7th January 1908
My dear Ethel,
As you are not coming home for a few days longer, you will like to have a letter; I am glad you are enjoying your little visit & I daresay it will do you good.
We were very surprised yesterday to wake up & find the frost all gone & rain come instead, it was freezing quite hard on Sunday night & the glass was rising.
Arthur had quite a nasty sore throat for a day or two & was in bed most of Saturday, he is better & started today for South Wales & I hope the change will do him good; have you got rid of your cold? Kathleen & I are going to tea at the Orchards this afternoon, Maidie was coming too, but is not very grand, so the girls persuaded her to stop at home. She & Cyril had an afternoon at Stratford yesterday. I think she is a good deal worried because Aunt Lottie has quite taken up again the idea of going abroad to Rome & Maidie thinks she is not fit to undertake such a long journey; I wrote & asked her to join Maidie here, but she won’t do that. I have heard no more from Richmond, I thought Mary would have written by this time. We are going to the B’ham Pantomime on Thursday, six of us, May is treating me & I am treating Juliet who of course is very pleased to be one of the party. She had two of the Openshaws to tea yesterday & is going there tomorrow. Cyril is going to a card party at the Colliers on the 15th & will stop the night. This evening is the supper to the choir & ringers at the Vicarage. Father & Arthur could not go, the former has the Volunteer dinner this evening. Mrs Ashwin comes back today, they came for her silver this morning. Give my love to Mela & tell her I hope she will come & stay with us when she can manage to get away from home. The girls all send their love, we shall be glad to get you home again, but are pleased that you should have a little longer change.
With much love
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden