be surprised to hear that the Gilpins are leaving Evesham, he has got an appointment at Auckland in New Zealand & they all sail on the 5th April, rather quick work as he was only appointed about ten days ago.
The Cliffords returned our call today & I managed to lose my gold pince nez in Brecon, am I not unlucky?
We are having some bills put up & offering a reward, as I may perhaps get them back, I hope so.
Poor Hildegarde has had a slight attack of diphtheria, she is unfortunate.
With much love
your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden