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November 9th 1910 - Letter from Eugénie Sladden to her husband, Julius Sladden

9th November 1910
Correspondence From
Eugénie Sladden, Amroth, Woburn Hill, Addlestone
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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Text of Letter

At Amroth
Woburn Hill

9th November/10

My dearest Julius,

You will like to hear something about our visit to the Grove School yesterday, & as you will not be at home when I get back tomorrow, I will write this morning.  I met Kathleen in the Strand about half-past one, & when we had lunched, we took the tube up to Tufnell Park station, & then began making enquiries & after some little difficulty & a good long walk right up Highgate Hill, we found the house which stands at the very top of the hill & overlooks Hampstead Heath.

The school consists of three old houses (Queen Anne’s time I should think) which have been thrown into one & adapted for the purpose.  Miss Lacey is getting on & rather the old fashioned style of head-mistress, certainly as regards her dress which is quaint; I should think she is a clever woman with decided ideas of her own & that she takes a thorough interest in her girls, more with the view of educating & training them well, than with the object of making a lot of money by the school. She does not believe in examinations & will not prepare for any junior ones, & only for those which are likely to be of use in whatever career a girl is preparing for, or write a view to getting to college.

She gives no marks nor prizes in any part of the school.  There are about 35 boarders & a few day girls, but she evidently does not care much about the latter, & only has them because some people are anxious to send them.  There are only eight girls under fourteen & these have a separate dining-room & dine early.  

The ordinary course of work includes English Subjects, Science French & Greek; Latin is not taught until the girls begin to specialize, Miss Lacey considers Greek easier & expects her older pupils to know enough when they leave to be able to read & appreciate its literature.  There are numerous class-rooms & a nice large sitting room for the girls when not at work; the bed-rooms are large & airy, not more than three girls sleep in one room, two in the smaller ones.  She keeps no servants at all, but has a staff of lady servants who do all the work, except the hardest jobs which a man & woman come in daily to do.  We were there quite a long time, so had plenty of time to ask questions.  I told Miss Lacey I should be going home in a day or two & would then talk matters over with you & we would write to her.

Kathleen & I managed to do our shopping afterwards & got a nice eiderdown at Maple’s, it was rather expensive so we had better make it a joint present from all of us; it was to be sent by post, so tell Ethel to take charge of the parcel.

I am sorry Juliet has still got a cough, I shall have to doctor her when I get home.

Give my love to the girls & with much to yourself, dear

I am
Your loving wife

Eugénie N Sladden

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Envelope containing 2 double sheets of notepaper
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