13th June 1908
My dearest Husband,
You will be looking for another letter from me, & I will write one by the early post, so that you may get it on Sunday morning.
Anna & I went to Deal yesterday & had lunch at Petone; only Lizzie was at home as George had gone up to London to have lunch with Mr & Mrs Pope; Charlotte also went up from here & we called to see her after her return in the evening, she seemed quite to have enjoyed her day & was not too tired.
Lizzie’s garden was looking nice & tidy, but not a great number of flowers out yet. We sat & chatted there & about four o’clock all went to Rosway to tea which was in the garden, it being Aunt’s “at home” day. The Rosway garden looked very nice & so gay with all sorts of flowers, Aunt showed me a white one which you had sent her & she had lost the name, but I was not able to enlighten her.
We are to stop at the Terminus Hôtel, St Lazare station in Paris, & Charlotte tells me our first destination in Switzerland is Lausanne. Anna has not yet had any answer to her cablegram to her Husband, she heard from him yesterday, but the letters were dated about the middle of April. I hope she will be able to go out before long, she is so restless & looks far from well, & the thought of joining him again would probably be the best thing for her. I am very glad Norah is to go abroad with Charlotte, it will do her good & be better for the latter.
I was glad to hear you were getting on all right, tell dear Juliet that I quite enjoyed her long letter & it gave me a lot of news, I must write to her when I get to Switzerland.
I am enclosing two postal orders which I received from Polly yesterday. Anna has a Miss Stratton coming today & Connie Hodson next week, & on the 22nd she goes to Richmond to fetch Mary down.
Coming back from Deal last night we saw two big liners, the Union Castle & Orient Pacific just starting on their voyages. Lizzie told us Maidie’s ship had got to Hobart so she will soon be home now.
Give my love to all, I hope poor Edith is a little rested by the absence of household cares & that Frank has enjoyed the little change.
Much love dear from
Your loving wife
Eugénie N Sladden